Just a quick note, before I get started, that I received this product through my Simple VIP membership. And apologies for the stock photos, I really need to buy some new batteries for my camera, and the lighting is just terrible at the minute for my phone's camera.
Make Up Mess and Me: I am one of those people that is practically incapable of applying eyeliner and mascara without making a mess. Perhaps it's my inept impatience, in which I can't wait for something to dry, or maybe it's just the fact that I'm a naturally messy person (you choose, I won't be offended!). But, whatever the reason, I always end up with black dots on my eyelids. So, for that reason, I really saw a huge advantage in using a product that wipes away the dots easy peasy.
What Simple Says:
"Smile, it's Simple. Our Eye Make-up Corrector Pen is the perfect tool to easily remove eye make-up mistakes, even waterproof mascara. The precision tip allows you to correct mistakes leaving the rest of your make-up untouched. Enriched with vitamin goodness the non greasy formula will also care for the skin around the delicate eye area. Perfect for even sensitive skin."
VITAL VITAMINPRO-VITAMIN B5 restores, softens and smoothesNO ALCOHOL, NO OIL
NON DRYING AND NON GREASY
NO PERFUME, NO COLOUR
NO UNNECESSARY INGREDIENTS and NO HARSH CHEMICALS so it won't upset your skin
Dermatologically tested and Approved
The Good: I love the fact that it's in the shape of a pen, which means that it fits easily into any make up bag, without any problems, in the same way an eyeliner pencil will.
I had no trouble using the Corrector Pen, as it wiped away dots without any problem. But, what impressed me the most was that I could use it to tidy up any messy eyeliner (I'm terrible at getting straight lines), or even just to neaten up a line or around the eye shadows to make the look "sharper".
The Bad: All the time of using this pen, there's this niggle at the back of my mind questioning whether this is really any better than using a simple cotton bud doused in eye make up remover. And, whilst the Corrector Pen is convenient, I do have to also question whether it's worth the £4.99 cost, over the £1 (tops) for a pack of roughly 100 cotton buds, and couple of quid eye make up remover, both of which most of us own already, and that can be transported fairly easily.
The Down Right Ugly: My biggest issue with the Corrector Pen, is the advice that you should clean the pen's nib, after every use, using a Simple Facial Wipe. I know that nothing is forcing me to use Simple Wipes, but even if I buy 70p wipes from Tesco, it still seems like a waste of money to use one full sheet just to clean the nib of this pen. When you're putting make up on, it is unlikely that anyone will want or need to use a wipe afterwards, so it just seems wasteful.
Plus, I've found that using one of Simple's Facial Wipes just isn't enough to clean black eyeliner and mascara off the nib, and it now looks pretty disgusting.
Would I buy this product? No. Yes, it's convenient, but the hassle of cleaning and wasting facial wipes, after every use, and the relatively high price (for what it is), is very off-putting for me.
Has anyone else tried one of the Corrector Pens? What did you think? Or, have you been avoiding them? Let me know :)