It’s Complicated Between Me and Diorshow Art Pen

Diorshow Art Pen review

When it comes to liquid eyeliners, the general rule I have figured out for myself is anything but a felt-tip pen wouldn’t work. I don’t know if it’s my eye shape or the fact that I use way too much force, but I have the most frustrating time with sponge-y applicators (think Illamasqua) and tiny little brushes (think Dolly Wink). I had gone without a liquid eyeliner for quite a while when the new Diorshow Art Penย (RRP in Belgium: 35,82 euros) came along. I was pretty much sold when I realized it’s a felt-tip pen, so I snatched it up speedy quick!

Diorshow Art Pen tip closeup

The applicator of Diorshow Art Pen is rather long and pointy. It is quite supple. Not only can I easily create a line that is thick and opaque enough for my upper lash line, I am also able to dot it gently for my lower lash line (where I never want an obvious line). No building up is necessary with this liner, because the line is very opaque (with a lacquer finish) from the get-go. The formula is slightly less “cooling” than some of the liquid eyeliners I have tried. In the beginning I found it took a bit longer for it to dry down, but after two weeks it isn’t so obvious anymore.

I wrote all the letters down with one single pass, but the opacity and finish are closer to that of the little heart on the lid:

Diorshow Art Pen swatch

Here you can see eye close-ups of how Diorshow Art Pen looks on my upper lash and waterline, as well as my lower lash line (gently dotted over and then blended out with an eyeshadow):


Diorshow Art Pen Eye swatch


Now, how about the lasting power? Well, it’s complicated.

Diorshow Art Pen stays intact on me all day if I use an eyeshadow primer and then a cream shadow on top. If I’m just wearing a primer and pressed eyeshadows however, it would be fine for 8 hours. Afterwards, I can gradually see the oil making the part close to my inner corners fade. From that point on, I can get another hour and a half before it starts looking obviously frayed.

I think it fades on me for two reasons. First of all, my lids are normal to oily, and at some point the oil starts breaking through the eyeshadow primer. This is why with the double insurance of a primer and a cream shadow the liner wears all day on me. Second, I have this weird little “crease” on my lids. My eyeliner either stops at that line, or it sometimes goes a little bit above it. With all the blinking and whatnot, eyeliner gets worn off faster. On my lash line the formula really clings on!

Removing can be done with Bioderma (or any micellar water/bi-phase makeup remover of your choice), so it is rather simple.

You have seen Diorshow Art Pen in some of these looks:

(Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss)

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss FOTD

(Diorshow Gris Montaigne Mono)

Diorshow Gris Montaigne

Bottom line: I enjoy the ease of use with the tip of Diorshow Art Pen and the opaque lacquer finish of the formula. It’s a pity that it won’t stay on my lids with all the primer/shadow combination, so it might not be repurchase material for me. However, I’ll definitely take it out if I know my makeup won’t need to last for more than 8 hours or when I am wearing a cream shadow! If you prefer felt-tip liquid liners and have normal-to-dry lids, or if you don’t have a wacky little “crease” like I do, you might have better luck making it stay put!

What is your favorite type of liquid eyeliner applicator? Am I the only one who can only rock a felt-tip pen? If you have tried a good felt-tip eyeliner, please give me a heads-up in the comment section down below!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Ooooh! I like the looks of this one! I like that the tip is supple-I like them bendy haha!

    • Sunny

      LOL I know what you mean! Sometimes they aren’t bendy at all!

  • Chris

    My favorite form of liquid eyeliners are felt tip pens too. It makes trying to draw a cat eye or winged liner so much easier. I really like Eyeko’s glossy black formula.

    • Sunny

      Oh Eyeko does last really well on me! Took me a while to get used to the cooling sensation though, and the tip is slightly bigger.

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Since I’ve discovered gel liner I haven’t used any type of liquid liner. It just doesn’t last very long on me.

    • Sunny

      I’m glad gel liners work well for you! Some liquid liners last better on me than others, but I still have to find my holy grail!

  • beauties

    I’m more into gel liner :)

    • Sunny

      I can see why! They’re more reliable in general, plus you can pick which brush works better. It’s just that sometimes I don’t want to have to wash the brush afterwards LOL

  • L

    I hear such wonderful things about felt tip but i just cant seem to get on with them can never get a clean line turns out a bit ziggy than straight haha but i do love me a good japanese fine brush tipped ones though!

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah, some of my friends love those fine brushes way more than felt tips, but I can’t seem to work them! I keep jabbing myself in the eye with those for some weird reason!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I have a couple of liquid (felt tip) eyeliners in my stash but I still reach for my gel eyeliner most often. With my liquid eyeliner I never know what to expect: will it last, will it fade, will it start crumbling (yes, that sometimes happens as well). So yeah, I understand your pain ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So tell me, how do you apply this eyeliner on your upper waterline? I sometimes use L’Oreal’s precision eyeliner to line my upper water line, but often I stab myself in the eye or the white of my eye starts turning black. Feels like an eye infection waiting to happen, so I usually stick to khol.

    • Sunny

      Yeah gel liners are just more reliable! I haven’t tried a single one that smudges on me ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I just lie it down horizontally and drag it across my lids! It’s pretty easy that way! I tend to jab myself in the eye with non-felt-tip pens, but with felt-tip ones I don’t have any problems! Hope it helps :)

  • Jasmine

    I always have issues with liquid liners, I have never found one that works well. I don’t like how all of them dries to a slightly crusty finish. Hence I only use gel liners.

    • Sunny

      Oh I know what you mean! I don’t think this one gets crusty though, but gel liners are indeed more foolproof in most cases!

  • Teri

    Aaaw, too bad about the lasting powder! I’m really happy with my Dolly wink one, still going strong! Have you tried the Stila one? It’s the same idea and it lasts really good on me!

    • Sunny

      Oh great, thanks for the heads-up! Haven’t tried the Stila one yet, and Dolly Wink just isn’t my best friend LOL

  • Emi at Project Swatch

    That is a gorgeous eyeliner, it’s too bad about the lasting power!

    • Sunny

      Yeah I know. If your lids aren’t oily you might stand a better chance tho!

  • Kelly

    I’m not very good at applying eyeliner, therefore I prefer gel eyeliner. You can choose which brush you want to use with it and switch with different brushes for a different effect. That said I do like pen eyeliners but they dry out so quickly. The only liquid eyeliner I can work with it with a felt-tip from HEMA.

    • Sunny

      I get what you mean, Kelly! My liquid liners actually last me quite a while, so that’s not my main concern. My options are limited because I can’t work anything else BUT a felt-tip pen!

  • Larie

    I’m pretty much okay with all kinds of liquid liners now, although actually some of the stiffer felt tip pens are hard to make natural-looking lines with. The Sephora liquid liner I used to use actually stayed all day, mostly, but I am working up the extra money to splurge on the NARS stylo.

    • Sunny

      Hey Larie, thanks for the heads-up! I’ll have to see if the Sephora ones are available here. Haven’t tried the NARS one either!

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    When I saw the photo, I thought it was a nail tool of some sort! So surprised it’s a liner… I had NO clue how it’d work. It does look pretty on you! I don’t use liquid liners much, but I do like the NYX Super Fat & Super Skinny liners (I don’t know if they’re sold in Belgium though!) and Prestige makes some good ones… I don’t know why I just never got that into liquid though

    • Sunny

      LOL nah it’s a liner! I usually lie it down and drag it across my lids! I tend to alternate between liquid and gel. Sometimes I think one form is more convenient than the other, but that changes!

  • Taylor

    That tip looks like it applies so precise! Too bad for the wear though. I know some people can get away with it. I don’t have oily lids but I have very itch eyes and I’m always touching them. My fave application is probably a liquid liner, it’s the easiest with just one tool. gel liner is a second. Lovely look Sunny, I love the first where is goes upwards slightly.

  • jenny

    I love the tarte liquid eyeliner pen, it glides on so easily and makes the perfect line. It is my go-to liquid liner when I get ready to do my winged liner. =)

    • Sunny

      OOO I haven’t tried that one yet, though I do really love their pencil liners! Thanks for the recommendation, Jenny! I’ll look into it!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Wow the tip looks like it applies the product very nicely! I don’t like liquid liner though but I have been seeing so many great looks online that I am starting to get curious again ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Sunny

      Hey Becca, yeah the tip is pretty easy to navigate, but gel liners just seem to be more foolproof in general!

  • Pearl

    I have oil in my frequent teary eyes, and I own like 84351249 liquid eyeliners… Bobbi Brown and Dior gel and liquid liners used to work well on me, but not anymore since my lids droop slightly in years of aging…
    The one and only liquid eyeliner that will last on me… Makeup Forever liquid Liners!!

    • Sunny

      Hey Pearl, thanks so much for sharing your experience! I’ll have to master that type of applicator so I can try those :)

  • Liz

    It’s that Asian eye crease problem – liquid liners stay if I put it directly on the lash line but it can’t go in that space above it. I’ve given up on eyeliners all together. >__<

    • Sunny

      Aww you mean liquid eyeliners or eyeliners in general? Gel liners stay really well on me, be them MAC, Bobbi Brown, or Maybelline!

  • Jacqueline

    The only thing that lasts on me are the MUFE AquaLiners (the liquid liner version) everything else smudges. Sigh.

    • Sunny

      Aww I understand! My problem is I can’t rock that type of applicator at all!

  • Kristen @ Glambunctious

    Aw! That first picture of you is so cute, Sunny! :) I fear felt-tip eyeliners, myself, as I just cannot get the hang of them without using 45 Q-tips to clean up where my hand has waivered! I got an Eyeko one in a Birch Box a long time ago and was really impressed with how easy it was to use.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Kristen! My first ever liquid eyeliner was Eyeko, and I remember being really impressed with the opacity and lasting power! The tip is harder than the Dior one, but I was fine with it!

  • Melissa

    Finally, someone that acknowledges the tiny little crease above monolid lash lines! I thought I was the only crazy one! It is the root of all my eyeliner problems, and I’ve gone through TONS. I have and like the use of the eyeko one, but it migrates to raccoon eyes within an hour. ๐Ÿ˜› Gel? Absolutely out of the question. Pencil? Excuse me, are you INSANE?

    The only one I found with staying power on me is Lancomes artliner, however it starts to change color to the color of the eyeshadow I’m wearing that day. It still boggles my mind.

    Now for someone to acknowledge the extra skin that hangs over the outer corner of my eyes and the reason I can’t pull off a cat eye. =(

    • Sunny

      Hey Melissa, no you’re not crazy! I might be a bit luckier though, because the Eyeko one and gel liners in general stay on me. I’ve even found pencils that don’t smudge as well!

      Do you mean some eyeshadow transfers onto the liner so it doesn’t look that black anymore? That happens to me too! It could be the liner, and it could be the eyeshadows. Either way I’m not too fussed about it personally :)

      If your eyes are a little hooded, check out this post by Perilously Pale:

      Obviously she’s got a crease, but the tips about how to work with hooded lids probably still apply! Good luck with that!

      • Melissa

        Maybe I will try Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner, I’ve actually only used MAC’s fluidline, and that is just an awful thing for my eyes.

        And yes, I meant that the eyeshadow transfers onto liner so I’ve some weird off-black eyeliner. It doesnt bother me all that much either, I’m just thankful I’m not the only one! All my eye quirks I usually keep to myself since I’m convinced people will think I’m batty. Like how I can only “wink” one eye, if I do it on the other my cheekbones go up with it. (Like I’m squinting from the sun, see that even sounds crazy) I can only apply eyeliner with my eye open because of it. I have yet to meet some other monolidder who has the same problem =(

        Thank you for the link, I will definitely check it out!

        • Sunny

          Hey Melissa, have you tried the Maybelline one? It lasts very well on me as well, and it’s a cheaper experiment.

          I know what you’re talking about with the eye thing! I can close my right eye really easily, but when it comes to my left I do have to move way more facial muscles! I squint both of my eyes when I apply eyeliner without closing them all the way. Have you tried that?

          • Melissa

            I will definitely check out Maybelline next time I’m at the drugstore!

            Yep, I squint and look down when applying eyeliner, its keeping them at that position until they dry thats the problem! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m always premature and get a wonderful line right through my eyeshadow where my lid touches. Gah!

          • Sunny

            Hey Melissa, keep me posted about how you like the Maybelline one! In my experience gel liners usually dry fast enough, so I hope that’ll be the end to your problem!