REVIEW: Hall of Fail – No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner


This eyeliner seems to be a love or hate product. I’m firmly in the hate corner.

I use the shade ‘Carbon’ from the HD Eye & Brow Palette (NEVER smudges) to line my upper eyelid applied in a push/dab motion with the Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush.  I honestly believe you need only spend the readies on two quality Mac brushes, the 212 and the 217 Blending Brush.  But for the life of me, I can’t get the brush into the corners, so I use Diorliner Precision Eyeliner to line the inner third of my eye.

I went to Boots to buy the Diorliner, but naturally, there was no one manning the Dior section, so I quickly grabbed this No 7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner from the No 7 counter at the front of the shop – Big mistake!

Here’s what others have said about this eyeliner:


I love the felt tip eyeliner, it makes application so easy and stays in place for ages. Runs/ dries out quite quickly though. However, would still recommend.

I love this eyeliner. I am in my middle age and it does get harder to apply eyeliner to the top lid above the lashes, but this makes it so easy and it lasts all day and does not smudge…. Unless you rub your eyes! Buying my second one next week as I do not want to be without it!

I have used a number of felt eyeliners since I have a very unsteady hand when dealing with my eyes and this is by far the best! It is really easy to apply.


I was so disappointed with this product that I got my money back. The pen was almost dry when I got it and did not create a good line as a result. Not good value for money, sadly as I like no7 usually.

I couldn’t wait to try this but how disappointed I am. The colour comes out fine when you try on your hand or a tissue but as soon as you hold it to apply it to the eyelid, it doesn’t work. A bit like a biro when you hold it level. It took about two minutes to try to get any colour on and I have been left with sore eyelids. Just a waste of money.

The brush was hard and uncomfortable to apply and the colour was pale. When I tried it on the back of my hand, the colour came out fine. So I tried again. My eyelids have been left sore and unable to apply any make up. Reading other reviews of this product, I’m not the only one who has experienced this. Looks like I’m going to have to take it back for a refund.


Like most of us, I’m not going to risk testing a make up product on my eyes that other people might have used, so I tried the pen on the back of my hand in the shop and it looked OK. It was a medium brown shade and it produced a fine line. I did think the nib was a bit hard, it lives up to its name and is very much like a felt tip pen, but I thought it would do the job.

When I applied it to my eyes at home over eyeshadow, the colour ‘splashed’ and ‘bled’ over my eyelid. I took a dry cotton wool ear bud and tried to lift some of it off, but it smudged even more and made it even worse. In the end I had to take off all my eye make up and start again – not happy.

I gave it another shot the next day and the same thing happened. When I went back to Boots, the sales assistant asked me why I was returning it and I bluntly told her that I hated it and it just didn’t work for me. Bit of a mistake as she visibly bristled and turned a little sour.  *Note to self – LIE!*

She then got a little bolshie and said that she was wearing the same product and it was perfectly fine on her and it was one of their bestsellers, (oh, really?).

I glanced at her eyelids and sure enough, the colour had travelled over her lid and bled along the lash line. Did I tell her that? Did I heck. I just asked for my money back. She said they could only do an exchange as the product wasn’t faulty. I then spent 30 minutes trying to find a product I actually wanted, for £8.00 – not many, when did No 7 become so expensive?

In the end, I went online and ordered DIOR Diorliner Precision Eyeliner from Escentual in my usual shade, 798 (brown) for £22.35 (inc £1.95 P&P) – if you can find it any cheaper, let me know!

DIOR DiorLiner - Precision Eyeliner

It’s been my must have liner for years, the colour is a deep true brown; the nib is soft; it stays put on your lid and most importantly, it’s foolproof to apply. I find that it lasts for ages because it delivers just enough colour for me to use without me constantly twisting the barrel for more product.

The downside is that it is incredibly expensive and  you have to be really careful when you put the lid back on, as you could bend the nib, the space inside the lid is very narrow.

Lesson learned – Buy in haste, repent at leisure.

No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner £8.00 Boots

DIOR Diorliner – Precision Eyeliner £22.35 Escentual

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