Monday, June 2, 2014

Liquid Eyeliner

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No matter if you're just going for a simple winged cat eye or, you know, this, you need a great black liquid liner. I used to swear by Almay's potted liquid liner (as opposed to the new pen). I've used it without issue for more than 10 years. 

As with many other things, I have suddenly become unable to tolerate this formula as it burns the shit out of my eyes. So I had to find a new liquid liner. Now that the cat eye is very popular there are a lot of options out there, so I waited patiently until I heard something fantastic.

My first attempted purchase was Rimmel's Scandeleyes Liquid Liner Pen.

It had several good review on YouTube for a lower cost option, but honestly I think it's just shit. It didn't go on opaque, smudged, and the pen dried up after one use. I have since learned that drying out often happens as the cap does not close securely for a lot of people. To me, that's just poor design.

Perhaps you will have better results, but for my time, it wasn't worth the lower price tag.

Disappointed, I headed to Sephora were there was a huge display of liquid liners for me to pit against one another. I didn't want to spend a small fortune (especially since Almay's liner is only $7) so I just tried out three that were middle tier on price: Urban Decay, Makeup Forever, and Kat Von D.

I drew three lines on my hand and let them dry. Overall, Kat Von D was the darkest (and very matte), but it rubbed off easily, so it didn't win my vote. Both Makeup Forever and Urban Decay held up to the rub test, but Urban Decay got my dollar.

At first I really liked this eyeliner. It went on super dark and had a cool vinyl finish that was different that other liners. I didn't love the thin, long bristle brush, but that isn't why I returned it.

After just three hours, this eyeliner began to flake. This was three hours of being at the house doing nothing. This wasn't three hours dancing at a night club or sweating in Florida heat. That eyeliner shouldn't have gone anywhere, but it did. It flaked right into my eyes where my contacts live. It sucked and I was really disappointed.


Determined to find my perfect match, I went with the less pigmented version from Makeup Forever. It has the usual matte finish and dries nice and dark. I had to shake it a lot to keep it opaque, but it does have the felt tipped brush that I prefer.

Because it is waterproof, this eyeliner still flakes when it is removed - that's just the nature of the beast. BUT, it stays on all day without flaking or smudging. I tried it on the weekend first. In the 8 hours of both indoor and outdoor wear, it didn't budge. Then I used it in a makeup look I did for a work party (coming soon!) and the same deal, 12 hours, no budge.

I think I'm in love. I can't wait to buy colors 7 and 10 as well.

Do you have a favorite liquid liner or think I'm just dead wrong in my opinions? Let me know!