Makeup Collection Series | #10 LIQUID EYE LINERS

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

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A few months ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collectionkeeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be cut down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)


LIQUID EYE LINERS

I am all about the black liquid liner. Even if I am doing a nude makeup look or not wearing any thing else on my face, I will always reach for a liquid liner to add a little something to my overall appearance to make me feel ready for the day. I love applying it, I love the look of it and I love how polished I feel wearing it. Be it a simple lining of the eyes, a little flick or a full on dramatic winged liner look, this is one of my favourite makeup steps. If I get it a little too uneven or go accidentally overboard I won’t hesitate to start my whole face again from scratch. It just means a lot to me.

And when it comes to the products I look for:

  • Something that is easy to use because liquid liner is a faffy process in and of itself so a tricky, fussy product is uncalled for
  • A product that is super black because that’s the point of a black liner in that it should show up and show up good
  • A formula and applicator that glides on easily, without catching or dragging or skipping on the eye lid
  • A long-lasting formula that doesn’t need to be checked constantly to make sure your wings are still keeping you in flight

I’ve tried my fair share of liquid liners over the last decade. I can instantly tell if a liquid liner is a winner for me or not. And very rarely do I change my mind on them - my first impressions usually stand unless of course I find something better. I’ve also transitioned into an absolute love affair with brush tip liners recently, even though I do still use a few felt nib liners. I’m going to take you through my current collection of liquid liners and even throw in a couple of honorary of products I think are worth mentioning that I don’t currently own.

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THE ONES I LOVE

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen | £45

It’s hideously expensive. There, that’s out of the way. I’m not denying the ridiculous price tag of this bad boy, nor am I suggesting this product is for everyone. But for me, it’s the one! The one liner to rule them all. Firstly, it’s technically two liners as it’s double ended allowing a wider variety of lining techniques and looks, with a shorter, firm pointed felt nib on one side and a longer, more flexible brush end. Secondly, the formula is ultra black, long wearing and makes applying winged liner accurately an absolute doddle. Thirdly, you kind of do get what you pay for - I’ve had this just over a year (yes it’s way past the shelf life but I’m not handing over almost £50 for a liner to bin it after a couple of months...I will risk eye infections but I’m getting my money’s worth!) and I’ve used this A LOT during that time and it’s only now starting to dwindle. The way I see it, you could divide the price tag by two as you do essentially get the same amount of product and two nibs as though you’re just buying two high end eyeliners. The only thing to be wary of with this liquid liner is that it doesn’t apply over glittery shades very well, and doing so can actually damage the product. Weird, but noteworthy.

DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX* | £16

This is a newer favourite but one that I instantly fell in love with. It has a beautiful brush that moves enough to allow more control but also allows you to be very precise and achieve a really sharp line. It hugs the lash line in the perfect way you’d want it to and is very black. It’s an amazing product and actually is the closest product I’ve found to resemble the Tom Ford in ease of use and performance, of course at a far more appealing price point. If you are new to liquid liners, this one is the one to start with. And if you've been lusting after the Tom Ford but not wanting to spend quite so much, you won't be disappointed with this.

Lancôme Artliner | £19.55


This is the liquid liner I’ve used for the longest time as I first started purchasing this when I was about 17. I even used this on my wedding day. Before pen style liquid liners became as popular as they are now, they mostly came like this and this one is a cut above the rest, even now. It just makes applying the liner so easy and even if you’re a beginner or someone that just struggles with eyeliner, you can use this easily. I haven’t personally tried the L’Oreal dupe of this but I have heard good things about it. Personally I would just go that bit extra and get this instead because I love it so much. It lasts well on the eyes as well as in the tube too.


THE ONES I LIKE

Lancôme Grandiose Liner | £19.55

Beautiful packaging. Weird clicky function. Either way I knew I had to try it since I love their Artliner so much and in my mind Lancôme knows how to do liquid liners. This has a really interesting nib which I think is felt but it has a plastic, silicone feel to it too so it’s got a lot of movement but also firmness. This results in a product that makes it incredibly easy to draw on the perfect winged liner within seconds. I love the blackness and finish of the liner. But! I have issues with this and nothing to do with that silly clicking rotating thing it’s meant to do. The brush doesn’t soak up nearly enough product so I’m constantly having to re-dip to complete my eyeliner. And it drags. It drags and skips on my eyelids a little too much and I struggle to get a perfectly seamless line whereas my wings are always perfect. I can’t seem to have both with this liner and it’s so frustrating. Also, there is a ridiculously small amount of product in this. And for that price, it’s just silly. I am so glad I tried it but really I would just stick to the Artliner. It’s a classic and they really would have had to knock it out of the park to beat it and this one has every potential but fails to live up to its predecessor in my opinion.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner | £14.50

I fell in love with this when I first tried it. In fact, to me this is still the best felt tip eyeliner pen on the market. It is very black and lasts really well throughout the day. My problems with this liner are to do with how the nib changes after some use. I find the tip starts getting frayed making it more and more difficult to wing out my liner accurately. I'm currently using up my 2nd one of these but after that I don't think I will be getting this again. This is one that I think most people would enjoy especially if you are new to liquid liner pens.

NYC Liquid Eyeliner | £9.78 uk seller

This is one of those products that isn't available here in UK annoyingly. Its a great liquid liner for more dramatic eyeliner looks although you can do a whole variety of liner looks very easily with this. It does take some getting used to as the brush is very small and can splay, so you need to learn how to make it small and compact by scraping it on the side of the tube neck. The formula is very very black and lasts well throughout the day. This is a very affordable product across the ocean at only $3.60 or so and I just wish it was available here as its such a great product.

L'Oréal Super Liner Perfect Slim | £6.99

This liner is perfect in every way except for one thing. Before that, let me explain that this liner is a felt nibbed liner which is very firm and seems like it wouldn't be comfortable to use. But it actually makes the job of winged liner super easy and quick to achieve. It is very black, glides on and stays put and could easily be a dupe for any of the higher end liners I have mentioned. Except that it dried up and finished in a matter of weeks. That is really not ideal for me as someone who uses liquid liner almost every day. It actually makes more sense to pay more for a product that lasts longer than buying one of these every few weeks.


THE ONES I COULD (and probably should) GET RID OF

Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner | £16


This is just a sample but I hate it. Its not black enough and the nib isn’t precise enough so you just end up with a faint line and a chunky wing that looks unpolished. It doesn't perform in the way I need and would like my eye liner to perform and for this reason this will be tossed into the bin without a single bit of regret.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | £16

I've talked about this before in this post: 10 Surprisingly Disappointing Products. Not only is the formula not as black as I'd like, I could never get along with the actual formula. It would drag on my eyelids and I could never intensify the colour or correct the skipping as it would remove what I had already applied. It was strange and I could never understand how everyone loved it so much. Its so unfortunate because I actually really love the brush which allows a really precise and sharp wing.

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner | £6

I used to enjoy this liner but having tried so many other pen liners I just don't think its that great and again, I'm just not into felt nibbed liners anymore. The tip is really chunky which doesn't always make for the perfect winged liner. The formula isn't very opaque or black and dries out very quickly. I won't be buying this ever again.


WISH LIST

I genuinely don't have any other liners on my wish list. I mean, I am not against trying more liquid liners because I love them so much, but I feel like I have come across the ones I truly love using that do it for me so the search is actually over. Hurrah!!! :)


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If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:




What is your favourite liquid liner? Do you use liquid liner daily? Do you have any recommendations for someone like me who thinks they've found the holy grail liners? I'd love to know...





Sal xxx
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