Ever since I saw Taylor Swift rocking the winged eyeliner look back in 2009, I instantly became obsessed. Since then I’ve tried every drugstore liquid eyeliner known to man (or should I say woman). For the longest time I was using Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Liner until last year when I finally took the plunge and tried Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (in Black). I was amazed by the lasting power and I thought “wow I finally found my match”, until I stumbled across Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner thanks to HeyClaire‘s recommendation. Since I fell in love with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner so much and since I was on a Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale event high, I thought hey why not try her latest liquid liner release the Ink Liner.
Much like the Tattoo Liner it has great lasting power! Unlike many liquid eyeliners this will not fade or turn a greenish/grey throughout the day, as it’s highly pigmented. It not only lasts in different climates, but the long lasting formula can hold up against dry watery eyes.
I am no stranger to liquid liner and apply this baby on every day at 7AM. This product lasts until I remove it either right when I get home from work or if I’m a lazy little bugger at midnight before I go to bed…Though it doesn’t budge throughout the day, it’s still easy to remove with your common eye makeup remover even though it’s waterproof.
I love interchanging the Ink Liner with the Tattoo Liner depending on what look I’m going for. The Tattoo Liner is great for thinner, more precise, clean looks, whereas the Ink Liner is great for achieving bold, dramatic looks quickly. The Ink Liner has a thicker applicator than the Tattoo Liner. I would compare the Ink and Tattoo liners like a felt tip marker vs. a felt tip pen. I find myself grabbing the Ink Liner much more often in the morning when I’m in a rush to head out because I just need one simple stroke and I’m good to go, whereas I personally find you need to do multiple passes of the Tattoo Liner. I will say that if you’re a beginner when it comes to liquid liner I would lean towards the Tattoo Liner over the Ink Liner because you can build up your look to the intensity you want it to be.
Another great thing about the Ink Liner is that you can get different precisions. If you use the tip of the liner you can achieve a much more precise and thin stroke (seen on the right of the photo below) or use the side of the liner and get a fatter, more bold stroke (seen on the left of the photo below). I tend to do a combo and use the tip for the inner corner/wing and save the side of the applicator to fill in the middle of my eyelid.
My only qualm about the Ink Liner vs the Tattoo Liner is that it can bleed slightly due to the intensity and super rich opaque formula if you apply the product too hard. Where it wins over the Tattoo Liner is it’s ability to do multiple passes without crusting or seeming dry.
- Bold and truly jet black (in Trooper)
- Great lasting power (lasts all day)
- Super rich formula
- Strong applicator
- Not the greatest for the most precise looks because of the thicker applicator (may need a Q-Tip to fix up any messes)
- Slight bleeding
Overall: I would recommend this product to any winged eye lover. It has great lasting power and you won’t be disappointed with the quality of this product. Yes, it’s roughly $10 more than your average drugstore liquid liner, but this is one of those things in life where you get what you pay for. It’s now become a necessity and a holy grail product in my daily makeup routine.
Cost: $23 CAD
Where to purchase: Sephora
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