I have been on the hunt for a new eyeliner. I use liquid eyeliner pens as a general rule, since I draw on winged liner most every time I wear makeup. I had been usisng Stila’s STAY ALL DAY liquid liner pen for about two years, and considered just buying a new one now that mine dried out. However, I heard a rumor that Stila had changed the formula and the pens dry out even quicker than usual. I had also purchased an eyeliner sample set at Sephora, and that included Kat Von D’s tattoo liner in Trooper. This is a favorite in the makeup communities I belong to, but I found the black wasn’t black enough. It faded to a gray after a few hours, even though it was a great sharp brush.
While looking at all of my options at Sephora and Ulta over the weekend, I decided to TOTALLY change it up. I went for a gel liner pot from one of my favorite brands, Anastasia Beverly Hills. I had heard makeup artist Samantha Ravndahl (of Batalash Beauty on YouTube) mention that she uses this cream instead of liner pens these days, and I decided to give it a shot. The container is identical to my Anastasia Dipbrow- let’s hope I don’t give myself black brows one sleepy morning.
The brush that ABH suggests you buy to use with this stuff is $18- the SAME PRICE as the liner itself. My brow pomade has lasted me over a year, so I figured the $18 was well worth it… Just not for a brush, too. Instead I grabbed an Essence cosmetics slanted brush for $1.99.
I hastily opened the product and layered it over my existing liner the moment I got home, so my apologies for the less than perfect product shot. Hey, it can be exciting to try a new product like this!! Waiting is overrated!
Here it is on my eyes on two different days. The left is a cat eye drawn with the brush, and the right shows the liner in my lower lash line.
Not dramatically different than my normal eyeliner look, except it’s much blacker and richer. I have already mastered drawing on my wings with that little brush, and I love it WAY more than any eyeliner pen I’ve tried.
This product lasts longer, stays blacker, and is waterproof. The only downside is when a little smears off during application and lightly stains my lid, which I can’t get off without makeup remover then. But I just need to be more careful with blinking while it dries (which is a quick process, anyway).
If you are in the market for a new eyeliner, I highly recommend this one. I can get the thinnest top line, or a nice thick wing. It works for the waterline, and applies easily. It stays pristine and crisp, but you can smudge it for a smoky look, too. Definitely a 10 out of 10 from me!