I've been practising winged eyeliner since I was approximately sixteen and, if I'm honest, I'm still a long way from mastering it. Having said that, this ongoing life lesson that I keep attempting to learn from has helped me develop both an arch nemesis and best friend rolled into one; liquid eyeliner. I tend to be a little Goldilocks when it comes to liquid eyeliner; They're Real Push Up Liner? Too dry. Kiko Long Lasting Eyeliner Pen? Too Wet. Some are too thick, some too thin, some too solid, some too flexible - none have ever been what I want, and none have ever gone head to head with my watery eyes before and emerged victorious, until this one; Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper.
This came with my Sephora order so it was far from cheap - the website informs me that including taxes and shipping to the UK this comes to £23.46, but I think I've probably paid considerably more for considerably worse pieces of make up in the past, so I'm going to let that one slide. When I opened the package, I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed. For a product that had been recommended to me by my trainee MUA of a cousin and literally tons of you guys over on the #bbloggers chat - this seemed remarkably like every single other pen eyeliner that I'd ever used. This got tossed to one side and lost in a pile of things if I'm honest - until it came to a night out when it was hot and I knew that my current eyeliner would run.
I was pleasantly surprised with this from the minute it touched my skin. What I thought was going to be a rigid felt tip liner ended up having a smooth, super thin brush tip that allowed me a neat line with ease - it even had my eyeliner even in a record amount of time. So far, so good. I arrived at Katy's for a night of pub quizzes, and was met with a comment on how black my eyeliner looked - kudos to Kat Von D for the whole jet-black-without-reflecting-light-in-a-weird-way-because-it's-shiny thing that this eyeliner has, another huge tick on my list. Last but not least - this really stood the test of time; no imprinting onto the top of my lid when I was hot, no streaming down my face when my perpetually watery eyes started to play up - in fact not even the tiniest fleck missing at the end of the night, perfect right into the lash line. Bonus points for the fact that despite all of this it was a pleasure to get off with cleanser, it only took one solid wash before it was all gone.
I almost never use the term holy grail, because I enjoy switching products up so much, but this really is something - it gives me the convenience and ease of application of a gel liner, the jet black opacity of a good kohl pencil and yet it's infallible and in such great, easy to use and carry packaging. I can see why so many of you swear by this, and honestly - I really do think that I would pay the extra money to get this shipped every time it ran out, because it really is a routine-changing product for somebody who wears as much eyeliner as often as I do. You might recall that I felt a little hit and miss about the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick that also came in this order - but I have to say, Kat Von D has definitely redeemed herself in my book with this one. I will say though, I've not had mine long and the bottom of the pen does have a crack in it, so just be careful with the packaging to avoid any disasters.
What eyeliners do you swear by?