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I wear eye makeup all the time and over the years I've tried of different products. I have to say, for a sophisticated look, this is by far and away the best eye liner I've ever had. I bought this a few years ago by chance and I loved it so much that its made me try out other products in the Laura Mercier line.
As you can see from the picture, the eye liner comes in a box. There's an eye liner brush which goes with it but you have to buy that separately. Every time you use it, you have to wet the brush and then use that to wet the eye liner powder so it becomes liquidy (is that a word?) and the brush can pick it up. You then apply it to your eye lashes. I'm sure there's different techniques but I put the brush at the edge of my eye lash from underneath and wiggle it so the colour goes on to the edge of my eye lid. I then move a little way up my eye lash and do exactly the same, repeating until there's colour on the entire edge of the eye lash. To be honest, the only downside with the product is that you do have to faff around with water - if I'm in a rush, it's often too much hassle.
The reason I love it so much is because it allows you to get to the very bottom of the eye lash, giving you a really natural, sophisticated look. I've got long eyelashes and for me, the eyeliner just emphasises my eyes without being obviously made up. My mum has sparser, shorter eyelashes and when I've got her to use it, it looks great as it doesn't look to thick or overpower her. I think its perfect for a natural or a professional look. Its also very long lasting and I've never had a problem with it smudging etc.
For a night out, I personally think it's too subtle on it's own (but bear in mind, I LOVE eye make up!), so I use it with a thicker, more conventional eye liner over the top, sometimes in a different colour to make an attractive contrast.
As well as the fiddliness of the water, you also need to bear in mind the cost of getting the eye liner AND a brush. On the plus side, you'll only ever need one brush (they're great quality) and the eye liner lasts for ages.
If you're OK with those things, definitely give it a go. I think it's great.
As I've mentioned in previous reviews I have struggled to find an eyeliner that suits me and my pathetic excuse for eyelids. I've tried pencils, liquids, pens and everything just makes me look panda-esque. Ever the optimist I continued to hunt for an eyeliner that would give my eyes that subtle definition I'm looking for. I've used a few Laura Mercier products in the past and as it's a brand I trust I thought I'd ask the lovely lady on the LM counter whether there was anything she'd recommend and after a quick demonstration I was sold.
On appearance the liner looks more like an eye shadow than a liner, coming in a little compact with a mirror. The sales assistant showed me that the way to get the best use out of the eye liner was to use the "tight line technique" which is wetting a flat bristled brush (which I was also persuaded to buy, but I'm sure a cheaper brush with a completely flat edge would do the job) and running it along the eyelid as close to the lashes as possible. I was really impressed with the result and so bought it hoping I'd be able to keep my hand steady enough to apply it as well as she had.
When I got home I gave it a go and was really surprised how easy it was to apply. Due to the narrow flat brush it was much easier to get closer to the lashes than using other eyeliners. I personally find it easy to dot the brush along my lash line rather than drawing a line in one motion, but that's just my personal preference. The sales assistant recommended applying the liner from midway along my eyelid to the outer corner of my eyes. I thought this might look a bit odd and incomplete but due to the subtlety of the liner it really didn't look peculiar.
The effect is very natural and subtle, exactly what I wanted. The lady who demonstrated the liner on me was wearing it herself but had obviously built it up a lot more, which looked great on her but just wouldn't work on me, but for those who want a more dramatic effect, it is achievable with this liner. She also said you can apply the liner on the eyelid on the under side of the lashes to make your lashes appear longer but I just made a mess when I tried it and so will stick to applying it along the lash line.
I've used this eye liner both prior to eye shadow and after it, and it still shows up nicely whilst remaining natural and subtle. It also lasts all day and doesn't smudge once it's dried which I personally found great. The fact that it doesn't smudge may be a negative point for those who want to create the smouldering eyes look but I consider the smudge-free nature of the liner a major positive.
Like with all Laura Mercier products I have used, this liner is suitable for my sensitive skin and eyes and didn't give any adverse reaction at all.
The liner is available in two colours - black ebony, blue marine and mahogany brown. I use the mahogany brown as it suits my fair complexion but I do think it would be nice if a larger range of colours were available.
It's not the cheapest eye liner in the world, I bought mine from Selfridges for around £18 but it has lasted me ages and it still looks like new, it just doesn't seem to be going down any so it's well worth the splurge. I love it!
An ultra-smooth / water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner / Smudge and transfer-resistant / this long-wearing formula goes on 'foolproof' with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush / Apply along upper lash line using Angled Eye Liner Brush in an easy dip and stroke action.