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Being a big fan of Urban Decay products, this glittery eyeliner caught my eye when I was having a browse of their stand. "Heavy metal" is the name of the glitter eyeliner which comes in various shades:
Groupie - purple
Stagedive - green
Spandex - black
Glam rock - silver
Cat fight - pink
Baked - gold
Air guitar - blue
I purchased the "Glam Rock" silver glittery eyeliner in the hope that it would give me some sparkle on my eyelids. I planned to wear it on nights out. This eyeliner cost me £13.00 for a 7.5ml tube.
This eyeliner comes in a round tube. The tube is clear allowing you to see the product through it. Through the tube the eyeliner looks like it is very concentrated and the glitter is very dense. Upon opening the lid, I found a very thin brush which had a sufficient amount of the eyeliner on the end. I was initially impressed when I saw the thin brush. It seemed to hold a good amount of the eyeliner and looked like it would be easy to apply this with precision.
When I tried to apply this eyeliner I was completely unimpressed. Running the brush along my eyelid left very little eyeliner actually on my skin. Most of the glitter seemed to still be stuck to the brush. I thought I would let it dry and apply another coat, but even with 3-4 coats of this eyeliner the glitter was very sparse. Another problem I encountered with this eyeliner was that it took absolutely ages to dry, meaning what little amount of glitter was actually on my eyelid ended up near my eyebrows when I opened my eyes!
When I applied this eyeliner, it felt "cooling" and almost stingy on my eyelids. After a night of it, when I removed it my eyelids were red and slightly irritated. While it may be unfair to mark this eyeliner down for this, as I do suffer from very sensitive skin, I would say that for the price I paid, I would expect this eyeliner to be gentler.
My final complaint about this eyeliner is that it was quite tricky to remove. Even though there was not a huge amount of glitter on my eyelids, the small amount that was there did not want to budge with my normal eye make up remover.
All in all, I was thoroughly disappointed with this eyeliner from a brand that I usually love! For this reason I am giving it one star only, and definitely would not recommend. Thanks for reading/rating.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner comes in 10 different bright and glittery shades. The product comes in a clear plastic tube and is applied with a thin precision brush built into the lid. In comparison with other liquid liners on the market the size of the product is really generous.
I own Spandex which is black liner accented with rainbow glitter. It's perfect for a high-glam evening look and can be worn alone or ontop of shadow or eyeliner. The black liner isn't particularly dark so alone it you mainly see the rainbow glitter rather than black liner. I like to apply a thick black liquid eyeliner and then apply Heavy Metal eyeliner over the top of it for a really dramatic effect.
Once applied, like most of the Urban Decay range this eyeliner is really long-lasting and you don't need to worry about smudging or the glitter dropping onto other parts of your face as the day/night wears on.
For me, this is a really dramatic product which I couldn't wear everyday so it has lasted me a long time.
I have a few Urban Decay products and am quite a big fan of the 24/7 glide-on eyeliners which work really well and come in lovely colours. My family know that I like their products and so I got given a small set in the colour Midnight Cowboy. This included the glitter eyeliner - I was pretty excited to try this because I'd never tried a glitter eyeliner before. I'd seen tutorials of people using really densely packed glitter for really beautiful makeup looks and thought it would be similar with this product...
A beauty editor favorite! These arresting shades of glitter apply with precision thanks to a tiny brush, and will NOT move once dry. All the glitz of glam rock without the spandex or bad hair. These arresting shades of glitter are suspended in a clear base and apply with a tiny, precise brush. Paint thin lines with the tip of the brush, or sweeping color with the side of the brush for dramatic, jewel-encrusted eyes. Once dry, they will not budge - the glitter won't fall to your cheeks or transfer to your makeout partner's face. Make sure you let each coat dry a bit before applying the next for perfect glitter distribution.
~~Current Price & Additional Information~~
BeautyBay currently sell them for £13 per 7.5ml tubes. Other big online retailers also sell them. BeautyBay don't actually sell it in Midnight Cowboy, although the American website for Urban Decay lists this as one of the colours you can buy.
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I own the full-sized 7.5ml product which measures 9cm with the lid accounting for 4cm. The lid is a nice dull silver/grey colour which looks really nice against the clear body of the eyeliner since the glitter looks really dense and sparkly inside. The writing on my Midnight Cowboy eyeliner doesn't look very visible against the brown glitter, especially since it reflects a lot in the light - the writing just has the name of the product and manufacturer's details.
After looking at the product inside the tube, I assumed the glitter would be very plentiful, very dense and definitely show up on the eyes. Well... all those things that I assumed were wrong... The applicator looks promising; it's a very thin brush that gives you pretty good control so you can put your eyeliner where you want it. One look at the brush though, and you'll see most of the colour of the hairs on the brush i.e. it doesn't hold much glitter. The glitter is quite chunky and I was disappointed immediately...
I tried putting this on as a stand alone eyeliner. It felt quite weird and watery, although this isn't surprising as water is one of the main ingredients. After applying it close to the top and bottom lash line, it still feels weird and cooling...like you just put water there or something. The glitter looks very laughable and consequently I look very strange with uneven patches instead of a thick and gorgeously glittery, dense line of eyeliner colour. As a stand-alone eyeliner it looks rather weird, and I find that under movement you definitely notice something there but it doesn't look right... the glitter also doesn't stay in place very well either, especially where I've applied it to above the upper lash line...it's now spread north bound...
I tried putting a glitter-free eyeliner on first and then going over with the glitter eyeliner to see if this would look any better. It does look a bit better, but again you can see the patchiness since it's hard to get a nice uniform line of glitter. In fact, I felt that I was better off just not using it.
I personally wouldn't use this, but I have to say that I don't have a large eyelid that can pack huge amounts of eyeshadow onto. I think the effect would be better if I did with the glitter over the eyeshadow, but then again I wouldn't be using it as an eyeliner then! Even though it looked so promising in its tube, it really disappointed me. There was pretty much no use for such a precise brush since there wasn't even enough glitter to cover the whole thing! This experience has put me off even contemplating trying the other glitter eyeliners in this range despite the assurances from the UD website that this product is a "beauty editor favorite"!
I got this eyeliner in an urban decay gift set that I received for Christmas. I was instantly excited and eager to use it as I do love all things that are a bit girly and a bit glittery and from the outside this is exactly what this looked like. The colour that I received was 'Baked' which is a lovely gold colour.
**What is the heavy metal eyeliner?**
For a start you should not be put off by the name of this product, it is not some thick eye makeup that you typically see worn by rock stars and that alike. It is simply glitter eyeliner in liquid form.
The eyeliner itself comes in a small tube which a screw top lid which opens to unveil the very thin brush applicator, this brush allows for precision when applying.
As the tube is see through you can see the product which from the outside looks fabulous, it catches the light beautifully and certainly looks like it will make a bold impact on your eyes.
**Using the product**
The handle of the product is of a good size to grip and apply the product, this along with the thin brush makes applying this product very easy and precise.
As I apply the eyeliner I quickly become very disappointed. From a product from a higher range and from the look of it from the outside I expected to be able to create full, bold lines of gold colour and glitter.
This is like many of the cheaper products that are available in that it is simply just the glitter. The product touches your skin in an almost water consistency leaving particles of glitter behind, not the bold impact that I was looking for.
There is a good amount of glitter applied in one stroke of the brush and it dries almost instantly.
Not being able to create bold looks I moved on to try other techniques. Now I only tend to use this product if I want a little bit of extra sparkle either on my eyelids or occasionally on my eyelashes. It is not exceptionally noticeable but you can certainly tell it is there especially if the particles catch the light in the right way, after all it's nice to have a bit of extra sparkle.
What I like about this eyeliner is its staying power, it just doesn't budge and can be worn all day with no problems. However it does remove fairly easily with makeup wipes.
This eyeliner is available in a variety of shades, 11 are listed on the website and I am not going to go through them all. Basically it is available in a variety of shades of blue, green, silver, gold and pink.
This is certainly not the cheapest glitter eyeliner on the market costing around £13.
In my opinion this is an OK product, would I use it again it I was given it as a gift? Yes, Would I go out and buy it for myself? Probably not. The colours are gorgeous but I think if I wanted a glitter eyeliner again I would go for a cheaper option.
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When I first bought this product I was genuinely happy to get it and have been so far with the use. Its easy to apply and unlike many other glitter eyeliners the application is up to you. You can either have a little bit of glitter for that subtle sparkle, or apply more and go full out for that excellent glam rock look.
The main advantage is you know your getting a great product for just that little bit more money, and you can enjoy the fact that your finally investing in a good brand.
I say investing as I am yet to run out of my one little bottle, it has last me a fair while despite my best attempts to use it up (overloading my eyes with glitter). Its something that definitely last a well and remains the same quality as when you first bought it.
I find that unless I use a primer the product doesn't last as long as I would like.
I am happy with this product and am looking forward to experiment with a wider range of urban decay products in the future as these have proved you are definitely paying for good quality makeup.
I received my Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter eyeliner at Christmas as my family are becoming more aware of my make-up obsession-highly due to my constant pestering about make-up vouchers at birthdays and Christmas! Normally my pestering goes ignored, however this year I was very lucky in that I not only got vouchers to put towards make-up, I also got some great make-up to try out!
*~* Packaging & Product *~*
The packaging was simple enough, they come in a plastic box so that you can easily see the colours, which is good as I often find myself opening things I shouldn't be to get a look at the product!
Each tube of line is also clear so that you can see the shade of glitter. As well as on the pack each tube has written on the branding, the address of the company and small symbols that indicate this product in cruelty free.
Unlike a lot of other Urban Decay products I don't find this packaging particularly exciting or expensive looking, and I would class £13 for a glitter liner expensive! Perhaps I'm being fussy, as I suppose what really could you do to this packaging to make it more exciting as being in a clear tube and packaging means you know what you are getting.
In this particular pack the shades of liner are;
*Glam Rock (Silver),
*Stage Dive (a lighter emerald green shade).
Other colours which are available out with the 3 pack are;
* Mullet (olive green)
*Spandex ( a dark mixed glitter)
*Air Guitar (light blue/turquoise)
*Baked (Burnt Orange)
* Midnight Cowboy (gold)
* Distortion ( a light mixed glitter, so it would look different pastel colours in the light)
* Groupie (Pale pink)
The product description says the product can be used as a liner or over eye shadow
It also claims that once dry it will not budge, fall on your cheeks or transfer! If only all my make-up worked this way!
*~* Price and Availability *~*
The liners I received came in a three pack, but these can be purchased singularly if you were looking for a colour that perhaps isn't the 3 pack. I cannot find an actual price for the 3 pack but the individual tube costs £13 on the Debenhams site.
However, there are various sites on the web selling both the individual packs and the three pack.
Urban Decay can also be bought in House of Frasers and larger Boots stores.
*~*Using The Product*~*
The product has a very fine brush stashed inside the tube so it means you can be very precise when using this product. This is very good if you plan on doing only alone the eye line. If you wanted to cover your whole eyelid, it would take a bit more work as you would need to be careful of not removing any already applied eye shadow.
Now, I almost feel bad for writing this as I have a quick peep at other reviews and it looks like I may be the first to say....I'm not really impressed...at all....maybe this much >......<
When I buy eye liner I expect the product to be able to produce a line, on my eye. Pretty straight forward. I understand with glitter liners you wont get a solid line but I still expected a bit more from Urban Decay.
In all colour the glitter is in a clear liquid so there is no other colour to help give it a more defined line. When applied the glitter is quite sparse, which is good if you only want a subtle glitter effect. However, I do not. I wanted bold, lot's of glitter! As I wear liquid black eyeliner everyday I like to have quite striking eyes. This liner did not give the desired effect as a liner.
However, I have found light at the end of my seemingly not so glittery tunnel.
If you apply the glitter all over the lid on top of a similar colour of shadow it looks really nice. As the glitter is sparse you can build it up to be slightly more dramatic or leave it as really subtle, just catching the light. However, be careful as I didn't put too much on and my eyelid felt quite weird. Very cold, almost irritating my eye and the liner is quite heavy so it feels slightly uncomfortable. This feeling wears off though, leaving beautiful sparkly lids!
Also it does last a good length of time and I've only spoted one bit of glitter on my face since putting it on!
*~* Overall *~*
As a liner, I would not recommend this product, but as an all over glitter for the lids it is very good. The colours are lovely and there is a good range of colours to choose from. If you were looking for a glitter liner I would try other brands - one I found to be quite impressive was Collection 2000 surprisingly.
So for £13 I would recommend researching cheaper brands and trying them first.
Urbay Decay is one of the best by far well know brands for eye shadows, they have such a fantastic range in colours, and in different formats too such as; pencils, powders, liquids, and last but by no means least glitter liners!
The Heavy Metal glitter liners are fantastic for making your eyes stand out. I love to load my lids up with Glam Rock Silver even just for days at work! The liners come in a 7.5ml bottle with a silver lid, and usually are around £13rrp, the bottle will usually last me around 5/6 months and that is constant use, everyday, so well worth the extra pennies in comparison to some other branded eyeshadows/liners.
The Heavy Metal Liners come in the following colours:
*Air Guitar (Blue)
* Cat Fight (Pink)
*Glam Rock (Silver)
*Groupie (Pale Pink)
* Metal Head (Purple)
* Midnight Cowboy (Beige/Gold)
*Spandex (Rainbow Black)
The liner comes with a very thin brush for perfect application, this means you can put a little thin line above and below your lashes, or a thick line to really show off your eyes. I find the glitter stays on all day and will only fully come off with make up remover or make up wipes. Be warned...if you start to cry the glitter will end up all over your face and its quite hard to remove with out wipes or remover!!
I seriously love Urban Decay Glam Rock Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner and have used it for several years to boost my look, particularly on a night out or for the party season. I have several colours, namely "Air Guitar" (blue), "Glamrock" (silver), "Stagedive" (green) and "distortion" (irridescent) - my favourite, without a doubt, being Stagedive as it really compliments my eye colour. Each tube costs in the region of about £13 for 7.5 ml - and it can be bought in just about any store that sells mid-level make-up i.e. Boots.
This eyeliner comes in a small glass transparent tube which displays the colour of the eyeliner - which is handy, especially considering the fact that the names actually give no indication as to the colour whatsoever. Having said that, the names are fun and glitzy - and I quite like that. Anyway, the glass tube is topped with a silver screw top, which has a thin brush attached to the inside of it which is used for application. The applicator is fine and thin enough for a thin application of eyeliner should you want to stay away from a chunkier application. However, I've found that, over time, the brush can become a little worn and that makes a neat and tidy application a little tough, and when this happens I tend to use my own brush to apply the eyeliner because its not worth the battle! However, with a non-worn brush applicator, the eye-liner is applied really easily.
What I particularly like about this product is that, once applied, it stays put! Unless you're using make-up remover or face wipes, this product is going to stay on your eyelids come rain or shine. Even if I rub my eyes, or cry, or get caught in the worst rainstorm imaginable, this eyeliner isn't going anywhere. It means that you end the day / night looking as fresh as when you started it.
The colours are really vibrant, bold and sparkly - and yet, strangely enough, not at all over-powering. It doesn't make my eyelids look heavy or overly made up and, depending on which colour you use and how you apply it, the effects can actually be quite subtle. You can actually use it in such a way as to be as subtle or as bold as you wish to be. For example, if you apply the Distortion colour, this is quite subtle and can be used in a lot of non-party situations (including day wear) - but if you apply more of this, or double it up with another colour or with funky eyeshadow then the effects can be really striking.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product to anyone what loves make up and loves being sparkly in a non-tacky way. This is a classy glittery product and it really will add something to your make up collection.
With the christmas party season coming up now is the time that I can break open my more glam make-up that isn't really suitable during the rest of the year. That means lot's of glitter.
Urban Decay do a lovely line of products with glitter in them that I like to use as they manage to give me the glamorous look I am aiming for without making me look like a drag queen or a little girl who has gone a bit mad with her make-up set.
The easiest one for almost everyone to wear who wants some sparkle without going overboard is probably the Heavy metal glitter eyeliner. These earliners come in little 7ml tubes and cost £13 each. It is expensive but there is a reason for that and that is because the quality is so much better than with cheaper brands and the colour is more vibrant and lasts a hell of a lot longer.
There is a variety of colours to choose from but my favourite has to be the gold one.
You apply them to the eye with the applicator brush that is built into the lid and this is really thin and easy to use. If you just want to line your eyes then you use the tip of the applicator and it is quite easy to get a nice thin presice line of it exactly where you want it.
This is the best way for a more subtle look but still giving your eyes some pop.
You can also choose to use the side of the brush to apply more to your whole eye area but I prefer to use a proper eye shadow for this as it can be a bit messy and nowhere near as presice as just lining your eyes is.
The colour is lovely and as it is a sticky gel with glitter it, it really sticks to your eyes and the beauty with this product is that once on it isn't going anywhere for the entire night. I know that I can apply it and it will stay put until I use make-up remover to take it off. Depending on how much I apply it can be difficult to remove but that's only when I really layer it thickly.
If you want really glittery eyes then you need to apply a layer and wait until it's dry before adding another layer. I find tha 4 or 5 layers of it will usually be enough even when I want ultra glittery eye's. As mentioned if I want something more subtle then a thing layer is best as this just gives my eyes a little sparkle without looking too much.
I highly recommend these little glitter eyeliners. They are expensive but in my mind worth it as they last for ages and look fantastic especially when you want to make a big effort and look glamorous.
These little gems should be in every girl's make up bag! They will make you stand out from the crowd and can be used in hundreds of different ways to create a jewel-licious look that will never be forgotten!
They are not for the feint hearted so if you prefer a natural look or minimal make up then stop reading this review. However, if you are looking for a sparkle-tastic, attention seeking, obviously done up look then Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter eyeliners were made for you!
I first discovered these when a friend and I were getting glammed up for a night out. We were side by side in the mirror, chatting about the usual stuff us girls like to chat about, sipping our champers and being generally excitable. She is an avid make up lover and tries all sorts of products. She has a different face for every occasion and is not afraid to experiment. I, on the other hand, am a little more timid and usually prefer a more natural look but when I saw her applying this delicious stuff to her eyelids I was green with envy and found myself just staring at her, mouth wide open, thinking, "WOW!"...
A few minutes passed and my friend soon realised that I was entranced by the sparkles that had magically appeared on her eyelids and at this point she asked, "Do you want to try some?". I was in make up heaven.
Drama and stories aside, this wonderful product guarantees a sparkle like no other. It's easy to apply and has a very thin brush that means you can do lots of different things with it (as mentioned above) and be really precise in your application of it. After I'd tried my friend's gold one I went out to Boots and bought a three pack with gold (baked), silver (pyrotechnics) and green (stagedive) colours. They are cheaper if you buy them in a three pack so if you want to treat yourself and have a few colours to play with then I'd recommend doing that. I love the gold and silver ones most because I can use them with my other eyeshadows and make up to create some really unique looks.
I've used them as eyeliners to create a very subtle sparkle over dark, smoky eyes and also as a sort of top coat over a silver/gold eyeshadow base for all out sparkle. You can also just put a few sparkles on the inner corners of your eyes to open them right up and create a really playful look.
The bits of sparkle/glitter that are actually in the tubes are quite small so you need a few layers of the clear liquid to create a good sparkle effect. The liquid is quite sticky so it needs a minute or so to dry but then it stays put and will last all night! There is no smell and it's easy to remove with a normal cleanser/make-up remover.
All in all, this is a must if you want something a bit different and are prepared to play with your look. It's the most fun product in my make up bag and puts a smile on my face every time I wear it.
Urban Decay is one of my all time favourite cosmetics brands but I only discovered them about two years ago. The brand sells a lot of make up, especially eye shadows that stand out and are usually done in exciting colours and they pride themselves on doing something different. However, Urban Decay isn't a cheap brand and you will never find it anywhere near the likes of 17 or Collection 2000 but this is for a reason.
I received a set of 3 Heavy Metal glitter eyeliners for my last birthday as a present from one of my jobs (My mum is actually my boss so she knew what I would want) so I cannot comment on how much these cost. I imagine, knowing the cost of Urban Decay products that they would be somewhere between £10 and £20 in shops.
The colours that were in my pack were Glam Rock (silver), Stage Dive (Green) and Metalhead (purple). I was so excited when I opened the little box as these are three of the eye shadow colours that I use the most. Remember Sophie Ellis Bexter's video for Murder on the Dance Floor? She has the most amazing green, sparkly eye shadow and ever since then I wanted something similar.
Even though the tubes are quite small, there is a lot of glitter in them. I have only had them for 3 months and don't use them all of the time but I can see that they are going to last me a long, long time. The difference with these eye liners compared to others that are similar is that they have real glitter in them, mixed with some form of gel. The applicator brushes are really small so you can do very precise and clean lines when you apply the liner.
Applying the liner is extremely easy even if you don't have such a steady hand. If you want to go for a more subtle look then I would advise that you only use one coat. This will just give you a little sparkle above your eyelashes which looks very pretty. I use these more for nights out and tend to build up the coats for a more dramatic look. I've found that one coat will not do anything spectacular but after about 4, the glitter really stands out.
As I said before about Sophie Ellis Bextor's eye shadow, I have used these in the same way. I do always put Urban Decay eye shadow on as a base though just to make sure that everything stays exactly where it should do. I do try to keep my eyes closed when I use this as an eye shadow though. Because of the gel, if you open your eyes, you will probably end up with some above the crease and need to remove it.
Although I love these eye liners, they are really hard to remove. Wilkinson's facial wipes normally get rid of any make up but I really have to work to get these off. There have been times where I have taken this off before going to bed (I wouldn't recommend sleeping with it on) and woken up to find tiny bits of glitter still around my eyes. I think this is mainly due to the fact that it is real glitter and Urban Decay make products that will last for a long time.
Although these are quite pricey and not tailored to everyone's budgets, they will last an extremely long time so really worth the investment. Highly recommended.
Urban Decay is available in Debenhams, Boots and House of Frasier and some products from Amazon.
I love wearing bright eye make up for nights out, and purchased a trio of these glittery eyeliners from the duty free section of a plane for around £11.50. The colours included in the trio were silver, purple and green, and this was my first experience of using urban Decay products.
I have to say I wasn't overly impressed at the product considering the pretty hefty price tag. I don't find that the colours show up all that much, and you have to use quite a bit to make the glitter noticeable. I have to use other eye products as a base, and the glittery eyeliners as an extra touch to make my eyes stand out.
The glitter is reasonable good at staying put throughout the entire night, but as stated I do also put on an good eyeshadow and a block eyeliner before applying the glitter eyeliner for a more obvious effect. The eyeliner itself is pretty easy to apply, and not particularly fiddly. My favourite of the three is the silver, which is the most eye catching, but I am not a massive fan of the green or purple.
I wouldn't purchase these again at the price I paid for them, although if the silver one was on offer on its own I may use this to finish off my make up - I would not however use it on its own.
I am always impressed by the quality of Urban Decay products, and these glitter eyeliners are no exception!
Retail price varies, as they are sold separately (usually £11.50 a pop) but also in packs/deals with other items - so it's really worth shopping around for the best deal. In my experience Boots and House of Fraser have the best offers on Urban Decay make-up, although eBay is always worth a try.
I've often been disappointed with the density of glitter in so-called glitter eyeliners, but these ones really do the trick, and the liquid brush style gives great control over application - allowing for really thin lines e.g. on the lower eyelid but also a wider spread application on top. For me, they are most dramatic and powerful when paired with an eyeshadow of a similar shade (and the creamy ones are best, for a smooth application) - I sweep the glitter over the top of that and it gives a really intense, sparkly colour - fabulous for a night out! I've also used this product over the top of a normal black mascara for a bit of x-factor on a night out - that also works well.
Overall this is a fabulously versatile product and a must-have addition to every make-up bag (assuming you love sparkles, that is...)!
I purchased a triple-pack of these eyeliners from Boots in early 2008 as they were the only glittery liquid liners I'd seen on the market at the time. I have been very pleased with them ever since.
The glitter in each of these eyeliners is very fine, but very sparkly and with good tone of colour. There is lots of glitter packed into each tube. The colour of the liquid itself is clear, so the only colour that you will get on your eyes is that of the glitter.
I've found that the liner is very easy to apply. The applicator is very thin so it is easy to apply precisely, and also helps to avoid glooping far too much on in one go.
One coat of this liner will give a subtle glitter finish if sweeped on using the tip of the brush. The more coats you add on, the more the glitter builds up and the more intense the finish. Alternatively, to get a thicker coat of glitter more quickly without applying lots of layers, try applying it by dabbing it on using the length of the whole brush. This seems to build up the glitter nicely. Whichever way you build up the glitter, the fine texture of the glitter and light consistency of the liquid wont make your eyes feel caked in make up. It is very easy and comfortable to wear.
If you find liquid liners hard to apply, try steadying your arm by resting your elbow on a table . If using a hand-held compact mirror, you might want to try steadying your wrist of the hand you are applying the make up with by resting it against the mirror.
As for staying power, this eyeliner has lots of it. Unless you really give your eyes a good rub (which isn't particular good for the skin!) this wont end up spreading glitter all over your face. It is so good at staying where it's applied, I've tested by putting three lines of the liner on my hand, leaving it to dry for 3 minutes, and then rubbing intensely with my fingers. It really took quite a lot of rubbing to smudge the glitter, and even then it didn't rub off too badly. The only problem with having such good staying power is that it isn't too easy to remove. I've ended up with bits of glitter still around my eye area the next day, even with a waterproof eye make-up remover.
The appearance of the eyeliner once applied is very sparkly. It is available in a variety of colours, including silver, gold, aqua green, blue and more. The shades all have names that make you think of glam-rock-metal-big haired-spandex wearing bands. My fave shade is "stage dive" which is a aqua-green shade.
As well as using this on it's own, it looks nice applied over black eyeliner, or try applying over a colour eyeliner that is the same shade as the glitter. This produces more of a colour block effect.
Because of easy application, the dazzling appearance of the glitter, and the excellent staying power, this could also be used for drawing patterns/shapes on the face for fancy dress parties (I'm thinking 70's nights!).
The packaging is as would be expected from the Urban Decay brand - quite trendy. The tube is nice and thick (contains 7.5 ml of liner) with a guitar motif and silver writing.
This is in the more premium price range. Boots.com are selling at 12GBP as of 26 September 2009. It can be purchased in store at some branches of Boots and Debenhams, and on online beauty sites such as HQ Hair (where you might get more of a bargain). Also look for it in duty-free.
Glitter eyeliner does seem to have got more widely available in the past year, and at cheaper prices. Some of the cheaper brands have thicker glitter and a smaller quantity of glitter, so although there's a better price, not always great quality. I have however heard good things about Barry M and No7 - I haven't used these myself, so can't make an informed comparison. However I have seen friends wearing these brands of glitter eyeliner and they did look good - so perhaps these are worth trying if Urban Decay Heavy Metal is just that bit too pricey.
As well as being available separately, these are sometimes available in multi-packs and gift sets. Look out for these particularly around the Christmas season. The gift packs might also end up in the famous Boots 3 for 2 Christmas special offers.
I lusted after the heavy metal liners for so long! I used to pop into Boots as a teen and use all the testers, checking which stayed on my hand the longest throughout the day. And they don't disappoint. I tested these so many times and there isn't anything so similar out there.
Urban Decay is a lush brand, and very lust-worthy. there's nothing better than getting ready to go out, and UD embodies this with their bling packaging and glittery, popping shades. The price point is higher than most highstreet brands but their products are of great quality and high pigmentation, so they will always feel special in your makeup bag.
The liners aren't just shimmery, they contain real glitter bits so they make a HUGE impact on the eye. Don't be afraid! Often glitter in pots is not eye-safe, but this glitter is in a special coloured gel, so is fine for your peepers! Glitter is usually just shimmer, but these liners are certainly bits of real glitter.
The brush is so tiny and thin that you can be very precise. If you want a wider line you must reapply a few times as the glitter doesn't last too long after each stroke. I'd much rather have a thinner brush though as you never want to be covered in glitter! It's just for fun, so a little goes a long way in your finished made-up look.
The glitter also comes off easily so application is simple! If you over-apply or slip a little, you can wipe away the gel glitter easily.
The background colour is not so strong, so it helps to layer this over existing eyeliner or shadow. Many people compare these liners to the much cheaper Collection 2000 versions, but I prefer a more subtle liner rather than a very bright colour with a wider brush.
The range of colours is superb, I recommend the silver or gold as they can layer over any colour. I love adding these to the corner of my eye or over my eyeliner. They are not overpowering so can give subtle colour but big glitter power! A must for every makeup bag or for adventurous people who love to make the most of a night out. They make the best gifts too!
You get 7.5ml in each bottle, and they last for literally years. You only need to use very little, so one bottle of the silver or gold will satisfy all your makeup needs. It is also important to me to keep my products clean, as if they get mucky in my makeup bag I don't want to use them as much, but this product's font and label have great staying power and the handy little bottle will be an instant favourite.
For dramatic, jewel-encrusted eyes /