Black Liner – Pencil

Hi everyone! My very first blog post was about coloured liner and my foray into the vast ocean of colours other than black or brown.

This post is all about my liners that are not the colours of the rainbow (now that would be awesome!). I have a tendency to ramble on when it comes to the subject of black liners, so I’ve decided to break this up into a three-part series – pencils, liquids and gel & cake liners.

First up – Pencils. For the longest time, pencils were the only liners I used as it is easy to achieve different looks – graphic winged liners, soft smokey natural eyes, or deep, grungy, looks.

My requirements for pencil liners are simple – Depth of Colour, Staying Power and Smoothness. Because of my deeper skintone, I find that my liners need to be really pigmented to give me the contrast I love. Wishy washy pigmentation will not do; it has to be able to stand up on its own! On some occasions, I’m willing to sacrifice one quality for the others – I will talk about this in depth as I get on with the post.

w7 Gel Liner in Blackest Blackw7

I bought this liner early January this year. I am always on the lookout for liners and if they are budget buys, Bonus!

This liner didn’t wow me unfortunately; on the pencil, the colour looked absolutely pitch black, but that didn’t translate to the actual liner application. And whatever colour that did draw on the lid, wore off very quickly.

When swatched on the hand, it looked awesome, but that didn’t perform as well across to the lids. I think having eyeshadow on the lids was the issue. It caused a bit of skipping and shadow transfer from the lid to the pencil point. However, this pencil was smooth, which I need for my kohl pencils.

Depth of Colour: 1/5
Staying Power: 1/5
Smoothness: 3/5

Bobbi Brown Smokey Kajal Liner in Black Coffeeblack coffee

I feature this liner in a lot of my looks on Instagram. I love to create a halo smokey eye with this pencil. It comes with a foam tip applicator on one end to really smudge and smoke out the liner. This liner does move over the course of the day, but after understanding how it performs, I use it for looks that allow for a bit of movement – perfect for ruling a rocker chic look or a natural everyday smokey eye. I use this one mostly for my waterline and lower lash line as it limits the amount of movement (a la Panda Eyes). It has an incredibly deep rich black brown shade, really soft and smudges well, yet keeps the depth of colour when smudged out.

This liner is also one of the products I would carry with me to a deserted island in my Ride or Die Tag post.

Depth of Colour: 5/5
Staying Power: 4/5
Smoothness: 5/5

Maybelline Master Kajal Kohl liner in Pitch Blackmaybelline kohl liner

This is a very odd looking crayon Kohl liner, but I love how it performs. It’s not as smooth as the Bobbi Brown Kohl liner, but it is quite pigmented and stays on for ages. It takes a bit of practice to get used to using this crayon; once you do, you will love how it works! No sharpening required as the blunt edge is what gives you that smokey, smudgy kohl rimmed eyes look.

I use this liner on the top lid and then smoke it out with a charcoal shade of eyeshadow to create that rocker chic vibe. The eyeshadow serves two purposes – firstly, it deepens the colour as you smoke it out and secondly, it sets the liner in place so you don’t end up with the dreaded Panda Eyes (dun dun dun!).

Depth of Colour: 4/5
Staying Power: 5/5
Smoothness: 3/5

Revlon Colourstay Eyeliner in Brownrevlon brown

This is a mechanical pencil and again not one that requires sharpening. The “pencil point” is unlike the Maybelline kohl liner. It is narrow enough to give you a neat thin line or you can smudge it out depending on the look you’re going for.

On it’s own, the liner really disappears into my skintone. I need to add a contrasting (even if slightly) shadow to the lids to really bring out that nice brown shade.

The formula is long lasting, so you have a limited time to smudge it in before it sets and is budge proof. So, my work around for that is to do one eye at a time – really saves you a lot of heartache and tugging on the lids.

This liner doesn’t move. You need to use eye makeup remover to get rid of all traces of this product.

Depth of Colour: 4/5
Staying Power: 5/5
Smoothness: 4/5

So, after creating this blog post, I’ve realised that the only brown liner in my stash is the Revlon liner and the Bobbi Brown Kohl liner in Black Coffee (which, really is more black than brown). Huh. I’d never noticed that.featured image1

My next post in this three-part series will discuss Liquid Liners.

BTW, what did you think of the product backdrop? I’m trialing new backdrops for my flatlay photos and I’m still learning and trying to get a hang of this. Do you have any feedback or suggestions for me?

Do you use Pencil Liners? Do you see any of your favourites in this post? 


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