Kat Von D liquid, pencil and gel eyeliners ranked from best to not-so-great
Love it or hate it, there's nothing that demonstrates finesse quite like flawlessly applied liner. Made all the more apparent by the influx of inventive liner offerings this season — behold Dior's crayon lids, Lucy Boynton's stark power lines, and Elisabetta Franchi's feathery flicks — it has become the skill to master (and or improve upon) in 2019.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. The venture is, after all, impossible without having the right tools for it. In this case, a trusty liner to weather all storms; from extreme temperatures to many a makeup mishap (a.k.a. those with chronic eye-rub tendencies).
Several of Kat Von D's comprehensive range of eyeliners have already attained a steadfast following since their release. So we set out to try most of them; from long-time cult-favourites to the latest releases. Below, a ranking of each: namely, the ones that have found a home in our makeup bags and the ones we'll gladly swipe left on.
1st place: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
The product that propelled the brand into the spotlight, the Tattoo Liner, lives up to its name. It is a highly pigmented, easy-to-wield liquid liner that is a must-have for those seeking sleek, precise application. The formula glided onto our eyelids with ease and stayed on for hours and hours — without the need for primer or setting spray. The soft, flexible brush tip also made it a breeze to conquer for beginners and beauty veterans alike. An undisputed classic? We get it now.
2nd place: Kat Von D Ink Well Long Wear Matte Liner
The Ink Well Long Wear Matte Liner certainly isn't playing around when it comes to its long-wearing claim. Slated to last up to 24 hours, it certainly lived up to a large part of its promise during our 16-hour wear. The pointed tip allowed for filling in fine, thin lines that are still packed full of pigment. Bonus points for the inclusion of unorthodox shades within the line-up such as maroon and electric blue — though they were stubborn during removal. Our flicks put up a good fight with even against the most potent oil cleanser in our arsenal. It eventually conceded after several (hard) swipes. Eye cream, not optional.
3rd place: Kat Von D Cake Pencil Liner
This highly pigmented offering comes fitted with a narrow tip that makes it easy to line peepers with, even in the hard-to-reach areas such as inner corners and waterlines. We did, however, notice some smudging around mid-day, though this flaw can easily be combatted by adding a hint of primer on lids. Great for beginners and or anyone who prefers a pencil formula compared to a liquid one.
4th place: Kat Von D Ink Liner
Upon first glance, you might just mistake the Ink Liner for the Tattoo Liner. To be fair, you wouldn't be entirely off the mark. Both felt-tip liner pens deliver pigment and usability in a punch, though this one lacks in terms of longevity. Smudging occured just a few minutes into our kopitiam lunch (sobs), and lines feathered continuously throughout the day — even after our second try with primer. We blame our oily eyelids.
5th place: Kat Von D Lash Liner Inner Liquid Eyeliner
Intended specifically for the waterline, the gel formula supposedly contains clay to help provide a binding finish that stays throughout the day. And while that might be true, it stings like hell upon any accidental eyeball grazing. Probably more suited for those with steady hands and/or expert-level tight-lining abilities.
6th place: Kat Von D Dagger Tattoo Liner
Its unique selling point — a slight 30-degree slant to the pen liner's tip — also happens to be its Achilles heel, in our case. It is comparable to the Tattoo Liner, formula-wise, but the jagged 'edge' just makes getting a sharp, precise wing — or even a tiny flick! — that much harder. Recommended for liner doyens who can manage delicate, kitten ear flicks even on the most turbulent of flights. I.e. not us.