Illamasqua is a great brand for certain products. I absolutely adore their Hydra Veil primer. Because of that, I was really excited to use the Illamasqua Liquid Eyeliner in black. It’s advertised as being smudge proof. This liquid eyeliner isn’t supposed to run or smear, either. This made it seem like a dream come true.
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Illamasqua Liquid Eyeliner Pros Vs. Cons
There are some things that you are instantly going to love about this eyeliner, but there are a few that you definitely will not.
Easy To Use
The felt tip has a little bit of flexibility to it without having too much. It provides the perfect balance to create a flawless cat eye. This makes it a great eyeliner for beginners.
When you’re using this eyeliner, you can’t help but notice that it glides on smoothly. It makes wearing liquid eyeliner so easy, even if you’re a novice.
Illamasqua Is Cruelty Free
Illamasqua is one of the truly cruelty free brands. They are certified by PETA. Although they sell their products to mainland China, they only do so online. Products are not tested on animals in China unless they are sold in stores.
The black in this eyeliner is very pigmented. It’s a harsh, dark black that gives you the look of a boss. You can dim down the black by dusting a little bit of eyeshadow over it, but you can instantly rock an awesome cat eye without doing that too.
This is my biggest problem with this eyeliner. Although it’s advertised as being smudge free, it definitely is not designed to last all day. By midday, my eyeliner was smudged underneath of my eyes creating a raccoon effect. I was at the doctor’s office when I noticed this. That was the first time that I wore this eyeliner.
Determined to make sure it wasn’t due to something else, I wore just the eyeliner at my house. It was, again, smudged by mid-afternoon. (Keep in mind I apply my makeup at 6-7 in the morning.)
Then, I took my finger and touched my eyelid. The eyeliner smeared right off. I’ve tried this with my Morphe setting spray. I’ve used no setting spray. Eye primer has been used. I used my Urban Decay setting spray, and we all know that stuff works. Nothing has prevented this eyeliner from smudging.
It’s Not Waterproof
One particular day that I was wearing this eyeliner during my mission to make it work, there was a light drizzle. It was not a downpour by any means. My eyeliner started to run.
The eyeliner is not advertised as being waterproof, but I did expect it to hold up a little better than that. Instead, it held up like an off brand, dollar version of eyeliner. I was really disappointed in that.
I wouldn’t buy this one again. If your eyes water, it will run. The slightest movement and it will smudge. I really wanted to love this eyeliner, hence why I tried so hard to get it to stay in place. However, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen so I’ve finally just given up on it. I know some of their products have rave reviews, and I would be willing to try them, but I won’t be purchasing this one. However, their hydra veil primer is a game changer!