Liquid eyeliner is the one element of my makeup routine that I feel like I can never quite get right. No matter how hard I try, I simply can’t achieve the smooth flick that I see everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest. That cool cat eye is beyond anything I could achieve – but that doesn’t stop me trying to find the ultimate liquid eyeliner.
I’ve tried everything – from gel eyeliner to a more wand style. The one type of liquid eyeliner I find most success with is a pen style. One that is easy to use and you glide on. However, thus far in my search, I haven’t quite found the one. Either they’re too chunky, too thin, smudge too easily or don’t last the whole day.
I decided to try and find my perfect eyeliner once and for all; so I set out to do some research. I wanted to find the ultimate liquid eyeliner that wouldn’t be too difficult for me to manage. By this I mean – something I can use without poking myself in the eye or blinding myself.
After doing lots of research, it became clear that there was one stand-out eyeliner in the beauty world that was more affordable. I didn’t want to be paying too much for a product that would undoubtedly need regular replacing. I finally settled on a product.
The one product which I’ve seen cropping up in countless YouTube videos, endless beauty reviews and plenty of blog posts by beauty gurus. That product is Kat Von D’s Liquid Eyeliner.
Choosing Kat Von D
Kat Von D’s Liquid Eyeliner in black is called ‘Trooper’. Initially, this brand wasn’t actually available to purchase in the UK. As far as I was aware, I’d have to wait until I found a Sephora on my next holiday to invest in this eyeliner. However, much to my delight, I discovered Kat Von D is now available to purchase at Debenhams!
Debenhams is one of my favourite online retailers to buy beauty products from, so this to me was a match made in heaven.
According to the reviews on Debenhams, the Kat Von D website itself and in the multitude of posts from bloggers I’d seen, this eyeliner is great. It’s said to not budge, be incredibly easy to apply, super pigmented and with amazing results.
At a very reasonable £16, I was more than happy with these reviews and I decided to take the plunge and go for it.
I feel like that price point is decent for a high quality liquid eyeliner. I also have a couple of other products from the Kat Von D range and have always been really impressed with my purchases. It felt like a relatively low risk purchase, and one that I was happy to make!
The liquid eyeliner by Kat Von D has become somewhat of a cult product in the beauty world. I’ve heard so many different people referring to it and discussing it, each one with incredibly high praise.
I also have a few friends who have dabbled with this product and each one absolutely loves it. Because it comes with such high regard, it’s safe to say I was expecting big things from this product.
The name ‘Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner’ also implies that this product simply will not budge when you put it on. Long lasting makeup is something that I value in my collection, so I was hoping for an eyeliner that I’d truly love.
Having said that, I have a relatively troubled past with liquid eyeliner, so I was half expecting a product that was fantastic for everyone else, but somehow I just couldn’t quite make it work for myself.
Packaging And Delivery
Even though Debenhams is always my go to for beauty products because of their selection, variety of offers and fast delivery, it’s the only place you can get Kat Von D products easily online in the UK. I would have more than likely opted to shop at Debenhams anyway, but for the ‘Trooper’ eyeliner I didn’t have a choice.
The package arrived within two days – as is standard with Debenhams in my experience – and I was extremely excited to try it out.
The first thing that struck me about the packaging was how compact and concise it is. It comes in a tiny black box which is incredibly thin, decorated simply with silver foil writing all over it. The Kat Von D branding is extremely cool and gothic, in line with Kat Von D herself.
The Tattoo liner has lots of cool, floral silver foil designs over it. I was initially pretty concerned with the size of the product because the box was so small!
The actual product itself, is a super smooth and incredibly sleek black tube. It’s very soft to the touch, and simultaneously covered with the silver applique foil designs all over.
It’s actually a decent sized product when it’s out of the box, and it’s very dainty. The nib of the eyeliner is a cool felt tip style,which is chunkier at the bottom and thinner at the very tip. It’s a glossy black and seems very easy to use.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner Ingredients
4 of the ingredients in this product are listed as mildly dangerous, and another one registers as a 7, which I would consider pretty high. The scale of hazardousness goes from 1 – 10, with 10 naturally being an ingredient which is incredibly high on the scale of hazard.
The remainder of the ingredients register as a 6, two which are a 4 and one which is a 3. Of course, any product which registers above a 1 is something which needs to be considered.
There are two products here which are above a 5, which is the mid level of hazard. This is pretty concerning for me. I would like to keep any beauty products I use, particularly those on my face, as free of hazard as possible. T
hough the list of ingredients seems to be very small, I’m not too happy that 5 of them are a 3 or higher on the scale of dangerousness.
I’m still going to try the product to see what all the hype is about, but I’m sceptical now. I think that even if I love the product, I won’t be too happy about putting those potentially hazardous ingredients near my eyes. We shall see if the product still manages to live up to the hype!
VIDEO, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Review
I really didn’t want to like this product. After seeing the list of ingredients I wanted to not like this product. However – I have to say, I had the complete opposite reaction.
The Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner feels incredibly light as soon as you apply it. It glides on with a big hit of instant pigment, without feeling too wet on the eyelid. In fact, it’s almost instantly dry so you don’t need to worry about smudging. It’s a really deep, dark black which is perfect – there’s absolutely no need to go over the same section twice.
The thin nib of the eyeliner is incredibly easy to use. You can get right into the inner corner of the eye without any difficulty, and for the flick on the outer corner you can just simply thicken up the line with multiple strokes.
The Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner truly stands the test of time. I go to bed at night and it looks absolutely immaculate. That’s well over 12 hours of completely flawless wear. Wow. Not only this, but it glides on on top of eyeshadow with ease.
A lot of eyeliners I’ve tried in the past struggle when it comes to eyeshadow. The Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner, however, is super pigmented, incredibly easy to use and seriously durable.
I even managed to use it without making myself look like I’d been punched in the face, which is my usual liquid eyeliner style. This product seriously blew me away.
Overall Mark: A
Initially, I was very worried about the hazardous ingredients featured in this product. However, after seeing how good it really is, my worries almost melted away. I am still mindful of the different ingredients, but I have to say it’s been very difficult to go for different eyeliners in my collection after trying this one.
I’m hoping to eventually find an eyeliner which will do the trick too. That would allow me to have a break from the possibly dangerous ingredients in this eyeliner. If you’re not too concerned with the ingredients, I would say it’s hands down the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. It is well worth the money.