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If I’m late to something, there’s a good chance it was because I was trying to put on liquid liner. It’s so hard to get those wings even, I always end up sneezing, and then that line gets thicker and thicker until I decide hanging out in bed watching Netflix is my best plan. Enter in the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, and suddenly I’m good at liquid liner.
I debated forever on Tom’s $56 liner. I was reasonably happy with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner; I just chalked up any mistakes to my incompetence and/or uneven eyes (why is my left eye so much bigger than my right?!).
My friend Wendy from Instagram really pushed me over the edge to try it. I trust her opinion without question, as she’s never steered me wrong and is always straight up with how a product really is. Then I had a Nordstrom reward during a bonus points event last year, and I just had to take the opportunity to try something so insanely expensive.
The Elder wand
The Eye Defining Pen is double-ended and very long. Like awkwardly long. But it has to be like that to accommodate all of the extra magic inside!
It feels hefty when I hold it, but it’s surprisingly not hard to use. There is a brush side and a felt tip side. I like the felt side in theory for precision, but I honestly don’t use it. It’s just not quite as intuitive to me as the brush side. *shrugs*
The perfect line
The brush is a lot like Kat’s, but it’s just much better. I don’t have to shake the pen to get the product ready. Then the pen doesn’t dry out, skip, or drag. It just creates a perfectly fluid line every time. It’s those little pauses that usually cause me to screw up my liner; with this, I can use one confident swipe to make the perfect wing. It sets pretty quickly too, so I don’t worry about blinking or transferring. The one time it smudged was when I sneezed violently like a second after applying it.
This pen can get super close to my lash line for the thinnest line ever, or it can be thickened up for some drama. I like to use the side of the tip to give myself a little more control, and the line is still thin enough for my hooded eyes.
The finish is a tad glossy, but it’s pretty black. I’ve had no issues with it flaking, smudging, or smearing – it’s always still in place at the end of the day.
Maybe I’m just really good at makeup
As my friend Wendy put it, I don’t know if I got better at liner or if this liner is just that amazing. I’m guessing it’s a bit of both, but knowing myself, it’s the liner. In fact, I recently tested Kat’s Tattoo Liner and Stila’s Stay All Day Liner again to see if I could get them to work better now.
I didn’t have many issues near my lash line with Kat or Stila. Stila ended up a little thicker than I hoped, but was reasonable. For both, the problems were when I tried to make my wing because they dried out, skipped, and caused jagged lines. When I tried to fill the wings in, the liner would pick up the color that I had just placed down, causing more skips and flaking. Mr. Ford’s liner doesn’t put me through this heartache.
Okay, so the Tom Ford Liquid Liner is definitely a game-changer. But is it worth the high price tag?
I’ve had this liner for about 9 months now, and it is still just as good as day one. To me, this is really nice because I don’t wear eyeliner every single day. Rather than spending $20 on an okay liner every few months, I can spend a bit more on a kick-ass liner that lasts almost a year.
Have I convinced you? Would you spend $56 on a liquid liner?