Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen: Worth the Splurge?

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

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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.Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

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*Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

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.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Swatches

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Swatches L-R: Brush side, Felt side, Brush side built-up

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.Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen


Okay, so the Tom Ford Liquid Liner is definitely a game-changer. But is it worth the high price tag?

Yes.

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?

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