Today I'd like to share a simple, colorful eye look I created using the new Chanel liquid eyeliner pen and some of the MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows! The look has a little bit of green, a little bit of pink, and a little bit of coral that I think look really good together. I hope you enjoy! :)
Part of the new Chanel États Poétiques for Fall 2014 collection is the revamped formula of their liquid eyeliner pen. The new pen no longer has a gold ring around it. The packaging has been streamlined to just a basic black pen. The dispensing mechanism is also different; the old one is a twist-and-apply while the new one is a shake-and-apply. Some like it, others don't. I personally don't mind either way.
The tip is also different. The new one has a stiff felt tip. Stiff, but not inflexible. If you like the soft tip of Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner or Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner, you are probably not going to like this. But if you like the stiff and firm tip of the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner or Urban Decay Perversion Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen, you are in luck!
I actually don't mind too much about the firm tip as long as the formula flows smoothly. Considering the high price tag (for essentially just a black liquid liner pen), it was actually a relief to see that the new Chanel pen does not disappoint when it comes to a smooth flow and homogenous color distribution. I am able to get sharp lines, thick or thin, with ease. I can also get it right down to between lash roots to create an illusion of thicker lashes. The winged out look can get a little tricky, though, since the firm tip seems to tug the skin a little bit if pressed too hard.
Another good thing about firm tips is, they stay sharp and won't “fray” over time. One problem I encountered with soft tip pens is that they are great to use in the beginning but later on the soft tip can become so soft and frayed that drawing crisp lines and sharp wings may prove an impossible task. With this Chanel one, I know I won't have that problem!
The color I have is called Noir. It is black but not the blackest black I've seen (see comparison swatches below). The formula is water-based, dries quickly, and leaves a shiny finish. It is not waterproof but once it sets, it does not seem to budge or transfer. My overall experience based on regular work days is that they stay put and smudge-free all day.
The eye look
- All over lid (below the crease): MAC Steamy
- Crease: MAC Amber Lights
- Outer corner: MAC Plum Dressing and Smut
- Inner corner and brow bone: A mix of Venus and Foxy from Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
- Upper lash line: Chanel Écriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen and Nicka K New York shimmer Eyeliner
- Lower lash line: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Woodstock
Probably a little too colorful for summer but I do like the result! This look was inspired by the promo image of the model wearing the new Chanel eyeshadows which I did not buy any since I already have something similar in my collection. I like how adding just a thin, crisp line of green on top of the black liner totally spiced up the look that would have been quite plain otherwise.
So what do you think of the look and/or the pen? Will you be splurging or saving? :)