I recently picked up two items from Urban Decay Summer 2014 Collection. One is the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (which I still haven't quite figured out what to do with it yet because the colors are way out of my comfort zone! :D) and the other is the Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen in Perversion which I am reviewing today. I have the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion and I absolutely love it. The black is so saturated and opaque and it's one of the blackest pencil eyeliners I own. So naturally, I have my expectations for the liquid formula. Is it as awesome as I had hoped? My review may surprise you! :)
There's nothing fancy about the packaging. Just a plain, shiny surface, black pen. But what's interesting is the tip! It is an ultra-fine felt tip that feels a lot firmer than my other liquid eyeliners. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner has been my holy grail product and the close second is Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner. I have yet to find anything blacker than these two and if you have used either of them, you know how soft their felt tip is. They offer the smoothest application across the lid with absolutely no tugging or pulling, while delivering the most intense black you can ever achieve in a liquid eyeliner.
While the color of Urban Decay Perversion Ink For Eyes is almost just as black and saturated, I can't say it provides a comparable level of “smoothness” during application. I find its tip too firm for my liking. It is not as smooth and flexible as the Stila or Marc Jacobs where you can just “flick” the tip to create wings.
I also noticed that the liquid does not seem to flow to the tip as smoothly as the other two. I usually have to go over the line multiple times to get the same intensity that I can normally get with the other two in one pass. The extra firm tip, together with the less-than-ideal liquid flow, results in spotty application as well as the unavoidable tugging and pulling on my lids. I do hope, though, that with continued use, the tip will soften a bit and the liquid will flow a little more smoothly! :)
But there are some good things to say about this eyeliner, too!
What's superior about the firm, ultra fine tip of Urban Decay is you can really create a super precise cat-eye and draw sharp, super “razor-thin” lines. You can also wiggle the tip in between lashes to create an illusion of thicker and fuller lashes without having to line the lid — perfect for the absolute “no-makeup makeup” look. And you can even use it to “draw” fake lashes by applying in short strokes — something that you probably can't do with the other two without looking obvious. Not to mention that firm tip also means it's harder to fray over time! :)
The formula dries down to a waterproof, slightly shiny finish that stays smudge-free for all day wear so I have no complaints in the longevity department.
Comparison to other black liquid eyeliners
Overall, I think this product is a good option for beginners. The ink is not overly saturated and you can slowly build the color payoff. I'm not an expert at applying liquid eyeliners by any means but I have used more than my fair share of black liquid eyeliners available in the market. In all honestly, I can't say I am completely wowed by the performance of Perversion Ink For Eyes. It's a decent eyeliner at best, but definitely not a product I would give my highest recommendation for.
If you purchased this eyeliner, I would really appreciate you leaving a comment down below! If not, is this something you still want to give it a try?