Sometimes I use gel eyeliners in glass pots because they hold up better than most liquid liners do, but liquid pens are so much more portable. There's no brush-washing afterward, either. So I've been on the hunt for the perfect eyeliner pen, and hoped that I'd found it in The Feline Flick. I thought it was cute that the black color was called Panther, and I had been stalking this eyeliner for months before finally pouncing on it.
I have come to the conclusion that if a liquid liner isn't really waterproof, I won't be happy with it. This eyeliner is "water-resistant," but doesn't last on my watery eyes. I wear contact lenses. Sometimes I have hayfever and my eyes will occasionally tear up from seasonal allergies. So I hated Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner, which claimed to be waterproof but wasn't. It bled and smeared on me every single time I used it. At least The Feline Flick doesn't lie to me and tell me it's waterproof. But CharlotteTilbury.com claims that The Feline Flick "stays put for 14 hours." It doesn't if I tear up or use eye drops. It runs. Maybe it will stay that long if you don't produce excessive tears.
I had much better luck with Charlotte Tilbury's Rock N Kohl soft pencils. They seem to be more water-resistant than this liquid liner pen. Barbarella Brown had great staying power for me, and I wore my contacts with that one, too.
To be fair, here are some of the other liquid eyeliners I've rejected because they're not waterproof and don't hold up on my eyelids: Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Surratt Auto-Graphique Eyeliner, Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er (although it was better than some of the others), Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner (which doesn't thicken eyelashes, nor does it last all day), NARS Eyeliner Stylo. I do use eye shadow primer, which can help, but the ones I mentioned failed me even with primer.
So far the only two liquid liners that deserve to call themselves waterproof are MAC Liquidlast and Milani Infinite Liquid Liner. Both come in a tube with a wand with a brush on the end. If you must have a pen, the most water-resistant one I've found is Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen, and it's still not perfect. My runner-up to that is Clinique's Pretty Easy Pen, which doesn't claim to be waterproof but it's more water-resistant than most other brands. The ink takes a long time to dry, but it stays well after it does.
There are a few things I like about The Feline Flick:
1. The felt tip of The Feline Flick has a nice point that allows you to get right up against the lashline.
2. It's easy to apply. I was able to duplicate her signature "flick," but it's also possible to draw a less dramatic line with this if you don't want the cat eye. The rubber grip keeps it from slipping in your hand.
3. The ink is boldly dark (not thin or wimpy).
4. The ink stays black rather than turning blue (my Lorac Front of the Line Pro liquid pen did this; the color would fade midday).
5. This company doesn't test on animals.
6. Removes easily.
7. Does not claim to be waterproof. (If it did, I'd lower my rating for lying.)
8. Cute name.
1. If it gets wet, the line I've drawn bleeds and runs. I tried Trish McEvoy's Finish Line over it, but that didn't solve the problem either, and I'd really prefer that companies make pens with more tenacious ink so that I don't have to buy another product from another brand to make them last all day.
2. I have Nars Smudge Proof Eye Base and Urban Decay Primer Potion. I've used both with this liner. Primer doesn't make the pen last 14 hours either. And even if it did, you shouldn't have to buy a product from another brand to make this ink work.
3. $30 is too much for me to spend considering that it doesn't hold up along the inner corners of my eyelids.
4. The cap doesn't snap down with a satisfying click when it closes. I was used to hearing that click with the cap on Clinique's Pretty Easy Pen. Stila's also clicks, and I keep wondering if this is securely closed.
Won't buy again, unless they change the formula of the ink to make it waterproof. I feel the need to be tough on this because the price is $30, and it's not worth it. Stila's liner has better ink and it's $22.
In spite of the fact that the brand has very high prices, I love many of Charlotte Tilbury's products including The Retoucher, Full Fat Lashes Mascara, all my K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks and Matte Revolution lipsticks, my Pillow Talk lip liner, The Rock Chick and The Sophisticate eye palettes, and Barbarella Brown Rock n Kohl pencil. Those I treasure. If the product is good, I'm willing to buy it, even if it's more expensive. But sadly, I don't love The Feline Flick.
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