I do a lot of vintage, pin-up looks and next to foundation, eyeliner is one of the makeup items of which I am most critical about. Black is too harsh on me and a good, dark brown is what I desire above all else and what I judge an eyeliner line on. In this case, this review will be based on the shade Demolition. I also wear contacts and have sensitive eyes, so I can't be putting anything that will make my eyes burn near my eyes.
Urban Decay Razor Sharp is not for you if that's the case. It will make your eyes water and burn if you get it in there.
So why still the four lipsticks?
It's a great formula. My eyes are deep set but almond-shaped and a lot of eyeliners (Kat Von D, for example) will transfer on my upper lid or brow bone. This stays put perfectly and does not transfer at all. For a liquid formula, I was concerned it would flake off during the day, but it has not occurred once (except removing it with Bioderma Sensibio; it only seems to flake if you try and remove it with water.)
I would definitely agree with the water-resistant claim over waterproof. I've cried while wearing this and while it will stay put if not touched, the minute it gets rubbed it starts to come off. I can appreciate when a company makes reasonable claims.
Compared to other eyeliners with similar formulas and brush style applicators, (MUFE Aqua Liners, Lancome Artliner, etc.) it actually is cheaper per oz. The UD Razor Sharp eyeliner comes in at 0.07 oz vs MUFE's 0.058 oz or Lancome's 0.04 oz. It's also cheaper per oz than Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner (0.02 oz) and also the Stila Stay All Day (0.016 oz).
It comes in a wide variety of shades which I've personally swatched and am impressed; all have the habit of being smudgeproof with physical means but when water is applied, it comes off.
The one real quibble I have about this product is that while it is easy to apply because of the brush tip, it can be difficult to get inbetween lashes and it can cause clumping. That is the only thing preventing me from giving this a full five lipsticks.
In short, I really like this eyeliner a lot. It's not perfect, but it is pretty great and easy to get a nice cat eye. I don't know that it would be the best for a beginner, but a more experienced makeup fan would have a smaller learning curve and would possibly enjoy it. Personally, I would gladly repurchase this product at this point.
- Lasts all day without flaking or fading
- Water-resistant per claims
- Does not smudge or budge once set
- Available in a wide variety of colors
- Cheaper per oz than several other alternatives on the market
- Great for traveling
- Brush applicator (for those that like it)
- Slight learning curve
- Will burn if you get it in your eyes (difficult to tightline as a result)
- Can cause lashes to clump
- Does flake while removing (but it is easy to remove)
- Brush applicator (for those that dislike it)