When it doubt, wear eyeliner!
That’s a motto I swear by for rushed mornings and confusion born of indecisiveness. See I’m only good at making decisions that are life-changing. What the appropriate eyeshadow is for le outfit du jour: that’s often solved by lucky dip method. Anyway, matter at hand: eyeliner. It is my best friend when it comes to quick, easy and effortless eye makeup. It can look chic, it can look glamorous, it can look sexy and it can look natural too, no probs.
I get an aneurysm and a funny twitch in my left eye just thinking about the possibility of running out of my favourite kind of pen. This Eyeko version found itself among my arsenal of eye pencils and eyeliners, no doubt the outcome of a 2am mobile phone shopping spree that I have little recollection of (remember this?). Although I am sure the perennially lovely Alexa Chung pretty much sold me it . .
|VOLUME/SIZE||0.8ml / 0.03oz.|
|PACKAGING||Felt tip pen|
|RANGE||One – carbon black|
This is a clever collab between London outfit, Eyeko (est. 1999) and it girl, Alexa Chung, who, mind, wears eyeliner so very well.
What I want in an eyeliner is smooth, intense colour, a quick-dry, budge proof formula, easy application and no fading. That isn’t a lot to ask, is it? This one delivers on most fronts. . .
The packaging is cute: a cobalt blue box houses the slim black pen which bears Alexa’s pun: that’s where I draw the line on one side and eye do liquid eyeliner on the other (in her handwriting no less). I rather like that little detail.
The felt tip itself is long and fat. I wasn’t expecting it to be that chunky and I tend to favour slimmer tips so I was a little surprised. It makes for a very quick and dead easy defined line. But if it’s a discreet, tight line you are looking for, the width of the felt tip can be an issue.
But, like most felt-tip eyeliners, it is so easy to use. Simply draw and when you finish, click it shut. I’ve had a few years’ practice so I’m ok to apply this in a single stroke. Those with less steady hands need not fear though, it is easy to fill in any gaps with the pointy end.
Have you ever bought an eyeliner that won’t work over eyeshadow? THis isn’t one of them. I wore it over MAC Painterly the first time and it glided on smoothly.
The colour is fabulous. Opaque in one stroke and a velvety pitch black that is so beautiful. When I first swatched it on my arm, the colour seeped a little (see swatches below) and I was worried the same might happen on the eyes. It didn’t though. Eye Do dried quickly and stayed put all day. I had the misfortune of accidentally smudging the liner just after I applied it before it had a chance to dry out. I won’t be making that mistake again. Word of caution here: while Eye Do doesn’t smudge, because it dries to a matte finish, it does leave a slight powder on your fingertips when touched.
The best thing about this eyeliner is how it comes off. I mean it. It wipes off so cleanly that I am still in awe. No panda eye-effect, no multiple passes with a soaked cotton ball, no rubbing, tugging or pulling. Amazing when you consider how long-wearing this liner is.
Eyeko’s Eye Do is a great eyeliner. Although I get frustrated when I can’t use it for skinnier lines, it’s that dependable standby I reach for often. And it is often I am in doubt.
Here I am wearing Eyeko Eye Do in this post.
Bold lips? Intense eyes? Both? Neither? What do you turn to for a never-fail makeup look?