Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen
At first glance, this might seem like the holy grail of eyeliners: it's sole shade is a deep, matte black that goes on smoothly, dries quickly, doesn't drag, pull, or feather, and lasts all day. It also makes lines so precise you can get a perfect cat eye on the first try—critical, particularly when it comes to waterproof liners. However, the real "perversion" isn't in the name, it's the fact that alcohol is the second ingredient listed.
The amount of alcohol (so strong you can smell it) is what makes this liner dry almost instantly, and to great effect—but alcohol is a sensitizing ingredient, and risks irritating the skin around your eyes.
The formula does include a hydrating slip agent that can help offset the effects of the alcohol, but since there are plenty of long-wearing liquid eyeliners that don't contain alcohol, there's no compelling reason to buy one that does.
What a shame, because application-wise, the fine point of the pen works beautifully in those tricky-to-reach places: right at the lash line, and toward the inside corners of the eye, making it easy to draw thick or thin lines.
In short, if it weren't for the problematic amount of alcohol, this would be a great liquid eyeliner for the novice hoping for a quick and easy dramatic eye, or for someone more experienced looking to try more daring designs.
- Goes on smoothly, dries quickly.
- Doesn't drag, pull, or feather.
- Makes precise thick or thin lines with inky black color.
- High amount of alcohol risks irritating delicate eyelid skin.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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