A fantastic thing has happened recently. Urban Decay has made the blackest pencil liner I’ve come across a permanent fixture to its cosmetics line. The great Perversion, as seen here, can now be purchased for $18 at UrbanDecay.com. It will be available in stores soon. Along with this launch, Urban Decay has also added two additional liners to its permanent range, a matte dark brown (Demolition) and a pink (Woodstock). I picked up Demolition, which prompted this comparison post. (Swatches were taken on bare skin; NC45 for reference.)
1 Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil – 05 Brown
I featured this liner in my best of 2011 post. The pencil has a rich deep tone and applies very smoothly. The smoothness is its downfall. As I’ve mentioned before, the tip wares down quickly and needs to be sharpened after each use. Something strange happened recently. I store my pencils in a desk pencil holder, tip down and I noticed the liner came loose from the wood casing. I now keep it stored with tip up and haven’t experienced any issues since. Milani can be purchased from your local drug store for around $6/7.
2 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Demolition
Urban Decay recently released Demolition with a limited edition holiday set. I was intrigued by it then, but didn’t need the other liners the set came with. Now that it is permanent, I had to get it. A matte brown liner is a welcomed addition to Urban Decay’s range. This liner is now the darkest brown pencil I own and it’s just as lovely as all of my other Urban Decay liners. It applies smoothly, doesn’t smudge and lasts all day.
3 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – Corrupt
Corrupt was featured in Urban Decay’s 15-Anniversary limited edition set that was released last year. It has also been included in its mini liner sets in years past, but it isn’t permanent. It’s a nice shimmery dark brown that doesn’t smudge. I’ve never had an issue with the shimmer migrating. I was first introduced to Corrupt when I purchased a mini liner set long ago and it sent me hunting for a permanent Holy Grail brown liner.
4 Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner – Puppeteer
I picked this liner up online during a Sephora sale last year; an online purchase mistake. Not that it’s a bad liner; it just isn’t dark enough for me. The high shimmer factor makes this medium reddish brown liner appear lighter when applied. I rarely use it as an upper liner, but I have applied it to my lower lash line. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t smudge or fade. It can be purchased at Sephora for $15.
5 Make Up Forever Aqua Liner – #12
This brown liner is so dark, it’s almost black. Sadly, I don’t reach for it as much as I should because my morning mad dash requires the ease of a pencil. I do love it. The Make Up Forever Aqua Liner formula is fantastic. Once it’s applied, it doesn’t move. Even with makeup remover, it takes effort to remove. It has a very fine felt tip that makes detailed lining a breeze. It can be purchased at Sephora for $23.