In the time it takes me to coax thin, smooth lines from Bobbi Brown’s new Ink Liner in Really Black ($24), fashion trends could come and go, and then come back again.
As far as I can tell, ease of use is not this liner’s strongest attribute. Drawing cat eye flicks with its stiff tip are just a tad tougher than training a petulant tabby to speak, and I don’t believe the color quite lives up to its name. I’ve seen darker, glossier liquid liners before, and I’m thinking that a name like “Really Black…But Only After You’ve Applied Three Layers” might have been more apt.
I do gotta give Bobbi big props for one thing, though — Ink Liner in Really Black has the stamina of a thoroughbred.
Even after I’d bawled my eyes out for two and a half hours while watching War Horse last weekend, it absolutely refused to budge.
The limited edition, long-wearing pen liner, which is part of Bobbi’s Neon & Nudes collection for spring, had barely broken a sweat.
At the end of the film, I had to flee to the bathroom because I was such a sniffling wreck. Technically, Ink Liner isn’t waterproof, but it might as well be. I expected to look in the mirror and find long streaks of black liner smeared down my cheeks, but I found nothing of the sort. As a matter of fact, Ink Liner still looked great.
Sure, the cat eye flicks that took eons to draw had all but disappeared, but the black swoosh along my upper lash lines remained perfectly intact.
Now, if Bobbi were able to ramp up the pigment and replace the stiff tip with something more forgiving, Ink Liner would be close to perfection in my book.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bobbi Brown counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,