Bobbi Brown Ink Liner in Really Black Is Really Built to Last

Published in: Bobbi Brown, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews

Bobbi Brown Ink Liner

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.

bobbi brown ink liner (2)

Lovin' JoeyEven 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.

PRICE: $24
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bobbi Brown counters and also online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Like this post? Tell your friends!

So far, 10 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Chris25 says:

    I tried out the Jordana liner recently, and the felt tip bugged me too. Here’s my review:

  2. PinkGlitter says:

    I really like MUFE aqualiners. I’m pretty new (6 or so months) to liquid eyeliner and have two- Urban Decay and MUFE. MUFE is much easier to use for a newbie like me. The tip seems perfect. BTW, you have really pretty handwriting! 🙂
    PinkGlitter recently posted … MAC Daphne Guinness Blush

  3. sarahc says:

    Happy Monday everyone! That’s such a cute horse, and it even looks like Joey too.

  4. Alyse says:

    Oh my gosh. I love reading your blog because you have fantastic reviews, but are really funny and pleasant too…THIS post with the “Suck it Seabiscuit” picture just made me double over laughing. I didn’t think it was possible to combine makeup with over-the-top humor, but you have pulled it off amazingly!! Thank you for the great review AND the great laugh!

  5. Neeraj says:

    I have started loving Bobbi Brown liners lately and hope to buy them soon…..I love ur blog and its such fun to read everything that you write…Its so peppy!!

    Neeraj recently posted … The Haute Couture Bride!!

  6. Nina says:

    omg LOL @ the Seabiscuit reference. I die!

  7. Sunny says:

    Oh wow Karen, you really went the distance to testing this liner out! *pats you on the back*

    I like how it has a sheen to it instead of being just another completely opaque black. Those seem too harsh to me personally!
    Sunny recently posted … Swatch & Review: MAC Cremeblend Blush in Tea Petal

  8. Marian says:

    I don’t know about the liner but you’ve completely convinced me to see War Horse!

  9. Kim says:

    Poor Seabiscuit. HAHA! It sounds like Bobbi needs a major overhaul of that liner but it’s awesome that it held up well to the War Horse test. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge