What ever your chosen preference of eye liner Urban Decay have you sorted with their new line of four blacker than black options. From a traditional eye liner pencil, to a gel liner, liquid liner and even a retractable pencil there truly is something for everyone.
This isn't a collection as such just four new liners which happen to have been released around the same time but rather than review them separately I have bundled them together but do note that they do have to be purchased individually and that includes the brush.
I personally prefer gel liner so that is where I am going to start. New in for Spring/Summer 2014 is Urban Decay's Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner (£15). Much like I had hoped this has a super creamy formula that is easy to slick on using an angled brush. I do recommend the Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush (£12) if you have yet to find your perfect angled eye liner brush. This brush is firm so that you can easily draw on sharp and precise lines yet soft so it doesn't pull on the delicate eye area. The Urban Decay Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner has been created with triple black pigments so the colour is bold and true - no grey or blue cast what so ever. My go to gel liner was by Inglot but I much prefer the texture of this - it is soft and creamy yet not overly so, it is so easy to apply due to such texture but unlike the Inglot version it dries rather quickly. More importantly so it doesn't flake or become crispy throughout the day. I can't say if this stands fully up to the waterproof claim but I can say that you will need an oil based eye make-up remover to make it budge which in my experience is a sign of a liner that will withstand more than a few tears and the odd rain shower.
While we are on the topic of waterproof eyeliners if that is your calling then you may want to seek out Urban Decay's Ink for Eyes (£15) which is a waterproof precision pen - a liquid eye liner pen by any other name. I don't really have the skills required to neatly apply liquid eyeliner but what I will say is that the nib of this pen is almost full proof. Although cack handed I managed to create semi-decent winged eyeliner using this liner which is a first and I own it all to the nib. You see Urban Decay's Ink for Eyes has a fine but stiff tip which makes drawing on to the eye area a breeze, it oddly glides on to the eye and wasn't uncomfortable in the slightest to use. Once on the eye lids it dries almost instantly which minimises the chances of it smudging. Again this is a true black but it does have a glossy finish which may not be to everyone's taste. Now when Urban Decay say that their Ink for Eyes is waterproof they were not messing around. I popped in the shower with this on my eye lids and even after a good ol' scrub down there it was. Again have your best oil based eye make-up remover close to hand when it comes to removing this. Trust me you are going to need it!
For my waterline I swear by Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils and have sworn by the shade Zero for the longest time. Well there is a new formula in town, say hello to Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil (£15). This formulation for the moment only comes in one shade - Black Velvet which has a soft matte finish, if you are a fan of a smoky eye look you may want to add this to your stash. By now you know the pigmentation drill - blacker than black but as this has a velvet finish it oddly doesn't look as harsh on the skin as say Zero.It is no exaggeration to say that Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil's are the softest, creamiest formula I have ever tested - they literally glide on without tugging or pulling and feel light on the skin. Despite having a creamy formula once set they do not budge so a word to the wise is to quickly blend out if a smoky look is what you are after otherwise you will find it difficult to do so. As someone who suffers from watery eyes due to allergies a.k.a hayfever Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil are a god send, I can apply them to my waterlines or use them on my lids and know that they will stay in place for at least 6 hours. On my lid the wear time is closer to the 10 hour mark when used with a primer which is pretty impressive given my oily skin type. If you are looking for a fool proof liner that will hold its own against sun, sweat or oil look no further than Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils !
Lastly we have the newest addition to Urban Decay's All Nighter franchise - Urban Decay All Night Eyeliner (£15) which is a mechanical offering meaning you never have to carry a pencil sharpener with you. Again this is a bold black and in terms of formulation it reminds me most of the above Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils. It is a soft, creamy texture that lends itself to both the waterline, lash line and can also be applied all over the eyelid and blended out with a soft brush for a smoky eye. This oddly lasted on my waterline longer than I expected - a good four hours which is really good going for my watery eyes. I don't really use black liner on my waterline frequently for day wear but if I was going on a night out this is the pencil I would use and pop in my clutch bag too!
You can find all four of the above Urban Decay eyeliners via Debenhams - link, House of Fraser - link, Feel Unique - link, Beauty Bay - link and Look Fantastic - link
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