Monday, March 22, 2010
Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Danger
You know how I was gushing over the Chanel cake liners? Yeah. Remember how I said they were my holy grail of cake liners? Well they still are, but if I ever ran out of the Chanel liners or needed to recommend an almost equivalent in quality liner in it's stead, I would recommend Illamasqua Cake Eye Liner. Yes. It is that good!
First of all Illamasqua is a brand first introduced to me last year by my friend Ya Ya over at Worship At The House Of Blues blog. She sent me their catalog after she told me about the brand in which Front Man for The Damned, David Vanian, is a co-founder. For those that don't know who Mr. Vanian is, he is (From the Illamasqua website), "...the lead singer of The Damned, inventor of UK punk, a legend in alternative culture." I couldn't have said it better myself. Many a day of my youth was spent listening to his music so how could I not be interested in this brand. Mr. Vanian, along with Ms. Alex Box and Ms. Anja Huwe make up the creative team at Illamasqua. Now I'm not going to get all into the history of the brand and the influences they derive their collections from, but I will say that working with some Illamasqua products is akin to working with theatrical makeup, so if you have not had your hand in "the greasepaint" of the stage you might find this line a bit confusing to begin with. (Note. No actual greasepaint is used in this line, it's a figure of speech.) But it's not hard to master once you give it a little practice. So anyway. enough about the history lesson and my undying love for Mr. Vanian and the reason I had purple hair and shaved the side of my head all in the name of PUNK. Let's move on, shall we?
As you may already know I'm a HUGE fan of cake eyeliner. I like the control the cake style liner gives me. I like the staying power of cake liners and I like the fact that one cake liner may last you a good 10 to 15 years. Yes. THAT long. (I had a benefit Babecakes liner in grey that I finally threw out last month after 12 years of use) Honestly. The Illamasqua Cake Eye Liner in Danger, a deep and beautifully neutral Navy Blue shade may last me the rest of my life. A generous 0.15 oz is more than twice the weight of the Chanel cake liner and almost as good of a quality.
Danger is a pretty neutral Navy blue with a slight grey base. The Navy does not pull any purple at all or green as some can in cosmetics. This liner color is rare in the US. I'm not sure what it is, but finding a liquid navy liner is not easy here, so I welcomed it when it arrived at Sephora.com for purchase.
The liner comes in a smart little square black compact with tapered edges, the signature look of the Illamasqua line. A large mirror is revealed when you open the compact and the enormous pan of navy blue cake liner makes up the base. The surface has a slight texture from pressing the powder product, but it disappears once you take your damp liner brush to the product.
The consistency is slightly creamy. Not as creamy as Chanel but certainly not watery line some cake liners out on the market. One, which will remain nameless, literally soaks up the liquid from your brush leaving you with literally a whisper of pigment to work with ::CoughLauraMercierCough:: Not so with the Illamasqua. The liquid stays on the product, mixes well with your brush and forms a nice creamy base to collect the richly pigmented liner on your brush. Best thing. This liner, once applied lasts a good 10 to 12 hours without fading (using an eyeshadow base underneath)!
As you can see in the swatch picture I drew a large swatch so you all could see the color and then two lines for you to see how pigmented a swipe of the brush would be along your eye. The result?...In a word, Marvelous!
So do you NEED this? Well many of you are not big cake liner users, I hope to change that and convert you all one day, but I would say yes. If you found the price for the Chanel cake liner offensive at $45 you will find the Illamasqua $21 price tag an easier pill to swallow. After all, if you purchase the Black liner (Mislead), The Navy (Danger) or Deep Green (Zeal) It will probably be the last cake liner you ever need to buy. That's not too bad for only $21. So what are you waiting for? P.S. I'm getting the Deep Green one in the mail this week!