Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Zeal

Oh dear god. Not ANOTHER cake liner review! 
Yes my pretties. ANOTHER cake eye liner review.  
Hey! It's what I like.  
Plus I'm hoping to convince all of you to use cake liners exclusively until all companies manufacture cake liners in all different colors for my personal amusement.  See how I did that?  See how I made it about me while you were thinking I was caring about you?  Yeah. I'm awesome.

But seriously. Another Cake liner review is nothing to sneeze at. For one you will screw up your liner if you sneeze and another thing is that you really get the most precise control when using a liner like this.  Today I bring you another Illamasqua Eye Liner cake in Zeal.  I had posted about the Eye Liner Cake in Danger a while ago. You can click on the color name to read more about the history of Illamasqua and my undying allegiance to the brand simply because Mr. Vanian from the Punk band, The Damned, is a part founder in the line.  Zeal is described as a deep forest green. And while I admit that the deep forest green is there in the pan, the color when applied, based on HOW it is applied can range from Forest green to a warm, almost Olive green.  You see, because it is a cake liner and because you can use mixing mediums from water to saline to Illamasqua Sealing Gel or others to create the ideal consistency for your skill level and look the color can changed based upon what might be on your lids at the moment.

For example. I used a Bobbi Brown pearl finish eye shadow in a taupe color on my lid and when I applied the Illamasqua Zeal on top, I achieved a more matte look to the liner. (BB Stone on lid, BB Bash in crease, BB Navajo to highlight and Illamasqua Zeal to line)

Whereas you see here I used a simple wash of Gosh Glamorous Eye Shadow in Bottle Green and Illamasqua Zeal to line and I achieved a more metallic looking finish to the liner..  See Now do you understand why I love cake liner so much? 

OK. I admit that most Black cake liners do  not take on the metallic qualities of the shadow below the liner but that's mostly because the back pigment is so least that's what I think. I'm not a scientist.

OK. The packaging is just like most Illamasqua packaging...AWESOME!  Without even trying the packaging is goth. I like the unique curves and the shiny black plastic. Inside is an ample sized mirror as well. 

The Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Zeal is easy to apply using almost any mixing medium. It will last forever using the Illamasqua Sealing gel, but will also last pretty well using saliene (you only need a tiny drop). Water will work, but don't count on the liner lasting all day.

Do you NEED this?  YES. As I stated above this is my ploy to get you all converted to cake liner so I can benefit from NEW colors!  This not so tiny compact costs $21 and will last you YEARS! There is a ton of product in that case. It very well be the last forest green cake liner you will ever need to buy.


  1. Elvira- I have yet to try cake liner, but you're breaking down my resistance! And actually I am a gel/creme liner freak, so i think this is the next logical step. :) I'll check these out, maybe buy myself one for my birthday in a few weeks.

  2. You've convinced me I *need* cake liner - more specifically Illamasqua's cake liner, but I just haven't bitten the bullet yet. Thank you for posting cake liner reviews and swatches!

  3. How do you compare cake liners to gel liners? I tend to find gel easiest to work with for a precise line and it looks like cake liners are similar?

  4. I love cake liners but this one was a bust, no matter what mixing medium I used. The texture was just not good enough compared to Laura Mercier, and the pigment (gorgeous on you) was too dusty on me.

  5. Not that I need a forest green cake liner, but what the hell, you've enticed me...any other Illamasqua suggestions before I hit the website?


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  6. I think I definitely need to add a cake liner to my arsenal now! :) Looks great!


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