Saturday, February 2, 2013

Make a Mark with Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Ink Liquid Liners

From the time I started wearing makeup, winged liquid liner has been what I would call my signature look. Though the flicks, wings and Cleopatra inspired lines waned and waxed in drama as my style evolved, I've always turned to liquid liner for my day-to-day looks. As you can imagine, over the years I've used dozens of liquid liners from drugstore brands to those by some of makeup's most respected names. I've been a veritable Goldilocks of liquid liners deeming some too runny, to flaky etc. When I discovered Le Métier de Beauté's Precision Liquid Liners* I knew from the moment I first used them that they were just right.

When Le Métier sets out to do something, they always get it right particularly in the case of these pigmented, long lasting and incredibly easy to use liners in Artemis* and Castalia*.

Le Métier de Beauté's incredible liquid liners were made to withstand the elements with a highly pigmented formula that is both fast drying and waterproof. Of their Indelible Ink liners the brand says the following: "Featuring a liquid gel-based formula, that can be applied in thick or thin strokes with a sleek, chic brush or an ultra-fine tip, the long-wearing, waterproof color glides on and stays put for precise application without smudging or smearing." Unlike many liquid liners currently available, the Indelible Ink liners have a long thin brush for an applicator rather than a bulky conical sponge. I find this feature easier to use (I have a background in painting and always feel more comfortable with a brush) as well as more appropriate given the name of the product. Brush applicators like those used by Le Métier de Beauté are not unlike brushes used in the art of Chinese calligraphy.

Named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis is described as a "brilliant blackout-navy." Though the shade appears almost glittery in directly sunlight, the shimmer present in the product dries down to a subtle glisten when applied. Given the fact that I have green eyes, I was a bit anxious about Artemis at first. As much as I adore shades of blue, particularly navy and cobalt, I find that it can be difficult to pull them off which such colorful eyes. Artemis is far more complex than your average navy, and dries down to a near black shade just luminous enough that it adds interest to even the plainest look. Needless to say, I'm smitten.

Following the mythological theme, Castalia is named after a nymph who was turned into a fountain at Delphi by the god Apollo. Described as a "rich aubergine eggplant" this liner is delectably plum toned, drying down to a complex purple following application. I gravitated to Castalia as a favorite almost immediately as liners of this tone do wonders for my green eyes. I particularly adore Le Métier's rendition of a well loved liquid liner shade as this tone of aubergine coupled with a near perfect formula makes for an incredible eyeliner.

I've applied Le Métier de Beauté's Indelible Ink liners both with the included applicator brush and with my own liner brushes. Although the formula feels similar to many others on the market while the product is still wet, the difference as the liner dries is immediately noticeable. Both Artemis and Castalia dry quickly (though not so fast that you cannot easily work with the product to create the look you prefer) and can be layered to increase the drama of the look you are hoping to achieve. Though I've never considered liquid liner uncomfortable, Le Métier de Beauté proves that everything can be improved upon as I've never worn such a "barely there" feeling liner in my life. I wear both shades all day without the slightest sign of smudging, flaking or fading and they remove like a dream with a bit of makeup remover in the evening.

(Left to right): Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Ink Liquid Liners Artemis and Castalia

Though it doesn't take much to thrill me, Le Métier de Beauté has once again raised the bar of my expectations. The liquid-gel formula of these Indelible Ink liners is a pleasure to apply, wear and remove, a trio of characteristics I'd be hard pressed to apply to any of my other eyeliners. I've been wearing the liquid mercury blue Artemis and rich aubergine Castalia daily and I love the effect they create: from thick winged cat eyes to thin flicks there is nothing these liners cannot do. Available at Neiman Marcus for USD $28 Le Métier de Beauté's Indelible Ink liners are some of the brand's best and most affordable products.

Have you tried Le Métier de Beauté's Indelible Ink Liquid Liners in Artemis or Castalia? Which liquid liner is your all time favorite?

*These items were provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.