it's been just over a month now since i snagged my free eyeko eyeliner from a glamour mag, so i thought i'd pop it onto my blog and talk about how i've been getting on with it; after all, i was pretty excited to try it out!
ok, so, in a nutshell? i've been pretty disappointed with this product, which really bummed me out because i wanted to love it so much. i'll start with the pigmentation of the product, which i think really is quite poor for a fairly expensive product. as you can see in the swatch above and when applied to the eyelid, it's fairly transparent in colour and requires quite a bit of working over your line to create a solid, opaque line; even then, i've found that constantly going over the line can rub away the product underneath, meaning altogether it's pretty difficult to achieve an opaque black colour, which for me is a massive negative – i like my flicks black, black! i found the product to be at its most pigmented during its first few uses, as afterwards it seems to dry out somewhat and become more wishy washy in colour. i tried to combat this and gave the eyeliner a rest for a week before picking it up again, and lo and behold it tackled the problem and the eyeliner was as pigmented as when i first used it, but this isn't really the performance you'd expect from a £12 eyeliner, is it?
another gripe i have with the product is how spongy the pen itself is, which makes it a little awkward to achieve perfect lines as you don't really have much control over the pen. i found it really hard to line along my lashline without making a bit of a mess, so most days had to go in with my supercat liner to a) perfect the line, and b) add the pigmentation that i desired. tut tut, eyeko.
to continue in a similar fashion, the weartime of the product was also disappointing. while it doesn't run into a black mess like the supercat liner does when your eyes water a little, you can get to the end of the day with not much evidence of a flick left on your eyelid as it seems to become more transparent throughout the day, which really confuses me as i'm not one to mess around touching my eyes throughout the day. i suppose if you don't mind a more subtle black flick this may be one to try out as it tends to stay where you put it all day regardless of the loss of colour.
to finish on a positive, the liner does do what it promises in its name: you can achieve a fabulously thin, slick cat eye with very little effort. where i do prefer my supercat liner for pigmentation, i've never once been able to achieve such a defined eye with it because the nib's just that bit thicker. all that said, i'm left feeling a little underwhelmed by the product and know that i won't be forking out £12 for one of these liners in the future – i just expected so much more! perhaps i'm just being picky, but my quest for the perfect eyeliner is still well and truly on. if you know of any cruelty free options that you think may be what i'm looking for, please do feel free to leave them below!