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Liquid eye liners are something I’m insanely picky about. I look for a liner that is black and has a felt tip. I find they are the easiest to work with when they are basically a pen. But finding both of those together that isn’t defeated by metallic or shimmer shadows is a challenge. Previously I was using the Wet n Wild Skinny Tip Liner but I have mentioned this before, it bleeds and if it’s brought near the inner corner it’s all over the lower waterline. So the hunt was still on for something different. Recently I saw JKissa mention NYX Epic Ink Liner in one of her videos and I thought I would get it a try.
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The Epic Ink Liner contains 0.03 oz of product and costs $8.99. For reference, the Skinny Tip eyeliner costs $4.99 and contains 0.02 oz of product. So in a way I want it to work since I haven’t found my ideal liner yet that’s drugstore and cruelty free since it’s a little bit more product. However, it is twice the price. I’m also going to compare it to the NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black which has 0.037 oz for $9.50 (spoiler alert, I don’t like that one from NYX… I just also recently got it and was half debating on doing a review but I’ll just give it a mention instead).
So comparing the NYX Epic Ink Liner to the NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker, not that you are able to tell from the picture above as the lighting makes them look like the same, the Epic Ink Liner is a richer and darker black tone compared to the Skinny Marker. But the Skinny Marker though grey is more matte than the Epic Ink liner. Neither of the liners bleed on the skin, but the NYX Epic Ink Liner is waterproof so that gets extra points in my books. So of these two even though I prefer a matte liner, I have to go with the Epic Ink Liner since the Skinny Marker just doesn’t work over metallics and is more of a grey than a black.
Next comparison is the NYX Epic Ink Liner to the Wet n Wild Skinny Tip Liner (my previous favorite). They both have identical pigmentation with the rich, dark black tone. While the Wet n Wild Skinny Tip Liner is matte, it bleeds like crazy as you can tell above. I took the picture a minute after applying that to my hand when all three liners were dry. Since taking that picture, it has bled more. And I used to just deal with it since it worked over any eyeshadow. But now trying out the NYX Epic Ink Liner, I don’t think I could go back. As it doesn’t bleed, has more product, and is waterproof. I mean it doesn’t last through a heavy cry session (I had a moment one day while I was wearing it, and no I’m not going to talk about why), but to be honest I don’t think anything would have held up through that since I was rubbing my eyes.
I seriously love this eyeliner and will continue to purchase it in the purchase. JKissa was right, this is a fabulous drugstore liquid eye liner. And I’m sad it’s taken me this long to try it as I’ve seen it multiple times before. What’s your favorite eyeliner?
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