Estee Lauder has birthed a sibling for it’s rather good Little Black Primer in the form of the Little Black Liner. The thing is – I reckon it’s not that hard these days to find a decent liquid liner pen that doesn’t run (I always prefer the soft tip type). Remember the olden days when liquid liners were always in a pot with really hideous applicators that were impossible to use? And they always smudged? No more. I have happily used Urban Decay and Stila liquid liners and of course you can’t beat Asian brands for a super fine liner, many boasting a nib(?) of just 0.1mm!
Estee Lauder therefore has got to be releasing something that is more than a long lasting liner, right? RIGHT! It’s is quite a clever little thing…
Want to see?
The Little Black Liner is a 3 in 1 liquid eyeliner which lets you draw a thick, thin and ultra thin line. It comes in one shade – black of course – it needs to be given a shake before use (do this, it comes out blacker), and is waterproof (really!) and smudge proof.
The USP is the nibs of this pen. There is a slim tip on one side and they must’ve been taking tips from Heroine Make (a Japanese brand who make a brilliant thin liquid liner) because it is a similar soft calligraphy brush type style.
There is a weird flat sponge wedge tip (not nib! tip!) which can be used tip only for a thin line and on it’s side for a super thick glam line like Sophia Loren.
I am envious of those with long curly lashes naturally, and the space in the eye to do those thick lines and not look like a clown – because my eyes can’t take it. I also think Estee Lauder mascaras work well on those with some length and curl to them too.
Anyway here is a demo! Various thin lines and super thick. Would you ever use the liner that thick? I think if you are in to thick Amy Winehouse like lines or drama, absolutely. I usually apply a very thin line every time I do make up as I think it finishes the eye perfectly so I would get the most use out of the ultra thin side. I would rarely use anything that thick regularly but its nice to have the option.
Once this has dried down it does stay really well, no flaking or anything.
Examples of how this looks on me – thick side to the left and thin side to the right. The liquid runs nicely in to the nib, so drying up or dragging which I hate – it ruins the super smooth line!
I like the shape of this eyeliner (pen type) if you struggle at all with liners then you’ll find this a lot lot easier. I found the wedge side harder to control than the pen, but that’s expected since it’s a completely new thing!
Quirky little liner, good if you want to be able to create different eyeliner looks – it’s a bit easier than free handing it. If you are good a free handing with a regular liner then you might not need to specially buy this product. The liner itself is excellent quality and it doesn’t smudge.
This liner costs £22 you can or on EL counters.
* PR sample