Monday, January 29, 2024

6 Perfect Purple Eyeliner Pencils

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A longtime reader emailed me to ask if I could do a post featuring my favorite purple eyeliner pencils, and given that this is my all-time favorite color, I was happy to oblige! 
I have always worn eyeliner pencils, and if I had to choose between a good eyeliner pencil and a good eyeshadow, I would always choose the former. Here are the 6 purple eyeliner pencils that I am currently wearing, and loving:
Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long-Wearing Eyeliner Pencil in Prune ($28.00 for 0.01 oz. from Lancôme and Neiman Marcus): This is a very long-wearing waterproof and transfer-proof formula that never tugs or pulls the skin, and it lasts all day on me without any smearing or fading. There is a smudger sponge on one end of the pencil that works beautifully in its ability to soften the line or enhance a smoky eye. I like to use it quickly because I have found that once the liner sets it really doesn't budge. The fine point offers precision foolproof application, and the creamy formula is very easy to work with. Prune is a magical mid-tone twinkling purple.

Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Purple Cabaret ($25.00 for 12g. from LancômeSephoraUltaMacy'sBloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue): This might just be my favorite formula from Lancôme's amazing lineup of liners. Purple Cabaret is described as a metallic plum, and it is just gorgeous! This beauty is soft and creamy, it is ultra pigmented in a single pass, and it glides across the skin effortlessly without any tugging or pulling, and once they set they don't budge until you remove them at the end of the day. I don't often wear liners in my waterline, but when I do, I tend to only use matte liners instead of glitter or metallic finishes. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencilin in Rockstar and Empire ($25.00 for 0.04 oz. from SephoraNordstromMacy'sUlta and Urban Decay): These liners glide across the skin and deposit color effortlessly, and once they set they don't budge. Rockstar and Empire are stunning, and ultra-flattering, eggplant purple shades that offer buildable coverage, and that are fuss-free to use. They do require sharpening.

Rockstar: is described as the darkest eggplant shimmer.
Empire: is described as a dark eggplant matte.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Satin Kajal Liner in Fig ($32.00 each from Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Violet Grey): Victoria Beckham Beauty is a cruelty-free brand, and the liners are infused with Vitamin E, hydrating pro-vitamin B5, and calming chamomile. They are quite kind and gentle to sensitive eyes like mine, and they can also be used on the waterline and for tight-lining. The colors are spectacularly beautiful independently, but they can also be blended to soften or intensify the lighter and darker shades, respectively. Fig is a rich matte aubergine, and it is a real showstopper.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Velvet Violet ($29.00 for 10g. from Charlotte TilburySephoraNordstromBloomingdale'sBeautylishSelfridgesCult Beauty and John Lewis): This wonderful formula is so creamy to the touch and easy to blend, and it glides across the skin without any tugging or pulling, and it deposits color evenly and effortlessly. It allows you to create a very clean crisp line, but gives you enough time before setting to make a smoky smudged line as well. Once it does set, it is completely budge-proof, and lasts on me all day long, and without a primer. I do not experience any transfer, smudging or fading, but I do not have very oily eyelids, and your wear-time may vary if you do. Velvet Violet is a stunning violet with depth. It photographed rather dark, but it is a gorgeous deeper violet that morphs in the sunlight.

All photographs taken outside under the winter sun.
Overall Assessment: These are my 5 go-to perfect purple eyeliner pencils. Do you have any favorite go-to purple eyeliner pencils that you reach for all of the time?

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  1. The CT is my favorite. I love the richness of it. Victoria Beckham's has too much red for me personally.

    1. I absolutely LOVE that CT shade and I agree with you about its richness. The VB does have a lot more red in it, and it isn't for everyone, but it is a stunning shade!


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