Liquid liner is pretty much a How to be Fancy staple. The occasions in which I forgo a feline flick are few and far between. That means I’ve had plenty of opportunity to try loads of brands – from high end to cheapo – and VERY FEW are worth the money/hype.
Recently, on a whim, I picked up the Pixel Party Proof liner at Ulta. I had never heard of the brand and it was on the less expensive side of things so I thought it couldn’t hurt. I purchased the Midnight Blues shade because I was feeling the need for a graphic navy flick. Weirdly, the liner turned out to be a deep shade of burgundy and no where near navy. I’m not sure if this was the fault of mislabeled packaging or bad formulation, but I went ahead and gave it a try. The color is actually quite nice – a deep burgundy-brown that is perfect for a softer cat eye.
The thing that absolutely sold me on this liner is the tip. The nib is made of very sturdy brush bristles but they feel like silk gliding across your eye. I have never had another eyeliner with this type of brush. It is so easy to maneuver along the lash line! The closest I have tried is Stila Stay all Day, but this brush is even smoother while still being strong enough to guide. It is also a tiny bit thicker than the Stila variety, but the tip is tiny so you can really create the traditional thick to thin look.
Of course, I immediately went back to grab the Pixel liner in my staple Black. The black liner has the same tip, but for some reason it leaks a bit, causing way too much liner to blob out unless you blot it on a tissue first (hence the bleeding in my swatch photo). The liner is a pretty liquid-y consistency, so too much is just…too much.
Overall, if Pixel works on consistency in their color names and the leakage problem, this will literally be my Holy Grail liner. It’s that good.
Unfortunately, not all Ulta’s carry the brand, so it may be best to look online if you’re wanting to give the liners a try.