This weekend, while traveling to Minneapolis, I got to watch helplessly as a TSA agent dumped the entire contents of my purse on to the floor under the conveyor belt. As a result, I lost nearly $200 in makeup to the trash. Yay!
Among the casualties, my beloved Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen. Spending $56 for eyeliner seems insane (and to be fair, it kind of is). The application is smooth, the formula so velvety, and the color so dark, that it’s worth it for a winged-liner lover like myself. And never have I so appreciated those amazing qualities.
Unable to live without liquid liner for three full days (priorities, ladies), I headed to Macy’s to pick up a replacement. Pickings were slim, so I ended up with Diorshow’s Art Pen ($32). What a disaster.
The tip is too long to offer smooth application. The formula is thin and barely black. And worst of all, it migrates across your lids and rubs off easily. Like I said, disaster.
Sick of re-applying eyeliner twice per day, I walked to Target and snapped up my favorite drugstore liner: Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen ($8). The formula is thick and dark. The applicator isn’t as fine as the Tom Ford, but it’s easier to maneuver than the Dior.
Lesson learned? If you want to splurge, there is only one: Tom Ford. If you want to save, grab the Maybelline.