The Sample: Gorgeous Cosmetics iINK Liquid Eye Pencil in Carbon Black (Review, Swatches & Photos)

29 Mar

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When it comes to eyeliner, I tend not to experiment too much, finding a formula that works well (or well enough) and then sticking with it. Longtime readers of this blog know that I have very oily lids which can take down some of the most “long-wearing” formulas out there. For this reason, I’ve been mostly just using Make Up For Ever’s liners since discovering them some years ago (thankfully, they have a rather extensive selection of shades so I don’t get bored sticking with just one brand). Recently, I gave Giorgio Armani’s Smooth Silk Waterproof Eye Pencil a try too and was really impressed. Still, when it comes to new eyeliners, I think I will always remain wary, no matter how many rave reviews it may get. So when Gorgeous Cosmetics sent me there iINK Liquid Eye Pencil in Carbon Black to review, I was excited because of the name (Liquid Eye Pencil? So interesting!) but, as always, was ready to be disappointed.

Gorgeous Cosmetics describes this liner as a “gel based eye pencil [that] boasts intense coverage and excellent color pay off. The creamy formula applies and blends easily, without dragging sensitive skin. It quickly sets to become smudge proof and non-transferable. iINK is ultra long lasting and water resistant.” It supposedly has the “ease and convenience of a pencil, with the sleek finish of a liquid eyeliner.” How can you resist promises like those?!

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Luckily, Gorgeous Cosmetics very much delivers on those promises. The pencil is super, super smooth, soft, creamy and pigmented. It’s not quite as softened-butter-y soft like Giorgio Armani’s Smooth Silk Waterproof Eye Pencil formula, but that makes it easier to work with–you don’t have to be so careful not to break or smoosh the tip when you’re applying it. It is definitely much softer than MUFE’s Aqua Eyes formula, though. And more pigmented too.

As you can see in the swatch photos below, I applied Carbon Black on the left (a single pass on the left and built up to a heavier swatch on the right) and Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes liner in OL–my usual go-to black liner–on the right. After just one pass, you can see how much more opaque Carbon Black is than 0L. 0L is just a tiny bit drier and waxier than Carbon Black so it did pull just a bit on my skin as I was swatching it–I experienced no tugging or pulling of any kind with Carbon Black.

I let both liners set for about 10 minutes on my arm and then tried using my pointer finger to smudge both sets of swatches using a medium pressure. Neither one budged a bit. I increased the pressure to no avail. Finally, I had to take a bit of tissue and try forcefully scrubbing both swatches off. You can see the results in the second swatch photo below. MUFE’s 0L did fade just a bit (though, if you notice, there was no real smudging!). Carbon Black, on the other hand, was almost completely intact. The heavier swatch fared better than the thinner one on the left, though.

I noticed that, compared to 0L, Carbon Black feels like nothing on the skin! When I rubbed a finger across the swatches of 0L, I felt a little bit of an almost tacky texture on my skin–it wasn’t much but I did feel it. Carbon Black, on the other hand, almost seems to bond with the skin and is absolutely seamless and undetectable to the touch. Carbon Black sets within about 30 seconds so you do have a little bit of time to smudge the liner (though I would work with one eye at a time just to be safe!). After it has set, there is no moving the stuff–rain, shine, shower, whatever, you’ll have perfectly intact liner all day! Even when using a dual-phase eye makeup remover, by the time 0L’s swatches were gone, Carbon Black was only about half-way removed!

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Without a primer, Carbon Black lasted all day on my upper lashline–no problem. On my waterline, it made it to about 9 hours before I saw a tiny bit of smudging at the outer corner. I got the best results when I applied 2 layers of product, allowing the first to really set before applying the second.

Unfortunately, Carbon Black is the only shade available in this Liquid Eye Pencil formula. Gorgeous Cosmetics has a regular Eye Pencil available in 6 shades but it is not long-wearing, so that’s a bummer. I really hope that they decide to release more shades (and soon!) because the formula is truly incredible!! If you’ve been searching for the ultimate long-wearing and ultra-pigmented black eyeliner that will actually last on your oily eyes, you have to check out Gorgeous Cosmetics! It’ll cost you but trust me, it’s well worth it! It’s normal to be a little wary of new brands but trust me, Gorgeous Cosmetics is the real deal. Their products have gorgeous textures, beautiful colors, and perform at the highest level. This is a brand that truly delivers on all fronts!

»»Pricing: $29/o.o4 oz. (1.2 g.)

»»Availability: (which has a great GWP right now!),

»»Recommended for: those with very oily lids!

»»Overall Rating: A+


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

26 Responses to “The Sample: Gorgeous Cosmetics iINK Liquid Eye Pencil in Carbon Black (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Chris March 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    This is the kind of product that I need, but the price tag is too steep for me.

    • becca March 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      Yeah it is definitely pricey–right up there with Giorgio Armani’s waterproof liners. I am noticing that Gorgeous Cosmetics is a bit more steeply priced than many brands that I thought were similar at Nordstrom (Smashbox, Nars, Laura Mercier, etc.) but the quality of their products is very much worth it! Seriously, you have to try this brand, Chris! I think you will really be blown away!

  2. Gummy Vision March 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Very oily lid girl here *raises hand*!!!! Awesome review!! I haven’t tried 0L but I have a sample that I haven’t tried yet…can’t believe how much more rich and black Carbon Black is!! Going on the list!

    • becca March 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      LOL nice to know someone here feels my pain! What is your go-to eyeliner, Gummy? MUFE’s is definitely nice, I think you will like it but Gorgeous Cosmetics’ liner feels a lot more luxurious and definitely is richer/smoother/creamier/more pigmented! It’s quite a bit pricier than MUFE’s but it is well worth it!

      • Gummy Vision March 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

        I don’t have a go to, that’s how bad it is!!! Seriously, I feel like I’ve tried almost every eyeliner in Sephora only to end up with creases and smudging after only an hour or 2, even with primer!! Oily + Asian monolids are not a good combo when it comes to eyeliner. But I’m still holding out hope there is something for me :-)

        • becca March 31, 2013 at 1:50 am #

          Oh no! Gummy I swear, you either have to try this one or if you prefer a cream liner, MUFE’s Aqua Black. I know how skeptical you must be of products but TRUST ME–those 2 are SO SO long-wearing on my super-duper oily lids! Oooh please try them one day!! I think you’ll really like them!

  3. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) March 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I know exactly what you mean about the different texture, that non-tacky finish. I really really want to try this now. A good liner is really a must-have for me and the deeper the black, the better. Currently, Prestige is my favorite, but this sounds very promising!

    • becca March 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Oh it is AWESOME, Catherine! It is going to be MUCH more than you’re used to paying if you use Prestige but MAN is it awesome and worth it!! :P

  4. Susannah March 30, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    Do you think you could wear this on your upper waterline without it transfering to your lower waterline? I’d pay for that : )

    • becca March 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Yes! This does not transfer to my lower lashline! As long as you give it time to set–very important! This stuff is crazy amazing–you have to try it!! :D

  5. Sunny March 30, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Wait: 9 hours on your waterline? Are we talking about upper or lower? I don’t have too much problem getting eyeliner to stay on my upper waterline, but on my lower waterline nothing remains fully intact for more than 40 minutes let’s say. Pricey yes, but if this will last on my lower waterline I’m in!

    • becca March 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Upper waterline! On the lower waterline, this one does stay put for longer than 40 minutes for me but not by much :/ (about an hour or so). Yeah my lower waterline is crazy haha

  6. Jenni@lifeandlensofbeauty March 30, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    wow thumbs up to the packaging! I love the combination of black and red, they look pretty edgy and feminine to use!

    • becca March 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      I know, the packaging is great, huh! I don’t know if you can see the pattern on the box and pencil too–it’s pretty cool! :)

  7. Larie March 30, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Ooooh, nice! I love the creamy look and the satiny finish. I sort of gave up on pencils, but maybe I’ll give this one a go.

    • becca March 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Really? Oh yeah you’re just using…liquids now? If I’m remembering correctly…I swear it’s not a gimmick–when they say this one is like a liquid liner in pencil form, they are NOT kidding! It’s so awesome, I hope you do try it!! :D

  8. Liz March 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Ugh, I gave up on pencils recently as well. I will have to look at this later! Don’t know where it’s sold around here, so it’ll have to be a blind purchase. I’m just using buffing dark shadows in lieu of drawing lines at this point. Kind of prefer it that way, actually, being a softer look for spring and all!

    • becca March 31, 2013 at 1:48 am #

      I did that for a long, long time and still switch it up every now and then–I like the softness of using a dark shadow smudged into the lashline as well. But recently, I’ve been getting excited about pencils again and usually will just draw a thin line on my upper lashline, smudge with q-tip, and set with another smudging of dark shadow :) If you ever do decide to try another pencil, you really MUST try this one wifey–it’s fabulous!

  9. Jacqueline March 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    The black looks so pigmented and creamy. Knowing me, it will probably smudge on me, I have yet to find an eye pencil that works for me.

    • becca March 31, 2013 at 1:50 am #

      You might be surprised by this one, Jacqueline–I really was skeptical like you but this pencil is truly amazing!

  10. Taylor April 1, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Wow that’s an intense black! I love MUFE Aqua Line, I not have oily lids but I do have allergies and dry itchy eyes, so I need my liner to stay. This sounds incredibly promising.. More colors please!

    • becca April 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      I know right?! I would LOVE to see them release some new shades soon–the formula is spectacular! :D

  11. Joyce (bronzerbunny) April 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    this looks good! i’m still sad about the armani liner, but now i’m wondering if i’m having issues with waterproof formulas in general! :(

    • becca April 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

      Oh gosh really?? Oh no, that’s so terrible, Joyce–I’m sorry!! Maybe you should try just one more formula and see so at least you will know for sure?

  12. Ocelot1 April 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    Ooh! I’m always on the lookout for eyeliners for my oily lids too! This ones a bit steep though, however, it may be with it. And a bit off the subject, but I miss the old heart design:( it was so pretty!

    • becca April 12, 2013 at 2:06 am #

      I agree–it’s very pricey :/ But if you’re like me and have tried everything under the sun, sometimes paying a bit more is totally worth it to finally stop having to worry about smudges and finding the right one, ya know? Also, I only discovered Gorgeous Cosmetics recently so I didn’t know about their old heart packaging. Sounds cute! What have you tried from the brand? Anything I should know about?? :)

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