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29 Mar 2016

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Review


Well this is quite a sad post to write.

After all that build up and excitement, I am officially declaring the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen a "good product".

Yep, good. Not great and not holy grail. How disappointing and middle-of-the-road is that?

If I was to describe the experience in using it I would say: it works well, delivers a deep black product and possesses brushes that allow you to create a precise defining line.

There are some other points to make in it's favour as well:

* It is weighted, a factor that sub-consciously makes you think "quality/expensive", and a design decision that helps create stability when you are actually using it to line.

* The decision to have both a calligraphy style and more precise end is genius. The calligraphy brush covers the surface area and helps create elegant wings while the more precise end can aid sharpening of lines and inner corner work.



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* It is a true black and remains so after hours of wear. There is little to no fading even hours after application.

Of course now, as I write all this out, I am starting to wonder what my bloody problem is. Why don't I think this is immeasurably better than any other liner on the market? Right, well here's my negatives:

* The finish - this is a glossy liner. It will dry with a shine to it. I don't mind that per se but the issue I have is that this type of finish impacts application. It's hard to describe but when lining my eyes it almost feels like I am applying a cream over a cream, as if the liner is too glossy to set.

* The pigmentation is good but compare it to Clarins Intense Black Liner though and it falls a bit flat - the latter is a deep colour right off the bat and offers no risk of disappointment.

* The price. Yeah, it's expensive and it's because Tom Ford is not going to discount his brand by offering a liner that runs in the same cost bracket as the rest of the department store brands. When the RRP is so high though you inevitably start thinking about whether it is better than anything else. Clarins and Kat Von D's Tattoo Liners may lack the sophisticated packaging and the 2-nib offering but they last just as long, are just as functional and, it has to be said, are half the price.

So, in conclusion, it's undeniably good but if you are currently making do with the likes of L'oreal Super Liner and you just cannot justify a Tom Ford-level expense for one product then be reassured that you are not missing out on the experience of a lifetime.

That's my two cents anyway :) Thanks for reading!

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      Saya IBU SALMAH ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda semua bahwa saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW di ARAB SAUDI jadi pembantu rumah tangga yg gajinya tidak mencukupi keluarga di kampun,jadi TKW itu sangat menderita dan di suatu hari saya duduk2 buka internet dan tidak di sengaja saya melihat komentar orang tentan AKI SOLEH dan katanya bisa membantu orang untuk memberikan nomor yg betul betul tembus dan kebetulan juga saya sering pasan nomor di ARAB SAUDI,akhirnya saya coba untuk menhubungi AKI SOLEH dan ALHAMDULILLAH beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor,dan nomor yg diberikan AKI SOLEH meman betul2 terbukti tembus dan saya sangat bersyukur berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH kini saya bisa pulang ke INDONESIA untuk buka usaha sendiri,,munkin saya tidak bisa membalas budi baik AKI SOLEH sekali lagi makasih yaa AKI dan bagi teman2 yg menjadi TKW atau TKI seperti saya,bila butuh bantuan hubungi saja AKI SOLEH DI 082-313-336-747- insya ALLAH beliau akan membantu anda.Ini benar benar kisah nyata dari saya seorang TKW
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  2. Loved this honest, in-depth review. Sometimes it's hard to see past the company name and the packaging (not to mention the price) and judge the product based on what it is, so often we want to love something right away.

    Kiran | www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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  3. this is why i love your blog. you purchased a product with your own money and gave an honest review.

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  4. Try the Surratt Beauty one next! It is a very black black and it lasts forever. I used to go through 2 or 3 of the Stila liners for the one Surratt one.

    Caitlin Confidential | http://caitlinconfidential.com

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    1. It's funny you say that as I have been eyeing that brand up for a while but have never been sure what to buy. Do you have any other must haves?

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  5. Thank you for being so honest! I was totally ready to part with my cash for this because TF but I guess if the likes of Clarins and KVD are better I can do with less fancy packaging! :P

    TheConscienceFund

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  6. Good to know! I'll save my money then. However I am very faithful to the Asian brands when it comes to black liners. They are cheap, last ages and are good to handle.
    So I will be stocking up in Tokyo/Seoul in two week on holiday.
    Together with tons of other skincare products that I absolutely don't need as I have a whole drawer at home. But I already know I won't be able to resist pricing and the cuteness of some of it!

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  7. Well said! It's nice to hear someone say that they *can* live without the TF eye defining pen. That's £43 saved! I'll stick with the Kat Von D x

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    1. Kat Von D is amazing! I love the one she has in the navy blue - incredible!

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  8. Oh eyeliners... this is something I have a lot of experience with.
    Right now (and for the last several years ) my go-to technique is this: I use a pen variety of eyeliner to make an "outline" and to get the point razor sharp. Then I fill in with Mac Black Track with a Real Techniques eyeliner ( the one with the plastic nib ). I used to use different brushes with the Black Track but nothing is as sharp and clean as a pen-type liner. ( Current brand: Stila ). I can't however do a good job filling in with the pen liner. ( Apparently I failed that portion of kindergarten.) So the bottom line is I'm paying as much for my combo eyeliner as this Tom Ford. It's dual nibs might give me the control I want so on the surface it seems like it would be worth a shot.
    BUT
    I've blown a lot of money in the past trying to replicate my current combo and I'm reluctant to dive into that pool again. :(

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  9. I think with Tom Ford you're really paying for the name and packaging. Which is totally fine if you want to! Personally I already have a few eyeliners I prefer so even though I'm constantly tempted by what's new, I always tend to go back to my HGs anyway.

    xo, alison*elle

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  10. It is a bit annoying when high end products turn out to be "just okay". My favourite liquid liner is the Soap & Glory Super Cat :) xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Hi Laura,

    Have you tried the Estee Lauder double ended liner? Same idea as the Tom Ford but slightly less fancy packaging. I find it easy to apply and it lasts ages on my lids!

    Louise

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  12. On the other hand, your blog photos have been especially great lately! x

    http://www.affecionada.com

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  13. the KVD doesn't even make it to lunch time on my oily eye lids and it fades to a gross dark grey :( I will have to try out the clarins!

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  14. What eyeshadow are you wearing - I'm quite liking it

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  15. Writing about good products is so dissatisfying. A rave - yes, please! Tearing something apart - anytime. But "good"? A bloggers nightmare.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  16. Have you tried the Estee Lauder - Little Black Liner? Maybe slightly cheaper but has the double point and a very strong black liner that isn't not overly glossy!

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  17. I've always been so happy with L'oreal Super Liner that I've not tried many others. And, I know what you mean about a liner being too glossy, I remember L'oreal did a version like this!

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