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!