Illamasqua Precision Ink V Collection 2000 Fastliner

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Hello girls, I hope everyone is okay! I thought I would do a little review of my two all-time favourite liquid eye liners. I have been an avid liquid eye liner fan ever since I first mastered how to use it at about the age of 13. After years of perfecting my cat-like flick with khol eye liner, only for it to have smudged off by the end of the day, I decided it was time to move onto the serious eye liner. I didn't quite get the hang of it straight away (I distinctly remember a rather horrendous incident involving liquid eye liner in my water line/all over my eyeball - not nice) however I did manage to master it eventually and ever since I cannot be without it. Seriously, where some people cannot survive without lipstick/mascara etc., liquid eye liner is definitely my 'thing' when it comes to make up.

So it's not surprising that I had been on a search for the ultimate liquid liner ever since. Luckily, after experimenting with a couple of brands of liner (Rimmel etc.) I came across THE best liner I had ever used, in the form of Collection 2000's Fast Stroke eye liner. This liner costs a teensy £2.99, lasts ALL day and is very, very easy to apply. I think I have used it since I was about 15, and have never felt the need to change in five years because it is just THAT good (not to mention cheap). I could never understand why people had a problem with their liquid liner lasting all day, as I just assumed they would know about the miracle that was C2000's Fast Stroke liner.

However. Recently I have seen A LOT of fabulous reviews for Illamasqua's Precision Ink Liquid Liner. Curiosity, (and somewhat of a need to blog about it for you lovely ladies) made me bite the bullet and find out what all of the fuss was about. Now, I didn't pay full price. £16.50 is just a TAD too much for me to justify on an eye liner when I already have one I'm pretty much 100% happy with. However, when I heard about the amazing voucher code for ASOS floating around the internet (which entitled you to £10 off any orders over £11 - crazy I know) I decided to go for it. I wasn't disappointed.

Illamasqua Precision Ink

Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Eye Liner

For a start, the brush is amazing quality. It makes applying liquid liner SO easy - a lot easier than with the Fast Stroke Liner (I rarely have problems applying, but do sometimes find it a tad tricky as the brush can get a bit stumpy/bobbly after a while if not looked after). The brush is also a lot sturdier and thinner and therefore makes the perfect line really easy to achieve.

Collection 2000 Liquid Liner straight after application

Illamasqua Liquid Liner straight after application

Collection 2000 eye liner after a day's wear

Illamasqua Precision Ink after a day's wear

The liner is definitely the most waterproof I have come across, and has more of a wet-look, just-applied finish throughout the day than Collection 2000's Fast Stroke eye liner. Despite these slight differences, I found both liners to be extremely similar, in terms of overall finish, however, as you can see in the above images, Illamasqua does have the upper hand when it comes to staying power.

The Illamasqua liner is obviously a lot more wet-looking whereas C2000's is quite matte

After applying water and scrubbing the swatches

After wetting the swatches it is clear that Illamasqua is definitely stronger when it comes to being waterproof. After scrubbing the swatches with water Collection 2000's Fast Stroke liner came off straight away, whereas the Illamasqua liner stayed put.

Overall I think both liners are absolutely fantastic, they have brilliant staying power and are really easy to apply. Illasmasqua's Precision Ink obviously wins when it comes to being considerably more waterproof and having a better staying power overall, however there is the price difference to think about. If money isn't an object, I would say definitely go for the Illamasqua liner. However, if you're looking for a fab liner but don't want to pay quite that much, then Collection 2000's liner is great.

What is your favourite liquid liner? Have you tried either of these?