Sadly, I’ve had to semi-retire my much loved Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, click on the image below for my review.
I still think it’s one of the best liquid eyeliners out there. Brown is a perfect shade, especially flattering on mature eyes and it never budges.
Actually, it’s the right eye that’s the problem, my eye makeup has never behaved properly on that eye. Not that you’d notice it, but the lid is shaped slightly differently to my rockstar left eye. My eyelashes stick out at a little bit of a weird angle so I have to compensate with eyeliner and it always takes ages to even it out.
Plus, because the Stila eyeliner really does stay put, if I make a mistake I have to dip a cotton bud into remover, reapply liner and some eyeshadow and it never matches the other eye the second time around. Frankly, it’s a faff and even though I have all the time in the world to apply makeup, I haven’t got time for that.
Enter then, one of my stocking fillers at Christmas, (obviously I chose it). TOM FORD Emotionproof Eyeliner.
Intense and richly pigmented Emotionproof Liner is where luxury meets high performance. An extremely long-wearing retractable eyeliner with up to 24 hours of wear, in shades designed to complement TOM FORD eyeshadow, glides effortlessly onto lids without tugging for gorgeous colour payoff.
Waterproof, non-smudging, transfer-resistant, humidity-resistant and designed to stay put, the Emotionproof formula is truly ready for any situation. Ophthalmologist-tested.
My shade is 02 Chocolat, but there are 13 vastly different shades, 8 mattes and 4 shimmer shades, something for pale and darker skin tones.
I going to point you to a blog called Survivor Peach here for the most accurate, true to life swatches, based on this I’ve just purchased 09 Brut Rose, a pale pink shimmer. Peach’s other makeup posts are excellent as well. She’s not worried about pretty photos just true to life swatches.
Let’s get this out of the way first, the price is absolutely ridiculous, £32.00 for 0.35g of product.
You might also be put off by the truly awful reviews:
Rubbish – Have tried it a few times now what a waste of money, brittle and broke every time I used it and I hardly applied any pressure. The pencil eyeliners are the best I have ever used in the TF range. This is a waste of money. Very disappointed.
Disappointed – I found it dry and hard in texture and difficult to apply. It didn’t feel in any way like a luxury product. Really not great!
The thing is, I absolutely love it. I’ll even allow the pretentious ’emotionproof’ name to slide by.
I agree much more with these reviews:
Good quality, luxurious eyeliner. Doesn’t smudge and doesn’t make my eyelids puffy and swollen like some other cheaper brands. I don’t think I will go back to my previous eyeliner.
Fantastic eyeliner with staying power – Initially I gulped at the cost of this eyeliner, however, having bitten the bullet and purchased it …Wow! Beautifully smooth, blend-able and doesn’t budge. Works on the waterline too. Motorcyclette is a lovely grey/brown. I will definitely buy more colours.. The quality is fantastic, you do indeed get what you pay for.
Chocolat is a rich, cool-toned brown, unlike other eye pencils it doesn’t fade down to a light warm brown shade which tends to make my eyes look sore. Shade 03 Abyssinian is a warm brown.
Application is smooth and buildable, although the colour is so dense you don’t need to darken it. Thankfully, the pencil doesn’t ‘skip’ on your upper lid, that happens a lot with my right eye and makes liner look wonky.
I haven’t smudged it out for a smokey eye, but I think you would have to work fast as it sets quickly. This was my problem with Stila, this time I make fewer mistakes because I can work the pencil right into my upper lashes (which helps them look thicker) and I have more control over pencil than a liquid.
Longevity is excellent, but you need a hardcore ie oil-based, makeup remover to take it off. I patiently work Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish into the roots to remove every last trace. That said, even though I wear makeup less frequently now, I still make the time to apply the pencil on my upper lid. It lifts the raw nakedness of a bare eye.
As a rule, I don’t usually like mechanical/automatic pencils. I’m particularly careful not to press too hard, I’ve broken far too many of them and once the lead’s snapped off it’s impossible to use and has to be binned. I used to wind the lead up to its full length and photograph it to show how much product you were getting, until the day I wound one up and it wouldn’t wind down again, lessons were learned that day.
Then there’s the added stress if you drop it on tiles and it gets into the grout or carpet, these pencil leads are impossible to remove. Worse still, is if you step on it and trail dark smudges through the house, therefore I now twist up just enough for the job in hand.
Fun fact – There’s a built-in sharpener at the end of the pencil, now this may not be news to you, but until today I had no idea that’s what these little plastic end bits were for. I didn’t know you could sharpen automatic pencils. In fact, I used to throw them away because they sometimes came loose.
Maybe it is an age thing, but I’m willing to pay
too much more for a product that I know works and makes my life a little easier.
Here’s hoping shade 09 Brut Rose lives up to Chocolat.
TOM FORD Emotionproof Eyeliner £32.00 Now £29.75 John Lewis (02/04/21)