Le Metier de Beaute’s Precision Liquid Eyeliner ($42) in Noir has been my go-to liner since I got one a few weeks ago. My typical routine is a gel eyeliner (nearly all Bobbi Brown). I’m still in search of the perfect pencil liner in black, although Giorgio Armani’s in certainly in the running.
I’ve used liquid liners in the past, including using up two of the Ecriture de Chanel ($34). The liquid liners that I’ve used in the past give a bolder, crisper and more dramatic look than gels or pencils.
This isn’t necessarily true with Le Metier de Beaute’s Precision. This liquid liner truly gives control–it can be used to give a more subtle or dramatic look–and is rekindling my love for liquid liners. I find liquid liners very easy, you don’t need a separate brush, they go on very quickly and they’re quite easy to slip into a bag for travel. Plus, I love the pen aspect to them–like other makeup addicts, I love great writing supplies and am sometimes lost looking at sites like JetPens. (By the way, if you are in the market for a good writing pencil, these in 6B are seriously good!). Sometimes I wanted a softer look, something that I can achieve with Le Metier’s Precision.
Some women find liquid liners difficult to apply. The best advice I can pass along is to practice on the back of your hand, using very short strokes to build up your line. Trying to do an entire eye in a single stroke is reserved for master makeup geniuses, for me using little feather-lines to build up a solid line is the best way to go.
Le Metier’s Precision is based on the concept of fine writing instruments–the ink flows out at your touch. Unlike Chanel and Shu’s liquid liners, there is no pump or twisting action to get the ink flowing. Out of the box, the pen brush is black and ready to go.
I noticed that Le Metier’s Precision is physically smaller than other liners; it’s quite slim and petite. Here is a picture of Le Metier’s next to Shu Uemura’s (both list the same amount of product at .002 oz)(below). The Shu uses a pump on the bottom of the product, which you push to get the product moving to the brush. In contrast, Le Metier’s feeds the brush without requiring any pump–there simply is no pump on Le Metier’s Precision. The ink flows as you apply it:
Another–as you can see, the brush on the Shu liner is still white because I haven’t started using it yet. Le Metier’s Precision was black out of the box:
Generally, I found that Le Metier’s Precision gave me far more control than other ink liners. The liner goes on in a very fine line, and typically I stop right there. My fair skintone and smallish features do not hold up well with a Marilyn-Monroe-thick-black eyeliner. It becomes overwhelming. Le Metier’s Precision allows me to do a simple fine line that looks natural, gives my lashes a nice black base, and doesn’t look over-the-top. Le Metier’s is a good normal black, but it’s not extreme, dark or overwhelmingly dark (if you’ve ever tried L’Oreal’s Hip Cream Eyeliner in Black, you know what I mean. Some blacks are too dark for my coloring, and I have a hard time applying gel liners very sheerly).
Having said that, if I want more black, Le Metier’s Precision can be layered and built up very easily:
- If you want a darker black, go over the same line more than once until you get the deep color that you want;
- If you want a wider line, make another fine line next to the original, and keep going until you get the effect you want;
- If you want both, do both!
If you want to really saturate the tip with ink, press it against your finger with some pressure for a second or two. Ink will flow fairly quickly to it. Le Metier’s Precision gave me excellent control to get exactly the effect that I want, which I find more difficult to do with gel liners and pencils. It’s very intuitive to use, very clean and beautifully made. Yes, you can go bold with it–but you don’t have to.
As a complete aside, there are a few reviews and other rumors floating around that the tip of Le Metier’s Precision Eyeliner is made by Mont Blanc. The other day on twitter, Le Metier dispelled this rumor and said that this is not the case-rather, instead stating that the eyeliner is inspired by fine writing instruments and “100% LMdB.”
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