Sunday, 5 October 2014

Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Hyde & Juno

I've been a huge fan of Kat Von D's eye shadows, so I was really excited to try out her new liquid liners! I've been testing out Kat Von D's Lightning Liners in Hyde* & Juno* ($25 CAD/1.3 mL), which are unlike any liquid liners that I've used before. I'm a big fan of liquid liners in general, and it's my preferred liner formula. I find that a liquid formula is able to give the most pigmented, flawless line.

Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Hyde & Juno

"Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner gives eyes bold, metallic color. Featuring an innovative precision brush tip and vivid shimmering pigments, the click-activated pen dispenses just the right amount of formula, giving you ultimate lining control and fresh application every time. The ultrafine flexible bristles easily move across the lash line, contouring to the eye shape to create a variety of looks—from thin to bold—that last throughout the day." - Sephora

Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Hyde & Juno
Hyde on top, Juno on the bottom

Kat Von D's Lightning Liners have interesting packaging. You have to do a bit of assembly at first. Here are Sephora's instructions

"Remove protection ring between body and cap, and push the cap into the body firmly until you hear it click into place. Open cap, turn pen upside down, and turn dial one or two clicks until you see formula appear in brush; click once for a thin line and twice for a bold line." 

I'm personally not a huge fan of this packaging. You can see in the photos below that one click dispenses too much product. The liquid liner pools on the brush tip, and I find that I have to brush off the excess product onto a tissue before I can use the liner. The liner itself has a good consistency, and both colours that I've tried have good pigmentation. Hyde is a nice shimmery brown that is a great alternative to the standard black liner look. Juno is a pretty emerald green with golden shimmer. Another small packaging flaw is that the writing on the pens rubs off very quickly. The labeling started to wear off of my liners after just one week of use. 

Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Hyde

Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Hyde
One click

Another drawback to the packaging is the brush tip. I find this brush to be a bit thick, so it's hard to get a thin, precise line. I also can't draw a nice winged tip with this brush, which I like to do everyday with my liquid liner. Packaging aside, this formula is quite good. This formula dries quickly, and it lasts on my eyes all day long. Seriously, I can get 14+ hours out of this liner before it starts to fade! 

Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Hyde EOTD

While I really like the formula, I just don't get along with this packaging. The twist up mechanism dispenses too much product, so you'll end up going through these liners a lot quicker than you would with any other type of packaging. I also found the brush tip applicator too thick, and I didn't have enough control over my lines. 

Have you tried Kat Von D's Lightning Liner? If you have, I would love to hear your thoughts on this product! It may not work for me, but that doesn't mean that it won't work for you!

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  1. Such a shame about the poor packaging! Juno looks like a stunning color!

    1. I know, I was really let down by the packaging! But the formula & shades are beautiful!

  2. Such a gorgeous color though :((( I was really excited for these fellas


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