An Eye-Opening Dungeon Quest: Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion

Greetings from a rather particular…dungeon.., fellow rogues!

Generally speaking, one takes the paladin’s suggestions with a grain of salt, especially when it involves adventure postings. After all, they’re usually more preoccupied with charging off after lost causes than actually clearing dungeons or discovering treasure. Recently, owever, Hilarion came to the party with a singularly intriguing adventure posting – the quest for a priceless magical artefact filled with liquid obsidian! For some reason, he wouldn’t show us all the details of the posting, and he had been getting redder and redder in the face, but we put this down to his usual zealous fervour and set off on our latest adventure!

 

Hilarion, burning with righteous fervour as usual.

Hilarion, burning with righteous fervour (or so we thought!) as usual.

 

As soon as we arrived at the dungeon entrance, things started to become a bit clearer, and Khael the wizard started harrumphing and adjusting his pipe with unusual frequency. By the time we had, er, penetrated the depths of the dungeon, Susie the rockbard was snickering uncontrollably, because our innocent druid friend kept asking why all the orcs had been wearing such unusual leather armour and wielding whips instead of their usual jagged swords. When we finally reached the inner sanctum, Hilarion was marching very quickly ahead, striding over to the pedestal to find…Urban Decay’s Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner in Perversion! :-D

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

The attractively but unassumingly packaged goal of our rather unconventional dungeon raid…

 

Since Hilarion was standing motionless at the pedestal (with the air of one who has spent quite some time with their armour feeling a little tight, only to be disappointed), I deftly relieved him of his prize (burden?) and brought the ‘liquid obsidian’ down for further inspection. Khael was rather red in the face, inspecting some of the carvings on the wall, and Susie had had to take the druid back up for some fresh air, so I had the artefact all to myself.

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

The pedestal was covered with a suprisingly floral cloth, almost as surprising as the neat toxic green floral motif on the inside of the box (er, chest?)

 

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Some artefacts aren’t so helpfully labelled. The name of this one, however, explained a lot about the dungeon in general…

 

Let’s start with the packaging, shall we? Once the rather nice purple and green box has been removed, you’re left with the usual glass pot with UD’s classic gunmetal, embossed lid. Inside you find a satiny disc of blackest black eyeliner – not liquid, as Hilarion claimed, but a creamy gel. I guess ‘creamy gel obsidian’ didn’t quite have the same ring when they were making up the adventure posting… ;-)

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

When I opened the jar, I could have sworn I heard Hilarion mutter something rather hysterically about a ‘nipple’, but I’m pretty sure he just meant the way the eyeliner had been filled into the jar… I think he needs to get out more…

 

I decided we should all pop back to the tavern so that people could steady their nerves a bit (and because I had the feeling that Susie was going to snicker herself sick before long), and I headed on toward Rogue HQ to put this new artefact through its paces!

So here’s the thing – this rogue is a total n00b when it comes to gel eyeliner. I own one other one, the Maybelline version, and was glad that that one came with its own brush. The UD eyeliner brush is sold separately, and I don’t have it…and gel/cream eyeliner is something I really don’t think you can accurately do with your fingers, no matter how much practice you have!

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Back at Rogue HQ, once everyone’s calmed down a bit…

 

The eyeliner is very smooth and creamy and easy to work with – it doesn’t clump up on the brush, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time smooshing it around to get the right amount. When you start with a lot on the brush, it goes on extremely black and opaque, if you have less (for more precision, perhaps), you’re going to need to go over it again in places if the brush runs al little dry. I wish I could compare to the Perversion pencil liner – I have it as one half of a travel pencil from a set, but sady mine is a dud – weird and dry and waxy, nothing like the Perversion pencil I hear so widely lauded! :-( Fortunately, this cream liner is a worthy substitute for me!

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Ooooo…macro…

 

One thing I particularly like is how easy it is to get right down into the roots of the lashes, and the front edge of the eyelid (where the lashes grow out) – you can do a great job at getting rid of that weird ‘pale lid rim’ thing that vampires like me suffer from particularly, even if we line our waterlines! The liner dries quite quickly, and once it is dry it is NOT GOING ANYWHERE. It’s stuck to your eyelid like Hilarion’s eyes are stuck to those magazines he thinks we don’t know he reads, and will require waterproof eye makeup remover to remove. I am a huge fan of waterproof makeup in general – it doesn’t get so hot or humid here, but it does rain, and I have slightly watery eyes (dungeons are full of dust, what can I say?) – so UD’s eyeliners are always a win for me.

The following photos are my first attempt at cream/gel eyeliner with no eyeshadow, no blending, no waterlining and no mascara/curled lashes to hide the results ;-)

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Does anyone else have a super sensitive inner-second-quarter to their eyelid? As soon as I touch it with anything, I blink and smear whatever it was up my lid :-P

 

As you can see, I attempted (hah!) one’normal daytime’ eyeliner, and one ‘fun cat flick’ eyeliner look. For daytime I’d usually go a bit thinner, but the brush is gonna take practice, fellow rogues. I think I’ll need to up my DEX, or maybe see if there’s a ‘gel eyeliner’ DEX based skill that I can specialise in. A couple of notes: You can see that the edges are a bit raggedy – aside from my natural incompetence with gel eyeliner, I left these so that you could see what the eyeliner does when the brush is ‘dry’ – it’s not as opaque and black, but still gives coverage.

All in all, I’m really happy with this liner – it goes on smooth (my n00bery notwithstanding), doesn’t budge and is respectably black with a nice satin matte finish. Say, Urban Decay – how about making the rest of your awesome liner colours in cream/gel format? I’ll be right there for Demolition, Junkie, Chaos and Woodstock at least! ;-) You might also consider marketing a little brush together with that liner (i.e. not sold separately/costing extra) – Maybelline managed a more than adequate brush this way, and it would be great for gel/cream liner beginners like me!

So, what do you think. fellow adventurers? Have you ventured into any Perversion-based dungeons recently? Would you give this eyeliner a go, or do you have another favourite black gel liner?

The practicalities: Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner costs USD 22.00 for 0.1 oz /3.0 g, is permanent, and may be acquired from www.urbandecaycosmetics.com. If you’re not in the US, they have a parcel forwarding service that they recommend, and if you’re in NZ, you can use YouShop from NZ Post to get a US shipping address. Importantly, there’s NO requirement to have a US billing address or credit card, which is usually where things go wrong for non-US consumers. Yay! :-D

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll let Hilarion pick your dungeons for you…

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23 thoughts on “An Eye-Opening Dungeon Quest: Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion

  1. I assume this establishment is owned by Drow? They fit the bill if it comes to perversion. Glad you made it out in one piece, we all know the wickedness of Drizzlefoshizzles brethren and sistren.

  2. Your cat eye look has me jealous! It’s so lovely. That’s the one look I can’t master :(

    How do you think this compares to the Maybelline one?

    • Hm, well the Maybelline one I have is the charcoal, not the black, so I can’t compare shades exactly, but I’d say the Maybelline is a little stiffer. No much, but a tiny bit! It definitely gets points for coming with such a good brush, though! It’s a great budget option (in the US anyway, LOL. Costs almost the same as the UD here!)

      Thanks for the compliment ;-) I wish the edges of my cat eye were smoother, but practice will make perfect, hopefully!

  3. Oooh excellent. That is a damn good black. I love doing eyeliner with an angled brush — for some reason I find it much easier than a brush style one! (A brush-style brush? You know what I mean, I hope.)

    Also, yes. Quite nipple-y.

    • Urban Decay stuff is just so awesome. I love their pencil liners more than is decent, so I was just a little bit excited when they came out with this! :-D I’ve never tried an angled brush…maybe it would help my gel eyeliner skills, LOL!

      • I so want to try their products out. Can I just have the entire set of eyeliners already?

        I think I like the angled brush because you can kind of stamp it on, as well as drag it like a regular brush. And you can use it damp with powder eyeshadow too.

  4. That looks good! I like the satin matte finish too, I don’t like it when my eyeliner looks too shiny or shimmery or whatever. Not that I use eyeliner a lot… but when I do it’s always a gel or cream formula.

    • I definitely approve of sparkles in my eyeliner, but when I want a ‘plain’ eyeliner, I want a plain one! :-D I’ve never been fond of glossy liners in any colour, however…

  5. Hey Syl, great job!!! I’ve heard the brush actually isn’t the best, but you did good! So sorry to hear your Perversion pencil is a dud. I borrowed it from a friend, but it’s really not for me. It just melts off because it’s so dang melty!!! I know there is a cult out there tho, so maybe it’s just my oily eyes.

    • That’s so funny that we have precisely the opposite problems with that liner :-P I will be interested to see how the one in my Ocho Loco set turns out! Maybe my current one isn’t a dud and I just don’t get on with that pencil… :-P

      As for the brush…hehe, I wouldn’t know! All I know is that it’s the only eye brush I have aside from the Naked 2 one, and it more or less does the job. I have yet to try an angled one!

  6. Yup, my eye does that too. I usually stretch it out with a finger to keep it still, which sounds weirder than it actually is. Btw, you should make a “usual suspects”/cast of characters page for newcomers so they can meet Susie the Rockbard, etc =)

  7. “…with the air of one who has spent quite some time with their armour feeling a little tight, only to be disappointed” might be the very remark for which parentheses were invented. I love it.

    From these photos, I’d never have guessed that you were new to gel eyeliner! And I love how perfectly smooth and creamy it looks in the pot. Sadly, I have an extra fold in each of my eyelids, which means that proper cat eyes will always be out of my reach. (Which reminds me, I’ve been thinking of doing a post on various work-arounds for that problem.) At least I can live vicariously through you!

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