Urban Decay often boasts it’s eyeshadows as being the product they do best, but I have to disagree. I feel it’s in fact their liners that they consistently, effortlessly do well, with amazing shade range, a formula that can’t be beat, and a price that doesn’t quite break the bank. Their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils have a well earned reputation for being fantastic, and the “matte blackest black,” Perversion, didn’t disappoint me.
In fact, it’s the blackest eyeliner I own. It’s darker than it’s cousin Zero,
as well as it’s sister shadow, Perversion,
which has since been discontinued.
Perversion goes onto the lash line creamy and smoothly, without pulling or tugging. It was super dark in one pass. As the brand promises, the product stays smudgable for a few seconds before drying down. I like that the dry time isn’t so quick that you can’t fix a mistake, but it doesn’t require you to hang out with your eyelid closed waiting for it to dry either.
Perversion rocked the wear time as well. After a full day (8 hours), I still had a crisp, pigmented black line in place. It didn’t smudge, run, or migrate at all. It still looked perfect at the end of the day, which is always great, especially for such a rich, creamy formula.
UD’s pencils are colored to match the shade of the product, which is cute and functional (you can easily see and grab the one you’re looking for just by glancing at your drawer). In Perversion’s case, the whole pencil is colored matte black (usually, the caps and ends are silver), but the usual white lettering is still in place. I have a travel size version of this pencil, but the full size (0.04 oz) pencils are about average length-not stubby, not too long. I find these can be stored upright in a cup, or flat in a drawer, whichever method suits you.The travel size, as the name implies, are a great option for travel, due to their smaller size.
UD’s pencils retail for $19 USD. This is the same value as MAC Pro Longwear pencils-the price and amount of product are the same. UD has a far more vast shade range, though (with 40 options to choose from-Perversion is one of three blacks in their range). While these pencils aren’t the cheapest on the market, I truly believe they’re the best, and sometimes, it’s better to fork over a few extra dollars for superior quality.
Perversion is an everyday kind of shade, so it won’t win any originality points, but it does it’s job well. It goes on easily and darkly, without a lot of passing back and forth, which means less product waste (although creamy pencils like this are prone to some waste when met with the sharpener). Perversion works for both day looks and as an accent or base to a nighttime smoky eye, so it’s versatile. And of course, every girl, of every age and skin color could use a black liner.
Urban Decay retains it’s cruelty free status, and so far, does not sell in countries where animal testing is mandated by law. However, they were recently purchased by L’Oreal, a brand that is notorious for it’s unashamed animal testing stance. Those who are fiercely against animal testing may want to reconsider giving their money to a brand whose parent uses profits from UD sales potentially for animal testing.
Wow Factor: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.8 (A)
Recommend: Absolutely. Anyone looking for a quality, basic black liner should look here. Perversion works across all skin types and occasions, be it daytime or evening. It’s the blackest black I’ve tried, and will likely get a lot of use and love, so I think $19 for a frequently used, quality product is definitely worth it.
Urban Decay products are available at department stores, online via their own site, as well as cosmetic retailers such as Ulta and Sephora.
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