I recently forayed into the wonderful world of Illamasqua and here are the spoils...
Across from the Illamasqua counter in Selfridges is the Lancome one, so I swatched Artliner, then Precision Ink and the latter was by far the more opaque and had a narrower - more precise! - nib.
Here are a few photos of my Precision Ink'd eyes. When I first starting using it I wasn't sure if I like it at all as the nib was far too saturated with product (unlike Rimmel's Flash Liner) and it ran into my tearduct and was just a bit messy to work with. However now that it's dried out a bit it has really come into it's own, and I would use it everyday if it were a bit more budget friendly. I'm wearing Abyss which is the blackest black and extremely long wearing - think all day and well into night. It's an eye watering £17 for 10mls, but I must say mine's lasted three times longer than my cheaper Rimmel one which dried up in a week!
I've been using L'Oreal Super Liner in Carbon Black for a couple of years and it's my favourite 'drugstore' eyeliner. It gives a true black line which is very durable - almost on a par with Precision Ink. It's currently on offer at Boots for £5.19 so I'll be picking up another soon!
I actually prefer to use this one to line my top lash and switch to Precision Ink to create the perfect flick. The nib of this eyeliner saturates with just the right amount of product, but because it's very long it can be hard to keep control over the shape of a flick, as evidenced below.
My first introduction to Illamasqua was through their very pale foundations which I stumbled across on a blog a couple of years ago.
I'm pretty happy with my first Illamasqua haul and the shop assistant in Selfridges was delightful - friendly, informed and helpful. I'll definitely be checking out more from this brand.