Beauty Battle: Illamasqua Precision Ink vs. L'Oreal Super Liner

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 have a few foundations which are too dark and so I picked up shade which is extremely pale Light Liquid Foundation in the lightest shade LF115 which is for very light skin with neutral undertones.   I couldn't use this foundation on its own.  To be honest I've only used it once so far with an RMK sample I received which was very dark for me.  It didn't work that great but I think it was more to do with the consistency of the RMK sample.  Once I test this foundation out a bit more with all of my others I'll do an more in depth review. It's £21.50 for 30mls.

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.

Have your tried Precision Ink or Super Liner? Which do you prefer?

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  1. I have the precision ink in a gold colour, eep can't remember it's name, love it though, I find the MAC superslick liners to be very similar :)

    Can't wait for a full review on the foundation :)

  2. Woww both look awesome!! Love your eyes <3

  3. I haven't tried the other liners mentioned, but precision ink in Abyss was my liner for the past eight months -ish. It ran out about two weeks ago, but it worked perfectly until all the product was gone (as usual with me and illamasqua, i didn't pay full price for it, but i think it was worth seventeen pounds!)

    I've switched back to my Boujois clubbing liner because it's my go-to cheaper liquid liner. It's not waterproof but i love the tiny little brush and the richness of colour.

  4. I've tried both. Honestly, I prefer the Illamasqua.

  5. I've still not tried Illamasqua! Shocking, right? My go-to liquid liner for years was Collection 2000 Fast Strokes - cheap as chips and I only have to throw them away when the sponge part gets scraggly, they never seem to dry out. I've given up liquid in favour of gel recentely but I'm not getting along with it, to be honest.

  6. Illamasqua all the way! I prefer one of the Bourjois ones over the Loreal anyday for a budget buy.

  7. precision ink is my favourite ever, so easy to work with. shame it's so expensive though :( i'm using a gel liner at the mo until i can afford to repurchase illamasqua! might try the l'oreal version though x

  8. I'm so awful with eye liner, boo! Any tips on how to apply it perfectly? x


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