Many years ago, I was taught a very valuable lesson. That lesson was the art of a smoky eye and I was around nine years old. Having a highly skilled make up artist for a Mum set me in my way, and I suppose you could say it’s what jump started the obsession with make up. To this day, you will find my Mum and I perusing the stands of Selfridges of a weekend, getting excited about new releases and consistently tagging each other in make up related posts on Instagram and Facebook. One of the skills that our Debs taught me was the winged line, a skill that takes so much practice at first, but one that I could now do in a moving car with no mirror. I maybe slightly over exaggerating there, but you know. Finding the Zoeva Black Box was a dream come true, a complete wardrobe of blacker than black liners, all ready to slide across my eye lid, and at a great price to boot.
When it comes to eye liner, I’m incredibly set in my ways. I have three liners that I use daily; the L’Oreal Super Slim Liner, the Tarteist Clay Liner and the Joan Collins Kohl Liner, with the L’Oreal liner being my most used. I love the felt tip pen that literally draws the wing without any effort at all. The Tarteist is used for a more dramatic look, and the Joan Collins for a more smudgier look. As all of my favourite liners have reached the end of their lifespan, the Zoeva Black Box has replaced each one, giving me a chance to try new styles and new formulations by a brand that I absolutely adore.
Inside the Zoeva Black Box are four liners; a liquid liner, a kohl, a graphic pencil and a cat eye liner, all in a highly pigmented black. With each liner giving a different finish, it’s easy to go for a precise sharp black line, or a smudgier sexier look in an instant.
The Calli-Graphic Liquid Eyeliner has a very precise narrow nib for extra precision, that dries with a matte finish. I very rarely use a liquid liner, and now that I’m older, I wish I had the steady hand like that of Nikki Tutorials who can draw the sharpest of liner without having to hold her eye lid taught. Ah to be young again. I’m going to really get back into the swing of a liquid liner as I love the finish that it gives and beauty of a sharp black wing.
The Soft Kohl Liner in Noir will be well used. Aside from wearing this alone for a smudgy sexy eye liner, I also like to put it over the top of a felt pen liner to intensify the colour and help it to last a little longer. Kohl is perfect for those easy make up days in which a light smudge of colour on the lash line is all that’s needed.
I’m loving the Graphic Eyes in Black to Earth pencil. Aside from it being waterproof, which means its the ideal pencil to use on your waterline, it applies like a liquid. The finish that it gives is amazing and it’s like I’ve used a gel liner rather than a pencil.
Finally, the liner that I knew I would love is the Cat Eye Pen in Black. Using a felt liner comes easily to me, so the liner basically drew itself across my lid. The super fine point helps to carve out the wing easily, and the ever popular cat eye look takes seconds to do.
When I add up the amount that I spend on my usual liners alone, I can#t believe that the Zoeva Black Box is only £19 at Beauty Bay. It’s probably one of the most affordable sets that I’ve owned and as it’s Zoeva, the high quality is ever present. May the wings of your eye liner forever be even.
*Contains PR Samples