Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Mislead
Have you ever heard of “cake liner” before? The first time I ever heard of it was several years ago when I became interested in learning more about theatrical makeup (Ben Nye, Graftobian, Cinema Secrets, etc) and came across Ben Nye Cake Eyeliner – well, I never got around to trying it, but it’s a product that’s always sat in the back of my memory of products to try one day.
Cake Eyeliner is pretty much the only type of liner I haven’t tried before. I’ve for the most part tried all of the liner options out there – pencil, cream, gel, liquid, kajal, powder, you name it. My preferred choices on most days are gel and liquid.
When I stumbled across Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake ($23), I decided I had to try it, despite there not being too many reviews out there.
Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake is a pressed powder formula, that when comes in contact with water/liquid, becomes an intense liquid-liner.
There are three (3) colors in total: Mislead (black), Zeal (pine green) and Danger (navy). I chose Mislead, because one could never own enough black liners, right? haha
You can use water to mix the product with, but when using water, I notice the color isn’t as vibrant and the lasting power isn’t as good. There are of course other options in order for it to last longer – such as MAC Fix Spray, Illamasqua Sealing Gel, Benefit SheLaq, Visine, etc. I usually use Visine and it works great.
I usually pour a couple drops of Visine on a clean palette, wet the tip of my application brush (usually a thin eyeliner brush or angled brush) and run the brush a few times over the powder to get a good amount of product on the brush. Then, apply it to the lash-line. It does dry fairly quick, so I like to make sure my brush is pretty damp to avoid going back and forth to apply more liquid and product mid-application.
If you aren’t satisfied with your line, or if you’d like to deepen you line, you can go over the area again. The liner will dry to a matte finish, and it will not budge.
If you have oily eyelids, I’d highly suggest priming your lids and applying an eyeshadow for a base. On days where I don’t want to wear shadow, I’ll still prime my lids and apply a matte, flesh-tone eyeshadow, such as MAC Brule as a base and the liner won’t budge.
Because this product activates when it comes in contact with water/liquid, it will budge if you come in contact with wetness. I wouldn’t recommend wearing this liner on grueling hot days or with vigorous exercise, as sweat will make the liner wear off a bit.
I’d like to mention that this product is meant to use wet. There is absolutely no color payoff when attempting to use it dry. It’s not like a typical pigmented eyeshadow that can be used wet or dry for those hoping that you can use this product as a black eyeshadow.
Here is the liner swatched on my hand using Visine as my mixing agent.
And, here it is applied to my primed eyelids.
Like I already mentioned, when the liner dries, it’s not going to budge, so if you want more of a “smokey” or smudged look, I’d recommend using a small smudge brush for application and try not to saturate the brush in liquid and product for a slightly drier application. It works pretty well.
I often like having a very deep, smudged, matte black line, but steer away from black shadows because they can get very messy (MAC Carbon is the King of fall-out). This product gives me exactly what I want.
I also really like the compact, and the fact that it has a mirror, and knowing that the product will never dry out! You can literally use this stuff to the very end.
I haven’t used the product enough to really state if it’s a must-have product for me, but I will continue using it and update you all of my overall thoughts about the product. So far, I’m really liking it.
Have you ever used cake liner? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!