Kat Von D x Green Day "Basket Case" Anti-Precision Eyeliner Review

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Kat Von D x Green Day "Basket Case" Anti-Precision Eyeliner Review

     As a Green Day fan who subsequently loves Kat Von D and supports only cruelty free, vegan beauty, this collaboration couldn't have been more up my alley. Needless to say I have quite a few thoughts on this product. 
     The new Kat Von D "Basket Case" Anti-Precision Eyeliner in the shade Insomniac Black was made in collaboration with Kat's long time friend Billie Joe Armstrong, who is the lead singer of punk rock band Green Day. The eyeliner which was named after one of Green Day's most popular songs "Basket Case" is actually the second collaboration the duo have put together. In August 2016 Kat Von D released a limited edition shade of her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick called "Project Chimps." For each liquid lipstick sold, 20% of the retail value was donated to the chimpanzee sanctuary Project Chimpswho's dedicated toward rescuing and rehabilitating chimps saved from biomedical research, which Billie's wife had originally invited Kat to get involved with. This new collaboration will also benefit a charity; Billie will be donating his profits to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who defends and preserves individual rights and liberties in a court of law. The anti-precision liner was designed with Billie Armstrong's iconic smudged eyeliner and 90's rockers in mind. 
     The eyeliner is a retractable pencil complete with a sharpener located at the bottom, it has an ultra-blendable formula in a rich black shade named "Insomniac Black," which dries down for budge proof wear. It contains 1.4 g/ 0.049 oz of product, costs $19, is vegan, and Kat Von D is cruelty free brand though their parent's parent company Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) is not. The eyeliner was released on Jan. 5th on Kat's website and in Sephora stores and their website.


     As far as the claim that the product is creamy goes, swatching the eyeliner on my hand it felt creamier than any other eyeliner I've personally used. I have to say they really nailed the consistency! Blendability on the other hand, I'm at odds on whether or not this product blends the way it's supposed to. The eyeliner was intended to create a grungy smokey eye to rival Billie Armstrong's signature look from the 90's so perhaps it's supposed to be a bit on the messier side of blending, but I can't say for sure. My problem with the eyeliner is that not only does it dry too fast, you can't really blend with a brush, especially not a fluffy one, and if there's any bit of eyeshadow on your brush the eyeliner immediately sets when the two make contact rendering it unblendable. I conducted a timed blendability test with the fan off to get an idea of how long the eyeliner takes to set and I found that within 30 seconds the eyeliner was half dried, but still blendable with my finger, however after one minute, the eyeliner was completely dried. Even though fingers are the ideal method for blending this product, I would not recommend continuously using your fingers to blend around your eyes as the tugging motion from your fingers will encourage wrinkles and loose skin.
      The design of this product is quite similar to the Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in size, shape, and functionality. I'm personally used to using thin eyeliner pencils to add color onto my waterline, which made the application a bit awkward for me, but if your someone who's used to using jumbo pencils, this product will be nothing out of the ordinary for you. Looking at the product on my waterline the shade absolutely popped! This product is truly a rich black color and makes for a perfect base on your eyelid, however another problem I ran into with this eyeliner is that it stayed tacky on my waterline. If I blinked to hard I could feel my eyes wanting to stick together and the eyeliner would become patchy, transferring to my upper lash line.
     By complete accident I got makeup remover in my eye and ended up conducting an impromptu water resistance test of the eyeliner. For the most part the product stayed in placed and didn't fade which is saying something considering how badly my eyes were watering. I do feel as though there were still chunks of eyeliner left in my eye after I removed it. I believe these pieces were created when I blinked to hard and the thicker parts of the liner were pulled from the waterline.
     Overall I'm quite disappointed with this product, I just ran into to many problems using the eyeliner. I'll keep messing with it to see if maybe there's just a learning curve I haven't mastered yet, but the only reason I'm trying to make this work is because a lot of people seem to love this liner. I've asked about four girls from Sephora how the eyeliner has worked for them and they also swear this liner is amazing, comparing the quality to the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon. Who knows, maybe this eyeliner just doesn't work on me, I'll see if it works better on my clients, but for the most part I'm honestly only going to keep this product for the novelty of this extra-limited eyeliner. Maybe in time my opinion will change, but while it pains me to say this, the eyeliner is a pass.

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