Bionic Review: Urban Decay’s Ink for Eyes cream liners

by Bionic Beauty on 08.Jun.2010 · 4 comments

Urban Decay launched their “Ink for Eyes” cream eyeliners in the fall of 2009. I finally got my mitts on Zero which is a true pitch black. Five other colors round out the collection: a deep blue (Binge), forest green (Loaded), dark violet (Empire), dark cool-toned brown (Demolition) and a clear sparkly liner (Pyrotechnics).

Bionic Beauty Review - Urban Decay Ink For Eyes cream eyeliner

Bionic reviews Urban Decay's Ink for Eyes cream eyeliner

All of UD’s Ink for Eyes eyeliners come packaged in a long, thin rectangular compact complete with mirror, taklon liner brush and a sponge-tip smudger. The packaging is a bit edgy and certainly different than the typical pots of cream or gel eyeliners that I’m used too. It fits well in my purse makeup case.

Bionic Beauty Review - Urban Decay Ink For Eyes cream eyeliner

The black wasn't very inky for me... but it was super soft & smooth!

The pigmentation wasn’t as true as I had hoped- I had to apply layer after layer to get a dark smokey line. You can see from my photos that it was still slightly sheer on me. However, there was absolutely NO drag, pull or clumping thanks to UD’s new proprietary “Nylon 12” ingredient. The Nylon 12 is probably similar to the silicone or dimethicone ingredients in other eyeliners that glide on effortlessly. However, I say probably because I’m not a UD chemist, so I can’t give a definite answer.

I also didn’t have any problems with loss of color or smearing through the day.

Bionic Beauty Review - Urban Decay Ink For Eyes cream eyeliner

No clumping, no smudging; but not enough pigment for my taste.

I like the Ink for Eyes cream eyeliner well enough, but I’m not in love. It doesn’t hold a candle to my Black Cherry gel liner from Purely Cosmetics!

You can find the Urban Decay Ink for Eyes liners at Ulta stores for $22 eachUrban Decay's Ink for Eyes cream eyeliners at Ulta. Have you tried the new Ink for Eyes liners? Do you have a favorite gel or cream eyeliner?


1 Stacy June 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

It’s not worth $22 with the pigmentation not being that great. I’ll stick with foiling mineral shadows.

2 peacelove55 June 9, 2010 at 2:19 am

urban decay is one of my all time favorite makeup brands! i have never tried their eyeliners, but i can vouch for other products of theirs (i miss their lip gunk!!!) i like lighter colors for my skintone, so maybe the pigmentation would be something i’d like.
also, their packaging is always awesome looking and edgy, as are their color names. have you seen their lipstick packaging? super cute 🙂

3 Shauna Hartley June 10, 2010 at 2:06 am

Dear Bionic-
I’ve been meaning to try several of The Urban Decay products, but haven’t. This is one I may have gone for if nothing else because of the cool packaging. I appreciate the review. I prefer my liners a little more opaque than this would probably give me. My favorite liner so far ever has been Stila Smudge Pots. They go on amazingly well and last all day, and I mean all day. Plus what you get for the money is very fair. I enjoy your site. Keep up the great work!

4 Eve June 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

Honestly, Im not impressed either. the pigmentation is worse than dollar store makeup lol.

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