Urban Decay – Ink For Eyes – Review

Posted by Lipglossiping On September - 24 - 2009

Another new release for Autumn/Winter 2009 is Urban Decay’s new Ink For Eyes, a highly pigmented cream liner available in 6 different colours for the party season!

I received 3 of the latest shades to try out and share my thoughts with you.

They Say:

It’s everything you want in a cream eyeliner! More precise than a pencil, more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, play time, and buildable coverage than your average liner.

What’s our secret ingredient? Nylon 12! This high-tech polymer decreases drag for flawless application (no skips or smears), while softening and absorbing excess oil. Color glides easily and stays true all day long. And, the formula is paraben-free!

Let’s have a look at these lovely new offerings then…


Very pretty no?


From left to right: Loaded (Deep Green), Demolition (Rich Brown), Binge (Midnight Blue)

One of the first things that struck me is the brush included with each liner.  It’s really rather decent! See for yourselves:


You can achieve good precision with the brush end and the smudger is as good as anything I own to create a smokier look.

Here’s a swatch of the brown.. check out that pigmentation!


The top line shows 2 swipes of the liner whilst the bottom line is 1 swipe and then smudged out using the smudger tip.

The product applies smoothly with absolutely no drag on the eyelid I’m pleased to report.  There’s nothing worse than a product which is too hard and drags on the delicate skin… my pet hate for any liner!



Here, I’ve lined the top and bottom lashlines fairly heavily (for a night-time look) and I’ve smoked out the lower for a more sultry effect.

This is where the product excels… I LOVE this liner for a smokier/smudgier ‘rock chick’ look.  It also works well as a cream eyeshadow when smudged gently over the upper lid… it blends beautifully.

If you’re a fan of these kind of liners… then I don’t see how these could fail to please!  Beautifully packaged with a decent brush and useful mirror, whilst the product itself is nicely pigmented and very soft, creamy and easy to apply.

My only gripe with the Urban Decay Ink For Eyes is the same gripe I have with a lot of cream liners.  Transfer.

This doesn’t set too well.  I’d recommend a touch of translucent powder or eyeshadow in a similar shade to limit transfer on your mobile lids (especially if you have hooded eyelids like me).  Having said that, once smudged out a bit… I had no problems with further smudging or transfer on the lower lashline.


Colour-wise, I’m really tempted by the eggplant shade (Empire) for some gorgeous smoky Autumnal looks, which shade is your favourite?

Available from the usual Urban Decay stockists and priced at £14 each.

9 Responses to “Urban Decay – Ink For Eyes – Review”

  1. Amanda says:

    Awesome! I was totally trying to decide whether to get the black one or not. But maybe I’ll stray from the normal and get brown or something! How come you got to try out so much Urban Decay stuff you lucky duck!

  2. Rhamnousia says:

    I’m seeing some very nice flicks there Missus, I’m liking the look of Binge, must resist temptation to buy more stuff.

  3. @Amanda – I often go for brown as I wear so many neutral eyeshadow shades that black often looks a bit harsh. Plus brown’s gotta be a good choice for Autumn/Fall right? Thanks for stopping by!

    @Rhamnousia – heeeee! What you can’t see is that the angle of the other flick is completely different… I looked wonkey eyed!

  4. Vicki says:

    They all look great, saw them in my local Boots on Monday but decided to grab the Book of Shadows instead but may have to go back and get a couple of these, since they are gorgeous.

  5. @Rhamnousia – I can’t comment on your blog lovely? I just tried, and don’t know how to get hold of you (I looked for an email addy on there but couldn’t find one). Have you tinkered with the HTML a step in the wrong direction or is it my computer? I tried in Firefox too but it just doesn’t do anything when I click “Post a comment”

    Anyway, hope you see this… I gots important things I wants to say to you! *ok, I lied… they’re not important but I wanna comment*

    Oh, and get Twitter!

    @Vicki – Hey! Oooh, I want to get that very badly! I have all my Advantage Card Points banked and ready to sacrifice themselves – but my Boots is teeny and doesn’t have any UD at all… I need to go into the city, by which time (no doubt) they’ll be sold out!

  6. ButtonSoph says:

    I’m liking the look of ‘Empire’ the eggplant colour. I’m supposed to be cutting back, Stop tempting me! x

  7. Hey Soph, that’s the one that might fall into my basket when I grab the Book of Shadows (are you still loving it?) – I’m just trying to decide whether I wear enough smokey eyes to warrant owning it – especially as I’m now on the hunt for UD’s “Apocalyptic Nail Kit” which is only gonna be available in the US. Too many things to want and not enough days in the week to wear ’em (or money to afford them) 😉

  8. Rhamnousia says:

    I have indeed fiddled with the HTML on that thing but I think I may have to try and go back to how it was as others have said they can’t comment.

    I should also put my email address up there as I shudder to think of all the freebies I’m missing out on (JOKE!! In case anyone gets worked up about that)

    Signing up to Twitter shall happen this evening as I’m doing bugger all really so look for a new follower tomorrow!

    I’m proud enough of you for getting one eye, once you get one, the other isn’t far behind!


  9. Redtiger21 says:

    Wow, that brown looks incredible on your eyes!!!

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