There’s not a huge amount to say about YSL Couture Eyeliner (£25) – although it does seem to have attracted negative comments from fans of YSL’s Babydoll eyeliner, who don’t find this a good replacement.
I’ve never used the Babydoll eyeliner, so approached YSL Couture Eyeliner with no pre-conceptions or expectations other than being drawn to the colour – Vert Basique, a dark emerald – which I’d been sent to try. Green is big news this winter and this is a subtle way to introduce it into your look.
I’ve been using liquid eyeliners as my preferred type of eyeliner for 25 years (it was a L’Oreal one which got me hooked when I was a student in Paris; kohl eyeliners just didn’t stay put on my eyes). Normally, I’m not a fan of ones with a felt tip pen nib – I usually favour the ones which come with brushes – but YSL Couture Eyeliner has proved to be the exception. Unlike most felt tip pen style eyeliners, the YSL Couture Eyeliner nib isn’t hard and uncomfortable to use; it has the pliability of a brush and is very easy to draw with.
The bumf for YSL Couture Eyeliner makes much of the fact that it doesn’t smudge and lasts all day. I have certainly found that it doesn’t smudge but the winged end of my eyeliner seems to disappear late in the day when I’m tired. That wouldn’t put me off buying it in the future, though, as I am quite happy to re-apply my eyeliner if I was heading on a night out. A lovely luxury!