Quick and dirty comparison: Urban Decay Velvet vs. Glide-On liner pencils

I’ve been out and about all weekend doing holiday sorts of things, but I wanted to get started on reviews based out of my April Ipsy (affiliate link) bag.

ipsy bag april 2014

My bag this month had five items:

Today, we’re going to talk about the Urban Decay liner. Urban Decay’s website describes the Velvet liners as “a must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-velvety, plush version of our creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, defined lines.”

I already own their older formula, 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil, in Perversion. It was the first “fancy” eyeliner I owned, and I’ve been really, really impressed by how it really does glide onto my eyes. So I decided to compare my new Black Velvet pencil to my old Perversion one. Results?

Black Velvet (light line), Black Velvet (heavy line), Perversion, Perversion (smudged), Black Velvet (smudged)
Black Velvet (light line), Black Velvet (heavy line), Perversion, Perversion (smudged), Black Velvet (smudged)

Mehhh. Let’s take a closer look at that…

Black Velvet (light line), Black Velvet (heavy line), Perversion, Perversion (smudged), Black Velvet (smudged)
Black Velvet (light line), Black Velvet (heavy line), Perversion, Perversion (smudged), Black Velvet (smudged)

Yeah, no. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t quite understand the tricks behind smokey eyes. Smudging my eyeliner is something I do accidentally, not on purpose. But it sure looks to me like Perversion (second smudge from the right) smudged way, way better than Black Velvet (far right smudge). Pair that with the fact that Black Velvet went on patchy and draggy while Perversion, as usual, went on as smooth as butter, and I’m just not impressed. If Velvet pencils are supposed to smoke out better, either it’s not living up to the hype or I’m really misunderstanding what a smokey eye is supposed to look like.

How do they work on eyes instead of my hand? I gave each a quick swipe on my unprimed eyes and, well, they came out pretty much the same way as they had on my hand:

Black Velvet, Perversion
Black Velvet (l), Perversion (r)

Once again, Black Velvet dragged and pulled while Perversion glided on effortlessly. What you see here on the Black Velvet eye is my result after going back over the line a few times to fill in bare and uneven patches; what you see on the Perversion eye is literally one swipe, with no cleanup.

I can’t really think of a circumstance where I’m going to be looking for a liner that drags on my lids; the fact that so many do and I didn’t realize there were ones that didn’t is a large part of the reason it took me so long to get the hang of eyeliner in the first place. Though I can’t help wondering if maybe I’m just missing something about what makes this formula great, the fact that I can’t figure it out means that Black Velvet is taking a place in the-drawer-of-makeup-I-rarely-use-and-am-not-quite-sure-why-I-still-have.

Do you have experience with Urban Decay Velvet liners? Do you like them? Tell me if I’m just missing something awesome!

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