Back in the mid to late nineties I spent two years studying Theatrical and Media Make-up under the guidance of the fabulous Louise Young (yes, creator of those equally fabulous brushes!) and later Dean Rudd (now Director of Senior Artists at MAC). On the first day we were presented with a make-up kit to call our own and in there, amongst the grease paints and eyeshadow quads sat two little pots of cake eyeliner. And there it begins…
Cake eyeliner is one of those products that is rarely mentioned these days however has been a staple in my kit for nearly twenty years – I never go anywhere without one!
Before we start… What is cake eyeliner?
One of the first commercially available forms of eyeliner, cake is a densely pigmented pressed powder (sadly no actual cake is involved) generally packaged in a compact style housing. Apply either using a damp brush or spritz a little water directly onto the cake and then simply swirl the brush around the surface to create a smooth paste and then apply. Simple.
Nvey Eco High Definition Cake Eyeliner (£13.75) is one of the only clean cakes on the market – In fact the only one I believe.
Housed in a small mirrored compact baring the Nvey livery, the HD Cake can be used dry for a very soft, muted line or dampened down for something a little stronger. I use either a fine liner brush (such as the LY25) or a tight bristled small angle brush (try the LY30) and have done everything from tight lining to a winged eye with the cake.
Available in two shades (black and brown), the liner goes on easily and can blended away for a softer finish. There can be a little transfer on wear (I do have hooded eyes now, so am finding this is more frequently the case) and will smudge a little if rubbed.
One thing I have notified is that it doesn’t paste up as much as conventional cakes (my previous brand of preference was Kryolan). I’m assuming this is to do with the talc free formulation (I could be wrong) or maybe it’s just because I’ve had mine a while now…
if you are on the market for a product which gives a super hard line then this probably isn’t for you (stick to liquid or gel liners) but if you are looking for something softer or are working on a period piece then it may be worth a try.
Just short of £14.00 may seem a lot for an eyeliner but you get an immense amount of product for your buck and one cake will last you literally forever. I generally end up throwing mine out before I’ve finished them!
Have you tried Cake eyeliner?
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