Cake eyeliner is one of those products which gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling – it’s like an old friend. Cake was one of the products included in my original collage make-up kit; two little compacts, one brown and one black. Having never come across cake eyeliner before I was intrigued and ever since I opened that compact during my first stage make-up lesson in 1995 I have had a sentimental attachment to this form of eyeliner.
One of the great things about cake liner is it’s value for money. One compact will last you an age; I think I have replaced mine a handful of times over my (twenty one year) career and I don’t think it was once because I had hit the pan! As long as you make sure it is dry before you close the compact, a good cake liner will see you though many a flick, cat eye, tight-line or smudge – the one thing they don’t do particularly well is lower water lines (I recommend a pencil for this).
With the love of cake a long standing, when RMS Beauty announced the launch of their Vintage Cake Eyeliner (£24.00) I knew this was a product I had to try! I had previously tried another organic incarnation of this classic product but was left disappointed, so had my fingers crossed for a more positive experience.
For those of you not in the know, cake is a solid block of pigment which is mixed with water to create a liquid liner. To use a cake liner simply either spritz with a small amount of water and mix with a brush until it obtains a paste-like consistency. Either apply with a fine liner brush or an angle brush.
The RMS Beauty Cake eyeliner is a product which can be used either wet or dry (not all cakes work well at both). I have used this particular liner both wet and dry and really like the outcome of both. The colour could be considered a soft sooty matte black, which I personally feel is the most universally flattering. Used dry the liner gives a lovely grungy black whilst wet the line is much more intense but not hard.
Sadly these days I can’t get away with a flick like I used too as I have hooded eyes (which have become more so as I’ve gotten older) so I’ve just grabbed a quick used dry shot on myself (only wearing this cake and some mascara) and included a shot where I’ve used it on set, to give you an idea of what it can look like.
In terms of longevity of wear, this liner is pretty good. As with most liners, the flick may wear off part way though the day but the bulk of the product is still on the lid. If you have particularly oily lids or really want your liner to stay put then you could use a sealer instead of water – I am a fan of Seal The Deal from Nurturing Force (£10.95).
I’ve been loving using this liner on shoots over the past few months and am please that (sentiment aside), using Vintage Cake Eyeliner has proved to be a very positive experience indeed.
Have you ever used a cake eyeliner?
Mica, Kaolin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Nylon-12, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Silica, Algin, Pullulan, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxide (CI 77499)
Images: (1, 2, 3) LJS – OMUA