I wanted to share a very brief review about the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen but I didn’t want to do it without talking about the By Terry eyeliner at the same time… these are both the holy grail eyeliners of my life :
The Tom Ford in Deeper and the By Terry in So Black. The TF costs 55 usd, it’s very expensive but even at this price it’s still worth it. You don’t even imagine how much precious time this thing has saved me in the mornings. The By Terry costs 43 usd in Barneys but for some weird reason, for once in our life, By Terry products are cheaper in Switzerland than the rest of the world (but I won’t shout because they may hear me and increase the prices…).
The TF has two ends, a shorter and a longer one but I just use the longer one so I cannot really take profit of “a dual eyeliner”. I think that the product inside is delivered for both ends without a separator within the middle of the pen, I feel like a sort of ball moves around when you shake it so in my opinion using one or the two ends of the pen is the same result for the customer… (to be verified). The shorter end is too difficult to control for me anyway, it’s not flexible and the only way I can make it work is if I do very Lady Gaga looks, this kind of look for example will be completed with the shorter end, but that is not what I am looking for on a daily basis… I want something like that and that is achieved perfectly in lighting speed on a daily basis with the longer calligraphic end of the TF.
I have tried many eyeliners before, even very praised Japanese brands, but never ever something allowed me as a beginner in eyeliner application, achieve the application that I was initially aiming for.
When you start to apply your eyeliner you know what you want to do, but how many times have you ended with a different application ? Often thicker or not well balanced, for me it was an issue I was experiencing it on a daily basis. My application always ended too dramatic compared to what I really wanted. That does not happen anymore and that is why this is so worth it for me. It does what you want where you want it. You place it and you have your eye definition for the whole day.
The color is black, really black, evenly black from the start to the finish, thin or thick it keeps the same intensity. The lasting power is mind blowing, much better than “24 hours eyeliners” or the Dolly Wink, lasts all day since 6:30 am till 6:30pm and beyond, it will start to fade at some point in the evening but will still look ready to rock until I remove it before going to bed.
The By Terry eyeliner is even blacker, and will remain blacker for longer, you can apply it on Friday evening and on Sunday it will still be there… this is how much is lasts on me! Like a tattoo, unlike the Tom Ford it won’t fade at all until you remove it (with waterproof makeup remover) but the By Terry is not as easy to use, the tip allows a bit of flexibility so you can still control it nicely but the Tom Ford (longer tip) remains much easier to use.
Tried to swatch it but have a look at Temptalia swatches that are better 🙂
If you are a beginner – with a comfortable budget – and need the best tool for eyeliner application, the Tom Ford is the one to go for. It’s very long (17.3 cm), if you need to go very close to the mirror you may hit it but it does feel incredibly well balanced on my hand and I am sure this helps to draw the application with more control. We just need more colours, I want this eyeliner in brown first, then any other colour because with such a thin application I will be able to use other more dramatic shades and still keep the application subtle and elegant.
If you are a hardcore party person, you need the By Terry. I am on my second one because I made the mistake of not closing it properly (you may have to hear a second clap!!!) be careful, even if you think it’s closed, it may not be, just make sure and push 😉 I also have the purple one, very intense but if you apply a powder eyeshadow on top of it it will tone down the purple, make it more subtle and totally unique.