Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner
Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner

Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “jet black.” The formula is supposed to be “highly-pigmented” and “last up to eight hours.” It has a felt-tip applicator that’s very pointed and quite small overall, so precise lining is made easy with this shade. The length of the felt-tip is just right, too, for more precise eyeliner, because it’s not too long, and it has a good stiffness, but still some pliability, to glide across the lash line without tugging. It’s opaque in a single pass, and I love that it doesn’t feel watery at all, as some felt-tip liners can. It’s very, very black in person, but as black liquid eyeliners are wont to do, they will photograph either a little blue or brown, depending on the undertone–Really Black has a brown base.

This wears for at least eight hours–I don’t think it’s really going to budge until you want it to. I lined just above my lash line, across my lid, and then drew a line across my crease, just for kicks, to test the wear out–it was like a checkerboard on my eye. It dries down quickly, and then it’s set. I didn’t have any smudging, budging, or fading over a ten-hour period.

I will admit I’m curious when brands launch products like these: staple, everyday products that don’t already exist in the permanent range. Bobbi Brown launched this with the Neon & Nudes collection for spring, yet it’s a limited edition product.

The Glossover


Really Black

It's black eyeliner, so there are certainly plenty of dupes available, and it's not the kind of product one has to race out to buy because you don't already have something like it in your launch. It's a great product, and I think it's a product Bobbi Brown needs her in line.











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Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner
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Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner

Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner
Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner

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20 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Really Black Ink Liner Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. That bites that this is limited edition :( I would definitely try it out if it wasn’t… if I ended up loving it then I’d be stumped that it’s not sold anymore >.<

  2. Argeleen

    What black liquid eyeliner would you suggest that is long lasting and bold in color, low and high end brand?
    Thank you (=

  3. It looks like such a promising product! I don’t understand why it has to be limited edition. Surely it’ll sell well if they make it permanent too!

  4. Chantal

    Christine: for future reference, I would LOVE to see the wear pictures (just after application, and 10 hours later) of something weird like your checkerboard eye! Unorthodox: yes. Useful makeup test experiment: DEFINITELY!!

  5. Gala

    Hey Christine, many felt tip liners start their application bold and strong but towards doing the second eye they lose their power, and glide with much less color shown,
    have you tried to do both eyes and it performed equally on both? (sorry for asking, it doesnt say so in the post)
    Thank you

    • No, I didn’t have any problem – I drew the three lines for swatches all in one go – which is more eyeliner than you’d use on the lid! Do you know if you’ve stored your eyeliners upside down? The ink essentially has to soak the tip of the marker, so if it’s stored the opposite way, that could be contributing.

  6. Seems to be a good product.

  7. Is this a lot better than MAC’s Penultimate liner?

  8. Stacy

    Christine, what is the best, most black GEL liner in your opinion? Thanks! :)

  9. Madina

    That glossy finish kills it for me. I wish it was matte.

  10. Ingy Chin

    I have it. It is awesome!

  11. artemis

    looks gorgeous 😀 soooo black and glossy <3 weird that it's limited edition

  12. Anna

    Hey Christine, can you post product ingredients for this? Thanks :)

  13. LMC1971

    I bought this and loved it…unfortunately, mine dried up completely in about 5 weeks…and I had only used it maybe a handful of times…big fail for me! I am completely disappointed in this product and certainly wouldn’t purchase again, LE or not. I’m a huge BB fan so the shoddiness of this item was a surprise.

    Best, Lisa

    • Oh no! :( Mine I’ve had since Neon & Nudes first came out – maybe a month or so? How did you store it?

      • Meg

        I really love it. It’s quick and easy to apply, plus convenient to take in purse without having to use a brush and open/close a container. My first one lasted about five weeks, also. Pretty darn quick! I’ve purchased another one… although, I have to admit I also use Maybelline’s ink liner which is pretty good, too!