When I realised my much loved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner was coming to the end of its life, I thought I’d try out the dupe which I’d seen mentioned a lot on social media – the NYX Epic Ink Liner. Today I thought I’d put them to the test and see whether it’s worth saving or splurging.
I have discovered over the years that felt tip style liners are my friend. The KVD Tattoo Liner is currently the only eye liner I use, mainly because I’m absolutely crap at applying anything like a wing but I can manage something passable with this one.
When comparing the way the two liners look, they are ridiculously similar. I do prefer the styling of the KVD packaging because it’s got the little tattoo designs on it and just looks cool – like all her packaging.
The nibs are also very similar, the same long felt tip brush which comes to a very fine point. It can be really precise but also when pressed on its side can create a thicker line.
Now, onto the formula. Granted, as I’ve already said, my beloved KVD is coming to the end but it’s still got some ink left in it. I would have preferred a real like for like comparison on two brand new products but given that I’m trying to save some coin here that’d be counterproductive, wouldn’t it?!
I found when swatching that the NYX liner is very black and very wet. But it does dry quickly, and once it’s dried it’s very long lasting. The KVD liner is a little drier, and actually not as yet black. One thing that has always annoyed me a little about the KVD liner is that it feels like it dries out quickly, even when you’re using it. I always have to shake it mid use to try and get more ink down into the nib. I haven’t found that I’ve needed to do that at all with the NYX one. But maybe that’ll happen over time.
Another thing I noticed when I really compared the two next to each other is that the NYX liner dries more matte and the KVD liner has a very slight glossy finish to it. I do prefer a matte finish generally, but I also think it’s nice to have a glossier finish liner to go with more glittery eye makeup looks.
I have done a wear test with both liners (one on each eye) and I found they both lasted all day. The KVD line wore off ever so slightly by the end of the day, but there was no fading on the NYX side. Both were easy to remove at the end of the day, without any rubbing or scrubbing.
Overall, I have to say I do love the NYX Epic Ink liner just as much, if not a little more, than the KVD Tattoo liner. It’s 100% dupe approved and is definitely a cheaper alternative if you already know you like the KVD one. I’ll certainly be saving my coins and going for the NYX one from now on.
Have you tried either of these eyeliners? Let me know what you think of this dupe in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading…