Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner...Silky, Chic and Lasting

Above: Napoleon China Doll Eyeliner in Yin and Lotus...the chic way to create a cat eye.
I love the look of a clean, expertly executed cat eye and often rely on liquid liner to achieve that aim.   Recently, I had the chance to try a new cream version and was stunned by the ease of application, intensity of pigmentation and the sophistication of the results.  The Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner in Lotus, a luminous taupe-tinged grey and Yin, a rich jet black, is a joy to use; one dip into the creamy formula with a 5a Precision Angel Sable Brush  and I am transported to a classic era in history...a golden period in time where one gloriously "painted their face," rather than simply "put on makeup."  It's incredible what a diminutive pot of color and a sleek brush can do! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches, images of the Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner on the eyes and the Bottom Line...

Above: A delightfully brief ingredients list...this formula is friendly to my very sensitive, contact-lense-wearing eyes!
Here is the official word on the China Doll Eyeliner, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Enhance your eyes with this smudge-proof, long-wearing gel eyeliner by Napoleon Perdis. The creamy formula glides on with ease but quickly sets to a highly pigmented finish that stays in place. For a fine line of definition, apply with any Napoleon Perdis '5a' Precision Angle Sable Brush (sold separately). Pro Tip: Using Napoleon Perdis '5a' Precision Angle Sable Brush, wash China Doll Gel Eyeliner over the entire eye lid for a long-wear eye shadow base. Tap a dusting of Loose Eye Dust over the top for a fusion of color and texture.

Above: Lotus is luminescent taupe-meets-grey.
The China Doll Eyeliner in Lotus is  a gorgeous shimmering grey taupe that can be worn as a upper or lower line as well as a single wash of color on the lid.  It engenders a multi-dimensional, light-catching vibe that subtly illuminates the eyes.  

Above: The complex shimmer of Lotus is apparent in direct sunlight.
Above: I included this image to demonstrate the dense, creamy texture of the China Doll formula.
I prefer wearing Lotus along my lower lash line; I put a bit on the brush and carefully apply it as close to my lashes as possible.  Paired with the raven Yin, Lotus adds a demure gleam that appropriate for professional environments and prevents the cat eye look from appearing over the top.

Above: Yin is a true black.
The China Doll Eyeliner in Yin is a pure inky black with no shimmer.  This shade works well on my upper lid, swept along the lash line and finished with a tiny tail.  If I want to tone the dark effect of Yin, I might add a touch of Lotus to create a soft, slightly shimmer black result (as reflected in the picture below).  This formula glides on effortlessly, and once set, I find that there is no transfer to my upper orbital region (which is a perennial plight in light of the shape of my eyes).  I took the pictures at the end of this post after an entire day of teaching (8 hours+), which is a true testament to the stalwart and formidable nature of this decadent cream!

Above: The mesmerizing, raven orb that is Yin. 
Above: Swatches of Lotus and Yin in direct sunlight.
Above: The Lotus + Yin combination on my upper lids (after a 8+ hour work day!)
Above: Lotus + Yin on top, Lotus on the bottom. 
The following images reflect the full face...with the exception of mascara, no other eye products were used create this look! 



Bottom Line: The Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner is such a lovely product.  The silky cream formula is remarkably easy to work with and the sophisticated effects have significant lasting power...I adore painting this on in the morning.   Highly recommended!

Addendum 4/4/14: With regards to the mint green silk pouch featured in this post, I have just been informed that it can still be procured (for free, no less!) with the purchase of any two Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliners on the Napoleon Perdis website ; ) 

**PR sample  provided for review , however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.


8 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Shireen...I love how easy it is to wear!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Thanks for reviewing this - how would you compare this to Bobbi Brown's gel eyeliner?

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    1. My pleasure...I find this to be a bit more emollient than the Bobbi Brown...it's silky, rather than stiff and still lasts forever!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Love you eyes, but also the little bag. Where did you get it from?

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    1. Hi Debi,

      Many thanks! I love the little bag as well...I got it directly from Neiman Marcus and can confirm that it is made by Napoleon Perdis (branded on the zipper pull) but I am not sure how to track it down online. Let me see what I can try to find out and please feel free to check back in a day or two!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Beautiful. I must try lotus as I always use various browns.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynn...Lotus is rich and unique...highly recommended!

      xoxo, my friend!

      --The Beauty Professor

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