|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:
|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!
**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.