I was first introduced to the 24/7 liners by Urban Decay in the original NAKED palette. In with it came a double ended pencil – ‘Zero’ on one end, which was black, and ‘Whiskey’ on the other, which was brown.
I’d never really felt an eye pencil like it before. They had a slightly oily texture to them, which meant that they really did glide on, and were really easy to work with. I had found my Holy Grail eyeliner!
Unfortunately, as it was double ended, in theory, I only had half a pencil worth of Zero, which has now run out… however Urban Decay recently released some new shades to the 24/7 liner range, one of them being Perversion, which is apparently blacker than Zero, which is, well, black! It sounded good – I purchased, it didn’t take much persuasion (does it ever?!).
I no longer have my little stub of double ended Zero to compare Perversion with – but if you imagine Zero to be black, Perversion is the blackest blackness in blacksville. It’s BLACK. I’d go as far as to say it’s pretty comparable in finish to that of a gel liner, and quite unlike any other pencil.
I have swatched it on my hand along with some other black liners I own. From left to right (or from top to bottom, rather) we have:
The Body Shop 01 Eye Definer: Black, GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner: Black Ink, Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil: Perversion, MAC: Smoulder.
As you can see, Perversion is definitely one of the blackest liners there – very similar in colour to Smoulder by MAC, but completely different to apply, and in finish. I absolutely love Smoulder, but it is very (for want of a better word) dry, compared to Perversion. With Smoulder you have to press down to get any colour, whereas Perversion needs the lightest of touches for the bold blackness to appear.
It claims to be waterproof – so I ran my hand under water, and all swatches remained.
Out came the soap for a proper hand wash. These were the results….
Evidently not as wash-proof as MAC Smoulder! It does, however, last all day, and the water running over it didn’t seem to phase it.
Because it is soooo black, soooo sensitive, and soooo ‘glidey’ I think it’s harder to work with than Zero. There’s little room for error with this badboy. You have to be careful with lining the inner corner of your eye too – it will definitely transfer down to the lower inner corner, as I found out, and because of the ultra black blackness, it won’t look great. With a little practise, we will soon be working in harmony (I hope).
I really love it, but don’t think it can replace Zero. Although I thought I wanted a blackest-fantasticest liner, in reality it’s a bit WOAH for neutral daytime looks, so I think I’ll have to repurchase Zero too.
What do you think of Perversion? Have you tried it? Do you like it?!