problems with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I know Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is a holy grail for many people out there. I’m not about to say it’s not a good liner but there are some issues with it that seem to get brushed under the rug. I’ve spent a lot of time reading reviews because of the issues I’ve had with the eyeliner. I love the way it applies so I was hoping to find solutions. Before you jump in and buy this liner (or maybe you already have), I’m going to tell you about the problems with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner that no one talks about.
Let me begin by saying when I first purchase this product (and I’ve purchased it 5 times), it’s always perfect! The ink is dark and the consistency of the ink is perfect. The brush applicator is perfect for drawing a precision wing. The product definitely fades and I’m going to discuss that in more detail. I’m always in love with the product when I first buy it and then within a month or so, I begin to have problems. Some I can offer you tips to get through but others I can’t. I have sent emails to Kat Von D customer support asking for guidance. After 6 emails to them with no response, I gave up. I guess service is not there number one priority.
What do user reviews say?
In doing my homework on the product, I have noticed other users have experienced the same problems with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. However, you have to sort through the reviews to find this information. Most boards show you the top ratings by default so you never see if there are consistent problems with any product people are talking about.
Currently on the Kat Von D website, 18% of the people reported at least one of the issues I will discuss. Even some users with 4 star reviews reported at least one of the problems I’ve mentioned. They still rate the product high so the number who reported an issue with the product is actually greater than 18%. On Sephora’s website, 11% of users rated the product with 1 or 2 stars and another 6% of users rated the product with 3 stars. MakeupAlley.com indicates 25% of users would not repurchase the product. These aren’t bad ratings but with specific statement about fading, ink flow, and smudging – we can be confident there are issues to deal with. What I noticed is a lot of users make specific statements about the problems with the product as opposed to “it didn’t work for me” or other vague comments.
What are the problems with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner?
The liner will smudge
Quite a few users complain the Tattoo liner smudges. As a matter of fact, “smudgeble” is a top key word in Sephora reviews. If you have oily skin, use a toning spray or mist, or rub your eye, then the liner is going to smudge. This is especially bad if you’ve used any on your lower lid and then blended it with another pencil or shadow. It’s going to be all over underneath your eye. If you have oily skin, there’s not much you can do. However, you can avoid this problem by not using any sort of hydrating mist or toner when wearing this liner.
Dries out quickly
This is the biggest complaint from users. After a month or two of consistent use, the ink no longer flows out of the pen and it appears to have dried up. This is usually not the case, the link is in there. The tip of this pen is not a felt tip, it’s a brush. This brush is amazing and gives you incredible precision but you can’t clean it the way you would a regular make up brush. After using the product, the dirty brush continues to get worse. So, think about that for a moment. You can’t really clean the brush! That might be an issue for you in and of itself. The brush eventually gets clogged with eyeshadow or powder. That causes interruption to the ink flow. When this happens, it’s the beginning of the end.
Do not put makeup remover or cleaner on the brush or it will never work again. To avoid this issue, try wiping the brush before and after every use with a clean tissue from the moment you start using the liner. This is the recommendation on the Kat Von D website and it worked for me. Once the ink flow is interrupted, it can’t be restored like new. Either you need to exchange the pen for a new one or accept that the pen is now dying a slow death.
The liner fades
If I put this liner on in the morning, by late afternoon, I’m wearing a charcoal gray liner. It fades and it fades a lot! The only way to avoid the fading is to pack the liner on in multiple layers. I mean pack it on! This makes it difficult to wear a thin wing like I show in my photo or draw a good precision wing but it’s the only solution to keeping a deep dark line that lasts through out the day. The other option is to take the liner with you and touch it up midday. This one is an easy fix.
Formula thins out over time
This is something I discovered after repurchasing the product several times. I kept exchanging the pens when the ink flow would stop. Finally, I got past that with the tissue trick but once I did and I was able to keep the pen around longer, another problem surfaced. Either the oils from my skin were able to seep into the brush and mix with the product in the tube or something in the formula simply breaks down over time. The ink thins out and applying the product gets more difficult when this happens. It takes longer to set and if you blink or use the product in the corner or your eye, it easily bleeds or transfers to somewhere you don’t want it. In my experience, this is unavoidable and you will wind up doing a major clean up and repair to your shadow.
These are the problems with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner that I’ve experienced. I still love this liner because it has a brush tip and creates an entirely different look than felt pens. However, I have come to realize that all gel liners are applied with brushes as well! If you can find a good eyeliner brush and gel product, then you solve all the problems. You can also clean your brush and the gel never gets anything in it that transfers from your skin.
I have found the MAC 209 and Sigma E06 are capable of producing a perfect wing. The gel I like the most is NARS Eye Paint but I also find it can fade a bit as the day progresses. For a less expensive option, I recommend the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner. Another gel liner that is highly recommended and exceptionally black is the Inglot AMC Gel Liner in #77. I haven’t had an opportunity to test that one out yet but it’s certainly with a try!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the Tattoo Liner is a bad product. I have one in my drawer now and I’ve purchased it repeatedly. It is one of the best liquid liner products out there. The product simply has quite a few issues and eyeliner pens just don’t work as well as high quality eyeliner gels. But a pen is approximately 20.00 (or less) and a gel is often going to cost more plus you need a good quality brush to apply it. I’ve come to realize the gel liners produce a better result and that’s worth it to me. Plus, they are more hygienic products to use in the sensitive eye area since you are able to sanitize the application brush.
What are your thoughts? Have you had any of these problems with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner or can you recommend a gel or liquid liner that is really fantastic?