Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Toxic Nature Precision Ink

Precision Ink in Glister

This review covers Illamasqua’s Precision Ink in Glister from the Toxic Nature collection. Glister is a described as an “opalescent nude” color.

Please see this post for additional photos and swatches.

Packaging: 8.75/10

This liner comes in a thin tube with a felt-tip applicator. The applicator is quite long, and for application purposes, I wish it were a little shorter.

Quality: 8.25/10

This is a liquid liner with a felt-tip applicator. Glister is described by Illamasqua as an “opalescent nude.” By far, this is the most unique liner color I’ve come across. It is a light tan color that has a duo-chrome of pinky, purple, silver shimmers. Illamasqua has a way of coming out with very unique colors that are difficult to describe, and this is one of them. It’s also difficult to capture the originality of this color on camera. All I can say is that you have to see it for yourself to really understand how unique the color is.

That said, when I actually used it as an eye liner, I was a bit disappointed. The color is fabulous, but practically speaking, it’s not the best liner color. The color is both light and neutral, so it doesn’t show up well when used alone. If you’re going for a no-makeup look, this liner works. But, otherwise, it really only shows up if you put it on top of a dark shadow.

Even then, it just didn’t have the impact I was hoping for. I think the best use for this may be as a subtle liner on the lower lash-line. It leaves pretty flecks of pink shimmer when used that way.

It applied well enough and has good staying power. Just remember not to rub or dab your eyes throughout the day; if you do that, it has a tendency to flake off.

Ease of Use: 8/10

The long felt tip applicator prevents you from getting the control you would with a shorter applicator. I found that the liner also got on my lashes as I was applying it. The product itself goes on smoothly, but the application isn’t as clean as I’d like it to be.

Price: 6/10

You get 0.06 fl oz for £17.00 (approximately $27.40). I think this is an exorbitant price, considering the limited usability of this product and the amount of liner you actually get. For comparison, MAC sells the exact same product (just in different packaging and in different colors) for $17.50, which is still a bit expensive. Granted, this is a very unique color, but $27.40 is just too high a price.

Toss if: you want a liner that will work with both light and dark, under and over shadows
Try if: you want a subtle effect for your lower lash-line
Buy if: you want a unique liner color for a no-makeup look

Precision Ink in Glister Swatched

Precision Ink in Glister Applied

Precision Ink in Glister Applied

Precision Ink in Glister Applied Over Dark Shadow
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