Thursday, 17 May 2012

Illamasqua Precision Ink in 'Scribe'

I love Illamasqua products and I have to say that I have accumulated quite a large collection of Illamasqua products over the past few months. I love the Illamasqua blushes and the infamous skin base foundation but what I love the most is the precision ink eyeliners. I already own the shades 'Abyss' and 'Havoc', and I recently bought the shade 'Scribe'. Scribe is basically a pure white liquid eyeliner. It's something I've never seen before, as brands tend to go for the typical black eyeliner, so I was really excited to try Scribe. I felt I needed to blog about it too as it's such a unique eyeliner. 

What Illamasqua have to say about their Precision Ink liners...
"Create looks with attitude that no one can ignore. Precision Ink's fine tip allows for defined application. Long-lasting and waterproof it's perfect for use anywhere on the face and body to bring out your bold side. You can even use it as an nail art pen; simply seal with Illamasqua Top Coat."

What are the product claims?
  • Fine tip allows precise application.
  • It's long-lasting, it lasts until you remove it. 
  • It's waterproof.
  • Can be used on both the face and the body.
  • Can be used for nail art. 

How can you use it?
  • You can create a thin/thick line.
  • You can create a winged effect.
  • You can use it on your waterline.
  • You can use it to create different shapes (in body art).
  • You can use it as a nail art pen.

Do the Illamasqua Precision Ink eyeliners come in different shades?

Yes they do. There is a total of 5 different shades, these are:
  • 'Scribe' - Pure White
  • 'Alchemy' - Antique Gold
  • 'Glister' - Opalescent Nude
  • 'Havoc' - Aubergine
  • 'Abyss' - Gloss Black

How much do the Precision Ink eyeliners retail at and where are they available?

The precision ink eyeliners retail at £17.00 and can be purchased in-store and online at both Illamasqua and Selfridges. ASOS also stock Illamasqua products too! Handy to know if you're a student as you can get 10% off!
Scribe is also part of the Human Fundamentalism collection and may in fact be limited edition. 

What does 'Scribe' look like?

The pointed tip enables you to create a precise line.

Left: One Coat
Right: Two Coats

Here's how I used 'Scribe'...

Here is what is called 'tuxedo' eyeliner. Tuxedo eyeliner is basically creating both a white and black winged effect. I personally like tuxedo eyeliner and I think I might be daring enough to wear it out in public. 

Is Scribe suitable for everyone?

Scribe is suitable for absolutely anyone. Obviously if you're sensitive to certain eyeliners I'd suggest to try before you buy as you don't want to waste £17.00 on an eyeliner which isn't suitable. 
Scribe is suitable for both light and dark skin tones. 

The Good
  • Application - Scribe is super easy to apply and this is due to the applicator. It has such a fine tip and this enables you to create a very thin, precise line with ease. The main reason why I love Illamasqua precision ink eyeliners is because of the fine tip. 
  • Pigmentation - Scribe is very pigmented which is quite unusual as white eyeliners tend to lack pigmentation. They tend to look quite patchy and streaky but this isn't the case with Scribe at all. 
  • Longevity - Scribe lasts all day without fading, flaking, smudging, running or completely coming off. The only way it will come off is if you remove it yourself.  Scribe is a tough cookie, it does not budge at all. 
  • Drying Time - Scribe takes around 5 minutes to completely dry which is a good thing as there's nothing worse than liquid eyeliners that take a million years to dry.
  • Waterproof - Scribe is 100% waterproof. It doesn't matter if you're caught in a heavy downpour or have been crying for 12 hours, this eyeliner will NOT budge. The only way this eyeliner will budge is if you remove it yourself. 
  • Removal - Scribe is very easy to remove despite it being waterproof. The key is to use an eye-makeup remover that is designed to remove waterproof makeup as well as normal makeup. 
  • Packaging - I love Illamasqua packaging, it's sleek, classy and very expensive looking. I also love the applicator as it's tapered and has a fine point.
  • Availability - Scribe can be purchased both in-store and online at both Illamasqua and Selfridges. It can also be purchased from ASOS too. If you live internationally you may have an issue hunting it down so it may be worth ordering it from ASOS as they offer free shipping!

The Okay
  • Opacity - Scribe hasn't got the best opacity but it certainly hasn't got the worst. The trick is to use more than one layer (coat).
  • Price - £17.00 is a little pricey for an eyeliner, especially for a liquid eyeliner as they don't last as long as pencil or gel eyeliners. Inglot do a white gel eyeliner which is identical to Scribe, the only difference is that Scribe is a liquid eyeliner and retails at £17.00 whereas the Inglot white eyeliner is a gel eyeliner and retails at £10.00. I haven't seen any drugstore white liquid/gel eyeliners on the market so my only cheaper alternative would be the Inglot white gel eyeliner. 

The Bad
  • I have nothing bad to say about Scribe at all. It's a high quality white eyeliner, one of the best I've ever tried. 


Overall I like the eyeliner, it's got great pigmentation and it lasts all day without fading, flaking or running. Scribe lives up to it's claims as it's long-lasting, 100% waterproof and it has a fabulous fine tip which enables precise application. It's a brilliant eyeliner and I would imagine it would make a great nail art pen too but I cannot comment on it's 'nail pen' abilities as I have never used it for nail art. I love Illamasqua Precision Ink eyeliners and I especially love the shade 'Scribe', it's unique, fun and very different to the norm. I will DEFINITELY re-purchase Scribe and I most definitely will be trying out 'tuxedo' eyeliner again. Overall, a big thumbs up for Scribe. 

Would I recommend? Yes, it has excellent quality. 
Would I re-purchase? Yes, it's super easy to apply and it gives a precise line.
Rating? 8/10.. opacity could be better and the price could be lowered. 

Have you tried Scribe? And are you brave enough to try 'tuxedo' eyeliner?


  1. I have one in the colour alchemy and I freaking love it! x

  2. I love how much effort and information you put into these posts! The product looks gorgeous too, it'd be great for doing a 60s eye! XO

  3. I would love to try this colour and the gold eyeliner. Kind of going through an obsession with eyeliners atm :) x

  4. I like Illamasqua but I don't think I'm ready for white eyeliner yet. Not quite brave enough.
    S xx

  5. I loove the way this looks paired with the black liner, I am dying to try Alchemy, sounds riiight up my street xxx


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