As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we've tried. Whether it's a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
I won't mince words: I'm a control freak. It's something I'm working on, but I still get freaked out if my eyeliner and mascara don't look a certain way (i.e., the same way I've been applying them since college). And while I can now kind of deal with pizza that's become lukewarm en route to my apartment or arriving to a movie theater after the previews have begun, I still have anxiety when it comes to trying new products.
Sure, I can easily wipe off an unflattering shade of lipstick or blend away bad bronzer, but a cat eye gone awry? Now that's the stuff of nightmares. So when Lyda Beauty's Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp ($20) made it's way to my desk, it probably sat there longer than it should have. (Despite its chic packaging, I automatically delegated it to the "I'll try this on a day when I don't have to see anyone in case I majorly f*ck it up" pile. I promise you that every beauty editor has one.)
But a month later (I know; I suck), I finally mustered up the courage to try it. I'd heard a lot of buzz surrounding cat-eye stamps, and to be honest, just as many acclamations as condemnations. The claim: a fast, blissfully effortless cat eye courtesy of a feline-esque stamp on one end and a fine-tip liquid eyeliner on the other. (The multitasking nature alone won it brownie points.) But would it actually work? As someone who has used the same beloved liquid eyeliner for years, I had my doubts.
But I was soon proven wrong.
Unlike drawing on a cat eye the old-fashioned way (which for many involves around one liter of sweat and roughly the same of Q-Tips), you literally press the arrowhead-shaped stamp at whatever angle you desire on the outer corner of your eye. (There's a super-handy visual right on the box it comes in, and there's also a helpful how-to video here.) Then you simply switch to the other end of the pen to line the rest of your lash line and connect it to the wing.
Though I did wish the shape the stamp made had been a bit more precise, all in all, it did an amazing job of creating the perfect winged end to my signature cat eye. (The aforementioned precision issue may have had more to due with my choice in pen verus the product, itself.) Another cool fact: You can choose between the "sleek" stamp" which is thinner, and the "bold," which is thicker and more dramatic. I was sent the "bold" and would be interested to try the "sleek" to see how they'd compare.
The fine-tipped liner went on velvety smooth, and it was easy to extend and touch up the overall look of the cat eye to my liking post-stamp. What's more, the liner actually stayed put (another initial worry of mine) and was still perfectly intact and inky six hours and one workout class later. Amazing.
So will I be ditching my old trusty of a liquid eyeliner in favor of the Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp? I'm not sure. However, I'm definitely impressed, intrigued, and willing to work at perfecting my stamping skills. Plus, who doesn't like to feel like Elizabeth Taylor circa 1963? Exactly.