I asked a MA who works for another high end brand (brand will not be disclosed) and I asked her, "have you heard of Le Metier de Beaute"?
she responded "Why yes! my favorite item from them is their felt tip eyeliner". I didn't know if I was more surprised from the fact that her item is something that I deem boring, or that her favorite item is not what I had imagined (I actually associate Le Metier de Beaute with their amazing eyeshadows and (or) their lipcremes).
In terms of what I've tried thus far in terms of eyeliners:
MAC blacktrack: it's nice, but it requires more work than usual because it requires a brush.
MAC penultimate: I just wasn't pleased with this overall. This stuff was hard to work with because I had to layer it for it to look "ok".
Bobbi Brown gel liner (it's blacker than MACs, but the formula is meh, it dries up too quickly).
Shu Uemura felt tip liner: I couldn't get this to work for the life of me, it skips, applies really unevenly.
Shu Uemura painting liner: the formula is nicer and blacker than MACs. I've returned BBs gel liner a long time ago so I wasn't able to compare Shus and hers. The downside to the painting liner is that it fades if I don't have primer on my eyelids.
Loreal Lineur Intense: ok, this stuff doesn't even go on my eyelids. I don't understand the hype of this item, because it sucks.
NARS eyeliner stylo: it's a nice black, but the formula is hard to work with. It's really a pain in the ass, but if you can get it to work right, it's really nice.
Laura Mercier cake liner: I like this one too, but again, it requires a lot of work to get the consistency right.
So how does Le Metier de Beaute's compare to all of these?
A main theme on all of these eyeliners: they're all hard to work with. Skipping, the formula is the suck, and require a lot of work.
Le Metiers isn't the blackest, but it's surely is easy to apply. Even with a super fast swipe, there's no skipping. I love this one because it's super thin barrel so it fits easily in my bag. I love this liner because it's a nice color to wear during the day. It's not a jet black and there are days I feel like a super black eyeliner is too harsh. As seen below, you can see how small/thin the liner is compared to a Giorgio Armani lipgloss:
Let's see a super closeup of this liner with a super fast swipe:
Forgive my poor application since I was caught off guard with my phone vibrating for the split second (as seen the slight bleeding/fanning) towards the right side of the pic.
I swiped this very, very quickly.
Lasting power: at least 7 hours. I love this eyeliner. I can't even begin to express how easy for me to apply this. I will say when first applied, there's a slight wet period so it can smudge if you blink very fast. Once it dries after a couple of seconds, this stuff stays put.
Pros: it's petrochemical free for all of you who were wondering what kind of ingredients are in this eyeliner. If I do 2 layers of this eyeliner, it's pretty black...but I'm sure there's a liquid eyeliner out there that's insanely black with only one swipe. I know it's out there *shakes fist*
A potential con: This eyeliner may not have as a long duration if you have oily lids. Well the price can be seen as a con too: $42.