Two things which are impossible to photograph in terrible light: tiny things, and sparkly things (seriously, any help re: how to set up studio lighting on a budget?). Thank goodness then, that the third present I received from my lovely friend Sam, is the Illamasqua Precision Ink Liner in Alchemy (£17), which is both tiny (fine nibbed) and sparkly (gold and glittery).
Swatched, Alchemy is not opaque. At least, it wasn't on me. It is a beautiful yellow gold sparkly liner , very fine, very sparkly and very pretty. I think it would work best (for me) layered over other colours to add dimension and sparkle.
As you can see here, I couldn't get it to sparkle opaquely on the lids. That's not fallout on my lashes, I just (stupidly) curled them before application. I have found that other blogs swatch it opaque though, so maybe I am doing something wrong.
I will say this - this does. not. budge. Not once. Not all day. It didn't flake, migrate, irritate or smudge. This is one long wearing eyeliner, and I think it would look lovely layered over any shade. I would love to invest in other, more opaque shades too - or maybe go to a counter and have the lovely ladies explain to me how to build it!
Have you tried any of the Precision Inks? What do you think?