Category: Collaborations

Ciate x Courtney Act Stamp & Drag Liner :: Review

When I first saw that my favourite human on the planet was teaming up with Ciate London to bring out a collaboration, I wasn’t imaging an eyeliner pen. But the name is perfect – Courtney Act Stamp & Drag?  Drag?? Get it?!  Courtney Act is by far the best thing ever to come out of Ru Paul’s Drag Race (lovers of other queens, feel free to try to correct me in the comments) but to me she’s not just a drag queen.  She is THE QUEEN.

Ciate x Courtney Act Stamp & Drag Liner

Enough of my obsessive fangirl-ing though.  The Ciate x Coutney Act Stamp & Drag liner is currently £15.00 on the Ciate London website, making it the same price as their other liquid eyeliners (I really appreciate brands not charging extra for collaboration products just because they know the fans will pay extra because of the name that’s on it).   Of course I ordered it on pre-sale, because I’m that fan.

I must admit, I’ve never tried any Ciate London makeup before, just nail varnishes which I have always found to be great quality for the price so I was expecting good things from the makeup that I ordered. Uhm, yeah there might also have been a few bits and bobs that jumped into my basket when I was checking out.. sorry overdraft.  And I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. 

So what is a stamp eyeliner?

If you haven’t seen the miracle eyeliner products that include a stamp for the perfect wing every time (I think The Vamp Stamp started this, quickly followed by the likes of Rimmel, Lottie London and Milk Makeup), let me tell you they do exactly what they say on the tin.   One end of the pen is a stamp in the shape of a wing that you stamp (how many time have I said stamp in this post?) on the corner of your eye wherever you see fit and then use the traditional pen side & draw along your lash line to connect to the stamped wing. It makes having a winged cat eye a lot easier but you still need to make sure that you have the wing equal on both sides… I don’t think there ever will be an invention to make that happen.

Because I have hooded eyes, I do find it really quite difficult to do winged eyeliner myself.  I’m good at along the lash line (top and bottom, thanks to my teenage self loving a lot of khol liner, even if it was the only makeup I was wearing) but I am incredibly bad at creating a wing.  The Drag & Stamp liner has made my struggles easier, though! 

The pen is a really nice weight, and it feels natural when drawing on eyeliner. It’s a nice, dark black that doesn’t smudge easily and I found it lasts throughout the day too.  The nib is just the right size to connect up to the stamped bit in one sweep too, so there’s less chance of screwing up by overlining. 

Can we just talk about this packaging though?

Ciate x Courtney Act Stamp & Drag liner pen & angel wing packaging.

It might not be immediately obvious why the angel wings on the internal part of the box is so amazing, but let me just direct you to one of the most iconic runway looks ever seen on Ru Paul’s Drag Race.  Nice touch, Courtney.

Courtney Act with Angel Wings, Ru Paul's Drag Race.

Ciate x Courtney Act Drag & Stamp Liner: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)