Please note: This review is not sponsored.
Being a pinup and mastering a cats-eye flick/winged eyeliner go hand in hand. Don’t believe me? Search #pinupmakeup on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean.
But the cats-eye flick is the bane of some people’s existence – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told by people that they have no idea how I manage to pull off a cats-eye everyday. The answer being, I’ve been doing cats-eye flicks for my eyeliner for roughly ten years. Admittedly they’ve only been approaching “good” or even “halfway-decent” over the last couple of years, but I chalk that down to more practise, a better understanding of my face and decent eyeliner applicators.
So that brings us to The Vamp Stamp.
The Vamp Stamp is a cats-eye eyeliner stamp meant to streamline the eyeliner process. Dip the stamp in the ink, apply to your face and voila, perfect cats-eye eyeliner every time. First up, details about cost and where I purchased it from.
I purchased the large Vamp Stamp from Cult Beauty along with the VINK eyeliner ink and the VERGE angle brush. The stamp was £22.50 and the brush + eyeliner set was £18.00, bringing my total to £40.50 (approx. $70NZD). Cult Beauty gives you free shipping to NZ over £50.00, so I added a couple of other goodies I had been eyeing up for a while. The shipping was tracked and they sent it on 5 June, with it arriving on 15 June. You can also purchase it from the Vamp Stamp website and ship it through NZ Post’s YouShop service, or from select NZ retailers.
So let’s try it!
Part 1 – Using the stamp
Right side first:
Now the left side.
Part 2 – completing the eyeliner and fixing the application
And voila, add eyelashes and I’m ready for the day!
Final thoughts – would I recommend it?
This tool is of little use to anyone who’s used to doing a cats-eye. Between stamping it and cleaning up the application, it took me longer to use the Vamp Stamp, VINK and Verge brush than it would take me just to use liquid eyeliner. The VERGE brush doesn’t pick up anywhere near enough eyeliner for my liking from the VINK, making the process a little frustrating. Unless I practise with it more, I can’t even see myself using it when I’m in a hurry.
The other downside I can see to it is that even though it’s a fairly similar shape to the eyeliner I do on a regular basis, it won’t work for everyone. Cats-eye techniques become very individual depending on your eye shape, face shape and personal preferences.
But? Where’s the but?
BUT! With all that said, I can definitely see some upsides to this tool even if I probably won’t use it again. I can see it would work great for beginners or for people who have struggled in the past doing cats-eye eyeliner. A lot of the supposed “shortcuts” to the perfect cats-eye eyeliner often rely on you knowing mostly what to do, just helping you do it faster. Plus this tool could be great for people who have unsteady or weaker hands who still want to pull off the look.
And that’s my thoughts on the Vamp Stamp! Have you tried it? Do you have any winged eyeliner tricks you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
Mrs Greatnews xx