Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner…Silky, Chic and Lasting

Above: Napoleon China Doll Eyeliner in Yin and Lotus…the chic way to create a cat eye.
I love the look of a clean, expertly executed cat eye and often rely on liquid liner to achieve that aim.   Recently, I had the chance to try a new cream version and was stunned by the ease of application, intensity of pigmentation and the sophistication of the results.  The Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner in Lotus, a luminous taupe-tinged grey and Yin, a rich jet black, is a joy to use; one dip into the creamy formula with a 5a Precision Angel Sable Brush  and I am transported to a classic era in history…a golden period in time where one gloriously “painted their face,” rather than simply “put on makeup.”  It’s incredible what a diminutive pot of color and a sleek brush can do! 
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches, images of the Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner on the eyes and the Bottom Line…
Above: A delightfully brief ingredients list…this formula is friendly to my very sensitive, contact-lense-wearing eyes!
Here is the official word on the China Doll Eyeliner, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:
Enhance your eyes with this smudge-proof, long-wearing gel eyeliner by Napoleon Perdis. The creamy formula glides on with ease but quickly sets to a highly pigmented finish that stays in place. For a fine line of definition, apply with any Napoleon Perdis ‘5a’ Precision Angle Sable Brush (sold separately). Pro Tip: Using Napoleon Perdis ‘5a’ Precision Angle Sable Brush, wash China Doll Gel Eyeliner over the entire eye lid for a long-wear eye shadow base. Tap a dusting of Loose Eye Dust over the top for a fusion of color and texture.
Above: Lotus is luminescent taupe-meets-grey.
The China Doll Eyeliner in Lotus is  a gorgeous shimmering grey taupe that can be worn as a upper or lower line as well as a single wash of color on the lid.  It engenders a multi-dimensional, light-catching vibe that subtly illuminates the eyes.  
Above: The complex shimmer of Lotus is apparent in direct sunlight.
Above: I included this image to demonstrate the dense, creamy texture of the China Doll formula.
I prefer wearing Lotus along my lower lash line; I put a bit on the brush and carefully apply it as close to my lashes as possible.  Paired with the raven Yin, Lotus adds a demure gleam that appropriate for professional environments and prevents the cat eye look from appearing over the top.
Above: Yin is a true black.
The China Doll Eyeliner in Yin is a pure inky black with no shimmer.  This shade works well on my upper lid, swept along the lash line and finished with a tiny tail.  If I want to tone the dark effect of Yin, I might add a touch of Lotus to create a soft, slightly shimmer black result (as reflected in the picture below).  This formula glides on effortlessly, and once set, I find that there is no transfer to my upper orbital region (which is a perennial plight in light of the shape of my eyes).  I took the pictures at the end of this post after an entire day of teaching (8 hours+), which is a true testament to the stalwart and formidable nature of this decadent cream!
Above: The mesmerizing, raven orb that is Yin. 
Above: Swatches of Lotus and Yin in direct sunlight.
Above: The Lotus + Yin combination on my upper lids (after a 8+ hour work day!)
Above: Lotus + Yin on top, Lotus on the bottom. 
The following images reflect the full face…with the exception of mascara, no other eye products were used create this look! 

Bottom Line: The Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner is such a lovely product.  The silky cream formula is remarkably easy to work with and the sophisticated effects have significant lasting power…I adore painting this on in the morning.   Highly recommended!

Addendum 4/4/14: With regards to the mint green silk pouch featured in this post, I have just been informed that it can still be procured (for free, no less!) with the purchase of any two Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliners on the Napoleon Perdis website ; ) 

**PR sample  provided for review , however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

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Comments (8)

  • Shireen L. Platt Reply

    Lotus is absolutely gorgeous!

    March 26, 2014 at 9:55 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Shireen…I love how easy it is to wear!


      –The Beauty Professor

      March 27, 2014 at 4:17 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Thanks for reviewing this – how would you compare this to Bobbi Brown's gel eyeliner?

    March 26, 2014 at 10:25 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure…I find this to be a bit more emollient than the Bobbi Brown…it's silky, rather than stiff and still lasts forever!


      –The Beauty Professor

      March 27, 2014 at 4:26 am
  • Unknown Reply

    Love you eyes, but also the little bag. Where did you get it from?

    March 27, 2014 at 2:11 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Debi,

      Many thanks! I love the little bag as well…I got it directly from Neiman Marcus and can confirm that it is made by Napoleon Perdis (branded on the zipper pull) but I am not sure how to track it down online. Let me see what I can try to find out and please feel free to check back in a day or two!


      –The Beauty Professor

      March 27, 2014 at 4:28 am
  • Lynn127 Reply

    Beautiful. I must try lotus as I always use various browns.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much, Lynn…Lotus is rich and unique…highly recommended!

      xoxo, my friend!

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 22, 2014 at 11:22 pm

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