Violent Eyes are the latest appliques from the people behind Violent Lips. They claim to give you a high impact, high glitter look that lasts for up to sixteen hours (depending on your skin type).
The pack contains eight sets of eyeliner appliques: two pairs of each design shown above. You also get some pretty comprehensive illustrated instructions.
The appliques themselves come with handy trim lines, to allow you to tailor them to your eye size and shape. I tried out the topmost design, with the biggest flicks - in for a penny, in for a pound, right? I had to cut them down to the smallest size to fit my eyes.
To apply, you peel off the protective clear film, and then wet the paper backing with a damp cotton bud until it becomes bendy. Then, you simply position over the eye, trying to line up as close to the lashline as possible, and use a damp cotton bud to smooth the applique onto the eye whilst removing the paper backing.
It's worth mentioning that these look much better on the skin than they do in the pack. They looked like a fairly uninspiring flat glitter in their pouch, but have much more dimension on my eye.
I really struggled to apply the applique smoothly. I thought I'd lined it up well against my lashline, but it seems I've managed to overhang my lashes with the applique (albeit just a little). I found that my hooded eyelids really worked against me as I tried to smooth the applique out - it'd be smooth, then I'd open my eye, and my lids would scrunch it back up again.
Applied alone with a bit of mascara, the applique doesn't really look crisp and clean enough to my eyes. Much of that is probably in my cack handed application, but still - I'd rather a more pointed flick.
To balance it out, I applied loads of black kohl and surrounded the applique with a layer of Illamasqua Precision Ink in Glister, a metallic nude with purple sparkle. I even went over the applique with Glister to try to give it a more cleanly defined shape.
The end look is pretty cool, but I did have to work around my slightly dodgy application, and I really think I'd struggle to get these on exactly right. They're pretty fiddly, and I have quite low patience levels - particularly given that I can draw on this kind of flick with an eyeliner much faster. The applique also felt a little heavy on my eyelid. Blinking gave me a slightly uncomfortable skin stretching feeling - somewhat like flexing your hand if you've just covered it in PVA glue (I assume other people did this when they were kids!).
Overall, whilst I like the idea and some of the overall look (particularly the intensity and the glitter), I'm not convinced that these appliques are going to become a big part of my going-out makeup routine. Perhaps I'll get along better with the thinner styles, but overall, I reckon these will work best on those with taut eyelids with plenty of space, and not so well on those of us who have hooded lids or wrinkles in the skin.
Find them at Harvey Nichols, where a pack of eight pairs of appliques will cost you £7.