I really wanted to love this gel eyeliner, but alas, I’m not sure.
I’ve been doing winged/cat eyeliner since I was about 13, so I’ve used a lot of eyeliner. I tend to lean towards liquid eyeliner, as it gives an opaque, clean line but it tends to flake off after an hour or so. This partly has to do with constantly touching my eyes (I’m tired a lot okay!) and partly because… well I don’t know why, hence why I jumped onto the gel eyeliner bus.
I’ve heard fair few good reviews of this eyeliner, saying it has brilliant staying power etc, but I’m not so sure. When I first get it on- I love it. I’ve been using the Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush to apply it, and it looks wonderful. It’s easy to use. The formula is very creamy so goes on sooo smoothly. However, I feel this may actually be it’s biggest weakness. It runs and smudges. It’s not the worst, but it’s not the best. (You can see on the photo below that it has transfered to my lower waterline and started seeping in the outer corners)
I wore this eyeliner, while working in a kitchen area, during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (and anyone who has been to Edinburgh at that time of the year can tell you just how busy it is) and the actual wing part, sweated (TMI?) off within half an hour. During less sweaty times, it lasts maybe 2 hours. I’ve used it both with and without primer, and the longest I’ve managed to get it to stick to my face for is 2 hours (while consciously making myself not touch my face/eyes)
I don’t think I have particularly oily lids, I have very dry skin on the rest of my face, so I can’t imagine oily-lids being the issue.
Like I said, I’ve heard a load of lovely things about this, but I’d say unless you can get a sample/ a trial run of a friends pot, before you buy it. Don’t go for it. For me £10 is a lot of money to waste on something I’m probably going to use once a month, or as an eyeshadow base every now and again.
And so, the search for the holy-grail of eyeliners continue…
Whats your go-to eyeliner? Give me some suggestions!