Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Gel Eyeliner Review

There was a time I loved the drugstore liquid eyeliner until I discovered gel liner. I have been experimenting with different brands for the past few years now, and I have compiled my favourite picks into one list. Based on your budget, I think I have something for all of you!

Makeup Forever Aqua Black Gel Liner 

Find it here on the Sephora website for $26.00 CAD

The actual product says "Eye Shadow" but I used this as a liner and it was better than the actual gel liner they sell. It's very DARK! If you like a dark defined black liner, this will give you just that look. The gel liner is long lasting and waterproof, and very easy to use.

One thing that bothered me about this product is how fast the cream can dry up. You need to be very mindful of putting the cap on as soon as you are done. Also, when it's almost done, the cream left at the bottom gets pretty stiff and hard to work with so watch out! BUT all that can be forgiven because it gives a gorgeous dark finish.

MAC blacktrack fluidliner 
Find it here on the MAC website for $18.00 CAD

This is a great deal for the price! MAC fluidline is very soft and smooth and VERY easy to work with. It adds a decent dark finish.

However, when I use it, I have to go over the liner once or twice to make sure I get the dark finish I like. If you aren't too particular of having a deep dark liner than this is a good pick for you. Other than that, its a great liner. 

Clinique Brush On Cream Liner

By far the best gel liner I have tried! 
Find it at The Bay for only $16.00 CAD

I LOVE this cream liner. Its VERY smooth, easy to work with and long lasting. You definitely do not need to worry about smudge. One stroke is enough to get a deep dark finish, and the odd time you will have to go over it but that depends on your preference. It's also safe to use on your waterline. Even better, it comes with a little brush!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

 Find it at Sephora for only $20.00

When I purchased this last year, it was a bit more expensive (around $26.00) so now that the price has dropped, it definitely changes the game! This product is great because it's very smooth and easy to work with. BUT, It's actually a bit too smooth (yes there is such a thing as too smooth) so you have to be careful about smudge. It is definitely long lasting and provides a nice dark look

L’Oreal Infallible Gel Liner

Find it at your local drugstore for approx. $8.00-$12.00 depending on where you go.
This is a recent product release from L'oreal. Personally, I love all things L'oreal. Amongst the drugstore gel liners (such as Maybeline) this is one of the best. If you've got beauty on a budget, I would try this. It has a soft, creamy and smooth texture and it is easy to work with. You may have to go over your liner a few strokes to achieve the desired darkness. Another bonus- comes with a brush too! It is pretty long lasting and stays on strong so you don't need to worry about smudge too much. However, when you are applying it be VERY careful because it takes a few minutes to dry.

Out of my TOP FIVE picks, my favourite is the Clinique Brush On Cream Liner. If you haven't already tried it you are missing out! 

The Perfect Brush 

I've spent a considerable amount of time and money searching for the best brush. The truth is, as long as you find an eyeliner brush that has thinner bristles, it will be easier for you, and you can create a thin line or a thick one depending on the look you are going for. 

 If you don't mind spending, try a nice angle brush from MAC or the Sephora Brand angle brush available at Sephora. 

BUT you can get the same result (maybe even better) using elf brushes. 

e.l.f. Essential Eyeliner Brush

It has soft bristles, doesn't flake and very easy to use. Even better...purchase it online for only $1.00!!!!! 

You may have seen the bent eyeliner brush. This is also a good brush from e.l.f. but doesn't have enough bristles. You can probably tell by the picture, its fairy thin. This is best suitable for someone who likes a very light thin eye liner look. 


....and guess what? e.l.f. ships to Canada! You can find some e.l.f. products in local stores such as winners, but you can probably find a better deal online and get exactly what you are looking for, all packaged and sent to your front door. check it out!



Do you have a different review of these products? What worked best for you? Lets talk about it!

1 comment:

  1. great tips! thanks :) I really like the Elf brush..it works wonders.