Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Eyeliners: The Bottom Eye'Line'r...

OK, bad pun, but navigating the minefield of eyeliners nowadays has become more difficult with the introduction of so many new formulas into our drugstores. So, what's the best? Gel, Cream, Liquid or Pencil? Here's my quick run down.

The products I have are:
Gel: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner £7.99
Cream: E.L.F. Cream Eyeliner £3.50
Liquid: L'Oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss £5.19
Pencil: Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer £3.99

Gel liners are a pretty new introduction into the world of the drugstore. But with the continued success of Bobbi Brown Gel Liner and MAC Fluidline, the drugstores have made this product more accessible and cheaper. The Maybelline product comes with a great sized and shaped brush to apply the liner with, but if you've never used this kind of product before, it might be easier to use a more angled brush. This product is great to use on lash lines and waterlines as it DOES NOT budge... AT ALL! 

I've always been scared to try stuff like this in my waterline, but after doing so, I wouldn't go back, it's amazing and leaves a truly black line. If you're a first timer however, practice will make perfect as it takes a while to get used to the application. I hope that they bring out other colours in the future much like MAC's as a plummy purple or deep brown I'd love to try.

Top to Bottom: Maybelline, E.L.F. L'Oreal and Rimmel
So as you can see, the most 'black' of the products is the Carbon Gloss by L'Oreal and I must say, this is my favourite of the products. It is so easy to apply and I love the glossy finish. It's a great liner for those pin-up style looks and when you want your eyes to be the main focus of your make up. The point of the applicator is not as fine as I'd like, but I can work with it and can always use a fine eyeliner brush if I need to be really precise. 

If you're a die hard pencil fan, the Rimmel one is great and with it being waterproof it's a great handbag essential as it can be used for all of your eye lining needs. It is a great build-able black and what is good about this range is that it comes in every colour you could ever want. At only £3.99 it's a great product to just try out and see if it's for you. The only downside? It's automatic which means after the initial point has worn out, it is more difficult to get precise lines. 

The final product is the E.L.F. Cream Liner and although I love this brand, I am not overly impressed with this product in comparison to the others. Whilst it is really easy to apply and the angled brush that comes with it is perfect for application, it does smudge and move down the face. I've tried it with a primer too and this did prolong its wear. I now prefer to use this product as a base for dark make up looks and its great for doing a black/grey smokey eye as you can literally just use this product and it's done with. 

All in all, my favourite application method is still liquid as it's so easy to apply, however once I get the hang of it, I think I'll be converted to gels. 

What are your favourite eye liners at the moment?

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