Hey Shopaholics !
I have used some 6-7 brands of gel eyeliners so I thought of comparing them for you today. I got this idea when Shweta did a post of comparing different eyeliners. You can read her post here where she has compared the current favorite Kryolan Iconic eyeliner with all the other eyeliners she have tried.
Why Use Gel eyeliners:-
One can be extremely flexible with gel eyeliners.You can use it heavily or coat a little.You need a good quality brush with it but the way it blends is just perfect for any one’s eyes to pop.
In India there are very few brands which offer gel eyeliners such as Maybelline, MAC and L’oreal. I haven’t tried the L’oreal one but it has been reviewed here on Wise She.
Moving ahead, below are different brands of gel eyeliners and my experience with each one of them.
MAC Gel eyeliners – MAC gel eyeliners are Priced INR 1000 for 3gm. I don’t know if they have increased the price now. It’s been long since I got any eyeliner from MAC. I always move towards the lipstick section nowadays . MAC gel eyeliners are really creamy and few of the gel eyeliners have been with me since two years but they haven’t dried up till date. I also make sure that they are kept upside down.Moreover pigmentation wise they are really good.They go on smoothly and build well. There are wide variety of shades available in MAC and you won’t get this kind of pigmentation in other brands .One brand which I can think of and competes gel eyeliner is most probably Clinique.
Inglot Gel Eyeliner – Inglot gel eyeliner are priced INR 680 for 5.5gm.Like MAC they have large number of shades .These are thick, extremely smooth and glide across the skin .Pigmentation of these eyeliners are fab too .Just one dip into the brush and you can easily finish up lining your upper eye lid in jut few seconds.So where does it lack? I was all ga ga over Inglot gel eyeliners but thing is they dry up just too fast. I guess that is the reason Inglot have a very famous Duraline which works amazingly well no matter how hard the eyeliner gets.
Wet And Wild Eyeliner – They are not as creamy as other eyeliners and their texture is less creamy .They are great for drawing thin lines and at $3 they are not a bad deal at all.Thing with the eyeliner is that with time eyeliner brush gets stiff and starts tugging when one tries to thicken the line. Because of the thin texture they smudge a bit too. Biggest advantage of this eyeliner is that once one lined their eyes with it , it dries out with in seconds unlike Maybelline or MAC.
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner – These are very high in pigmentation and eyeliner is completely smudge proof. Eyeliner stays put whole day long .It’s waterproof as well so you can even wear it on the beach or on the pool side. I have the egg plant shade with me and MAC Diversion and both are considered to be the dupe. MAC wins over maybelline in creaminess and the pigmentation when it comes to coloured eyeliner.If I have to dig in a disadvantage then I will probably say that Maybelline gel eyeliner takes some 40-50 seconds in drying out.I am sorry I forgot to include Maybelline gel eyeliner picture in my comparison.It just skip out of my mind .You can read my full review here.
Coastal Scent Gel Eyeliner – Costs $10, CS gel eyeliner competes well with other gel eyeliner brands.This eyeliner is creamy in consistency and have a nice detachable brush unlike wet and wild one.Gel eyeliner stays out for 6-7 hours and doesn’t smudge but with time after 6-7 months it starts drying up.Eyeliner is waterproof and I prefer carrying it when travelling because I don’t have to carry a separate brush with it.Biggest con is the heavy price which it comes for because of the shipping charges imposed by Coastal Scents.
Coming over to the last gel eyeliner which I think is quite underrated.
Black Radiance Gel eyeliner – Costs around $5 is not available in India.It’s high on pigmentation and is smudge proof but texture is not as creamy as Maybelline , MAC or Inglot. This gel eyeliner is more or less like Wet and wild eyeliner but the eyeliner brush is just horrible. It pulls and tugs and is damn stiff.Keeping aside the brush, gel eyeliner doesn’t dry out fast and will not smudge no matter how oily your lids are.
I still have few more eyeliners to try out.One which I seriously want to try out is Bobbi brown and Sephora. How about you ? Which is your favorite gel eyeliner and which eyeliner do you think is highly overrated?
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