Thursday, January 26, 2012

Makeup Review: Essence Gel Eyeliner

Before my recent Ulta Haul I had started hearing a lot about Essence cosmetics. This company is huge in Europe and really combines two things: Low Prices and Great Quality. After reading reviews and hearing so much talk, I decided to buy one of their most popular, highly-rated products and decided that if it wasn't good quality for the price, then I'll just stick my usual drugstore brands. Obviously, it went well and resulted in my Ulta haul, but I thought I would give you all the details on this A+ product as well.

Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight In Paris
Upon first opening the container I just thought it would be just like any other eyeliner I had used in a pot form, then I dipped my brush in it. That's when it hit me, this is a gel eyeliner, not a cream eyeliner and therefore is much softer and there is definitely no need to go digging around in this pot to get some on a brush, a gentle swipe across the surface is sufficient.

After that whole mind-boggling experience, I swatched away with it because really, what else is a girl to do when she just took out a chunk of eyeliner on accident? I noticed right away the intense pigment that this eyeliner holds, who knew that a drugstore product as little as $3.49 can contain far more pigment than others that I have easily spent $20.00 or more on? I also noted the plush, creamy feeling of the eyeliner that I'm pretty sure is the most easily transferrable (from the brush to skin) eyeliner ever! It glided onto my skin so easily without tugging when swatched that I couldn't even imagine how well it would do when I actually applied it to my lashline.

Excuse the random sparkle and the messy swatching!

After luxuriating in the creamy formula it was time to really put this liner to the test and see if it can truely stand up to my oily eyelids. After testing it out and using it with and without primer and eyeshadow on the lids I finally settled my thoughts: this is the most amazing thing ever! Whether worn with primer and eyeshadow or just alone, this liner doesn't transfer, smear, smudge, or fade throughout the day and looks exactly like when you applied it 12 hours later. As far as using this on the waterline goes, it holds up well, but as with any liner whether cream, gel, powder, or pencil it starts to smudge at the corner of my eyes and move around a bit after three to four hours which is normal for me, even with Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners. But I find that I would rather use this on my upper lashline anyways, so that aspect isn't much of a downfall to me, but for girlies looking for a gel liner for the waterline may want to keep in mind that touchups may be needed. However, for the super low price of just $3.50, I think this liner is definitely worth a try especially for those wondering if investing in a gel eyeliner formula is right for them or not.

The Stats:
 - Affordable Price at Just $3.49
 - Currently Comes in Three Colors (Midnight In Paris, Berlin Rocks & London Baby)
 - Creamy Gel Formula
 - Easy Application
 - Intense Pigment
 - Long-Lasting and Waterproof

Have you tried any items from the Essence line?
Tell me what you think of them in the Comments!


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Maine Lyn said...

I would love to try this out! :) Thanks for the review :D