Ahhh, a cult favorite! The Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner isn’t raved about in the beauty world for nothing. It introduced me to the world of eyeliners that are matte jet black, smudge-proof and long-lasting. Pre-Bobbi Brown gel liner, I was stuck with eyeliner pencils that transferred, smeared and just gave me raccoon eyes midday. Join me in bidding adieu to those kinds of eyeliners, yes?
So you want to graduate from pencils that fade, smudge or transfer midday? But there are also liquid liners, Shari.
Personally, I like
liquid liners, especially for hooded eyes like mine. They go on really thin (some even 0.1mm) and last longer than eyeliner pencils with no smudge/transfer. But then most I’ve tried are particularly glossy – not to mention a bit hard to manoeuvre on the eyes because I have to have steady hands to create the perfect line.
Gel liners need not be applied in such a rigid or strict manner because you use an eyeliner brush (for those that come in pots) which is easier to work with – as you can apply in small strokes without worrying too much about making a mess. I don’t know how to illustrate this properly! You’ll know what I mean when you try it, I guess. Gel liner users, back me up here.
Moving along, Bobbi Brown Black Ink
is a creamy kind of gel eyeliner that just glides on your lids ever so smoothly. You can smudge it in the first 10-15 seconds, but after that it sets and doesn’t budge ’til you take it off at night. I’ve tried MAC Blacktrack and while it is equally as impressive, I stand by Black Ink because it has a little more firmness to it making it more pliable and thus easier to apply.
It is thin, lightweight and has good, opaque pigmentation. Don’t mind the uneven strokes I made above, I was using a new eyeliner brush from Sigma and couldn’t maneuver it well because it was too ‘floppy’. Prior to this, I used the Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush on my original pot and that was stiffer and not too all over the place.
In terms of pigmentation, MAC Blacktrack is undoubtedly more jet black and striking so if you want that kind of strong black, Black Ink may underwhelm you as it is on a softer black level. I usually do two layers to get an opaque, even black finish.
I actually prefer it this way because if I do make mistakes in the process, it wouldn’t be too difficult to correct or erase. I may have lost my shit with another gel eyeliner a few weeks back when I had to erase a mistake and ended up almost wounding my eye.
A caveat, if you have extremely oily
lids though, this may smudge a bit on you – so best to apply a mattifying lid primer whether or not you’re putting on eye makeup. Also, without primer, this fades into a greyish black after 7-8 hours.
The main concern I and many others have experienced as well is the drying up
. I think my first pot lasted 10 months before it finally hardened, but still with a significantly usable amount left when it did. When this dries up, that’s when it becomes a pain to apply and you’re left thinking “what a waste
Well ladies, I think
I may have found a solution
to this (which I use on my MAC brow gelcreme as well) which I’ve seen on Pinterest a while back. Just drop a tiny, tiny amount of argan oil
(not sure if you can use other oils, but argan works) into the pot and mix it in there with a clean brush. Voila
, back to being creamy in an instant! Not so sure if it remains as smudge-proof because there’s oil in there, but hey, at least it’s salvaged and usable again!
Also, what I like about this gel liner is how it doesn’t budge
when I curl my lashes
before mascara application. Usually, when the curler touches my lashline (where the liner sits), be it gel or liquid, most eyeliners smudge or flake and I’d have to touch up or reapply afterwards. Black Ink is an immovable force. I tell you, when it sets, it frikkin’ sets
. No eyelash curler or fingers can move it.
If you haven’t yet tried any gel liners, or if you have but are “meh, it’s k”
about it – give this one a try first before completely dismissing gel liners for good.
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