Saturday, 1 September 2012

Essence Gel Eyeliner Midnight in Paris - review and swatches

So I mentioned here when I posted my Die Antwoord nails that I recently did a ninja-themed dance performance to their song "Enter the Ninja". Despite performing it twice, I didn't manage to get a good photo of my makeup, so these pictures that will have to do:




All the black is Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris. This is my second gel eyeliner, and I'm definitely jumping on the bandwagon - longer staying power than pencil, more blendable when wet and easier to handle than liquid. Having heard good things about this budget eyeliner, I used it basically as facepaint. The result? Still perfect after nervously shaking backstage for 6 hours, performing under bright lights with lots of upside down hair flicking moves. Interesting, as I was getting prepared in the bathroom, I looked across at our row of 5 preening girls and we were all using gel eyeliners. It's definitely the longest lasting, smudge proofiest option!



Essence Gel Eyeliner dries very matte, and very black. For a novice like me, this was very easy to appl in short strokes with a slanted eyeliner brush. I also used this as my eyeliner for my "Recreate Yourself" FOTD here. Back-of-hand swatch:


Pros:

- Super cheap ($5.95 for a 3 mL pot)
- Richly pigmented
- Easy to use, blendable
- Long lasting and smudgeproof

Cons:

- Limited colour selection (black, brown and silver in the standard line), and often only 2-3 of each colour on display
- These aren't sealed in the store, so you need to check each pot for finger dents. I had to go back to Target a few times to snag an untouched pot.

Essence Gel Eyeliner retails for $5.95 for 3 mL and is available in Target and Priceline.

16 comments:

  1. If you buy Essence at Priceline they mostly seal everything, unlike if you pick it up at Target

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    1. Ooh, good to know. I've only looked at gel eyeliners once when Priceline first got Essence in and everything was unsealed, glad to hear that's been changed! :)

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  2. Idk if they have it down there, but I love Maybelline's gel eyeliner, and they have a few more colors - black brown, dark purple/eggplant, dark green... I think that's all. And it comes with a great little brush.

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    1. Oops, that's meant to be "black, brown...." not like black-brown. :)

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    2. They sound good, I'll have to look out for them!

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  3. I have their gel liner but from a limited edition and it's waterproof I have really good experience with it. I love cheap but good products

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    1. Cheap + quality is so hard to find, but Essence seems to be doing well! I remember seeing a green eyeliner from a limited collection but it had a finger mark in it :(

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    2. I hate when other customers do it. It's a common thing over here so I always have to check if the product was open before I buy it.

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  4. LOVE die antwoord, love that song, love the make-up and love the blog!
    all awesome. :)

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  5. I also use a gel eyeliner, not Essence's though. I'll never go back to pencils.

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    1. I still like wind-up pencils for eyeliner on the go (i.e. public transport, quick touch-ups), but gel is definitely my first choice now!

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  6. umm you look AMAZING in that first photo! Killer body woman!!

    I must try essence gel eyeliner, such a cheap brand as well!

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    1. Thanks Mel! I'm really getting into Essence, they're excellent value!

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