Friday, December 21, 2007

Trend Alert: Cream/Gel Eyeliners

Not to boast, but I love it when I realize that I had spotted a trend before it went mainstream. While gel/cream eyeliners have been around for a while, they hadn't been widely used until recently. I've been hooked onto it for quite a while now and here are some of the best ones I've tried and tested:

MAC Fluidline
This gel eyeliner comes in an array of colors and is relatively easy to put on. The formula is smudge-proof and long-lasting; the two reasons why gel eyeliners are so great in the first place.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner
When the girl at the BB counter at Macy's vowed to me that this eyeliner dries fast and doesn't come off without makeup remover, I privately rolled my eyes and played along just to please her. I was astonished when thirty minutes later, I was still walking around the mall with a sample of the liner on my hand, which wouldn't come off, no matter how hard I rubbed. Since one of my beauty woes happens to be smudged eyeliner, this one quickly became a personal favorite.

Benefit's Creaseless Cream Liner/Shadow
This two-in-one formula is great for when you don't want to spend too much time creating definitive eyes. Used as a eyeshadow or a eyeliner, this creamy formula is a good deal.

Smashbox Creme Eyeliner Palette
Apart from the ultra-chic and slim packaging, this palette contains all the eyeliner colors you could ever want. Perfect for creating a sweet smokey eye; by the time you finish this palette, you'll know exactly which color is ur go-to product.

Shiseido Accentuating Cream Eyeliner
You can always trust the people at Shiseido to come up with a sophisticated product, no matter what it is. This liner comes in two smoky colors and with a it's own separate brush. Not the dinkly little eyeshadow brushes that true makeup lovers never use, but it's a live one that is actually good to use, folks.

Stila Smudge Pots
This unversal favorite is one of the first gel 2-in-in eyeshadow/liner combos that made it big. The royal blue sheen of cobalt is my personal favorite among the colors.

Application advice: A little goes a long way with cream or gel eyeliners so use accordingly. Line eyes as close to the lashline as possible, using a Smudge Brush or Angeled Eyeliner brush.


Erika said...

I love gel eyeliners, too. Of the ones you listed, my fave is Shiseido. They're the best!

Erika/Makeup Bag

nilla cookie said...

My favorite are the Bobbi Brown liners. But, I've heard so much about MAC that I'm going to give it a try soon :)

Miss Anthrope said...

This might be a dumb question, but when you use the gel/cream liner on the upper lash line, do you line your lower rims as well? I mean, say you're using a funky color like blue on top... can you inner rim with the same color, do you need a pencil of the same shade? I've never tried gel or cream liners because of this... :/