Monday, 27 August 2012

Eyeliner Reviews

Illustration by myself Catherine Moody

Eyeliners are a big staple in my everyday make up routine. I think even if I was going with minimal makeup, I'd still go for the black liner because it makes such a big difference to my eyes. I love the look of the cat flick, and although I very rarely get it looking how I want, it gives me confidence.
I've been trying to find the perfect eyeliner for ages. I'm always looking at reviews for various different liners; gel, pen, pencil, felt tip - I've tried them all. The top three (as illustrated above) are my favourites, with each one having their own pros and cons. Do you have any recommendations? I tend to go for highstreet brands rather than paying for something high end without testing it, but I'd love to hear your opinions for both!

1. Maybelline Gel Studio 24 hr Gel Liner. This is my most recent acquisition and I had high hopes for it. The biggest problem I have with eyeliner is that I have a slightly hooded eyelid on my right eye and so I am forever having problems with it rubbing off or smudging. My left eye is fine, and every one of these eyeliners would be great if you don't have the problem I have! As I said, I was expecting great things from this liner. It's the first gel liner I've tried and I like the application and the amount you get in the pot. After a few hours though, it smudges and I end up looking like I've applied eyeshadow too. I've tried adding some primer to my eyelid but unfortunately it doesn't last til the end of the day and so I'm still left with the smudged look. I like my eyeliner to look crisp and clean and this one doesn't do it for me unfortunately!

2. L'oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss. This one is definitely my favourite out of the three. It's very easy to apply, a good solid black and it gives a sharp point. It doesn't smudge on to the top of my eyelid like the previous, but by the end of the day it seems to have flaked off and leaves me with a very uneven line. It's less obvious than the others which is why it's the top of my three, but I would love it if it didn't wear off!

3. Collection 2000 Extreme 24hr Felt Tip Liner. As with the others, I bought this on good authority. I know Alix from I Covet Thee uses this, and I have to agree with her that it makes eyeliner extremely easy to apply. As with the others, it doesn't last all day (certainly not 24hrs) but I find the black isn't as deep as the others and it smudges off quite easily.


I always feel like my makeup isn't complete without eyeliner and I know it's a big part in most people's routines so I hope you found this helpful! As I said before, if you have any recommendations please let me know! I'm planning on adding more illustration into my blog so I hope you like the illustrated products! I'm off to Specsavers this afternoon to try out my new contacts, have a lovely bank holiday Monday! xo

20 comments

  1. Oh my, that's a brilliant review, love the illustration!:) xx

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    1. Thanks Tereza! Glad you liked it :) xx

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    2. what did you use for the illustrations? they're beautiful! :)

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    3. Thank you! I used Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom tablet :)

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  2. Love the illustrations :) i use 'supercat' by soap and glory and i love it! x

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    1. Thanks Alice! Ooh I'll add that to my list, thanks! xx

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  3. I love L'Oreal's eyeliners, they are great. I have a shimmery black version but I think they have discontinued it now which is a shame!

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    1. Oh that is a shame, it sounds lovely! Would be perfect for a night out! xx

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  4. i loved reading this post! the illustrations are so lovely! I've tried the collection 2000 liner after seeing on Alix's youtube, and i love it! although, i agree it isn't as jet black as i'd like! i'll definitely try the others soon :)xo

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    1. Thanks! I think the Collection 2000 one would be perfect for someone just getting in to eyeliner because its so easy to apply! xx

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  5. wow your illustrations are amazing! you're so very talented :) great reviews too. i've tried the collection 200 eye liner as well and found it smudged off really quickly. i'll have to give l'oreal's a try :) x

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I would recommend the L'oreal one, it's the best I've tried! :) xx

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  6. Oh my! Your illustrations are phenomenal! As well as being such an eloquent and talented writer, you are also such a talented illustrator! Your illustrations look very professional and give your blog a unique edge. Do you design blog headers? I would love to get in contact with you regarding a blog header for my blog? Do get back at me if you offer this service, and if so, the rates, thank you very much :) x

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  7. As soon as I published that comment I realised that you have a tab in your banner titled "headers"! I'm such a fool haha! Nevertheless, I'd love to know your rates for making a banner for my blog. Thanks again and sorry for being such a pain and commenting so much! X

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  8. I love your illustrations too :) And thanks for posting this. I've been meaning to buy the Maybelline gel liner but I'm just not sure if it's worth my 500 Pesos. This is a good review!

    another day to wander

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  9. I love gel & felt tip liners! My fave xx

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  10. Your illustrations are fab Katie :o I had to double check they weren't photos haha. It's a shame the Collection 2000 one wears off, I was going to get it because I like how it's a felt tip. I have a different Collection 2000 one at the moment (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p5VAJyOBQKQ/TiXbicvYRiI/AAAAAAAAATs/frmJB_jkNy8/s200/c200.jpg) and it stays on all day, it's just the applier that can be a bit annoying sometimes.

    xxx

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  11. Hey! I'm back from my holiday now, I'm pretty surprised to hear that your email didn't get through! Are you sure you tried missiffa@hotmail.co.uk? If that still doesn't work then you can drop me an email at my personal account - if.fa@hotmail.co.uk :)
    I can't wait to hear from you soon! x

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