I bought this on a whim because Maybelline products were on sale at Ulta. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this. I have it in the brown color and I really like this, and will most likely buy it in black as well. The application of this is smooth, it's nicely pigmented, and it seems to have good lasting power (although I always use a primer with any eye makeup). I would also like to mention that the applicator brush that comes with it works well too, which is surprising as most brushes that come with cosmetics are of poor quality and don't work well. I would recommend this product to anyone.
I love this eyeliner! Great colors, extremely long lasting. It takes tons of makeup remover to get it off every night. Extremely high quality for the price point. The included brush was a nice surprise. I was prepared to use my own liner brush, but this one is actually useable. The little pot also lasts an extremely long time and does not dry up like other gel liners. Highly recommend.
My L.A. splash liquid liner dried up so I needed to get more eyeliner. I heard a lot of good review about this product online and through friends so I thought I would give it a try.
The liner goes on really smoothly and looks nice. My eyelids tend to get oily throughout the day but since my friends said it never rubs off when they wear it I didn't think twice.
Half way though the day while washing my hands I looked in the mirror only to realize some of the eyeliner smudged to the lower lash line and the rest of the eyeliner on my upper lid was completely gone.
This gel REALLY lasts and lives up to its waterproof reputation. Needs "PLENTY" of eye make up remover to clean. This is also an affordable product compared to Mac Fluidline and Bobbi Brown ink gel eyeliner, which does the same work. The brush that came with the product draws straight lines on the eyes but for a winged tip like the Maybelline Cat Eye ad you need a slanted tip brush. I use the ones from Sephora. This liner has staying power.
The best way to revive this product back to it's creamy state is close the lid extremely tight. REALLY FRIGGEN TIGHT. Put the pot into a small bowl (I use a ceramic rice bowl but any container will do). Boil some water. Pour the water gently into the bowl, UP UNTIL WHERE THE GLASS POT ENDS. DO NOT GO BEYOND THE LID. You do not want to submerge the whole product in boiling water. I left it for 30-60 seconds.
After, I removed it from the bowl (be careful, it's hot. The plastic lid should not be hot though) and opened the pot. The formula was extremely wet. So wet I couldn't dip my brush it. THAT IS OK. Once it cools, it firms up!!! Close the pot up and leave it for a few hours. After, use as normal.
EGGPLANT/AUBERGINE: (black lid)
First bought the eggplant in 2010. I found the pigmentation to be a little light. For opaque coverage, I had to go over the line twice. This gave off the the most intense application. GREAT for older people. I use this on my mum (53) and she loves it. Subtle and not harsh like black or brown.
Forward to 2013, I still have the exact same pot and it is still loved. Over time it became hard and I became reluctant to throw it out. So I did the hot water bath as described above.
Now with the eggplant, I only have to dip it once and I get opaque colour. In fact it is so creamy, I can use it as an eyeshadow base. No tugging, NOTHING!!!!
01 BLACK (silver lid): I purchased black at the end of 2011 in December.. Smudges on a eyelid a little if I don't set it with eyeshadow. I have Asian eyelids. However I can use this to tightline and waterline and it WILL NOT BUDGE ONE BIT. Fades a tiny bit because my eyes are really sensitive and watery but the line itself is still there! Experienced some tugging after using it for a year, so I gave it a hot water bath and now it's back to normal!
Would I buy again? Maybe. Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris is only $5 at Priceline in Australia... and Essence DOES NOT DRY OUT (has a souffle like texture, soooo smoothe and doesnt budge AT ALL.)
BROWN/BRUN (black lid): purchased this at the beginning of 2013. Formula is nice. Still in early days o f using this product. Great for aged eyes also. Pigmentation on mine is intense. Dries really matte though?
Great buys. Can be found cheap in Sydney. Chemistwarehouse had the brown and black one for $6 on sale. They have sales often.
Picture below shows (LEFT TO RIGHT)
Essence Midnight in Paris, Maybelline brown, black, eggplant
EDIT: The formulation between the Maybelline with the black plastic cap and silver caps/lids ARE NOT THE SAME.
My friend has the brown (02 BROWN) one with the silver cap. It is shimmer in it. Warm coppery brown. Very nice!
My brown (BROWN/BRUN - with the black lid): A tiny bit cooler than the other brown. Absolutely no shimmer. Really matte brown!
The ones with the black lid are made in USA for me. The silver lid one is made in China.
Try Googling pictures to see the difference!
This is an average gel liner that I would probably not buy again. The pigment is not very good, and flakes.
This is my second time trying a drugstore brand of gel liner (the other being Revlon), and I would definitely spend a bit more for MAC or Clinique.
I am impressed how long this liner last me! I swear I have had this product for over a year and I still have a ton of it left and it still is smooth and glide on very easily. It a good amount for how much it cost. i really prefer this one over the HIP one I bought years ago, since that one it dried on me. This product shows no indication of drying up and does not show any sign of expiration. I enjoyed using the brush it came with. Gives a nice color, quite pigmented. As of now my go-to gel eyeliner.
when i first started using this i was really impressed, it stayed put all day and didn't smudge.
now it barely last 10 mins before it leaves brown lines on my upper eyelid (luckily it's right in the natural crease, so i just rub and i looks like a natural shadow), and it only lasts a couple of hours before it's all rubbed off, and i'm only a month into using it so it's not as though the product is old.
i'm kinda disappointed, cos it started out really good but i don't think i'll be repurchasing it
Sephora is pretty far away for me now so I decided to give this gel eyeliner a go since my other one dried up. This one was really good, I was very surprised how smooth and jet black it was. Great product I will keep repurchasing it because it's exactly like the other high end ones I've bought and it was really easy to remove and stayed put throughout the day.
My favorite thing about this gel liner is that it is very black. I hate liners that are not true black and look more like dark grey.
My second favorite thing about this is that glides on so smoothly making it easy to apply.
I like the fact the quality is superb for a drug store brand, i think it's just as good as high end gel liners.
It stays put on me ALL DAY. I never have to touch up. I cannot justify purchasing a more expensive gel liner when this does everything i need.