UPDATE: Downed to 4 lippies because the product starts to dry up after a few months and it gets harder to apply. It still has the same color and lasting power, but a crumblier consistency upon application. I'll keep repurchasing, since nothing (and I mean NOTHING) lasts on my bottom lash line w/o smearing, except this. END UPDATE. I have this in PU-1, a gorgeous DARK purple. This product is my turn to for special events, since it lasts like crazy and complements my brown eyes. HG! The eyeliner brush that comes with this is just amazing as well. It's the only liner brush I'll use now, since it provides such precision with the least amount of pain :P
I've heard all the raves about this product. And finally got a chance to get it on my recent trip to Hong Kong. It retails for us $12.
I bought the GN-1, since it was a new color and the most unique from their color line up. I was intrigued by the brush (from reading previous reviews) which was decent. I still preferred my Jane brush.
The color is very unique, at first glance i thought oh it's a matte dark green shade. After applying it and looking at myself in the mirror i notice micro shimmers that showed up; very pretty.
It's very different than my previous gel e/l experiences (jane, f/l, BB's ink, Maquillage). It applied dryer than f/l.
here's a pic of Kate on my eyes:
pic of the gel eyeliner
and a swatch of it:
Im using the flat black colour. the colour is natural, not very dramatic black thus suitable for everyday use. love it so much! the soft creamy texture and the brush is very fool-proof, enable fast and easy application. it does smudge a little after some time but quite lasting overall. I have been using it for quite long, when the gel dry off, it will flake abit. Update: you cant use this after you applied the eyeshadow since the colour/gel cant stay on top of the shadow at all.
So this is my first venture into the world of gel liners, and I'm loving it. I have it in BK-1, black.
The liner itself is in a cute little frosted glass pot with a black screw on lid. A liner brush is supplied with a plastic tubing to protect the bristles, and all of this is packaged in a recyclable plastic box. The pot is small and shallow, and even though it doesn't look like much, it will last.
The liner is very versatile, and so is the brush. You can get a soft, subtle line quite close to your lashes to define for a natural look, but it's also possible to build up a dark, bold line for a dramatic look. If you smudge straight after application, you can get a smoky look, but this liner sets quickly and you won't get far once it does.
The lasting power is very good. It can last you the day, and is very resistant to smudging. I've tested this by drawing a thick, bold line on the back of my, left it for a few minutes, and tried to smudge it. It took a lot of pressure (far more than you should be putting on your eyes!) to budge, and barely did so then. It does not run under water, but won't stand up to both water and rubbing at the same time. Despite how resilient this liner is, it's easy to remove with a decent eye make up remover.
Because the texture is pretty solid, there can be some minor flaking, but this can be minimized if you don't pile it onto the brush.
It's a good, long lasting liner, and ideal for anyone who wants to try out gel liners for the first time: it's relatively cheap, comes with a brush, and is easy to handle.
The reviews below are really helpful in description. To add a little more: IMHO, the texture is thicker but creamier than MAC's Fluidlines. It also stays on longer with no flaking compared to the latter. One major disappointment is it smudges under my eyes when it comes in contact with tears. Two colors I have are GN-1 - a deep "military" (moss) green and BU-1 very dark blue (almost black). Both have matte finishes.
I just love this product so much. It is most-loved make up item! It is packed in a small sturdy jar and although it seems like it has very little quantity in it, believe me, it can definitely last you for a long time since we only need a little amount of it for each application. I have two of the colours available, BK-1(black) and BR-1(shimmery brown). I personally love BR-1 more, it is good for nude looks and lining lower lash line! BK-1 is a dark black which is a normal and staple colour for everyone. I have pretty oily eyelids and I am staying in a hot and humid country but this eyeliner doesn't budge or smudge at all! It just stays put for very very long hours. Thumbs up! It is easy to apply and almost foolproof for me. I have used MAC fluidline before and I find that I make many mistakes with it, but I do not have this problem with Kate gel liner at all. It comes with a brush as well, and what can I say is, it is the best eyeliner brush that I have ever used. Easy to use and can line thick or thin line easily. It also dries faster compared to MAC fluidline. The only downside is it tends to flake sometimes and might dry fast in the jar for some people(although I don't have this problem, but my friends find it got dried after sometime). I just love this product so much and highly recommend everyone to buy it! I would not say that it is pricey since it can last you for a long time. Not dirt cheap as well but definitely affordable.
Yes, it comes with the brush, but that's about all I really like about this product. It's been about six months since I bought this and now it's really hard, dry, and crumbly. And I always replace the cap immediately and tightly after use. I prefer Bobbi Brown and MAC even though they're more expensive. Will not buy this again. I got this in Black.
I like this more than my MAC Fluidline which was more expensive (but also gives a bit more product). But in Kate's favor, there's a brush included, a very nice brush I might add. I now use this brush to apply my MAC Fluidline when I choose to use it (which is not that often). I bought the basic black after reading some negative reviews of the glitter irritating the eyes, since I wear contacts, I didn't want to take the risk. I am very pleased with this gel liner. It produces a very crisp and clean line when I want it to, but can also be smudged a bit when just applied to create a softer look. In comparison, my MAC seems to only be able to draw a soft, smudgy-ish line. And if I do manage to get a line crisp and sharp, it inevitably smudges into a soft shadowy look. The staying power of Kate's liner is also superior to MAC's. I have slept in my makeup on a few occasions, and when I wake up, MAC's is always mysteriously gone. Not under my lids or anywhere, just gone. On the other hand, my Kate is always still perfectly where I applied it the day before. The texture in the pot is a bit firmer than that of MAC's, to which I attribute its staying power and clean line. I would definitely repurchase this in black, and maybe different colors as it's roughly $10. This is probably my HG gel liner, and I will not go back to MAC unless they release some super gorgeous color unavailable in Kate's line.
EDIT: I've had this for about 4 months and it's gotten sort of dry and hard. It still lasts a while on my lids, so I like it, but it's become more difficult to draw a clean line with it. I'm not sure I would repurchase this liner, although I probably will for the brush because it's just that amazing. continued >>
This eyeliner is a great buy I have it in BL-1, it comes in six shades (that I know of): SV-1- silver metallic
GD-1- gold metallic
BR-1- flat brown
BL-1- flat black
PU-1- purply blue
BK-3- black with shimmer
If I got any wrong, sorry. Not all of them were available in Taiwan. Well, at least not in the Watson's near my hotel. Anyway.
The eyeliner comes in a cute little glass pot which feels sturdy. The pot is actually pretty tiny, but judging by the amount I use every time it should last me ages. It comes with a brush, black handle fairly simple design. Very good brush, thin and thick lines are relatively easy with a bit of practice. Also, reading the other reviews I noticed someone said the brush had no cap; mine has a flexible plastic one.
The consisteny of the eyeliner isn't really a gel to me, more of cream, but slightly harder. It applies nicely, very black.
My favourite thing about it is the staying power! I rub my eyes constantly, and it didn't budge. Once I perfected a cat eye, I went out and on my way back home I got caught in a rainstorm. Looked in the mirror once it was over and it was pristine, same after I got into the shower.
Seriously good eyeliner.
I bought this in BK-2 (black with bits of glitter) and i love it! I use this on my upper lids and it has excellent staying power especially on my oily lids. Sometimes the glitter can get annoying because it tends to fall into my eye leading to excessive blinking =P I really like its cute packaging and the GREAT application brush it comes with - it allows you to make thick or thin lines.
Although i had to deduct one lippie because of the expensive price for the little pot of 2.5g - $AU38 (ouch!) and it was only suppose to be worth around $AU17 =(