This is one I've gone back to. I repurchased this in black because I can't afford GOSH liners anymore-- at least not since I'm in love with Elizabeth Arden lipsticks., Annabelle Smoothliners are the same, but Annabelle is under 5$ at Walmart and GOSH is 12$ Canadian on special occaisionally at Shoppers, which is as low as it goes now.
The brown one (called Brownie) is quite nice too, that is a dark almost black brown and is great for a daytime neutral look. I wanted a little extra oomph for evening if and when I wear a red lip. I find with Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume mascara, the regular version, not the waterproof that I don't need liner for day, but I still like the balance a bit of black liner gives to a classic evening red lip look.
I have VERY sensitive eyes and lids, a bit of rosacea, allergies, and a sensitivity to mica. This stuff doesn't make me react, and I apply it above the lashes and a little onto the waterline but not much, just to dig it up and into the base of my lashes. I only put it on my top lash line.
My lids are oily, so most eyeliner ends up smudged all over my brow bone (hooded lids) or in racoon/panda circles under my eyes where my natural dark shadows and hollow circles DON'T require ANY assistance from migrating eye makeup to look awful!
I used an eyeshadow to set it as well as applying on top of a base coat of Maybelline matte eyeshadow in Linen and the Browntones duo. I find that holds it firmly. The key isn't just to put shadow on to set it, but to apply it onto shadow as well. Then this holds all day. I tried it without shadow and it migrates within hours.
I blended the line with a fresh Qtip after I applied it, before I set it with the darker shade of eye shadow from the brown tones duo (a med taupe brown matter shade).
Does it tug or pull or skip?:
This goes on smoothly and easily with a creamy soft feel that doesn't pull, tug or skip. and it stayed creamy, but tended to wander if it wasn't applied OVER TOP eyeshadow and with more shadow to set it..
It does require sharpening, which leaves a fresh clean surface which I like. I did notice that this liner stays pretty creamy. You may want to refridgerate it before sharpening. Roll the tip on some tissue to make it pointy if it gets dull.
This really beats Cover Girl's Outlast or Revlon's Color Stay all hollow!
The colour is lovely, a good solid rich deep black. It stays a nice thick black all day unless you apply it without the powder base and setting powder routine I explained above. Even when I am not wearing any other makeup, if I want eyeliner, I HAVE to do the eyeshadow sandwich to make any liner last. This brand, GOSH and Prestige have been the only ones that last on my oily lids. And only iwth my sandwich technique.
AS FOR REMOVAL:These liners will then need a Qtip dipped in dual phase makeup remover to take the rest off. Wipe it onto the lid or upper side of lashes and wipe slowly to remove the liner. Then wash the rest of your makeup off with your usual cleansing routine, which gets off any further trace of the dual phase remover. I like the dual phase eye makeup remover best, either the Elizabeth Arden one or the Neutrogena.
Dual phase removers are the kind that you shake, and they separate into an oily layer on top of a watery layer. Great for any kind of waterproof makeup removal.