I love to surround myself with people who color outside the lines. But when it comes to my eyeliner, I’m enlisted in the Anal Army – nothing but smooth precision will be tolerated, Sergeant!
For over 10 years, I used mechanical black pencil eyeliners (no sharpening!), but as I walked through the makeup aisle in Loblaws, something caught my eye – Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner.
Find out out why this is my holy-grail eyeliner now!
Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Pictures:
√ More intense than liquid liner & more precise than a pencil
√ Silky gel texture
√ Safe for sensitive eyes
? Waterproof & smudge-proof for 24-hour wear
- Name: Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
- Amount: 3g
- What I Paid: $10.99 CAD
- Price Per Unit: $3.66 CAD
- Colors Available: Blackest Black, Brown, Eggplant & Charcoal
- Where to Buy: Most drugstores & some grocery stores
Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Review
Gel-liner virgins, rejoice! This is super easy to use, and the soft synthetic brush it comes with is partially to thank. It fits in your hand just like a pencil liner and helps you create a smooth line.
The Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black is highly-pigmented and doesn’t dry out quickly as long as you tightly close the cap after each use. In the 3 months I’ve used it, it’s as creamy today as it was on Day One. Plus a little goes a long way – you won’t find yourself running out to buy another one soon after you buy it.
I also have Eggplant and Brown. Their pigmentation is good, but the formula is drier and doesn’t go on as smoothly as Blackest Black. Eggplant has subtle shimmer and Brown is matte like Blackest Black. I didn’t buy Charcoal because I’m not a fan of gray eyeliner.
This Maybelline gel liner never smudges even after a long day at work. Can’t say whether or not it’ll withstand 24 hours of wear since I rarely sleep with my makeup on. As for being waterproof, it didn’t budge even when I cried while watching a sappy movie.
I also like the packaging. It comes in a small clear glass pot with a black plastic cap. The Maybelline gel eyeliner pot has a solid weight that isn’t flimsy feeling. For those who travel a lot or just don’t want their dresser cluttered, this is perfect.
- Easy to use even for beginners
- Readily available at drugstores
- Comes with soft, synthetic brush
- Highly pigmented
- Doesn’t irritate eyes
- Stay-put formula
- Eggplant & Brown are drier formulas than Blackest Black
- Very difficult to remove without makeup wipes or a good eye-makeup remover
- Maybelline tests on animals
Final Verdict: 9/10
Not only do I highly recommend this, but I’ve already bought 2 backups! This is one of my favorite affordable drugstore products. It’s easy to find, goes on sale sometimes, and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.
Do you use gel liners? What is your Holy Grail gel liner?
This product was Mary’s winner for the 2010 Best Duet Award.