can you recommend a good gel liner?

Asked by
pixie-dicks

I think the best easily available ones on the market are the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liners ($23) — smudge proof, super creamy, and pigmented. For a more budget friendly alternative, the Sonia Kashuk ones ($8.99) are pretty good as well, they just dry out pretty fast. But if you see it in stores (it’s CONSTANTLY sold out in  my local Target), definitely pick it up.

But! My personal favorites are by Marlena of Makeup Geek. They’re $7 a pop, super pigmented and creamy. I bought some at IMATS and am still mad I didn’t buy more (80% of the shades I wanted were sold out). Here are some swatches.

My (Semi) Recent Purchases

Hi lovely followers! Recently, both of us have slowed down our general beauty purchases for various reasons, making our haul posts few and far between. However, I quite enjoy making haul posts, so here’s what I have purchased over the last three months.

Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara | $4.99 | link: I am constantly on the hunt for mascara I actually like, but I heard great things about this one so I bought it at Ulta. If you have any suggestions for mascara, both of us are looking for good ones. Nice volume and decent length would be nice.

Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara | ~$12 | link: Speaking of recommendations, a wonderful reader recommended that both Arabelle and I try this brand of mascara because she really liked it, so when I went to a Japanese supermarket and saw it, I purchased it! At enormous markup but it was completely worth it; the product I’m looking forward to trying most out of everything here. Isn’t the packaging cute?

Sana Super Quick Gel Pencil Eyeliner | ~$12 | link: This was an impulsive purchase but one can never have enough black eyeliner so it’s completely justified. 

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer in Deep Tint | $42 | link: Repurchased my favorite summer base product since my entire collection of drugstore foundations were breaking me out. Just enough coverage for my acne scars but light on the skin and good lasting power with a finishing powder. 

Etude House Sun Prise Natural Corrector SPF 42 PA ++ | ~$11 | link: I wanted to try a new sunscreen so I decided on this one, which is supposed to act as a makeup base as well as a sun protectant. This does leave a cast on the skin, which slowly adjusts to your skintone. As an African-American, I was very surprised that it actually adjusted darker, but it needs time. This product + powder and concealer would make a great light makeup base. However, I think this breaks me out. A tad heartbroken. 

Etude House Sun-Prise Water Essence Gel SPF 30 PA++ | ~$11 | link: I gravitate towards Asian sunscreens since they don’t break me out and they are better for my skin with no white cast. I purchased this from Gmarket along with the other sunscreen pictured above! I haven’t used this one yet but I think I’ll like it because it looks like the newer version of the sunscreen I used last summer – mentioned here.

Glycolix Elite Gly-Sal 5 Percent-2 Percent Pads | $16.40 | link: My skin had been reacting to absolutely everything I was using, so I decided to stop using all of my skincare for about a month except a light moisturizer, and then try something new for my acne. Found this product, and from two weeks of use, I must say I like this. Works well for my skin and my active breakouts are almost gone. 

What have you purchased recently, lovely followers? Comment on the post using Disqus! o/ See you soon and as always, leave a comment or an ask if you would like a review.  

hi, i'm sort of new to makeup and have been very inspired by you for a long time (catladysoul era) and i was wondering if you had any recommendations for easy application liquid liners or sparkly liners? saw your post on the sparkly shadows and it looks gorgeous but i'm not sure i'm that brave yet! thank you in advance

Asked by
meggaleg

Sup cutie! Thanks for sticking around so long. I think the easiest liquid liners come in pen form, and you’ll probably want a short brush. Here is our past list of recommendations. I still use Urban Decay Liquid Eyeliners quite regularly, but they might be difficult for beginners because they have very thin brushes and you might find a felt tip brush easier. My favorite eyeliner is still Dollywink and K-Palette, but they aren’t sparkly. Here are sparkly recommendations: 

do you have any recommendations for a white eyeliner (either liquid/gel/cream eyeliner)? bonus if it's long-lasting/oily-lid resistant, thanks!

Asked by
badgalsiri

I think Illamasqua’s Precision Ink is your best bet, it’s fabulous. Temptalia has a list of several pencil ones if you’re interested in those. Budget friendly wise, Sephora has it’s own white pencil, but I can’t speak for the quality. 

Heyy, you said on your day to day eye makeup routine that you only use asian eyeliner, I was just wondering what makes it different? I've been struggling to find the right liquid eyeliner forever! Thanks, love your... everything by the way! x

Asked by
furcoat-noknickers

Aw thank you. I use K-Palette and Dolly Wink because they are very fine, very black felt tip pens that do not budge at all even on oily lids (both Chi-Chi & I use these liners, or she did before she ran out). Dolly Wink is super popular in Asia for a reason — it’s REALLY good. Whenever I’m in Taipei or Tokyo I stock up when I can, they are honestly perpetually sold out in the drugstores there because they’re so well known and popular. I mean, I used to use the Urban Decay liquid liner and it’s still good, but K-Palette and Dolly Wink are pens, which i find more practical and easier to use, and also they come off much easier and don’t slough off like the UD formulation.

I was wondering if you had any advice on preventing eyeliner smearing? I have a gel liner that I use (covering up to my browbone in pale shadow to help prevent it) but by the end of the day (and no matter what liner I use) I end up with a reflection of the liner above my eyelid. It's not a great look, ngl. (Thanks in advance.)

Asked by
toforgo

Setting your liner with black shadow (or shadow that matches whatever color your liner is at the moment) helps prevent it from moving. You can also use an eyelid primer beforehand as an extra precaution.

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Black Eyeliner: Not A Winner.

This is after an hour!!! An hour!!! On lids that are not oily!!!! As in, so not oily, I do not even use primer anymore because I only wear liner now anyway and none of my liquid liners require priming!!!

Like honestly, when I first purchased it, I liked it for tightlining, but even just tightlining, it goes everywhere… I didn’t even tightline this time, but it’s literally on my eyebags. I look like I’ve been crying.

F- Would not buy again good riddance ew gross gonna chop it up and throw the remains at people I don’t like bleugh goodbye

(This has been a professional review by Arabelle, a very professional review, with a product she brought herself with her own money, and she has no idea why she is talking in third person but whatever it’s been a long day and this terrible eyeliner is kind of traumatizing alright) 

Chi-Chi&#8217;s Recent Favorites 
Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I&#8217;ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?
OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I&#8217;m&#8230;in love.
Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse&#8217;s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing
What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we&#8217;re always open for recommendations! &lt;3&#160;o/~

Some of these links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase them, we&#8217;ll get a small commission &#8212; less than 10%. These aren&#8217;t advertisements and are products we actually like and use though. Read more about our disclosure practices here. ^__^
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Chi-Chi’s Recent Favorites 

Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?

  1. OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
  2. Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
  3. Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
  4. Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
  5. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I’m…in love.
  6. Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse’s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing

What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we’re always open for recommendations! <3 o/~

Some of these links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase them, we’ll get a small commission — less than 10%. These aren’t advertisements and are products we actually like and use though. Read more about our disclosure practices here. ^__^