I got this sample from a BDJ Box subscription last November 2014. I usually veer away from gel liners because I have oily skin and I end up looking like a panda by noon. However, Benefit claims that this particular gel liner is smudge- and sweat-proof so I went ahead and tried it on.
First-off, this particular eyeliner’s packaging is quite unique. It’s the first ever gel liner pen which basically means the product is gel-type but the applicator is a pen!
The applicator itself is made of rubber so it flexes as you swipe it across your lid. In contrast to a brush, this rubber tip allows for more control and a cleaner application. The difficulty I had with this was getting the product to come out. I think with the full-sized product, you only had to twist the pen to dispense more product but with this sample, I had to squeeze the bottom of the rubber applicator.
This was my first attempt at using this product. Overall, it was tricky to dispense just the right amount of product. I ended up getting a thicker line than I usually get with my liquid liner. I guess this would be perfect if you want to achieve a more dramatic look but it’s not something I would do on a regular basis.
As to longevity, this product held it’s own! I did not experience any smudging and the line stayed true till the end of the day. It came off with my makeup remover for waterproof makeup but I don’t think plain ol’ water and soap would do the trick. Benefit even made a makeup remover specifically for this product!
- Gives a matte finish
- smudge- and sweat-proof
- hygienic since you don’t dip back and forth into a pot like normal gel liners
- Dispensing just the right amount of product is tricky
- gel isn’t that pliable so getting that thin, controlled line is difficult