I’ve had some pretty surprising compliments on my eyeliner lately; I’m a bit of a self-professed eyeliner newbie, so it’s not something I’m really used to (not that it’s not welcome!), but, after L’Oreal’s Super Liner (reviewed here) quite literally fell apart when I went to use it one morning, a friend recommended I try Maybelline’s ‘Lasting Drama’ Gel Liner, and I haven’t looked back.
As you can (hopefully!) see from the above picture, ‘Lasting Drama’ is an extremely pigmented formula, and as a result, you really don’t need much product to get a rich, dramatic line; the fact that the formula is so smooth and creamy also makes the application process a breeze (and that’s coming from someone who couldn’t get a liquid line straight if her life depended on it!), and means that, should your eyeliner skills be slightly-below-average, it’s very easy to fix any imperfections with a cotton bud, completely smudge-free.
I’m also a huge fan of the brush included with the eyeliner, as it couldn’t be more perfect for creating precise lines; whilst I love a winged look, I’m all about thin lines that don’t overshadow my eye make-up, and the gel brush in this set allows for just that – of course, it’s vital that you keep it clean, and I’d recommend wiping it with a face wipe after every use to make sure those lines are as thin as possible!
The one thing I am always a little skeptical about, when it comes to gel liners, is the staying power – whilst I can’t confirm that it lasts for the 24 hours it claims to (I really can’t think of a situation where I’d need an eyeliner to last that long, honestly, but I’ll let you know if one comes up!), for the 12-18 hours a day I do wear it, it stays completely opaque, and even the wings don’t smudge; whilst this might not work too well for anyone looking for more of a ‘smokey’ look, it’s ideal as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll be sticking with it for a long time!
Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat!
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Liner retails for £7.99, and is available at both Boots and Superdrug.
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