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Sunday, March 28, 2010

expeRimented: dollface gel liners + my thoughts on eyeliners in general

what really got me innerested in makeup is seeing those beautiful eotd's from famous bloggers. in my opinion, their eye looks are much more beautiful than most celebrities would sport in the red carpet.

i wanted to be great at eye makeup as it is the best part of the face where talent can be shown without limits. and so after the basics of learning how to put on foundation properly, i immediately looked into eye makeups. been trying products very carefully.

i have delved into different eyeliners and sadly my lids just wont cooperate with pencils, no matter how they say this or that brand wont tug the lids, my lids still gets tugged by eyeliner pencils. i realize now that it may be my dry skin. when most people are having issues with oily skin, oily lids (oil mine as they call it), my skin is dry dry dry. tried liquid eyeliners also but the problem with liquid eyeliners is the applicators that come with it. the brands i've tried have useless applicators that just gets me frustrated. either it gives very thick lines, or the brush is too flimsy you get liner formula all over your lids. and the liquid eyeliner bottles wont let you use other brushes too as only the useless brushes that came with it fits the opening.

glad that people like me have another option when pencils and liquids wont work! there's gel eyeliners!

i dont buy cosmetics without researching about it as much as i can, my readers know that as i keep reiterating it in my in FOCUS entries.

for gel liners there are such brands as mac fluidline ("great but with a hefty pricetag"), bobbi brown long wear gel liners (more expensive than mac's yea?) indelible gel liners (that most mineral makeup companies carry but is sadly not readily available in manila), stila smudgepot (read SMUDGEpot), and the coastal scents gel liners :)

i have read numerous reviews about coastal scents gel liners and the claims that it's as good as mac's fluidline but with a reasonable price. so for the longest time i've been wanting to get my hands on those babies. coastal scents dont have a store here but they do ship to manila (at a ridiculously high price compared to other brands), so when i stumbled upon a local blogger's opinion that the gel liners that dollface cosmetics carry is just really of the same formula as coastal scents', haha! i went right on and contacted pearl of dollface to order.

and that's how i came about my first gel liners!

here below is a photo of the shades i picked:

black is a matte black like i want it to be. it is extremely pigmented and applies smoothly too.
light blue is really more of a royal blue to me. smooth application with it too. the finish is matte. it is a lovely color.
turqouise really got me excited when i saw it from the website but im disappointed to find out it's shimmery, therefore making it less pigmented than the other two shades. to get the color you see from the bottle(which is very beautiful), you have to swipe the gel thickly onto your lids or lower lashline. nevertheless, i know its shimmers will come handy someday. meanwhile let me enjoy its color :)

i have been using these gel liners any chance i can get and with only these 3 colors im extremely happy to discover a lot of beautiful looks that i will be posting time to time.

for now, im sharing with you an experiment i did on my dollface cosmetics gel liners.

on the above is a collage of photos i've taken of my eyes.

the first and second photos showed my lids wearing dollface gel liners. i line my upper lash line with BLACK, then applied BLUE right above the black line. i applied it around 5pm.

i decided to sleep (or i's really too lazy to remove the liner as i's too sleepy) with the liners on.

on the third photo, you can see my lids show some hint of the blue and black lines. that photo was taken 5am the following day. i checked my pillow and my hands to see if the gel transferred there but my hands, pillows and bed clearly dont have any trace of the gel. im thinking the gel got dissolved by the oil from my skin.

lastly, when i finally decided to wash off the liners, you can see that the remaining gel didnt smudge nor did it give me racoon eyes.

the photos speak for themselves.

more facts on this experiment:
i used charm eyeliner brush for the black (great!)
i used etude house eyeliner brush for the blue (looked great but after one wash it's suddenly a bit flimsy)
i didn't use any lid primer
i used shu uemura cleansing oil to washoff the gel

and there you have it.

after this experiment, i know i made a great great great purchase.

now if only i have better eyeliner brushes.. anyone can make a suggestion?

p.s. you can also look forward on my in focus entry about these gel liners too.

be glorious,


Jem said...

im not a gel liner user but i would have to try this. fanny serrano liner is readily available but when i purchased it it's already dry so i did not get to use it that much

you might want to check out some craft stores i you are looking a great liner brush. this pointed tips that is great or precise lining. the shop Deovir at SM Manila is my fave craft store.

right now, i have those pointed brush that is perfect or creating lines. go or sakura brushes (synthetic fibers) that ranges from 3/0 to 1...

Jem said...

shoot..my comment is not even readable
sorry about it..
the letter F in my keyboard is not working ok...


Pearl said...

hi maki! it helps to make your eyeliner more longer lasting by setting the gel liner with powder of the same color after application. let me know if it works better for you! thanks for this review! :)


maki said...

wow! thanks for the heads up about those craft store brushes.. would def take a look at it.

meanwhile thiamere, the dollface liners i have are so smooth. even the blue one only looked cracked but really is still very smooth and easy to use :D

maki said...

@thia, na-decipher ko.. lol..

@dollface,thanks for the tip!!

Nada Makeup said...

Heyy just to let you no u been tagged on my blog x

Miss Shopcoholic said...

very pretty colors! i love gel liners..

The Beautifier said...

Oh the electric blue colour looks simply fab! I love gel liners for their ease of application, make sure you close the lid thighty as it could dry out inside the pot and if it does then you could revive it by putting a drop or two of glycerine onto it xoxo

maki said...

@khymm, me too! looking to get more colors!

@sonali, thanks for the tip. i certainly didnt knew about reviving the gel with glycerine! very useful information indeed.

@ arabian eyes.. im responding to the tag now :D

Golden said...

Great review sis. I love how the blue eyeliner made your eyes pop. I, on the other hand, use pencil liner (Ever Bilena stargazer works just fine). I can't use liquid eyeliners because I don't have steady hands. I also want to try gel liners. They said Maybelline gel liner is really good.

Lots of love,

maki said...

thanks golden! try dollface! you'll love it!

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