Monday, 23 January 2012

Review: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

I had never tried a gel eyeliner before this and I was interested in giving one a go after getting fed up of all my pencil eyeliners smudging after half an hour of wear, and my liquid eyeliners flaking or having rubbish applicators. I didn't want to get a really expensive one in case I didn't like it, so I did my research and asked my grandparents to get me the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (try saying that five times over) in Black for Christmas.


I have to say, I don't think I will be going back to pencil or liquid eyeliners any time soon! I had seen so many people on blogger saying that gel eyeliners are much easier to apply than liquid, and I found it hard to believe, but it's true! This glides on so smoothly and the brush that comes with it is actually quite good, it is thin and quite stiff so that you can draw a precise line, perfect if you're like me and you like to wing your eyeliner. You have to make sure you clean the brush regularly though, otherwise the gel will dry on it making it hard, which can feel scratchy on your eyelids.

I really like the packaging of this product; the frosted glass pot makes it look more expensive than it actually is. The pot makes it seem like there is more product than there actually is though, however, this doesn't really bother me as a tiny amount of product goes a long way, so I think that it will be a while before I need to repurchase.

 

The formula is quite thick and creamy, and it is well pigmented so you only need to dab your brush in to the product to be able to line one eye. 
This eyeliner claims to get you through 24 hours of wear. Personally, I don't know anybody who would wear their make-up for 24 hours, but I definitely think that this will stay on for as long as you need it to. Once it dries after application it doesn't budge, unless you excessively rub your eyes. However, it comes off easily with a bit of make-up remover.

Maybelline also claims that this eyeliner is:
  • Safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist-tested
• Contact lens safe


One of the problems that I see people talking about regarding gel eyeliners is that they can dry up. I can't really comment on that as I have only had this product for around a month, but I can report that it doesn't seem to have dried up at all so far, so just make sure you screw the lid back on tightly after each application!

This gel eyeliner usually costs about £7.99 in Boots and Superdrug, however it is currently on offer in Superdrug for just £5.99, saving you £2.00! I don't know how long this offer will last so I would definitely purchase it now if you want to try it out! It is also available in three other shades; Brown, Charcoal and Eggplant.


Have you tried Maybelline's gel eyeliner or a gel eyeliner from another brand? Do you rate them more than pencil and liquid eyeliners?

48 comments:

  1. i have this product and i think applying is easy but i like my eye liner to be jet black to stand out and i thought this was more dark grey. otherwise i liked it! love your review, great photos too! :)

    http://union-apparel.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hmm, your view is actually quite interesting haha, I do find that I have had to layer the eyeliner up a little if I want a very dramatic look... I think it is just right for every day though :) Thank you! x

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  2. I bought this a last week and I've just about got used to using gel as I'm like you and have always pencil eyeliner. Definitely agree with your review, I think the longest I've worn this eyeliner is about 10 hours and it lasted that, i'm not sure why anybody would need an eyeliner to last 24 hours haha (: xoxo

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    1. I don't know why it took me so long to try out a gel liner haha, and I know, I can't imagine anybody needing that haha, at least the thought is there though :P x

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  3. love this product
    http://fafafoomfarah.blogspot.com/ xo

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  4. I have this product too I love it so much!

    handbagfullofdreams.blogspot.com xx

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    1. It's great, especially for a drugstore brand :) x

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  5. I never wear eye liner, but as it is easy to apply as you say i should give it a go?

    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.com/

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    1. It might take a bit of practice if you're not used to applying eyeliner, but I'd definitely say give it a go anyway, see if you like it, especially as it is on offer right now! :) x

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  6. I got this in the summer and would never go back to liquid. Whenever i used a liquid eyeliner I always ended up with too thick a line but with this i can get it spot on though.

    Ive just had a break from using eyeliner and winging it out and i seem to have lost my knack so i think i need to get practicing again!!

    x

    www.dreamingofdaisy.blogspot.com

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    1. I found liquid eyeliners really hard to correct aswell because they would just smudge everywhere :/ Aww aha, I am also trying to perfect my winged eyeliner after not doing it for a while! x

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  7. I got this about 2 weeks ago, one of the best beauty products I've ever brought x

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  8. I bought this a few months back and mine still hasn't dried up! However, it does tend to smudge on my eye lids towards the end of the day, so it definitely wouldn't last 24 hours on my oily lids!

    beautifulsmudges.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww that's a shame :/ I have quite oily lids and haven't had that problem yet x

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  9. Best liquid eyeliner i have ever used!

    http://meggturner.blogspot.com/

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  10. I use this exact gel liner and I'm in love with it!

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  11. i do now prefer gel liners over anything else and have tried the elf one, and have got a mac fluidline awaiting use. Definately interested in getting my hands on this one now though! Sounds like a really good product :)
    x

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    1. I was looking in to buying the Elf one but chose this one instead. Is the Elf one any good? x

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  12. I've always been tempted to get a gel liner! This one looks gorgeous although I do like my eyeliner BLACK so reading the replies etc has dampened my enthusiasm for this a little bit.

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.com/
    xx

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    1. Aww, well I personally think this one is quite black, and it can always be layered, but I guess it would take some swatches of your own or a few more reviews to decide if you would like it :) x

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  13. I've only heard good things about gel eyeliners, I may have to give this one a try!

    I've always been a liquid liner girl, but may have to invest once this one's run out! xx

    http://butterflyboo.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yeah, I would definitely recommend that you try this! :) x

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  14. I'm not sure what I think of this. I own it and I prefer not to use it xoxo

    http://laurenandmakeup.blogspot.com/

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  15. Hey Great Blog :)
    I just followed you hope you will check mine out
    www.thejewelbeautyblog.blogspot.com
    I also use this and love it ! xx

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    1. Thank you! I will definitely check your blog out :) x

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  16. great post hun, i tried this as my first gel liner after years of using pencil and it took me a long while to get used to the change but practice makes perfect and I have been using it now since october I love it and will deff be investing in some more. But for the price i think this one is fab. Mines not dried up yet either woo x

    www.misssunshinesparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you :) Yeah, it was definitely strange using something else after using liquid for years haha! That's good to hear x

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  17. I personally prefure pencil liner, just because i'm rubbish with gel/liquid liners haha!
    I use a brown eyeliner for everyday use because i find black eyeliner is just way to dark with my eyes!
    Great review! xx

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    1. Aww haha, pencil liners are nice and easy to apply though :) I've never actually tried a brown eyeliner but I might buy one as I want something more natural looking for the day time :) x

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  18. I only use gel eyeliners, I can't do anything else, they're just so easy and long lasting :D

    Anca
    http://coralista-xo.blogspot.com

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  19. I have this but barely ever use it! You've just reminded me about it so I must dig it out!

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  20. I love this and use it nearly everyday!
    Found your blog off Moremilk and I absolutely love it(:
    gingeremily.blogspot.com
    xx

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  21. I just did a review on this aswell! Would have been nice to see a pic of the result though ..x

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    1. Yeah, I was thinking I should have done that... I do have a FOTD post where I have used it though :) x

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  22. I love this review - have so been wanting to try this and now I'm convinced. I usually use the Bobbi Brown one which is a lot more, so it will be good to try out a much cheaper version. Def gonna take advantage of the discount! Lovely blog, now following x

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    1. Thank you! :) Yeah, I couldn't bring myself to buy the Bobbi Brown one without trying the cheaper alternative first haha x

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  23. I'm definitely trying a gel liner ASAP - have been considering it for a while and you've just convinced me :-)

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    1. I'm glad I managed to convince you to try something new :) x

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  24. Hi! It's also popular among Japanese girls here too! :) I never used yet, but now feel like trying it out someday!

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