Today we’re going back to basics, let’s talk about something we can’t miss…eyeliner! Ding ding! That’s right, this girl can’t live without it. My favourites are the ones with a felt tip and the gel liners. They are both different so that’s why I have both. My very first gel liner was Mac Black Track, oooh that thing lasted aaages! The Bobbi Brown gel liner seems to have quite a fan base too and I got really lucky when I received a sample of this together with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner brush. I had quite some expectations when it came to the gel liner, so read on to hear the verdict!
The Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liners come in a little glass jar with a black cap. It’s like most gel liner packaging but the cap is sturdy, it doesn’t let air through and you can really close it off like it’s supposed to. This is a big deal since some of the cheaper gel liner versions dry out because of the packaging. You get 3 g of product and I think it’s around 23-25 euro here but I’m not entirely sure. The great thing about Bobbi Brown gel liners and actually a lot of their products is that they offer a nice variety of shades. It’s a bit harder to find coloured gel liners, especially in shades like violet, blue and green. These gel liners are described as long wearing with the look of fluid liner and apparantly they are supposed to be water resistant too!
Black Ink 1 is described s a jet black liner. To me it’s black but with a slight hint of greyness to it. What I really like about the gel liner is that it’s mat! You don’t really see that often, they mostly have a sheen going on, but this one is really matte. Now here is my issue with the Bobbi Brown gel liner: it swatches very easily and smooth, looking perfectly black. But once I use it on my eyes it’s a bit of a different story. For some reason I find it hard to apply. The texture is a bit too dry or it’s just not emollient enough? It’s not too bad though, it just requires a bit more work than my usual gel liner. On my eyes it goes on a bit grey at the start but if you build it up you get a nice black shade. The formula is great for people who want to work slow because it’s easy to correct mistakes.
So once I’m over the process of applying this it get’s better. It wears very well, probably the best of the three gel liners I got. You don’t have to worry about smudging or travelling because this sucker stays put! It’s also really easy to remove, I just use my Bioderma cleanser and that’s enough to get the job done. So when it comes to that it’s a great gel liner. I also want to add that I think that this might be a really great option for people with oily eye lids because the formula is not slippery, creamy but rather dry. So yes, I do understand why this is such a well loved gel liner: it stays on like a boss and it’s easy to remove. However the tricky application is something that I really dislike. It might be one from a bad batch? I’m not sure, but on the other hand gel liners are one of those things that are quite personal, I hear so many different things when it comes to that.
The Ultra Fine Eye Liner brush is great for using the gel liner. I think it’s around 24 euro here. I wasn’t too sure about it when I first saw it, it looked so thick and wide. I had to get used to it at first but it’s actually really easy. This brush has a flat pointed tip. This allows to create thin and thicker lines. You can actually create really fine lines with this if you use it right. Another nice thing is that the tip is not too floppy, you can actually really get good control over the brush and that’s a big plus. What I like about Bobbi Brown Brushes is that they very straight forward. They are simple but good. On each handle you can see what they are supposed to get used for so it’s great for people like my mom or sister who get easily confused about the amount of different brushes!
So to conclude this review: they are both great but you might need to get used to it. I’m still a bit unsure about the tricky formula of the gel liner but maybe it’s me, maybe it’s a bit dried out, who knows? Still, it doesn’t stop it from performing great on my eyes and that’s what we want at the end of the day: no raccoon eyes! The brush is great to consider too because it works well with the formula of the gel liner because it packs a bit more product than the average liner brush. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my conclusion of the famous Bobbi Brown gel liner!