“ Brand: Primark / Type: Eyeliners / Texture: Gel / Suitable for: Eye „
I did not know that Primark offered make up until I discovered these Primark Essentials Gel Liners (and not only make up but things like blankets and cushions and mugs as well- it is almost as if the clothing store is trying to transform itself into a department store!). At any rate, normally I would not trust any type of make up offered by that brand, because of Primark's reputation as a rather cheap, bad quality brand. So how did I come about buying these gel eye liners?
Well, I was searching for some cheap glittery gel liners for a fancy dress party where everyone was expected to come wearing sparkly and extravagant make up. I wanted to buy something cheap since I needed quite a few different colours (and so I had to buy quite a few gel liners which could amount to quite a large amount of money) and also because I am not that into glitters and sparkles normally, so it would not really be considered as an investment if I was buying something that I was seldom going to use ever again.
Whilst shopping for some basics at Primark (I do not like the appearance and quality of most Primark clothes, but I have got to admit that their basics are very good value for money), I came across an area where they sold their make up. After initially turning my nose up at how tacky and bad quality their whole range were, I could not help but to notice that they were selling gel eye liners, some of them being the sparkly, glittery variety I had been looking for, at a very cheap price. There were also non glittery liquid eye liners, but I was not really interested in those at the time.
How cheap, you ask? Well, their normal selling price was £1, which I am sure you will agree with me is a very cheap price for a gel liner. However, for that kind of money, I could have just paid for some MUA make up at the same kind of price range; I am pretty sure that they too sell sparkly gel liners. So, it was their half price sale on make up that did it for me; making the gel liner only 50p, a rather incredible price for any item of make up, I believed. I was also very apprehensive towards the quality of the gel liner because of how low the price was, but I managed to convince myself that it did not matter how bad quality the gel liner was as long as I was saving that much money.
Well, how very wrong I was.
So, anyway, I selected some colours (some of these including gold, purple and green), and bought them. The total still amounted to much less than what I would have paid for only one gel liner from a reputable make up brand. Rather gleeful at the thought that I had bagged myself a brilliant bargain, I rushed off home to try them out.
The packaging looks cheap and tacky, with a plastic pouch (showing the name of what type of make up it is) covering the main product, which is a tube that slopes downwards. The whole thing looked and felt unbelievably tacky, even though I was not expecting much from a 50p product. Their is a brush that is attached to the lid, though I find that when you have used up a substantial amount of gel liner, the brush just refuses to reach down any further, meaning that the majority of the make up is wasted.
Talking of the brush, I must make the point that it is very bad quality. It is clumped in some areas, making the application both an unpleasant feeling and inaccurate experience, and splayed around the edges, further adding to the inaccuracy and the discomfort. It is hard to fit through the narrow opening of the tube without a part of the brush splaying, making the quality worse still. The bristles are quite rough, making it quite uncomfortable to use.
The texture is very unpleasant; it reminds me of the bad quality watery glitter glue that I used to be so fond of using in arts and crafts, except perhaps less sticky. It feels very slimy when it is applied, with the rather large (for a gel liner) glitter pieces feeling rather rough against my skin. The dried substance feels even worse, with the gel hardening unpleasantly, and feeling very unpleasant on my eyelids whenever I open and close my eyes.
The colour of the glitter is very tacky and spread out so you do not get a very even result. There is not too much glitter per part of gel liner, yet the effect still manages to stay tacky and unsubtle. It is not very lasting, the glitter seems to slide unattractively down my face.
The gel liner dries out inside its packaging very quickly- it becomes dried out and clumped together (both inside the main body and on the brush) after only a small amount of time, making it harder still to apply. As the tube is only quite small, I find that I cannot get much gel liner from it anyway.
I am very displeased with the quality of this gel liner overall, and I would not recommend them to anyone. This is just a lesson to me that I should not buy something just because it is cheap. Later, I tried out the MUA gel liner; even though it is not the best quality gel liner ever, it is many, many times better than this Primark one. I ended up donating these gel liners to my little niece's arts and crafts supplies; she had great fun smothering it over her 'Paint Your Own Piggy Bank' in the place of glitter glue. At least, I guess, it is useful for something. I wish I could give this zero stars, but, alas, it was not to be. So, instead I shall have to give it a rather undeserved 1 dooyoo star rating.
I brought a lot of these liquid eye liners all in one go as they were only £1 so I could not resist. I got green, blue, purple and black but when I got home I was very dissapointed but then again what could I expect for £1?
When using these you need to have eyes of steel as the eye liner stings your eye lind like crazy!!!!!!!!! it is very painful, but does stop after a while, but your eyes water so much so you may like me end up ruining the rest of your make up which is so frustrating.
The eye liner does not stay put either and the parts that are left are hell to get off it sticks like crazy of it does not want to come off. So you will end up rubbing your eyes raw trying to remove the odd bits.
The brush that you apply the eye liner with is a nightmare too it is so awquard to use so you need to have very steady hands or had lots of practise as the eye liner tends to go where ever it feels like and may also drip off the end of the brush.
For £1 there are so many colours to choose from but it is well worth staying clear of as it is painful to the eyes and not very good to use. Buy more expensive brands its worth the extra couple of pounds.
The other day I was in Debenhams because they had a sale on. I took a look at the posh beauty counters....you know, Channel, Dior and all that stuff! Well I saw this girl being made up by sales rep/beauty therapist who certainly was plastic fantastic and faked glowed for Britain! You know the type! Woman with a tight bun on her head so her head was pulled back of forehead and pinned back to help the botox lol Well what really did catch my attention was in her hands she held the face of a woman not more than 20 years old and was using a pot of eyeliner liquid. The results were truly amazing like those on the cat walk and on front covers of magazines. This girls eyes looked stunning but when I looked at how much the eyeliner was it was about £32.00 for a really small pot of it. Now if I knew I could achieve them very same effects on my peepers and with the ease that the therapist exhibited...yes I'd of found the money from somewhere and eaten baked beans (shops own) for a month..honestly the results were that stunning!
However I have wobbly hands. It doesn't matter how polished I try to make my make-up look 9 times out of 10 I still look mucked up when you closely inspect my face lol. So I decided against it and thought I'd buy myself a new handbag in Primark for a fiver to cheer my self up with instead lol.
Instead of that though Primark has had a huge delivery of new smellies, make up and applicators in the past week or so. The range in my local store is massive and is creating quite a stir with it's customers. We've always had make up in my local store for a pound an item but as I have just said the range really has expanded of late and what was the first thing that caught a glimpse of my eye? Liquid gel (in a pot) eyeliner! How much? A pound a pot and black is the only colour available! I was so shocked that I bought a load of make up lol I Couldn't resist giving it a go for a quid and that was me elated!
A little see through plastic round pot with a white plastic screw on/off lid that simply says Gel Eye Liner On It. It comes in a white and see-through hanging packet and on that on the top right hand corner the price is stamped on (£1.00) and then I'm told it is Primark Essentials Gel Eye Liner 'Designed to define your eyes'. On the back of the packet I'm told the weight of the product (0.28 OZ/8G, ingredients are listed, cautions are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Cheap looking packaging but simple enough to look at and for £1 there is lots of product inside!
I was first surprised at the consistency of this eye liner. I was expecting a 'gel' like consistency and it isn't like that at all. It's almost waxy, it comes off onto an applicator smooth and not at all thick and/or gloopy and the best way of applying this to the eyes is to use a very thin eyeliner brush. Luckily I have one already but it does need to be thin and of excellent quality for precision!
Now I use this after I've applied all my make up (including mascara). The reason for this is it is a damp product so you wouldn't want to apply other products over the top of it cos it's be far too messy.
All you do is simply gently wipe your brush tip over the gel and then draw on a line to the rims of your eyes. I cheat and go over the top of a decent eyeliner pencil to make sure I get the desired effect but basically this stuff is really simple to work with as it's so moist. Do be warned though any mistakes you make with this are hard work to remove as it goes black and smudgy on skin if your not incredibly careful.
The great thing about this is even though I have very sensitive eyes this really doesn't upset them at all. It doesn't feel heavy either, you don't need loads of the stuff and what this is really good at is making sure all of the eye rim is covered so no skin at all is on display around the eyes. I'm impressed it's so easy to work with, looks glossy and really does define eyes in a sexy smouldering look and you are in control of the look you want to achieve with ease.... however.....
It doesn't dry very well! If you blink it transfers to the tops of your eyelids and all sorts! As I mentioned earlier this is not easy stuff to correct mistakes of either! So the effort you put in and look at is superb but I find I have to go to great lengths to not let it transfer where it shouldn't. As soon as I've done my make up I wipe the brush I used to apply this stuff with thoroughly and gently wipe over the line of colour carefully to try to take off the excess gel. It works for me though of course it does dampen down the colour quite drastically and looks more subtle than seductive!
At a pound this is worth giving a go to. At least by purchasing this you can see the effects you can get by using this type of product and then if you like that you can feel more confident in paying a lot more for the same thing in the future. I like the idea of it, the immediate results are great but I don't like the fact it's easily smudged and transfers (unless you work hard to get it to stay in pace like I do of course!). The results are ok but subtle by the time you've convinced it to stay where it should. Worth a quid though!
Only available in Primark stores.