I have a rather strange problem with my eyelashes, which is that the roots of my lashes are blonde and the tips are brown. This has meant years of struggling to apply pencil eyeliner as it often looks as though there is a gap between my lashes and my eyeliner - even when I have applied mascara to the roots of my lashes.
I discovered that the best eyeliner for me was gel liner as I could get it right to the base of my lashes, and create a smooth even line. I had been buying Smashbox's waterproof shadow liner, but it was pricey at around £20, and when I accidentally left the lid off causing it to dry out, I looked around for a cheaper alternative. Unfortunately, the main problem I found was simply that there is very little choice of gel liners on the high street. Both Clinique and Pixi sell one for around the £12 mark (I actually now have the Clinique one), and Maybelline have recently released one costing £7.50. Any cheaper than that though and it becomes difficult. Website eyeslipsface sell one for £3.50 (again I own this one now) but on the high street the only one I could find for under £5 is this Sleek one, which costs £4.29 from Superdrug - this price has recently gone up because it used to be just £3.99.
When I first discovered this product last summer it was available in both black and brown, but whenever I went to Superdrug I could only ever find it in the black (which they call Dominatrix for some reason!), the space for the brown colour was always empty. Having just checked the Sleek website, it appears that this is now only available in black, which is a little bit odd really.
The liner comes in a small box and rather than being in a standard pencil format it comes in a round tub with a brush with which you apply it. The pot is frosted with a black screw top lid and rather unremarkable looking really. The brush is very short and the bristles taper to a point. As the brush is so short I've kept the original box to prevent the brush and pot becoming separated.
To apply the liner, you simply run the brush through the black gel, and then apply to your lids. I have found the longer I've had the gel the harder it is to pick up with the brush. I think this may be because it seems to have dried out a little, but I now often get a little bobble of liner on the tip of the brush which has to be wiped away before application.
I think a lot of people shy away from these type of liners as they think they will be difficult to apply. I actually find this easier to apply than a pencil if I'm honest. Whilst you do need a reasonably steady hand, I find that it is easy to apply in short strokes across the eye. It's not really possible to apply across in one long stroke as I find you only get around half way across the lid before you will need to dip the brush back into the gel.
The look this gives is brilliant. For a start I find it gets right to the base of my lashes covering those blonde roots! The liner is very pigmented and so the colour comes out as a true black and not a charcoal grey as you can get with other brands. As you are brushing this on, you can build up the look to make the line either as thick or as thin as you like. I also find that this is a great liner for dramatic looks and if you want to draw a wing on your liner, this looks almost as good as a liquid liner would.
The staying power of this liner is excellent. I must admit that I do usually use Urban Decay's Primer Potion under my eye make-up, so that may help, but usually once this liner is on, it stays on, and despite being gel I've never experienced it sliding off!
Now it says on the base of the eyeliner pot that this should last 12 months from the date of opening. Personally I would not agree with this. The reason is that I have owned mine around 8 months now, and it's getting very dried out. I always replace the lid straight after using, so I can only assume it's from just being opened and closed a lot, but the product is so dry it's barely usable now. I've found the dryness is making it difficult to get the liner onto the brush and when I apply it, it will often flake under my eyes. This only started happening recently, and so I would suggest the shelf life is closer to 6 months than 12.
On the whole, despite the fact it has dried out, I am still very impressed with this product. It's around the cheapest gel liner on the high street, gives great definition to the eyes, and is well pigmented. If you're looking for a gel liner I would highly recommend this one, so get yourself down to Superdrug!
Well, here goes my first foray into gel eyeliner!
I picked a pot of this up in Superdrug today, paying £3.20 for it - for quite a small pot, I must say, but hey, I'll give anything a go once. Well, actually, with my NUS card I got a small discount of 10% so students - remember to use this to your advantage!
Onto the actual review... I've never used a gel eyeliner before, and was a bit dubious of paying a large amount for something I might use once and then decide I didn't like, so when I saw this today I decided to just go for it. I ended up buying 'Dominatrix' (black, essentially) but was toying with the idea of going for 'Espresso' for a bit (no points for guessing that colour - it's a dark brown) as it seemed to go on nicer and be a little less sticky than the Dominatrix tester. In the end, sense won out and I took home my little pot of black gel eyeliner and a newly acquired eyeliner brush to apply it with.
There is a brush included with the pot, but in store I thought it was a bit on the small side and so opted to buy my own. However once I got home and applied it, I found that the small inclusive brush works a lot better than the one I bought and gave me a smoother line, if a little fainter. I normally use pencil to line my eyes, or liquid if I'm going out dressed as a cat, so this was a completely new product for me. With the bigger brush, I got a thicker, stronger but also more broken up line, and with the smaller one I got a fainter, thinner but smooth line. I feel practice may be the key here though! The gel itself was nice, not too sticky as I thought it could be, and it looks like it'll last a while, especially since I only plan on using it once in a while.
This eye-liner is waterproof, and it takes some getting off! I haven't road-tested it for an entire day yet so I can't say how stick able it is, but it took a fair amount of rubbing to get the testers off my hand and my eyes when I got home. Not necessarily a bad thing though.
After using this for a few days, day and night, I can confirm that it certainly sticks where you put it! Working in a busy night club/bar means that I sometimes get a little bit wet from drinks etc. and have found that this eyeliner hasn't moved over two very busy shifts. I've also found that for a more casual, day look, using a wider eyeliner brush than the one included in the pot to just 'paint' your lower eyelashes gives you a nice, gentle line which you can smudge if you wish and gives your eyes a lovely wide eyed look. Overall I am very impressed and would thoroughly recommend this eyeliner.
***WHY DID I BUY THIS PRODUCT?***
I am a part time model and the last make up artist used some great gel eye-liner which came in a pot. She created some beautiful eye's and great effects with the eyeliner and I have since been looking for a similar products but noticed they were too pricey as they were made by expensive brands such as MAC. I read a review about this product a while ago and thought I would give it a try as it was less than half the price of the MAC eye-liner pot I had already seen.
I have only seen this make-up range in Superdrug and this pot cost me approx £3.20. It comes in a plastic box and in the box in a glass pot with a screw lid and a small thin brush which can be used to apply the eyeliner. The glass pot is frosted and the screw lid is black with pink writing on. As you unscrew the lid you can see the black eyeliner in the pot. The gel eye-liner is waterproof and is made for long wear.
(Please note this is avaliable in other colours, but I am reviewing the black colour which is called Dominatrix.
***USING THE EYELINER***
I used the small brush and lightly brushed it along the surface of the black gel inside the pot. The gel transferred very easily onto the brush. When applying this to my upper lid, it was quite easy to glide on but I felt as though the brush ws a bit too small and fiddly to hold in between my fingers. The gel went on fine but I felt as though it could look neater with a better eye-liner brush.
On 2nd attempt on using this gel with a better eye-liner brsh (which can be bought in Boots ou Superdrug), I felt as though I got a smoother line and the eye-liner looked a lot more tidier than using the small brush which was supplied with the pot.
***DID THE EYELINER MEET MY EXPECTATIONS?***
This eye-liner lasted through-out the night and didn't cause any irritation to my eyes either. It is definately waterprrof and also very long lasting as well. I woe this over an eye-shadow and even applying the eye-liner on top of the eye-shadow it still stayed on throughout the night.
This is a great eye-liner that I will continue to use. I don't wear this during the day as I feel as though it may be a bit too dark for me, but I do put this on when going out for a night out and for some photo-shoots as well. I would advise buying a better brush for the pot as the brush supplied is very fiddly and left my eyeliner looking slightly messy and uneven as well. This how-ever a great buy and I would recommend it to others.
The Sleek Inkpot Get Liners are a product I had had my eye on for a while before I bought them. I found these in Superdrug and had seen them compared endlessly to the MAC and Bobbi Brown equivalents. Being a student, I find myself not being able to afford many higher end brands, so I opted for the Sleek Ink Pot instead. If I remember correctly, the Ink Pot was under £4 so much cheaper than the MAC and Bobbi Brown versions. I have two of the Ink Pots - one in Dominatrix which is a jet black and Stone Cold which is a dark blue-grey. Honestly, when I was in Superdrug I thought Stone Cold was a slate grey so was a bit disappointed when it had a blue tinge to it, yet the colour is slowly growing on me. Stone Cold is much more muted and perfect for wearing during the day when a full heavy black liner may be a bit much for some people. Personally, I don't mind wearing black liner during the day.
The packaging for the Ink Pot is super cute. The pot itself is pretty small but this will last you a long time. The black lid is your typical screw off lid and has Ink Pot written across it in baby pink. The rest is a frosty glass jar. Sleek Ink Pots come with a tiny little eye liner brush which would be perfect to use if it wasn't so tiny! I use an angled liner brush (which if anyone wants to know I got at HobbyCraft!!!) and although this new brush works perfectly for me, the little included brush may work for you!
The gel liner itself is a solid block of colour that looks pretty hard but once you have picked some up with your eyeliner brush it becomes....well....like a gel! The liner is highly pigmented and in particular the black (Dominatrix) is as black as black can be! It applies to the eyelid very smoothly and you really don't need much to line your upper lash line. I can see the Sleek Ink Pot lasting me for more than a year; I have had it for around 6 months now. Although I don't use it every day, I have made a pretty tiny dent in the gel liner. The Sleek Ink Pot doesn't dry up like a similar gel liner I have does.
Sleek claim that the gel liner is a 'long lasting and waterproof' liner and I can safely say that they are true to their word. The liner lasts all day and it doesn't crack along my eyelid. I have only used one gel liner before which was an Avon one. In comparison, the Sleek Ink Pot overtakes Avon easily in terms of staying power.
The Sleek Ink Pots can be a bit difficult to remove from your lid since they are waterproof, yet a specific eye make up remover does the job for me. There are a lot of colours available in the Ink Pot range (pink, blue, orange, yellow), you can look at the colours available on the website below.
I understand that some people have had trouble hunting down the Sleek range of makeup - I don't have the same problem and I can find it in most of the Superdrug stores local to me. A full list of stockists is available on the sleek website www.sleekmakeup.com.
I would definitely say that this is the best gel liner I have used and will repurchase the black one once I have run out of my current one. The purple Ink Pot looks gorgeous too (it is called Purple Rain) and I might have to pick this one up next time I am in Superdrug!
I recommend these Sleek Ink Pots no end and for the low price, even if you find they are not for you, you haven't spent a small fortune as you may have done with a higher end brand.
I first saw this product in the Daily Express weekend magazine, recommended in the makeup column, alongside MAC gel liners. When I saw the price (only £3.99), I was reluctant to believe that it could compete alongside makeup heavyweights such as MAC. I tried to track it down but had no luck, it wasn't even on the Superdrug website at the time.
However, I managed to find it in the Superdrug in Birmingham Bullring and thought it was worth a try as it was so cheap.
The pot is roughly the same size as a Barry M dazzle dust and is slightly frosted in appearance. The eyeliner is a solid gel, and comes with a small, thin brush- though I have replaced this with a brush with a larger handle and sometimes a flat angled brush.
All you need to do is pick up a little of the product on your brush and apply it as you would a normal liquid liner. The result is smooth and is much easier to get a straight line than with liquid liner. If you want an even smoother result you can always dampen the brush slightly. The colour wears well and there are a wide variety of colours available. They are highly pigmented and once you begin to use them you realise that there is actually a huge amount of product in the pot. I have had mine almost a year and I've only just scraped the surface.
This is probably the best value product that I have ever purchased.
If you want to find the nearest Superdrug that stocks Sleek there is a full listing on sleekmakeup.com.
A waterproof gel based formula eye liner /