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How's your day?
I've been studying my head off. =.= There's practically no weeks where I don't have a daunting test waiting for me gahh. I'll make it through somehow. ;u;
Anyways, today I'll be reviewing a gel eyeliner kindly sent to me by Kary from Holika Holika Canada! :D
I usually don't wear eyeliners because they just don't show up well on my fatty eyelid folds. lol But when I do, I always use a liquid/pen type eye liner. My favourite/GH is the Dolly Wink Liquid eyeliner! What's yours?
It's been a long time since I used a gel-type eyeliner, since they do smudge a bit for me. But let's see how this Holika Holika Jewel-Light Gel Eyeliner measures up! :)
It comes in 5 colours, the one I have is #3 Pearl Navy.
Keep reading for the full review and photos!~
A simple glass jar, reminds a lot of the Maybelline gel eyeliner. :0
The glass is frosted, it has a nice feel to it. Overall the packaging is just a standard tub of gel-liner, nothing too special. Though the design on the top is quite cute. :3
-Long lasting gel eyeliner with creamy texture.
-Vivid colour and long lasting effect.
-Natural expression and soft touch.
-Do not [get] removed on sweat or water.
(couldn't find any on Holikaholika.ca)
As you can see it does give off a blue tone, giving some dimension to the colour. Wish I had a better camera to really zoom up on this to show the navy coloured simmers. Soon... *_*
Here is some swatches and smudge/water tests:
For the smudge tests, I waited 30 seconds after swatching for it to settle before smudging.
From the photos you can see it definitely got smudged off a little, but I used considerable force, so I think it held up quite well.
One thing I particularly liked was that instead of smudging the colour, the eyeliner flakes off on my finger when rubbed. It might not sound that great, but I think it's better than getting raccoon/panda eyes. :P
Here I used more eyeliner, so you can see the navy colour is much more prominent.
The water test was interesting, the water doesn't stay on the line, and actually gets repelled from the line! :0 I guess it's because the liner is oil based.
The water didn't budge the line at all! :D
However with water and smudging, the line does fade a bit.
Overall I am impressed with the waterproof and semi-smudge-proof properties of this gel liner! ^_^
Here's the eyeliner on my eye.
I'm not that great with gel-liners as you can see, but this will have to do. xD
But I was pleasantly surprised that this eyeliner didn't get all smudged up in my eyelid folds, like most would.
I really like the texture of this gel eyeliner, it's very creamy, and doesn't drag on my eyelids. A little goes a long way, it's easy too pick up too much product, and it can end up getting clumpy, and easily smudged. The colour goes on evenly, but depending on the eyeliner brush you use, the edges might not be as even as liquid/pen eyeliners. Also because it's a gel liner, I find it less convenient to use than pen liners. Also if you have a semi-double eyelid like mine, it's best to let it set for a few seconds before blinking so it doesn't transfer. :3
The colour is Pearl Navy, it add intrigue to an otherwise plain black eyeliner. In the pot it looks quite pretty and on swatches too, especially under direct sunlight. But I really don't see the colour when I'm wearing it. Maybe it's because I'm not using much, but overall the colour makes no difference from a regular black eyeliner to me. But if you were to use more, I think it would look quite nice in daylight.
The black colour is very pigmented, and you can build it up for a more intense colour.
This eyeliner definitely wears for a long time without smudging! It's very rare for me to find an eyeliner that does not smudge after a day. And I have to say this did not smudge or leave raccoon eyes on me at all! :D It lasted on me for about 6 hours before it started fading. It does clump up a bit in the outer corner of my eyes after that, but it's easier to fix.
This gel eyeliner is definitely waterproof and somewhat smudge-proof. It lasts a long time for me, and my eyelids are quite oily too. The colour options are nice, but it does not make a big difference if only a little bit is used. It's a decent option if you are looking for a waterproof gel eyeliner to try. :)
-Navy colour not visible when worn as thin line
-May be clumpy when picking up the product
A comparison of the Holika Holika Jewel-Light Gel Eyeliner packaging to the Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner. Quite similar huh? :P
Also, look at the wrapping paper that Holika Holika sent the products in! *_* So cute haha!
If you are interested in this product, you can find it for $12.50 here at holikaholika.ca. Or if you live near Pmall, you can find it there too. :D
Do you like pencil, gel, liquid, or pen eyeliners?
I like pen eyeliners, since they are the easiest for me to control. :P And they usually last the longest for me too. Gel liners like this one are nice for a softer look, but usually doesn't last as long.
OK Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful. :D
I'll see you next time!