Pandas are cute but what girl would want to look like one? Unfortunately, that’s what happens when your eyeliner betrays you.  After years of trying different brands, I finally found the best eyeliner ever! Is it a pencil? Is it liquid? No, it’s Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner! This liner just won’t smudge or melt even when you go outside in the hot, humid air! Because this water-proof eyeliner lasts for 24 hours, you don’t have to retouch every now and again or check the mirror constantly to see if you’re face has began to resemble an impressionist painting.

I’ve never been disappointed with Maybelline products but Maybelline Eyestudio has definitely outdone itself this time. This gel eyeliner comes in a cute little pot along with an ‘Expert Eyeliner Brush’. It costs PhP 449.00, but you can save around a hundred bucks if you wait for a sale. The color I chose is black and I must say, the gel is extremely black! It is strongly pigmented unlike the other liquid and pencil eyeliners I’ve used which, for some reason, are just not black enough! The applicator brush is a thing of beauty. The length of it allows good precision and it’s very comfortable to use.  Because of its creamy consistency, it’s very easy to be creative with the gel eyeliner.

Application may take a little time. First, dip the brush into the little gel jar.  Wipe off the excess gel on the brim of the jar. Then, this is the tricky part, slide the brush along the lash line. To better control the shape of the line you are drawing, do it in small strokes. When you’re done, clean the brush with a tissue and close the lid tightly. I must admit, it took me about 15-20 minutes to apply the gel eyeliner when I first used it but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I’m down to 5-10 minutes. That includes top and bottom waterline, complete with cat-like wings on both sides. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, how could anyone take 5-10 minutes to apply eyeliner? Just like all great works of art, this takes time, I say. However, not to worry, using this product only gets easier in time and with much practice.

I don’t think I’ll ever go back to liquid or pencil eyeliners. They are easier to use but they smudge and dissolve easier too. With Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, gone are the days when people ask me if I’ve sprayed pepper on my eyes. This gel eyeliner is worth every cent because not only does it give me the perfect effect I am looking for, it’s very economical and that I don’t have to retouch at all. Plus, the little pot and brush are super handy and cute. Soap and water will not remove this water-proof gel eyeliner, you will need to use an eye make-up remover.

Image courtesy: oliviaandgracenz

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