I was a huge gel eyeliner fan. And then I wasn’t as keen because I could never get through a pot before it started to go crumbly, and then, it seemed like a lot of work having to grab a brush to apply when I could just use a really soft pencil.
Nevertheless, I am one for bright, colourful gel eyeliners. Estee Lauder Double Wear Gel Eyeliner comes n 5 colours including two eye-catching hues, in Extreme Emerald and Blue Colbalt…I have EE here:
Estée Lauder Double Wear Gel Eyeliner. Silky smooth colour that lasts all day up to 12 hours. Gel-based formula creates a precise line every time with a soft satin finish. For a smudged effect, blend before it sets.
A little pot of this costs £17 – so is it worth it?
First off, you can buy cheaper gel eyeliners; various brands sell them. I personally have not had much success with the drugstore level brands (so to speak) when it comes to finding a none smudging gel liner (apart from the Japanese ones which are rock solid, even the cheaper brands).
Estee Lauder’s Double Wear version is on the ‘harder’ side of some gel eyeliners; to compare to say Bobbi Brown, it has a denser, firmer texture. Someone who is less experienced with gel eyeliners will probably prefer a firmer texture like this as it’s less likely that you will pick up too much product.
Although the texture is firmer, the pigmentation is good. I can usually tell with a black gel liner is a product it truly pigmented (there are so many shades of black). Extreme Emerald is bold and colourful – with 2 swipes I got this amount of colour:
I would say this is an elegant emerald rather than extreme; it’s very wearable indeed, not a green that would look out of place or overly bright even for a trip out to the shops.
Durability wise, once it has sets, it lasted nicely – about 5 hours with great colour. My eyelids tend to get greasy as the day goes on, and with a deep fold, most eyeshadows and gel liners give up on me quite quickly.
On the eye:
A solid performing gel eyeliner that lasts well and an elegant green colour too.
This costs £17 per pot (includes brush) for 3g. Available at Boots and numerous other online retailers and counters!