You know I have a soft spot for gel and cream liners anyway so when I saw this Etude House Code B one which – OMG – has a little brush attached to the post, I had to buy it:
Yah I know, it’s a gimmick but I am always doing my make up in bizarre places and I never have a good liner brush with me. Plus it comes with a lid so you can prevent smudges and the like.
Etude House’s Code B range is quite a sultry collection based on a spy theme. I have tried their lipsticks before, nail pen and highlighter. This gel liner comes in 3 shades, Strong Black, Secret Black (a softer shade of black) and Strong Brown. I bought 01 Strong Black cos I don’t piss about.
Here is the cool box:
Etude House, like Skinfood is marked up on eBay – sometimes a bit, sometimes a lot. I have no option than to order from there and there are some great sellers who don’t take the mick with postage but do bear in mind you shouldn’t be paying Chanel prices for this stuff because it’s cheap in Korea.
I guess this is a ‘cream’ liner but it’s kind of like a gel too – I don’t see a huge distinction between the two, although in my experience, the gel liners, like Bobbi Brown have a better texture and last longer than the ‘creams’ (like Shiseido’s liner) which dries up pretty fast.
The brush makes it all worth it, honest!
Now this cream eyeliner is really, really stunning. Before I touched it, you can see it’s like a slick of deep dark oil; glossy, highly pigmented:
The texture didn’t disappoint. It is the most pigmented cream/gel liner I have tried in a long time and I have tried some brilliant ones and the texture – soft but setting in a decent amount of time to give a smudge free finish – is brilliant.
Once it dries, it’s sort of a semi matte finish. I don’t like glossy finish liners so this is good for me:
My not so handy job on my eyes. I love this liner – it’s got a beautiful texture, a good level of pigmentation and it just generally fabulous. It’s better than any other gel liner (or cream) I have used recently. I don’t think this is waterproof though.
All in all a great product. I paid about £9 for this with shipping on eBay. I won’t be buying any more black gel liners though, will concentrate of coloured ones instead!