In response to “random navs girl”‘s question about an eyeliner that doesn’t smudge, here is my current fave:
MAC’s Fluidline Gel Liner! It is a gel eyeliner that comes in a cutesy little pot which can be applied with a brush with the precision of a liquid liner, but goes on a lot softer, more romantic, and less harsh. It is self-professed to be long-wearing and smudge-proof, yet how does it stand?
Where I live, it can get over 100 degrees in the summer. Bad news for my oily eyelids! HOWEVER, Fluidline really stays put and doesn’t melt away, even in the summer heat! Which is exactly why I decided on it for my wedding! I also thought I’d cry at my wedding, which I didn’t, though I have cried with Fluidline on and I didn’t need to reapply or anything. It even holds up to naps! When you wake up it’s not smudged at all, and you are good and ready to go! In fact, I’m convinced it looks BETTER after a nap.
I wouldn’t full on go into the ocean with this on, but it’s done pretty well in a pool. A little water won’t cause it to smudge.
I enjoy the precision of the application, in that I can put it on as thin as I want or lay it on thick for evenings out with the hubs. It doesn’t create as harsh of a line as liquid liner. It can be applied on the waterline, and usually will stay, but if it doesn’t it will just meander to the lower lash line, which is what we’re going for anyways, right? Then it looks pretty and natural.
Also, a little bit goes a long way. I’ve had this pot since before my wedding, and I would say I am a little less than halfway through…that’s 1.5 years! I’ve probably only had to reapply once or twice, but other than that it looks good from morning to evening.
It comes in tons of fun colors too, like purple, turquoise, etc.
It is a little pricey at $15, not including the brush, which is another $17.50 (you’ll want the MAC 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush). But if it lasts a couple years, it could be worth it right? There are also cheaper drugstore versions that come with a brush, like Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, which I’ve been curious about but haven’t had a chance to try yet. I’ll let you know when I do how it turns out for me. =)
There’s also a bit of a learning curve involved. It’ll feel clumsy and may take a little bit of time at first to put on, but once you get used to it, it’ll be just as fast as a pencil liner, and look better! I would suggest trying it out yourself in a MAC store to see how you handle it first, and also so there’s someone there physically to teach you.
It can also be a hassle to wash the brush if you just don’t have the extra time in the morning. I use Johnson’s baby shampoo and a little bit of warm water to wash my makeup brushes. If you get lazy and let it cake (surely, I’ve never done that!) you lose the precision of the line and then it kind of feathers. It takes more fenagling to get a good line if you don’t wash it. I use make-up remover wipes at night, and so sometimes I’ll just run my brush along a corner of a wipe to clean it off.
I am SO all about the MAC Fluidline. I figure, spend $17.50 on the brush up front (and you don’t even need to buy the MAC brush, there are cheaper ones out there at Target and RiteAid!) and pay $15 for a pot that’ll last you two years. It looks fantastic, stays on fantastic, will last through water, heat, and tears, and requires very little, if any, reapplication! And you can play around with different colors, wing out your eyeliner, go for a subtle close-to-the-lash line, go drama fo yo mama, so much you can do with just one pot of liner and a brush! DEFINITELY worth it!