Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

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$23 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyeliners > Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake
Last Updated:
4/15/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is a cream-gel eyeliner that is applied with a brush. It goes on like a liquid liner, and quickly sets to a long-wearing, budge-proof finish. It’s truly an extraordinary product for lining the eyes, especially for anyone who finds powders or pencils fade or smear by the end of the day (or sooner). Brown’s selection of shades often sees high-shine options rotated in seasonally, but the core assortment of blacks, charcoal brown, and steely grays are perfect.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and baby-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Bobbi Brown Makeup

We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. Janet S
    Reviewed on Monday, March 31, 2014
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    New formulation = horrible product
    • I happily used the gel liner for at least eight years, and loved the creamy way it went on and stayed put. I thought perhaps I had gotten a bad pot last year because it was dried out when I opened it the first time. Sadly, this happened twice more before I figured out that the product was reformulated. I am out $50 for the bad makeup, plus an expensive BB brush that was ruined trying to dig into that rock-like gel. Thankfully, the last jar came from Nordstrom and I was able to exchange it.

  2. Sandra H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Dries out in jar
    • I have used this eyeliner since its debut years ago. Something has changed. It now seems to dry out after just a few weeks and then it is impossible to apply a smooth well-defined line. I will definitely not be buying this again.

  3. MARGARET M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 16, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    gel hardens
    • After a few weeks, the gel is hard as a rock in the container. Not worth it.

  4. Laura C
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 20, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    LIner Looks Just Applied for >12 hrs
    • Finally, a liner that doesn't melt off my eye or smudge leaving me with racoon eyes ! This gel liner, applied with a fine brush has saturated color that looks freshly applied at 9 pm. Only bad thing is it dries up within ~3 wks even capping quickly & tightly after each use. Just discovered Maybelline gel eyeliner that is more creamy than BB product and costs only $8/pot, but only comes in brown, black, charcol, and purple. If it performs like BB then I'm switching to Mabyelline to save $$

  5. ejck
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 29, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    lovely...but it dries in the pot
    • lovely to use but it soon dries hard in the pot and can no longer be used.

  6. Bethany A.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 10, 2013
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Yes, but . .
    • Worked great the first few weeks but gel quickly dried up. Have heard others complain about same problem.

  7. Sandi J.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    great eyeliner
    • Learning curve but once you get it down. Wow. Perfect. Will not budge until I take it off. Kudo's for more spot on recommendations. Love the chocolate brown color. Works great with my eye color.

  8. Sandi J.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    great eyeliner
    • Learning curve but once you get it down. Wow. Perfect. Will not budge until I take it off. Kudo's for more spot on recommendations. Love the chocolate brown color. Works great with my eye color.

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