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Gel Eyeliner Pencil
Rating
$8
Category:Makeup > Eyeliners > Eye Pencil
Last Updated:02.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Gel Eyeliner Pencil is a creamy, needs-sharpening eyeliner pencil with a silicone base, similar to many other gel pencils that are available. The bold color applies smoothly and doesn't travel, providing easy-to-use all-day wear.

These pencils are good, workable options for eyeliner, but the results of a gel pencil don't compare to a well-formulated semi-solid gel eyeliner like M.A.C.'s Fluidline or Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. Gel pencils, whether they need sharpening or are automatic, have thicker wax ingredients to keep them in pencil form and they cannot be applied in as thin of a line as a semi-solid gel eyeliner. In addition, semi-solid gel eyeliners have a creamier consistency that provides a fluid "painted-on" look that is impossible to achieve with a gel pencil because of the difference in texture and application.

If you still prefer to use a pencil, and don't mind having to sharpen it (which is really a waste of time and product, as you always eat up some of the pencil in the sharpening process), this is one to try. One standout feature of Ulta's Gel Eyeliner Pencil is the large assortment of colors. In addition to the standard brown and black, there are vibrant shades like purple and teal as well.

Pros:
  • Smooth application.
  • Bold color.
  • Doesn't travel; wears all day.
  • Available in both vibrant and neutral colors.
Cons:
  • Needs sharpening.
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Ulta Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good mascaras; the blush, brow pencil, eyeshadows, and most of the foundations are worth a look; a few intriguing skin-care products (but nothing you cannot find from lots of other brands).

Weaknesses: Testers are not always available nor are the Ulta displays consistently clean; bad liquid eyeliners; poor-to-average cleansers; nothing-special pencil eyeliners; requires careful shopping because the makeup is such a mixed bag--for every good product there are two unimpressive ones.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, call 866-983-8582 or visit www.ulta.com.

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01.26.2014
great pencil

Ulta frequently has these on sale for around $4. As the review states, these glide on smoothly and stay on throughout the day. I personally don't mind sharpening because I find that automatic pencils dry up quickly, and the pencil form of liner is more convenient than the type in a jar.

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