Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in 23 Black Mauve Shimmer Ink

I’m not willing to be too spendy on liquid and gel eyeliners, as I feel that they should be chucked away after 6 – 9 months. Even though there are preservatives used, it’s still something that I don’t want to run the risk of bacteria growth/infection, as they’re used near my eyes that have undergone Lasik. Or otherwise, I’m skint. Either name, it works ūüôā

So here’s a lovely gift passed to me from a pal – the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. Which otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased, since it retails at SGD$40 in Singapore (approximately USD$32! compared to about USD$21 in the US).

Black Mauve Shimmer Ink 23

It comes in a thick frosted 3g jar with a screw on cap. Pretty classy and functional packaging.

The ingredients taken off Makeupalley:

Ingredients: Isododecane, cyclopentasiloxane, polyethylene, trimethylsiloxysilicate, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, lecithin, phenyl trimethicone, hydrogenated polyisobutene, methicone, barium sulfate, bht, phenoxethanol. May contain: iron oxides, mica, titanium dioxide, blue 1 lake, carmine, chromium oxide greens, manganese violet, yellow5 lake, chromium hydroxide green, bismuth oxychloride, ultramarines, ferric ferrocyanide.

It does look a blackish-mauve with fine shimmers in the pot. Does anyone ever hit pan on these gel eyeliners before they dry up or reach their use-by date?

On my skin and when used to line, it appears a rich chocolate brown without any shimmer. Which is fine by me as it’s work-appropriate. I particularly like how it isn’t black nor a flat matte.

The top line drawn shows just 1 coat. The lower line has about 3 coats. This is sufficiently pigmented without needing to keep coating and re-coating for good colour payoff.

The photo on the right shows the rub test, with the swatches rubbed over several times after they’ve set. I think that’s pretty decent as the lines are still obvious though there’s a bit of streaking where my fingers rubbed them so.

On my eyes, the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner is pretty impressive.¬†It manages to last longer on my eyes than the Indelible Gel Eyeliners, with less smudging on the lower lid. The colour also remains pretty rich until it’s time to¬†use the makeup remover – a waterproof eye makeup remover.¬†¬†The texture is smooth and pretty creamy. With the right brush, precision lines will be darn easy.

Rating out of 10
Price: 6 (too much of a deterrent)
Quality: 9
Packaging: 7.5
Ease of usage: 8.5
Overall score: 7.8
Comments:¬†I have nothing¬†negative to comment on its performance, it’s just the price¬†in Singapore that’s a deterrent.¬†
~*Item reviewed given as a gift. Non sponsorship.*~

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