So I recently lost my Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner (wah!), but having heard good things about the essence gel eyeliner I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give it a go! I bought it in the shade 01 "Midnight in Paris", and I also purchased the little eyeliner brush from essence to try out as well. Here's what they both look like..
The eyeliner I think was €2.95 and I'm not sure about the brush, both were definitely under €5, which is a bargain! I'm going to compare this to the Maybelline lasting drama, as I think it is the most commonly purchased "drugstore" gel liner, and it's a bit more expensive!
So first off I love the shade, it is a dark dark matte black, come out very pigmented. I would say it is similar in pigmentation to the Maybelline, although I found the texture of the essence to be a little more moist. I didn't think I would like that when I seen it first but it actually made it just that little bit easier to work with and apply. The big thing for me (and most people I think) with eyeliner is finding one that is pigmented and STAYS on the waterline! Now the Maybelline lasting drama was good, in that it went on really well and it did stay for maybe an hour or two, however the essence for me was better. When you put it on initially, due to the more moist consistency it is not as pigmented as you might like, the key I found was just giving it a chance to settle, and then going over it. Using this technique for me really worked, it DID NOT BUDGE. I was so impressed, having being out clubbing for hours to find my eyeliner was still perfect.
The essence brush is also quite nifty, it was easy to use and worked quite well, also an inexpensive purchase so if you need a brush, grab this one you won't be sorry!
So overall I am very impressed. Its more affordable than most (if not all?) gel eyeliners out there and it is definitely one of the best I have tried. It's so inexpensive, its waterproof, it doesn't budge and you get 3ml for the small price tag so its also going to last! If you're on the lookout for a new gel eyeliner, or just a really good eyeliner I would absolutely recommend giving this one a try!
K :) x