|Top right shows the liner after a night out, it had been applied thinly with a small flick which is still there, bottom left is straight after application on the first day of trying it out|
If you've read any of my previous liner posts you will understand I'm a bit of a liner addict. Especially when it comes to liquid type, although not really full on liquid eyeliner itself, I always find them a hassle. So of course I was dying to try Illamasqua precision gel liner, Illamasqua are one of my favourite make-up brands and bit by bit I'm building on my collection .
The colour is intensely black, I actually used 'any old brush', just a thin lined brush I had knocking around. In the past I always thought the key was the brush but I get the feeling with this gel liner as long as the brush is clean it doesn't matter. The liner went on incredibly smoothly, I had no problems creating a neat line, whether I went thick or thin I actually managed to get perfect results which I usually struggle with.
At this point the liner is perfect but unfortunately I found a flaw, it can smudge and bleed. The reason I say can is it depends on your skin type and the circumstances. I unfortunately have rather oily skin, last Saturday I tried this on my eyes with only a foundation base underneath. After about two hours I noticed some bleeding, I didn't touch it up and by the third hour I managed to smudge it as well. I trust Illamasqua though so this didn't perturb me. Come Wednesday and James and I were out for our biannual trip to the theatre, honestly we should make the effort more often, I decided to go with the Illamasqua gel liner as I just wanted perfectly drawn cat eyes in a hurry. This time I did the whole routine, foundation, a touch of blusher and then I applied my newly bought mineral powder followed by the liner and then mascara. Fast forward four hours, leaving the theatre in a flurry of snow I was sure that I would arrive home to a mess of liner all over my face but I was pleasantly surprised to see it intact, it did not smudge nor did it bleed, I still had a line and a flick.
In conclusion this is a fabulous gel liner, even for those of us who are the wobbliest of applicators it gave the appearance of perfection as it was easy to glide on but if you have similar skin to me make sure to blot and add a bit of powder first for longevity.