The Essence Gel eyeliner came recommended to me from a comment made by a reader on a previous post that I made regarding Essence products (thanks for your feedback! I really enjoy getting ideas from people!). I picked it up from my local Shoppers Drugmart for $3.99 and also grabbed the brush for it for $2.49. That’s a great deal! You get gel eyeliner and a brush for less than $10!
I’ve worn the Essence Gel eyeliner off and on for several weeks now. I normally don’t use eyeliner in this format. I’m more of a Kat Von D Tattoo Liner kinda gal if I’m to do black eyeliner. It was fun to experiment with this product from Essence and I think I found a more subtle way to do a black eyeliner! It never smudged, not once. It lasted all day and I was able to create quite a fine line with it.
As mentioned, I don’t normally use gel eyeliner so I can’t compare it to anything. That being said, I was surprised by the consistency of this product. It was thick and a little dry. I had to ensure that no chunks hung on to my brush before I applied it or else tragedy could strike!! (who likes having to try to remove black eyeliner in the morning due to a blooper?) However this product is only $3.99 and once you get it going, it works perfectly well so this drawback was not a showstopper for me.
I found the colour to be more of a charcoal black than a true black. Some people might not like that but I was ok with it. I wanted to use it for a fine line in my lashes to help add a little something something to a subtle day look. Not being blackest black didn’t hinder what I was attempting to do with it. The finish is matte and I never felt the need to go back and set it with eyeshadow.
The brush turned out way better than I thought. For $2.49 it really got the job done. I compared it to another similar brush I had from Eco Tools. As you can see below, the Essence one is finer which helps with control.
In the end I think I preferred to use it with a smaller brush that is more pencil tip style from Real Techniques. (I don’t have a pic – sorry about that!) I think that the brush that Essence sells definitely fulfilled it’s obligation and I just personally preferred a different style of brush all together.
Over all, for less than $10 combined these 2 products are a great buy. The Essence Gel Eyeliner lasts. I’ve had expensive eyeliner from high end brands run on me but I had no issues with this one! So that was a pleasant surprise. You may have to fight with a little dryness in the product but that’s a workable trade off for such and excellent price. The brush, priced at $2.49, will succeed in getting the job done! In my opinion this is a standout duo from Essence.