Wednesday, 20 June 2012

GELous? You shouldn't be.

I've been in the market for a good gel eyeliner for a long time now, having been stuck in a liquid liner rut for years, so having hunted high and low for a cheap (I'm a student, that's my excuse) but long-lasting alternative, I came across the Collection 2000 offering.
I'm a blogging criminal - I didn't photograph it before I'd plunged in and made a dent, and what's more, I didn't even clean the brush! As I type, I'm hiding my head in shame.

I'm really quite disappointed with this, especially given the brand's reputation as good quality and long lasting -- you've only got to look at their concealer!

As with most new products I just test them on a day I'm not going anywhere short of my front door, and I applied two sweeps to my eyelid, allowed it to dry for a minute or two, and went about my daily business around the house. Less than an hour later, a quick glance in the mirror proved it had all cracked away, leaving gaping naked patches on my eyelid. I'd applied it over a Maybelline Color Tattoo and a layer of eyeshadow, so it wasn't for lack of priming. I've used it since with MUA Professional Eye Primer and had no luck again. Maybe I was unlucky and bought a faulty product?

Light sides
- Small, compact pot, good for travelling.
- Itty bitty brush included is even better for travelling!
- Very pigmented with a stroke or two.

Dark sides
- 12 hour lasting colour? You've got to be kidding me. An hour at best for me!
- Brush is a bit too small
- I made such a tremendous dent in the product with one application and I can't see it lasting if it became an everyday product.

Overall, I'm really disappointed with this liner, I bought it specifically for use at a festival, and it's so unbelievably unwearable that I wouldn't have been able to.

Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner comes in black, teal, gold and brown, and retails for £4.99 in Boots and Superdrug.

Have you tried this liner? Did you have any issues with it? What brand of gel liner do you prefer?


  1. Oh dear. Definitely get the Maybelline one it's really good x

    1. I should've known Maybelline would be better :( Thanks for the recommendation, I'll give it a go. Oh and thanks for being my first follower, it means a lot, starting out blogging is so frightening but you've definitely helped :) x

  2. WOW. i just came across your blog, and it's awesome (even if it is pretty new!) love the layout -- you're so stinkin' talented with makeup! i'm officially suscribed, i can't wait to hear more from you soon :)
    i have this same exact eyeliner -- only it's maybelline! LOVE it! shoulda gone with maybelline ;)


    1. You have no idea how much that means to me thank you so so much! If I could send hugs through the internet, you'd be squished by now! :) I've subscribed right back, your blog is fantastic, your beauty tips are genius! Thanks for the Maybelline recommendation, gonna have to get my hands on it now! x


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