Ah, Essence, the little drugstore brand that has lovely prices, and several competitive jewels in its line. I came across this little one in the pharmacy nearest to my house and remembering the video that I watched on Youtube, I decided to give it a try!
This is how the cover looks like. It comes in a little, durable pot with a plastic cap. The pot is not frosted like most gel liner containers… which is such a random observation I don’t know why I even put it here.
The thing that shocked me the most was that the product had already shrunken from the sides the very moment I opened it. Normally, this would be a sure sign that the product has dried out, but I did a little test swatch with my finger and my fears were cast out. The texture of the gel liner is very creamy indeed, how strange!
As you can see from the swatch above, this gel liner is very black and opaque, just how I like my eyeliner! It glides on when applied with a smoothness that every gel liner should have, which makes it a very, very viable contender to its more prominent cousins in the market.
Here is the eyeliner, freshly applied in the morning. There’s nothing better than a cat eye and lots of mascara when you’re pressed for time!
11 hours later, this is what you get: shiny face (which is expected due to the humidity of Malaysian weather) but not smudgy eyeliner! I would say that the intensity of the color has faded a tiny bit, but then again, no one is going to notice such a small change at all.
Long story short, this is a very good gel liner for the price. It lasts longer than the Cyber Colors and Inglot ones, as long as the Bobbi Brown, and packs just the right amount of pigmentation. Seriously, if you own a high end gel-liner that’s disappointing you, just head out to the nearest drugstore that carries Essence products and grab this one instead!
Retails at RM 15.90 at drugstores/pharmacies in Malaysia
Pros: Excellent pigmentation, creamy texture, very long-wearing
Cons: None at all.