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The gel eyeliner pot, the cap, and the brush.
The awesome packaging.
Swatches made with built-in brush.
Applied on lower lash line (I wear amethyst colored contacts, btw); natural lighting.
It’s a hint of dark purple and is quite wearable.
Product details and claims: Whether you are trying to create the eyes of a runway model or the classic look of a 60’s Hollywood star, the Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner can make any style possible! The easy to use built-in brush makes it perfect for taking on-the-go. Create a chic yet casual look right before work, and then update it for a night out with the girls. The Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner brushes on smooth and stays moist just long enough for wearers to perfect their look. Once dry, the gel is smudge-proof and waterproof for 24 hours. The highly concentrated pigment of the liner creates lusciously smooth lines and is safe for sensitive eyes.
Brush: Awesome! I’d like to start off by saying that I really, really love the brush that comes with the eyeliner. It’s soft, durable, and the perfect size to create any size line and any shape of eyeliner you want.
Packaging: The only thing I like is the box that the gel eyeliner comes in. I think it’s pretty unique. The packaging of the actual gel eyeliner is simply okay. It’s convenient to have the brush and gel liner together, but the product as a whole takes up a lot of room. It’s way too bulky for my liking. I’d rather just have the brush on the side and the gel itself in its own little jar.
Consistency: Very creamy and easy to apply. It applies onto the eyes very smoothly and has an even application.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation is great. The swatches above were made with little effort. What I like about this gel eyeliner is that it’s very easy to work with. With most eyeliners, I find myself dipping my brush into the product, wiping it off because I had too much, going back into the product to get a little more on, wiping it off on the side of the jar again, etc in order to avoid a clumpy, uneven application. This gel eyeliner and brush duo compliments each other perfectly. The pigmentation is great and the brush picks up the perfect amount of eyeliner.
Color: The color is a deep purple (same color as in the pot pictured above as well as on the Cailyn Cosmetics website) and is very wearable in normal lighting. With flash, there’s a very obvious pop of purple. In my opinion, this is a very wearable shade for any setting. You can judge based off of the picture I provided above.
Performance: This has been more hit than miss for me. Honestly, if I had paid for this item, I would return it. For $21.00, I’d expect it to work flawlessly every time (within reason) with little effort to make it stay. I wear this on my lower lash line and I have tested it out several times (every day for a week). When I check in the mirror at the end of the day, the eyeliner is faded and smudged under my eyes. Anybody with oily skin/eyelids will need to keep powdering under their eyes to keep this eyeliner from smudging. You may also want to use a primer along the bottom lash line.
As far as this eyeliner works with water or just your bare fingers, this eyeliner WILL NOT BUDGE. I would highly recommend using a primer on your eyelids before applying this eyeliner.
Lastly, if you’re someone who likes to smudge your eyeliner out, this will work nicely. It’s very creamy and will smudge out and blend very nicely. You can even use it as an eye shadow or a base, but I would suggest using a primer, especially if you have oily lids.
Is this eyeliner worth buying?: Not really. It is worth buying but only if you have a really good discount. I don’t think it’s worth it at retail price. $10.00 for this eyeliner is a decent price point in my opinion. Even $15.00 is pushing it. At that point, I’d just go ahead and buy brand name eyeliner.
This eyeliner is on the same level as cheaper brands such as e.l.f, Maybelline, L’Oreal, Essence, and Two Cosmetics. These brands are cheap but perform just as well as any eyeliner you’d buy at a counter.
For $21.00, you might as well buy Mac Fluidline ($16) and then a lipstick at the drugstore. You could also try Clinique Cream Liner ($15 with a brush), Stila’s Smudge Pot ($20), or Lorac Pro Cream Eyeliner ($19 and also comes with a brush). For a little bit extra, you could try Estee Lauder Double Wear Eyeliner ($21.50), Laura Mercier Creme Liner ($22), Smashbox Waterproof Gel Liner ($22), Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ($23), and even the Lancome’s Gel Liner ($24.50).