4.10.2012

Final Testing of Gel Liners

If you recall my previous post on testing gel liners, I swatched a few popular brands to compare quality and longevity of the product. Below are initial swatches of Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Tarte, and YSL from left to right.


Tarte's EmphasEYES Clay liner ended up winning! This retails for $22 and comes with a brush. One end is fine tipped and the other is meant for smudging. 





 

Then with my recent MAC haul, I was finally able to compare Tarte and MAC's Fluidline Blacktrack. The differences are that Blacktrack is $15, 0.02oz larger, and does not come with a brush. I wish I had swatched the two before I purchased Blacktrack! Tarte is definitely the underdog with longer wear, smoother application, and opaque (a true true black) with less layers! 



 Tarte on top, MAC on bottom. Tarte is clearly darker and dries to a matte finish. I built the opacity in 1.5 coats, whereas MAC took over 2. 

I have now completed testing all the high end brands I've been curious about. I have also used Wet N Wild and Elf's liners, but they always dry out so quickly on me and definitely do not apply as smooth as the high end brands. Tarte's EmphasEYES is the blackest and longest wearing liner I have come across and highly recommend it! If you're in the market for a new liner, check this out because it will not disappoint!!




7 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! My beloved Mac FL is starting to dry out and I was wondering if there was anything better out there! Tarte it is!

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    1. Let me know how it goes!! Would love to hear your thoughts! :)

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  2. great review, going to look into buying this in the UK!
    lauren x

    www.betwixtlaur.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks! so lucky you live in the UK! :)

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  3. Hi Jess, Thank you for your well wishes today :) If I'm ever in the market for a new liner, I think I'll have to try Tarte--- the opaque matte black finish is <3

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    1. NP! Yea, you must check it out! :)

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  4. Thanks so much for this! I would agonising over whether to buy Clinique (already tried and loved, but as an addict I'm perpetually on the hunt for more), BB gel liner, or MAC fluidline, and you've just convinced me to try Tarte first!

    Just a question, how is the pot faring? I've read other reviews which say it's great in the first few weeks but dries out really quickly!

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