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When I started taking make-up slightly more seriously (in my early 20′s) I started to experiment with colours which weren’t blue. I’m pretty sure that everyone went through a cobalt blue eyeliner phase at one point or another in their life. Anywho, whilst going on a trip to Istanbul we (me and some friends) found ourselves at the Bobbi Brown counter swatching the gel pots. I was super hesitant and asked the lady at the counter if these would dry out horrendously like the MAC Blacktrack – which by the way, I love. The finish is amazing, matte black which almost looks like velvet once dried on the lids however the pot itself dried up after 3 months of first use, and yes I did close the lid properly. She reassured me that it wouldn’t. The formula is creamier and softer which means that it takes slightly longer to dry, but once dried it wont smudge or budge. I gave in and decided to buy Forest shimmer Ink from Bobbi Brown. It’s a lovely colour with definite olive undertones which work so well for brown/hazel eyes. Forest shimmer Ink posses a hint of green/gold tone and a miniscule smidge of shimmer but not too over the top. It’s great pick if you’re a bit hesitant to use a full on matte black eyeliner as you can get away with it not being that neat. It gives a nice ‘lived in & smudgy’ effect, try applying it on the bottom lash and smudging it out. Totally the whole Olsen twin vibe. You have enough play-time to smoke up it out with some eye-shadow if you wanted too and it’s great because it enhances brown eyes (well, that’s what I found for me). Its a nice formula which lasts a long time, both on the lids and in the pot. My one has clearly been much loved and used. Whenever I whip this out I don’t feel the need for an eyeshadow, this has enough colour (and slight shimmer) to use on it’s one. A lovely alternative to the usual black eyeliner. This probably comes out when I don’t have time or the patience to apply the perfect feline flick, but also eye-shadow is a bit too much on the cards, this is what I take out. I’ve always had lots of compliments when I’ve worn it.  And because this was so impressive, I went out and brought the black one from the Bobbi Brown gel (pot) eyeliner range but didn’t love it as much, it was slightly too drying (but not as drying as MAC) and it just didn’t work for me.

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It is £18 so definitely on the pricier end of things, however recently I’ve found the Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in Black Gold which is pretty much a dupe and for a fraction of the price it’s not too shabby, slightly more glittery but totally day appropriate. 

The MakeUp Forever black eyeshadow cream pot reviewed here is definitely my all time favourite long-lasting black eyeliner gel pot.

However word on the street is that Inglot does an amazing black gel pot eyeliner too and Westfield Stratford have an Inglot store – how have I never noticed this before? Has anyone tried the gel eyeliner pot or any other makeup bits from Inglot?

  • Sinead Danielle

    I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one whose MAC Blacktrack completely dried up on them! I thought it was just me being careless with storeage. It went so crumbly making application completely hopeless, I used to get bits of liner in my eye all the time! So annoying. I’m a big fan of the winged look so will definitely be giving these Bobbi Brown ones a try, also I’ve heard the L’Oreal one isn’t too bad either!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleusetoujours.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica

    I will defo be checking out the maybelline dupe as I actually have the bobbi brown from a friend in canada and haven’t even used it yet D: xxx