Rimmel Magnif'eyes Dual Ended Shadow + Kajal Liner in Back To Blacks, Pink & Purple Rain, & Dark Side of Blue| Review & Swatches
Price: $6.49 * Buy At: Kmart * Size: 0.7g
The Rimmel Magnif'eyes Dual Ended Shadow + Kajal Liners are a cream shadow and kajal liner duo. They come in five shades, you can see my review of the other two from the collection HERE. Back To Blacks has a black kajal liner and a shimmery gunmetal cream shadow. Pink & Purple Rain has a dark purple kajal liner and a shimmery light pink cream shadow. Dark Side of Blue has a bright cobalt kajal liner and a satin dark grey cream shadow.
The Magnif'eyes Duos consist of a kajal liner and a cream shadow stick, both of which are twist up products. To state it simply: I absolutely love these. I purchased the other two shades from the line, which I already posted a review of, and I just had to go back and pick up the rest of the line, something I never do. Both the shadow and the liner are so super creamy and just glide onto the skin. This formulation is consistent across all five duos, which is really great. The liners and shadows are very intense and pigmented, and the color lasts all day on the eyes, and actually can be difficult to remove! The liner and show set quickly on the eyes, so if you are looking to blend it out, you have to work quickly. The product does not need to be set, but does work great as an eyeshadow base.
I feel that eyeliner is the most daunting product to pick out and use for people just starting out with makeup. Everyone has an eyeliner type that is the best for them, there are 5 main kinds of eyeliner; Gel, Pencil, Pen/Felt Tip, Liquid & Powder Eye Shadow. (Keep in mind that all the products I show have been used and loved for months, so they are not in their best condition)
If an angled eyeliner brush is your preferred style of eyeliner application and you are looking for a crisp, clean line, than gel eyeliner may be right for you. I typically wouldn't advise gel liner for beginners, because it takes practice, but some people are good with this type right away. I would also stay away from gel liner if you don't have a lot of time to do your makeup, as this style of liner tends to take longer to do. Gel eyeliner comes in a small pot with a lid and comes in a variety of color, but darker colors are more common and easily accessible.
Even if you decide that a pencil liner isn't the best choice for you for the lid, I think a pencil liner is a must for lining the waterline and if you want, the tightline. Typically, pencil liner creates a softer line than liquid or pen and can look more natural. I like a pencil liner that is soft, so it doesn't hurt your lids, but not too soft where you are constantly sharpening it. I think the Rimmel Scandaleyes liner is a nice halfway between the two extremes. It is a pretty soft liner, but you don't need to sharpen it all the time.
Pen/Felt Tip Eyeliner
I think that the Pen/Felt Tip Eyeliner is a great style of eyeliner for beginners. It allows the precision of a pencil eyeliner without dragging or pulling on your eyelid. I also find that it can be easier than liquid liner. The only downside of these for me, is that these liners dry up faster than liquid and the tip of the liner also dries out quickly.
Liquid Eyeliner is intimidating to a lot of people, but it is my go-to style for a simple line on my lid. I like liquid liner because it doesn't pull on your lid at all and creates a crisp line. This style is easy for some and difficult for others, so I would pick up a cheap one (like the NYC Liquid Eyeliner) to play around with to see if liquid liner is the right thing for you.
Last is the most simple liner style, that I feel is the easiest for beginners. Plus, if you have the desired liner shade you want in a powder eye shadow, then you don't even need to buy an eyeliner! I like to use powder eye shadow for lining my eyes because it gives a much softer, natural look even when you use very dark colors. I also find that it is the most foolproof method since powder is the easiest to rub off out of the 5 styles I have talked about. All I do is take an angled liner brush (or any liner brush style that you like) press it into the shadow and make my line the desired thickness using short strokes. My favorite shadow to use as eyeliner is Blackout (Naked 2) or Crave (Naked Basics) by Urban Decay because it is a very black color and applies effortlessly!
Price: $21 * Size: 4 g / 0.14 oz * Buy At: Cailyn's Website http://www.cailyncosmetics.com/product_p/gel11.htm
The Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Iron is a dark grey gel liner that came in my June Ipsy Bag.
This gel liner has the usual pot with the product in it, as well as a cone-like lid that features a removable small liner brush.
The Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner is fairly smooth and even to apply. It's also even and smooth when applied as a cream shadow, as you'll see in the swatches below. I think I would wear this liner more if it were black instead of grey, but, this liner had some amazing wear and is smudge & water proof.
For all the swatches, the left line is applied with my finger (as if it was a cream shadow) & the right line is applied with the brush that comes with the eye liner.
The bottom picture (above) shows how the liner looked after rubbing it with a wet towel & trying to smudge it with my finger. Now this is some impressive gel liner.
Buy At: Target
Size: 0.106 oz / 3 g
Colors Available: Blackest Black, Brown, Charcoal & Eggplant
This gel has a really smooth & easy to use formula. However, I don't suggest gel liners for beginners because it's really easy to end up with liner all over your eye lids!
This liner is quite black, which I really like. In the swatch below, the line on the left was created using the tip of the brush that comes with the liner. On the right, it was created using the the front of the brush.
I really like this gel liner & it's worth the hype! It glides on smooth, it's very black & it lasts all day.