This gel liner from Maybelline needs no special introduction in this blogging world. Every second blogger was so obsessed with this & has tried it. The pretty gold brown swirls were good enough to win the hearts & make a way to their vanity. Finally a month ago I too got this not because of the packaging or the pretty brown gold swirls, actually I was looking out for a rich dark brown liner & was very disappointed with my MUFE one & just swatched this one casually on Maybelline counter. Yes I was blown away by the colour & pigmentation of the brown shade while gold is quite a disappointment here.
The Maybelline Lasting Drama Swirl gel Liner comes in a pretty tiny glass tub with aluminium cap accompanied with an applicator brush like its former version. The texture of the liner is much creamier than the original black liner. The applicator brush is very comfortable to use. It is soft yet stiff enough to give controlled precise lines without any easy bends or softness. The brown in this dual gel liner is rich, dark, creamier & highly pigmented while gold shade is a total disappointment. It looks sparkly with minute glitters but without going OTT but is way weaker in pigmentation than the brown. One needs at least 4-5 swipes to make the shade show up on lids. The glitters are very fine & do not affect the smooth texture of the liner but they do travel on lids even if touched slightly post application. I am not much fond of the shade & use it mostly on inner corners of the eyes for some wakening effect needed. I love to use this brown shade & it’s my everyday go to shade for work. It has got rich & intense pigmentation & gives a rich chocolate-brown colour on lids which looks soft enough not to grab instant attraction.
The liner stays intact on my lids till removed with a good makeup remover or olive oil. It doesn’t budge & is waterproof which is an advantage for females like me who got the habit of touching their eyes every now & then. Overall I am not much impressed with the duo together but the rich brown shade steals the show here.
- Packaging accompanied with an applicator brush which makes it user friendly.
- Soft creamier texture.
- The two shades complement each other & can be used to create variety of looks.
- Smudge proof & water proof.
- Stays intact on lids till removed with a good remover.
- The brown shade is quite rich with good pigmentation. Its dark enough to show up on lids yet not very stark.
- The gold shade has weaker pigmentation & is not much used. So it’s better to get good dupes for the brown shade.
The shades brown & gold compliments each other well but the so weaker pigmentation of gold is a major put off for this duo. While brown is richer & darker would be the most used one. It shows up on lids well in a single swipe without looking stark while gold needs 5-6 repeated swipes to show up on lids. If you love cute looking products in your stash go for this otherwise from usability point of view getting a dupe for brown shade will be a good option.