Few things that I can’t leave the house without: wallet, cellphone and ID. In makeup, I’d say: powder, filled in my brows, little spot concealing, lip balm and, of course, eyeliner. Yup, I can live without curling my lashes and applying mascara as long as I have my eyeliner on. Not only does it emphasize my eye shape beautifully but it also makes my lashes look fuller. I would pick eyeliner over mascara any day! 🙂
Here’s another addition to my relatively wide collection of affordable eyeliners, San San Gel Liner.
How do I choose which color to use on a daily basis? Well I personally like black more simply because it is more versatile and it creates much bolder looks. I think a good black liner is a must for every girl out there. The only time I use brown eyeliner is when I’m going for a more subtle, corporate feel – that’s every Tuesday, to be exact. 🙂 I just feel like pairing my black liner, red lipstick and business attire could be a little to intimidating for school. I’ll just save that for when I actually have to go to work. 🙂
San San Gel Liners are housed in a small clear plastic jar with a sky blue cap. The cap is quite long because this contains the brush applicator. The cube plastic container is pretty light and sturdy at the same time. It locks nicely too so it won’t open by accident inside my makeup kit. For the price, the packaging doesn’t look cheap at all.
Just pull out the upper most stick part of the cap and there you have your brush. The brush is actually nice considering that it came for with the product for free. It’s soft and thin thus allowing me to create lines with varying thickness. Although I personally prefer using slanted liner brushes for gel liners. For quick retouches, this would do just fine. 🙂
You’ll see on the swatches provided below that both shades of San San Gel Liner are highly pigmented. They look exactly as they are in the jar! They’re super creamy. No wonder they go on smoothly therefore creating very minimal movement/tugging on the skin during application. It glides on like butter on a hot pan and still leaves a great trace of bold and vibrant color.
However, the time it takes to completely dry is burdensome, to say the least. It takes around 5 minutes to dry! But that’s probably because the line I’ve been creating are rather thick. Anyway, if you’re going to use this, I strongly suggest that you start with thin lines first and then allow it to dry before building the color and thickness up. Also, if you’re eyelids have quite a number of folds like mine, using this might be tricky at first. As always, practice is the key. 🙂
The drying process might take some time but don’t worry, the amount of wear time you get from it totally makes it worth the wait. It stays on the whole day despite my nasty eye rubbing habit. It doesn’t budge or run or smudge just as long as I keep them dry.
It stays on significantly longer than my Peripera Very Nice Pen Eyeliner (Read review HERE) and obviously more pigmented than San San Eyeliner Pens (Read review HERE). So if you have time to spare and you plan on wearing eyeliner from day to night, this is a good option for you.
Now for the tests. As you can see from the upper left photo, there are still wet parts – the glossy areas – even after letting it dry for what seemed like 5 minutes. I tried rubbing it and as expected, the wet parts smudged. Notice that only the thick lines are smudged. The thinner lines were already dry after less than 5 minutes and were able to withstand the rub test. Water test, all four lines did not run which I take as a good sign. Lastly, another rub test when the area is still wet. Apparently, the swatches did not run nor smudge further. Instead, they turn into eraser dust like particles without creating any mess.
NOTE: The thin dry lines are almost budge-proof while the thick wet lines are easily smudged.
Bottom line is that it’s very important to give it ample time to dry so as to avoid it from transferring. If you’re in a hurry, use something that’s easier to apply and takes less time to dry. May I suggest an eyeliner pen, if you will? But if you have spare time to play around with your eyeliner or if you’re aiming for a bold liner look but in a tight budget then this is your best bet. 🙂
What’s your current favorite eyeliner? Have you tried this one?
Let me know and I’ll see you on my next post!