Gel eyeliners are fast becoming the quirkier alternative to the traditional khol pencil. The offer more flexibility and creativity around the eye, creating blendable and long-lasting looks without the need to top up your liner every few hours. Collection (previously Collection 2000) have launched their own range of gel eyeliners to compete with the likes of Bobbi Brown, New CID and Mac who have had gel liners for a fair few years. Although the texture of this is less gel and more creamy eyeshadow, it nevertheless gives a great colour result and is flexible enough to experiment with depth of shade and width of line.
The eyeliners come in a little box with handy tips on the side, always a bonus for those of us not so versed in applying makeup to the lashline. Little pieces of advice like resting your elbow on a solid surface, starting at the inner corner and removing excess product go a long way in aiding flawless application. The little pot inside also comes with a handy brush, which surprisingly isn’t as useless as a chocolate teapot – I often find the cheaper brands scrimping on the accompanying brushes, but this one is soft, angled and the bristles all the same length. Bonus!
The colour of the product is strong and vibrant, enabling you to build up from a softer hue of turquoise to a bold metallic blue. It dries very quickly, not smudging or moving for some time, nor does it cake or flake. I tested this on my arm and believe it or not, it actually stayed put for about 2 days until I used makeup remover on it! For £4.99 you’re not getting a bad product by any means – you can get away with using this over a more expensive eyeliner on a day to day basis, although I’ve yet to try the black version (which is often the test of quality!) If I’d forked out a fiver on it I’d be pretty happy to be honest… The tips on the box are probably worth that much alone!Available in store now in colours including black, grey and gold. RRP £4.99