Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Review: Smashbox Always On Gel Eye Liner- Fishnet


Product Description

Pros in our L.A. photo studio were speechless when they saw how effortlessly this super-saturated, long-lasting gel pencil glides on. It stays blendable for a few seconds so you have playtime to create limitless looks.

My Review

I've been wearing makeup since I was about 13 years old. That's 35 years to be exact. I've tried so many eye liners and while some are great, others aren't all that great and are hard to actually get on. I remember back when I was a teenager we would hold our eye liners over a lit match or lighter for a few seconds, blow on it to cool it down and then apply it while it was still warm and gooey. I burned myself on more than one occasional. Kids, don't try that at home. 

I've tried eye liner pencils, liquid eye liner with different tips and while I prefer the eye liner pencils, some are definitely better than others. I've tried the liquid eye liner and I just don't care for it. I like how easily it glides on but it's not as easy to get a straight line for me as a pencil is. So when I ordered this I wasn't sure what to think until I tried it. I was surprised just how easily this glides on, how easy it was to control how much I'm putting on and how easy it was to control the lines. It was effortless to put on and it dries within a few seconds so this stuff didn't come off until I took it off.

Another thing I liked is that it's one of those twist up ones where you just twist the bottom and more comes out the top. So I don't have to sharpen it with a pencil sharpener. I didn't even know that a gel liner existed until I saw this one and was curious enough to order it. 

Now for what didn't work. The product itself is great. The tube that it's in is pure crap. I twisted the bottom once and the tiniest bit came up and then the twisty part stopped working no matter how much I twisted it, nothing more came out. I used a small stiff makeup brush to dip into the top so I could use some more of the product but that only worked for a couple of days and then it was too far down to get at. So I tried prying the tube apart to see if there was any more product in there and indeed there was quite a bit but with the way the tube is made, there's no way to get at it. So while the product itself is great, the tube it's in stops working and won't twist so you can use all of the product inside. That is a major problem. I was only able to use this for a week before I had to throw it away. Just not worth the price, the effort or the problems. 

I will be trying a different brand of gel liner and hope that I don't have the same problem. 

28 comments:

  1. I suck at make up, so I never wear any :/ But will stay away from this one, I mean I do try something every third year or so ;)

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    1. lol I'm always trying new products but this one was terrible.

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  2. Sounds like one big dud.

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  3. Well, it had potential for a little while.

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    1. The product itself is great, the tube it came in...not so much.

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  4. I guess you have to expect a sucky one once in a while. Thanks Mary

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  5. the one I loved was from Dior with a pencil but they don't do it anymore.I was sad. I bought another brand but I don't remember which one

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    1. Oh that sucks. Always a bummer when they stop making one you like.

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  6. How irritating! I've used Almay pencils for years and like them.

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    1. I haven't used one of those.

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  7. I rarely wear make up but I prefer the pencils for the same reasons you mentioned.

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    1. It was such a good eye liner too. Stupid tube. lol

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  8. Wow. That totally sucks that the stupid plastic tube broke, wasting the product. I pretty much use eyeliner that is like eyeshadow. I hate fussing with the pencils and these type of tube eyeliners. Thanks for the review.

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    1. They need to redesign this package.

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  9. Eye liner never works well for me. That's right is the liners fault not mine! Ha!

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  10. Great in concept, not so much in execution, eh? I hate it when that happens.

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  11. Nothing ticks me off more than when packaging breaks and I can't use all of my product. I have an awesome dry shampoo that I could only use 1/2 of because the stupid aerosol can stopped spraying. Grrrr! That sucks you had to toss out perfectly good eyeliner :(

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    1. Oh yeah, nothing worst than that.

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  12. That's a bummer because I have a terrible time with gel liner but it would be great to find one that worked because I like the results.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I loved the gel liner but the packaging made it crap.

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  13. I really like stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I has a bendable tip like a marker and stays on all day with no smudging.

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    1. I haven't tried that kind of tip before. I might have to try that.

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  14. Ugh- It sounds like it had so much promise. Sorry about the twisty thing. I had that happen with an eyeliner a few years ago (not a gel) and I didn't buy it again.
    ~Jess

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    1. Always sucks when that happens.

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