I hope, if you love big, dramatic eyeliner, that you already know about Inglot’s best-selling gel eyeliners. I hope you do. I mean, maybe you’re a crazed fan and already own 14 different teeny pots of the world’s most perfect, rich, creamy, waterproof gel eyeliner and you’re like, “Bish, please, tell me something I don’t know!”
WELL. I am here to herald the news: there are five new shades of Inglot’s waterproof gel liner, and babes, they are metallic. It’s like the worlds of precision, opaque eyeliner and shiny are colliding, and I had a party in my bathroom mirror trying these new beauties out over the course of a few days. Here are my (gushing) thoughts:
When I dipped my liner brush into this metallic mocha shade, the color applied smoothly, with no snags or tugs. I lined my top lid and did a gentle wing, then spent several seconds turning my head this way and that to watch the quiet shine of this color in the light. I had one thought: “This is subtle enough to wear to the office and I’m going to.” And that is what I shall do with this—wear it as a one-step-up brown liner, and make glowy, warm cat-eyes with it. This shade would be extra-excellent on a person with a deeper skin tone than my (so white it’s almost translucent) coloring.
TIME TO PARTY. I love this bright copper shade, and, keeping my face bare of other makeup besides foundation, I took my brush and drew a thin horizontal slash directly underneath each of my lower lash lines, tapering them off past my outer eye. This liner, you guys. It’s so shiny! And it dries in about a minute and then it doesn’t budge! I wandered around the house waiting for my girlfriend to come home. She came home, kissed me, and said, “You look like an alien space babe.” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
I lined my lower waterline with this elegant, blue-grey metallic shade, keeping my lashes bare, for a ghostly robot look, then winged out the liner on my lower lash line. I like the rich color payoff of these liners; you don’t need to go over your work twice—they go on creamily and opaquely. You can wipe off mistakes easily with a Q-tip before the liner sets, or with a makeup-remover-soaked Q-tip after it sets. A little white mascara on the tips of my lashes and voila—a humanoid robot left behind when the world ended, tiny snowflakes sticking in her lashes.
I didn’t line my eyes with this deep metallic dark blue shade. Instead, I used the liner as an eyeshadow, dipping my brush into the pot and painting swathes of color across each of my lids. This inky blue with just a hint of shininess made me look demonic in the best possible way; I put on OCC Tarred, blotted to take away the Lip Tar’s shine, and thought about taking my look to the grocery store to scare the checkout boys. (I chickened out.)
Photo: backstage at Tracy Reese S/S 2015
I had a mission—I was going to nail this crazy shadow look from the Tracy Reese show at New York Fashion Week. It turned out to be an extremely time-intensive look; I was in front of the mirror with a Q-tip, swearing, for more than a half-hour, before I had anything you could call a “final look.” Each stroke of the brush delivered a huge color payoff, and it was easy to draw lines, but I definitely looked like a kindergartner had done my eye makeup. I ended up wiping it off and opting for a single, dramatic purple cat eye on a bare face, which actually looked fantastic—the subtle glint in the ultra-creamy metallic formula caught the light and made me look like an earth angel. Which is what I was going for all along!
In conclusion: I LOVE THESE METALLIC LINERS. You’re going to have to pry them from my cold, dead hands.