When I ran out of my MAC Fluidline in "Blacktrack," I wanted a cheaper alternative to try (all my recent posts are starting out like this, do you see the sad, sad trend?) so I selected Essence's Gel Eyeliner in "Midnight in Paris." (or... Black.) The 0.1 fl oz pot goes for a mere $3.99. So... I didn't expect too much...
... Wrong again. The formula is actually very, very creamy and glides on beautifully. I can't speak for the waterline as I never use liner there but it stays on my upper lid without any smudging. In fact, when I go to take it off, it's a bit difficult to get it off without a bit of rubbing. I'm very impressed by the wear-time on this stuff! It's smudgeable when you first put it on but then after drying, it doesn't frickin' budge!
Here's a swatch of a smudged line and a smooth couple of swipes:
I think for my own personal preference it could maybe be a tad BLACKER but I really am not going to make any official complains about this eyeliner.
So let's see... Creamy, long-wearing and very reasonably priced... Check, check and check.
You can find Essence products at Ulta stores.
Has anyone else tried any other Essence products?