Review: MAC Fluidline Gel Liner

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As you can probably see from the state of the box, this little tub of MAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel has seen better days. That’s because I use it a lot.

This wasn’t always the case, though. You see, this is actually the very first gel eyeliner I’ve ever owned (I know, shocking), and I’ve only had it for a few weeks. In that time, however, I’ve become converted, and this conversion has come as something of a surprise to me, because I really didn’t expect it. I mean, I’d found my holy grail eyeliner pencil , I’d even found a budget version I loved: there was just no need for gel eyeliner in my beauty box.

Or so I thought.

I bought this tub of Fluidline on impulse a few weeks ago, when I was ordering some new brushes from MAC. (You know that thing where you think, “Oh, what the hell, I may as well just add something else to my basket, make the total up to a nice, round number?” That’s just me, isn’t it?) It comes in a little glass tub, and has a thick, creamy consistency:

MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner reviewYou will need a brush to apply this, and there isn’t one supplied with it. I have an Anastasia one which came free with something years ago, but any angle brush should do the trick.

To apply, you simply press your brush into the pot:

MAC Fluidline Gel EyelinerAnd then use the brush to draw a line on the eyelid.

The reason I like this so much is that it creates a really smooth, thick line which is perfect for cat’s eyes and flicks. I only use it on the top lid – if I was doing a smoky eye, say, and wanted a more smudged effect I would go back to my trusty pencil, but this is the perfect product for precise application, and the kind of dramatic flicks I like. (I did take some photos of it on my actual eyes, but… I deleted them from the camera by mistake. Whoops. I will try to remember to take some more soon!)

This costs £13.50, but I know a lot of people swear by the Maybelline version, which is supposed to be almost identical – I’ll have to give that a try, too.

If you want to try this, meanwhile, you can click here to buy it at MAC.

6 Comments

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    helen

    Hmmm, I’ve been looking for something like this, I’ll have to give it a try

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    Vonnie (socialitedreams)

    i keep saying that i’m going to get some to try! i need to

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    Vintage Hippo Trish

    I use the Maybelline version and its exactly like this one, I reccomend it for anyone not loving MAC’s price.

  • Reply January 6, 2012

    Elizabeth

    I love the Maybelline one! Definetely try it! It’s amazing.

  • Reply January 16, 2012

    Leigh

    I just bought my first gel eyeliner last week. It’s Ulta’s house brand, but I think it’s trying to be a MAC dupe. Not having tried the MAC version, I can’t say. It’s been a revelation, though. I am not good with eyeliner in general, but this stuff is so easy to apply. I don’t think I’ll go back to pencils. (I gave up on liquid eyeliner forever ago. It doesn’t like me.)

  • Reply February 5, 2012

    Elizabeth

    I love gel liner. It’s just as intense as liquid but without the annoying dry time and impossible application,but it’s so much more long-lasting than pencil. I personally LOVE the Maybelline one… it’s just as good as the MAC one but cheaper and easier to access. Definitely try it!

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