Whenever the conversation turns to eyeliner – which in my life, is quite often – I will always solemnly swear that my all-time, holy grail, ride-or-die favourite is the Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel. Because it is. This is my true love, my one, my soulmate and though I may have cheated on it in the past, I will always come back to it in the end because we are meant to be together.
This has been my favourite for years – ever since Inglot came to Ireland, through my time working at Inglot and still to this day. Have you got the point yet?
It comes in a nondescript black box which holds the small plastic tub of liner gel. Inglot’s packaging is always sleek, black and professional looking. No need for cute animal pictures, multidimensional glitter or intricate floral designs here. It is functional and obviously, what’s inside is what counts, right? The eyeliner is available in seventeen shades from black and white to lime green. If you are looking for a crazy, standout colour, they’ve got you covered but today I am talking about the essential – 77 Matte Black.
For a start, it is a standout because it is a true matte. You know how many eyeliners – liquid in particular – can dry to a shiny finish? Not with this baby. True matte black. It is also the blackest jet black around that doesn’t need building up to achieve an intense colour. If I ever spot anyone with intense black liner, I have known straight away that it had to be this. There are many imitations but none come out like this.
As the name suggests, it has a gel formula which I find really creamy. This glides effortlessly on to the eye and is one of the easiest consistencies to use, in my opinion. It isn’t watery and doesn’t take an age to dry down. It glides on and then stays put.
One of my favourite aspects of this liner is the fact that it is waterproof and smudge proof. This. Eyeliner. Does. Not. Budge. All. Day. As it is waterproof, you can use it in your waterline too and it stays all day – pitch black. This doesn’t wear away at the corners if your eyes water, it won’t run down your face if you cry. In fact, this is so water resistant that it may be trying to get it off where you face a problem!
This needs an oil-based eye makeup remover to get it off. Nothing else need apply. If you make a mess of your liner when applying it, you will need to use an oil-based remover on a cotton bud to clean it up. This will not just wipe away.
I am always waxing lyrical about this because, in case you haven’t noticed, I think this is perfect. However, several people have voiced concerns about this product or let me know why it hasn’t worked for them or why they don’t like it.
A girl I work with claims that it always smudges all over and around her eyes when she uses it. This is because she suffers from very dry skin and doesn’t use powders to set her makeup. Thus, the liner reacts with the oils in her foundation and smears everywhere. I go so far as to powder my eye area after foundation and concealer to have a really matte base to use my shadows on which is why I don’t have this same issue. If you don’t like to use powders around your eye area, have exceptionally oily skin around your eyes or have a preference for oil-based cream eyeshadows, this eyeliner will not work for you.
I have heard several makeup artists claim that they hate it because they cannot use it on clients as it transfers on the upper lid when the client looks up. This may also be because they haven’t used powder on the lid. I have found it has transferred on my upper lid once or twice in all the years I have been using it. It happens if I apply too thick a line and then immediately look up before it has dried. I definitely do not think this has a longer than average drying time and this has happened to me so few times that I really can’t say it is an issue. However, depending on your eye shape, this may be an issue for you. If it is, simply ensure that you look down for a few moments after application to allow it to dry first. Problem solved. As I mentioned, I worked in Inglot for a while and used this in almost every makeover I did while working there and it imprinted on the top lid of a client perhaps once or twice ever. I think this is a non-issue for most.
Finally, I have heard people claiming it dries out too quickly. I always ensure that I close the lid tightly on it to prevent that and find that it lasts months for me before it begins to dry. Every gel liner out there is going to dry up and I don’t find that the Inglot one dries up faster than any others. Sure, I never finish an entire tub before it has hardened but I think I get enough time out of it considering it isn’t a product that breaks the bank. Inglot also do a product called Duraline which you can add a few drops of to your liner to bring it back to life. People claim the consistency isn’t the same with Duraline and I agree that it makes it slightly oilier and more viscous to work with, however, it is still workable and during my time at Inglot, I knew several other artists who preferred to use it with Duraline as they found it easier to use that way.
Obviously each to their own. I find that using it with my Inglot 23T brush (which I mentioned in this post on my must-have beauty tools) is the ultimate combination for flawless eyeliner and I cannot live without the two of them. They are my ultimate match made in heaven and as I said, though I stray, I always come back to this liner and fall for it all over again.
I decided to swatch it next to some other liners I had to show how matte and black it is. The Makeup Revolution one looks just as black but I can assure you that that one doesn’t last an hour on the eye!
If you’re a girl who loves a flick or a strong black liner, you absolutely have to give this a go. I hope it’s true love for you too. It costs €15 for 5.5g of product and is available from Inglot stores or Inglot’s website. For reference, Mac’s Blacktrack Fluidline only offers 3g of product for €20 and Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is also only 3g for €24! I have also seen this compared to Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner which is said to be better value, however, Rimmel’s liner only offers 2.4g of product for €7.99 meaning Inglot works out cheaper!
A thought just struck me – perhaps people think Inglot’s liner dries out quicker because it offers the most amount of product so people have considerably less left when their other brands harden than with Inglot’s?
Have you tried the AMC Eyeliner Gel yet?
What’s your ride-or-die liner?
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