The other week I reviewed the Illamasqua Precision Gel Eyeliner, which turned out to be the best thing my peepers had seen for a while. It’s a true black gel eyeliner which slicks on and lasts forever. So when Oriflame offered me the chance to try their new Studio Artist Gel Eyeliner I thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to compare and contrast the two. With the Illamasqua one weighing in at £18 per pot and the Oriflame costing a mere £5.95 (currently on offer, down from £7.95) I was intrigued to see which would be better in terms of value for money, quality of product and overall goodness. Oooh la la.
The first noticeable difference is the size of the pot, and the fact the Oriflame box comes with a nice little eyeliner brush in. As I said, I’ve been using both a slanted brush I bought from Boots and a brush that came with the god awful Maybelline Eye Liner with the Illamasqua liner, I’ve managed to perfect the knack of using both and creating a nice line, not quite as fine as you would with a liquid eyeliner, but thin enough for my likings anyway. The Oriflame Eyeliner is in a slightly smaller pot and isn’t *quite* as slick in application as the Illamasqua one, and you need to ‘warm’ it up slightly by dabbing the brush around a bit to make it smoother. The colour is a nice opaque black, which is buildable, but not quite as true a black as the Illamasqua applies. Unlike the other cheaper gel eyeliners I’ve tried in the past neither of the two I’m on about transfer on to the top lid, and they both last all day long. The Oriflame is slightly more difficult to remove and I do find myself having to grab a cotton wool pad after I’ve washed my face to get every last trace off.
I think if I hadn’t of tried the Illamasqua Precision Gel first, this would be a brilliant introduction to a good quality gel formula eyeliner. It’s perfect if you’re not sure about using this type of liner and want to try them on a budget. I’ve tried a few before and the Oriflame Studio Artist Gel Eyeliner is brilliant for the price and definitely would be the best so far if it wasn’t for that pesky Illamasqua one…