Saturday, November 15, 2014

Review: The Body Shop Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner in 01 Black

Hello dears!

Last month, The Body Shop introduced to us their new 2-in-1 Gel Liners. I was sent one to  try it out and to make a review about it. So here are my thoughts about this product!

The Body Shop Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner in 01 Black
Php 695.00

One of the claims that they use in their marketing is that it's the first gel liner for the eyes and the brows. They also say that it can create precise lines and stays up to 24 hours. Just by reading that, I became really excited about it. Wouldn't you be too? :)

But let's get to know the product more first by reading these info from their website and the press release: 

So this comes in two shades—Black and Brown. I think, at least for me, the two in one claim of this gel liner only applies to the brown if you'll be using this in an everyday thing. The black one is just too intense. I guess I'd only use the black one on the brows if I will be doing a creative look.

It looks so good so far. 
So let's take a look at the packaging of the product now.

It came like this. Pretty much the same as some of the gel liners I've tried.

The product itself is completely sealed. It is housed in a folded paper that contains the important labels.  

You can also see the important info around and at the bottom of the packaging.

It also comes with an applicator and it is housed on the packaging. I like this concept a lot because having to bring a separate applicator can be a hassle especially if you have the usual long handle that's included in a brush set, which can't fit in your kikay kit, or if you have a short one, which can get easily lost.

And the brush really is handy! Even if it's short, it's still easy to manipulate, the brush is soft and doesn't have any fly-away bristles, and it doesn't shed easily.

Here's the product!

It's very rich and creamy which makes application very easy. No weird smell too!

And here are the swatches:

On my hand

I applied it thickly on top and then a thin one on the bottom.

I let it dry for two minutes...

Swiped my fingers lightly once.

Yikes. It smudged easily.

Then I wiped it with a dry tissue...

Almost everything was gone!
I was surprised and disappointed. I thought this was supposed to be long-lasting? Two minutes drying time is way too long for a gel liner. 

Anyway, here's how I apply it as an eyeliner

It's not too black. I prefer the really black ones. This also transfers on my upper lid. And when I get oily, it just smudges all over. It still happens when I use primer and use powder eyeshadow to prolong the oiliness. Sigh.

The good side of this is that it makes a good primer to make your pigments bolder when you're doing a smoky eye makeup.

My bronzy eyeshadow from MAC stood out really well when applied on top of the product.

I'd rather use this under my eyeshadow than defining my eyes as an eyeliner. So yeah, it is really for the smoky eyes.

What I LIKE:

- Packaging
- It comes with an applicator 
- Creamy and easy to apply
- Sort of affordable
- Locally available
- Brown shade can be used for brows too
- Helps intensify smoky eyeshadow makeup


- Smudges easily
- Not long-lasting
- Not black enough for me

As much as I love products from this brand, I'm quite disappointed with this one. I just think that the cons are too important for me when it comes to eyeliners. :(

Has any of you tried this product yet? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them out.



  1. Aww, sorry to hear it still smudges despite using a powder eyeshadow! I'm glad this could deepen your eye look very well, it looks great, like seriously in the outer v!

    1. I was disappointed with this product. I guess I expected so much from this. But yeah, at least it can create good smoky eye looks.

  2. Thats why I dont like gel liners It never stays put on me especially on our weather..

    1. Yeah, I've only tried a handful that can withstand our weather. :(

  3. I'm fan of gel eyeliner, too bad this smudges easily :(

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    1. I'm also a fan of gel liners but too bad that it takes trial and error to find a really good one.

  4. Because of the structure it takes a little longer then 2 min to dry! Give it a few minutes longer and it will be long lastig :)

    1. Thanks for the advice. That's just it... I had to wait for more minutes for it to dry unlike some other eyeliners that dries faster for a faster makeup application process. :)