Gel eyeliners are all the rage today. IMO, its easier to apply than liquid eyeliners, and gives a more intense line then pencil liners. As a performer, its extremely important to get one that is waterproof+smudgeproof+intense, and I find that gel liners do the best job so far.
I used to have Maybelline's gel eyeliner. In fact, I think its one of the more popular ones around. I bought one and never repurchased again, partly cos 1. mine dried up even before I managed to use 1/3 of it and 2. the price kept going up! now its like $20 for one small pot?
This is the Maybelline one. No doubt it's good... but there are other cheaper alternatives! Like:
Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner
I happened to chance upon on while shopping on Korea's gmarket site last year when it wasn't that popular in sg yet. and since it was cheap (I think around 8500 won, approximately 12 bucks after shipping?) I decided to try it out. Of course, nowadays you can easier get it for around 8 bucks on Qoo10!
It comes in quite a few colours, the above are some. It now has 10 different colours in total! including brighter colours such as yellow and pink.
The actual thing. Bought it in black!
The packaging is quite bulky I guess, but I love it cause the brush is attached to the top of the cap, hence I wouldn't lose it so easily!
Brush can be extended, this is the short length. The brush isn't fantastic, but its sufficiently soft and precise for me! Its slightly more on the thick side, so not really suitable for those who are looking to draw super thin lines.
The eyeliner is somewhat creamy, and hence it is really smooth to apply! some liners will get stuck on the eyelid and product an uneven line, but this glides on smoothly, whether with or without primer. and the best thing is it hasn't dried up! A small jar goes a longgggg way. I have used it on countless occasions for performances, not only on myself but on other dancers as well, and I still have more than half the jar left.
Such a intense black colour with one stroke!!!
After it dries, it is basically smudge-proof. Yes. no amount of water can wash it off. It can only be removed with a oil-based eye makeup remover! However, it CAN smudge if you have oily lids/sweat too much. so its best to put some primer/eyeshadow colour over it.
I would definitely repurchase this (if I ever finish using it haha)!