Review: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Graphite Shimmer + Photos & Swatches!

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Product Description – This award-winning liner offers the precision of a liquid liner and the ease of a gel-based formula. Awarded: “Elle” Magazines’s ‘Top 5’ (Nov. 2009), “In Style” ‘Best Beauty Buy’ (2008), and “Allure” ‘Reader’s Choice Award’ (2008).

To apply: Dip tip of Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush into gel formula (coat both sides of brush head). Wipe off excess on tissue before applying to eye. Work quickly as product becomes transfer-resistant once dry.

This is a product I’ve been wanting to try for EVER! I picked Graphite Shimmer Ink. On the website, it says that it is a dark gray. I would maybe call it a deep charcoal gray with silver flecks. Once applied, it looks much darker. It basically looks black. Its very creamy and spreads very well. For me, it doesn’t fade throughout the day. And, at the end of the night, I don’t have trouble removing it. I usually will powder my lids so my liner won’t smudge or budge, then apply it to my lash line with an angled liner brush. I’ve been using Sigma’s angled brush. I prefer BB now, over MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, Stila Smudgepot & Wet n Wild Creme Liner.

Here are a few descriptions of what I like and don’t like about the following liners..
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline – I love this, but the texture always gets dry for me halfway throughout the pot. I LOVE when I first purchase it, but it doesn’t ever stay creamy. I can tell its a bit thicker than the other creme liners mentioned. Also, this sometimes crumbles on me. What I do like about it is, it is extremely black and the lasting power is pretty good. I have repurchased this several times.
Stila Black Smudgepot – I love the consistency of this product. The consistency is somewhat similar to BB. It is very creamy and light. It applies very nicely & black. For me though, it fades throughout the day and I’ll have to reapply. I’m not sure If I would repurchase this.
Wet n Wild Creme Liner – Again, good creamy consistency. It doesn’t crumble for me, but just like the Stila Smudgepot, this fades throughout the day. Great deal though and will probably repurchase b/c of the price and it works well.

Here are some swatches, courtesy of kmbirkel. Indigo Ink & Ivy Ink look gorgeous! They look like they would go well with any of the NARS eye shadows I posted in my previous post! I think Black Ink will be my next purchase.

Do you have a favorite gel/cream liner? What is your preference or HG liner?

18 thoughts on “Review: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Graphite Shimmer + Photos & Swatches!

  1. Ooo the BB looks uber pretty! I've been eyeing Violet Ink and Sapphire Shimmer Ink for awhile now, but I think Graphite Shimmer might just make its way on the list too. >.< In terms of gel/cream liner, my HG is Stila Smudgepot. I have it in Black, Bronze, and Gray (came in a kit/trio). I love how creamy it is and it glides on very easily. For me, it lasts all day. I actually have trouble removing it sometimes, maybe it has to do with my makeup remover? O_o

    I also have the WetnWild Creme liner (in black and eggplant), and I hated it when I first bought it, but now I do like it. I find that I reach for WnW a lot more than Stila simply because it's cheaper? Lol. I've noticed the WnW starting to smudge after maybe 10 hours or so, which isn't bad, but…I look like a panda once it starts smudging (small eyes). So short days = WnW; long days = Stila.


  2. The color is so gorgeous…I never tried any BB gel liner but since I am looking for a great waterproof (lol) eyeliner I may take a look at this one and I love the sliver flecks too…


  3. Great review!!! I didn't know the fluidline dries out! I haven't owned it long enough I guess, I will get BB after my fluidline “dries up” haha

    Great review!


  4. Oooo, I did own a smashbox one and that dried within a few months 😦 I only used it like 2 times, I was pretty pissed, at least I got the AWESOME e/l brush that came with the QVC kit 🙂


  5. The Bobbi Brown liner is good, I have been using it for a while. Smashbox Jet Set Liner is my favourite on the water line though as it is waterproof and literally stays in place all day – it's amazing stuff and would highly recommend. The smashbox eyeliner brush is great too and is angled to make it easier to apply.x


  6. hey natty,
    i dont know if someone has gave you this tip else where but i thought i would just give you a great tip: when your Creme/Gel Liner begins to dry or flake give it a sprits of mixing medium ex. Fix +! Works wonders and makes it all good as new!


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