I just received a package in the mail from good old BH Cosmetics. After seeing RissRose2’s tutorial on YouTube using BH’s gel liner in ‘Metal’ I thought I’d check them out. I ended up picking up 6 shades out of the 25 or so, ranging from 3 matte to 3 shimmer colours.
First off, let me say that for the price (originally $7.95, on sale for $3.50 at the moment), you are getting an absolute bargain. In Australia, a drugstore gel eyeliner, say, from Maybelline, will set you back $16.95 for the exact same amount of product (3 grams), and offers very limited shades. Though it may not look like there is much product in the glass jars, considering how little you actually need, I can see these babies lasting a long, long time.
Secondly, these products immediately present themselves as versatile. Although they’re described as gel eyeliners, the BH website does suggest trying them out as cream eyeshadows. I’m not sure I’d be totally comfortable wearing them on their own, but I’d definitely try them out as coloured eyeshadow bases.
As for the texture of the liners – the 3 shimmery shades I bought proved to pick up the product quite easily on my brush, and transferred onto my skin smoothly. The 3 matte shades, however, do require a bit of a dig into the product to gather a decent amount, and a single swipe of my brush was not sufficient to give good colour payoff. This is to be expected, I would say, as shimmery/matte eyeshadows tend to vary in pigmentation and application too.
Though I was only swatching these liners on my arm, I found that removal was a little difficult, requiring a somewhat rigorous rubbing back and forth of my makeup-remover-loaded swissper. This does not bother me too much, and if anything I believe it’s a positive – you don’t want your makeup sliding off during a night out, that’s for sure! I have the same issue with eyeliners such as Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils, and super pigmented or dark lipsticks that tend to stain my lips no matter how hard I try to remove them. I personally don’t think it’s a problem, but for those of you who don’t like high-maintenance skin care at the end of the day, these may not be for you.
Now for some photos! The swatches were all done using a flat definer brush by MAC (212SE) on my bare skin, no primer or base of any kind (to help give an idea of the true pigmentation/colour). As mentioned above, the matte colours did require a bit of layering to build up the opacity, whereas the shimmery ones were mostly one swift swipe of product.
BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner in ‘Night’ (doesn’t that colour remind you of a galaxy?? :O)
Going in for a swatch of ‘Rose Gold’
From bottom to top: shades ‘Night’, ‘Ultraviolet’, ‘Coffee’, ‘Metal’, ‘Bronzed’ and ‘Rose Gold’
Detail of ‘Metal’, ‘Bronzed’ and ‘Rose Gold’ (sorry if the photo is a bit dark, I took these snaps quite late in the day. I absolutely love these shimmery ones, particularly ‘Rose Gold’ for a neutral, salmony pink eye look!)
Detail of ‘Night’, ‘Ultraviolet’ and ‘Coffee’ (I realised that ‘Night’ isn’t completely matte, it does have a little sparkle in it but is not quite as shimmery as the first three)
Though I haven’t had the chance to try these on the lid yet, I’m already impressed BH! I believe the shimmery gel liners are comparable to MAC’s paint pots – I swatched BH’s ‘Rose Gold’ against MAC’s ‘Vintage Selection’ (a limited edition paint pot from the Tartan Collection a few years back) and not only is the pigmentation and staying power practically on par, ‘Rose Gold’ is almost a perfect colour match!
I look forward to giving these gel eyeliners a proper test run, both as liners and eyeshadow bases. Even if they turn out just average in quality, for $3.50 a pop I’m not complaining!
Thanks for reading,