After back-to-back lipstick reviews, let us look at an interesting eye makeup product today. Yeah, I call this product interesting because it is an eye pencil with gel consistency that is waterproof as well. It is none other than Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eyestudio Waterproof Gel Pencils. These are colored gel eye pencils. I generally love colored eyeliners and so I wanted to try these as well. Moreover, they come in nine beautiful colors: Silken Turquoise, Sleek Onyx, Soft Nude, Striking Copper, Polished Amethyst, Lustrous Sapphire, Glazed Toffee, Glossy Emerald, and Smooth Charcoal. As I do not have a brown, I picked “Glazed Toffee.”
Price: INR 499 for 1.1 g [BUY HERE: Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Liner, Glazed Toffee, 1.1g]
Shelf Life: 2.5 years
Product Description: From a basic cat-eye look to a more dramatic winged liner, achieve it all with the intensely pigmented Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Pencil by Eye Studio. The Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Pencil has a long-lasting gel formula that helps achieve bold and intense pigmentation that lasts all day without any creasing. This smudge-resistant gel eyeliner glides on smoothly for intense definition and color that stays put all day.
My Experience with Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eyestudio Waterproof Gel Pencil Glazed Toffee
Packaging: This gel pencil comes in a sleek, color-coded packaging with a clear cap. The prints in white against the brown packaging make them to stand out. This sharpenable pencil is quite sturdy and travel friendly. No sharpener is provided. It is housed inside an outer paperboard carton, which also comes in the same white and brown colors. All the information, including the ingredients list, is printed on it.
Texture: This gel pencil has a gel soft, ultra-smooth glide texture. It just glides like a dream and sets without budging. There is absolutely no tugging or pulling on both waterline and lash line. It does not look patchy or dry. Because of its super-creamy texture, its pointy tip melts down easily; however, surprisingly it did not break. It will take a few seconds to set, so it can be smudged for a smoky eye look or used as an eye shadow base/cream eye shadow.
Shade: “Glazed Toffee” is a beautiful dark brown shade. Although it has opaque pigmentation, this shade did not show up on my dusky skin tone that great. So I would advise dusky and darker skin toned people to skip this shade. However, it would be a great option for natural everyday looks for light to medium skin toned people.
Performance: This gel pencil is truly a gel eyeliner in a pencil form. Its velvety texture makes it just glide effortlessly. Even though it is creamy, it does not smudge, budge, or transfer. Its claim of being waterproof is 100% true. However, its claim to last for 16 hours is not completely true. Although it has a long staying power, it does smudge a bit around the inner corners after 8 hours. Once I wore it for a sweaty outdoor work on a very hot summer day, and it did transfer to my crease but only after 5 hours, which is incredible. This intensely pigmented gel pencil did not show up on my dusky skin tone, which is a great bummer. Another downside is it being a sharpenable pencil. In addition to product wastage, it does not even come with its own sharpener for its price. The texture and packaging is very much like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner. This gel pencil is ophthalmologist, dermatologist, and allergy tested, so it is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Overall, I should have picked some other shade to enjoy its qualities to the fullest.
Pros of Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eyestudio Waterproof Gel Pencil Glazed Toffee
- Color-coded packaging
- Beautiful dark brown shade
- Gel soft, ultra-smooth glide texture
- Does not smudge, budge, or transfer
- Can be doubled as eye shadow base/cream eye shadow
- Waterproof formula
- Good staying power
- Ophthalmologist, dermatologist, and allergy tested
Cons of Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eyestudio Waterproof Gel Pencil Glazed Toffee
- Color does not show up
- Not for dusky and darker skin tones
- No sharpener provided
- 16-hour claim is not true
- Tip melts down
Rating: 4.25/5 for performance and 1/5 for color
Would I Recommend/Repurchase Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eyestudio Waterproof Gel Pencil Glazed Toffee
No to both!