I recently went and had my makeup done at a Bobbi Brown counter with Rachel, just for fun... as you do, the assistant was really lovely and suggested a classic Bobbi Brown eye liner look, I always wear eyeliner so was skeptical how it would look different, but she used a gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink, she commented that as I have quite dark eyes I can use a brown eyeliner and still have the intensity black would give. I loved this look straightaway as it was something different to my usual thin black eyeliner, I couldn't quite afford Bobbi Brown so I went on a hunt for a high street alternative...
And found Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner, I know this has been around for a long time but Maybelline is a brand that I'm not usually drawn to and I'm not really sure why, so I was surprised when I tested this that it was a perfect match for Bobbi Brown's Espresso gel liner. This gel liner is only £7.99 compared to £17, you can find Maybelline's liner here.
The colour is a really rich pigmented brown, some other high street brown eyeliners seemed really flat and the colour seemed a bit hint of beige, whereas this eyeliner has a bit more intensity to it. I found this liner a joy to use, the gel liner is soft and easy to apply, the colour is pigmented you only need one stroke to get a great line and colour, and once it has dried it really does last all day without smudging even near my inner eye.
There is a brush that comes with the eyeliner but I found it was quite hard and a bit scratchy, so I bought an eyeliner brush from Eco Tools for only £5.49, Rachel swears by this brush for her gel liner and I have found that it is much softer and easier to use than the brush provided.
I really like this eyeliner and would definitely repurchase, it has inspired me to experiment a bit more with coloured eyeliner and to not always play it safe with black. I'm excited to try the new shades that are being released in December, you can see swatches here at British Beauty Blogger.