Eyeliner is pretty cool on its own, but it gets tricky once you want to use a different colour than black or brown since then you have to scour the stores for the one brand that sells the exact colour you want.
'Man, I wish I could just turn my eyeshadows into eyeliners. That would be pretty sweet.' I thought one fateful morning as I looked upon my ever growing collection of eyeshadow pigments. Turns out, you can!
Illamasqua sells a little vial of gel that enables you to turn any pigment (preferably their own, but it works on any eyeshadow. Shhh you never heard this!) into a smudge proof, water resistant long wearing eyeliner.
Sounds pretty promising doesn't it? Let's see if this little thing is as wondrous as it makes it out to be.
I purchased the Illamasqua Sealing Gel for £7, which is fairly cheap considering that Illamasqua is a mid-end brand. That said, with the size of the vial it would have been cruel to ask more! The bottle is about half the size of my thumb and not much wider. However, you do only need a drop of liquid every time so it's not like you'll run out that quickly.
I also think the packaging is pretty cute. I like the little logo that clearly illustrates that this is an Illamasqua product and I feel like the packaging will stay air tight until I open it again. Very nice.
How It Works
Since it's hard to show how the sealing gel works on photos, I decided to make a little video instead. The product is fairly simple to use. You simply squeeze a drop into one of your eyeshadows and you mix it with the brush that you'll use for application.
What's nice is that I didn't notice the sealing gel change the texture of my eyeshadow afterwards in any way. It's like I never mixed it with anything which is lovely. Even when you use water to apply an eyeshadow wet it can affect the texture of the eyeshadow, but this sealing gel doesn't seem to do that.
After it dried I also did a little pat and rub test to see how smudge proof it would be. After quite vigorous rubbing the colour still transfers a little bit, but the amount it transfers is very comparable to a good eyeliner.
Illamasqua Sealing Gel: Just Applied
The sealing gel gives you so much freedom that I was truly amazed. Making a gradient like this was very easy. I just mixed the sealing gel with a loose golden pigment first, adding a little bit of the darker colour every time I wanted a bit more definition. Applying it went very smoothly, although I do recommend a good brush for this. A gel liner brush would be ideal as the consistency will be very similar.
I didn't apply a primer or another eyeshadow since I wanted to see how the eyeliner would hold up.
Illamasqua Sealing Gel: After 10 Hours of Wear
I'm impressed! The eyeliner held up very well. Considering that I had rubbed my eyes because of allergies, cried from cutting onions and had just gone about my day without really thinking about it. There is some wear and tear in the outer corners and a little bit of glitter in the crease but I'm very happy with it overall.
The Illamasqua Sealing Gel is amazing! It truly enables you to turn any eyeshadow or loose pigment into a very well functioning eyeliner. It's not too expensive at £7. although the bottle truly is very tiny you only need a drop of it every time. If I had to give it a score it would be full marks, 10/10, I will repurchase this the moment I run out.