You know what’s ‘criminal’ about this eyeliner? The fuss everyone’s making about how supposedly difficult it is!
My last gel eyeliner was beginning to get a bit gloopy, and the brush applicator was getting stiffer, but I wanted to give Benefit’s Push Up Liner it bit longer to settle into the market, for the more sensible reviews to come through and for people to have had some real practice at this brand new applicator pen. Realistically, there is going to be a learning curve when something as different as this gel liner pen comes into play, and the very negative reviews are to be expected. I was hoping for this storm to pass, and for the reviews and tutorials to come through from the people who persevered, and trusted the saying ‘practice makes perfect’.
So, after a few weeks a perused the internet to see what the world thought of the Push Up Liner. Surprisingly, the Benefit website reviews were split right down the middle, resulting in a 3 star average rating, with people saying the expected ‘impossible to use’ as well as ‘it just takes a bit of getting used to’. You know what it’s like with reviews – you have to be choosy and pick out the whiners from those genuinely giving constructive criticism, and whilst there were a few valid points that I planned to take into consideration, most of the negative reviews fell into the former category. I also wanted to see some ‘how-to’ videos – the Benefit tutorial was fantastic, but I wanted to see someone other than a professional using it! Luckily I found just what I was looking for, and was further reassured that the long lasting, sturdy gel liner is perfect with a little practice.
So, I took the plunge, and I’m over the moon! I’ve had the liner a week or two now, and other than being beautifully aesthetic as all Benefit products are, it really is the best eyeliner I’ve ever had. It is definitely a case of getting used to a new applicator, but to be perfectly honest, it wasn’t as if I had horrifically squiggly lines or big smudged panda eyes on the first go – I really don’t know what all the fuss was about. It does take quite a few twists of the base to ‘push up’ the gel to the applicator, and you have to take it easy each time you use it to make sure the right amount twists up, but the rubber tip flexes quite nicely to your lash line, and the gel allows you to go over and fill in any gaps really easily. I’m still working on my eyeliner flick, but even though I have never been that great, my flick has never been flickier!
I absolutely love this product, and am so glad I trusted my instincts and didn’t believe the negative hype – I implore you to as well!
The Vintage Housewife x