I've been teasing you on Twitter and in recent tutorials about finding my new Holy Grail gel eyeliner. I don't hand out Holy Grail status lightly to products and I wanted to give this one a thorough trial before even hinting at the fact that it may warrant the elusive and exclusive HG moniker.
I can report though, that rigorous testing was carried out in various environments, including rain, wind and searing heat (Yes, all in the space of a week-that's Irish weather for you!), and has resulted in the Sleek Ink Pot Gel Eyeliner becoming my new must-have, go-to, fandabbydozy Holy Grail gel eyeliner!
I struggle with lining my upper lashlines, as I discussed in this post. Before receiving the Sleek Ink Pot from Cloud 10 Beauty, I was reliant on my MAC Fluidline as it was the only one I could even remotely work with. However, that dried up and I was happy to try something new and, honestly, I've never been so blown away by a product on first use. I managed to line both of my upper lashlines quickly, cleanly and create the perfect winged look in less than a minute. While this might not sound like much, for me, it was a huge accomplishment!
What I think makes this gel eyeliner so incredibly easy to use is the consistency. It's quite creamy and, as weird as this sounds, cold. The texture actually reminds me of the center of a Lindt Lindor sweet; go figure! The liner moves really easily across the lid and is the most fluid gel eyeliner I have ever come across which I think adds to how easy it is to use.
Pigmentation-wise, Sleek also hits it out of the park with the Ink Pot. This is the blackest of black; super dark and with the finish of liquid latex (perhaps explaining why it is called Dominatrix?!), it makes me really happy when I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror. I know, I know, I need to get a life...
Best of all I think, though, is the price. €8 will get you 4g of liner in a nice frosted glass pot. That's comparable to around the €20 mark for brands like Bobbi Brown, MAC and YSL. Oh, and Sleek also whoops those high-end brand's behinds by including a plastic cap that sits down into the jar, reducing the amount of air that gets in and, hopefully, preventing it from drying out!
If you're on the look out for a decent gel liner without having to sell your Ma to afford it, this is a pretty safe bet as far as I'm concerned. I definitely want to try a brown one of these if it exists as I think it could be really great for work. Available from Cloud10Beauty!