Is it a dupe? MAC Fluidline vs. Maybelline Gel Liner

Phew, what an emotional rollercoaster this was!

First up, sorry for the terrible photo quality. I’m really trying to work out how to best use the cameras that I have access to, but it’s hard. The pictures I took with my Lumix point and shoot are garbage so I scrapped them. Sometimes I’m slack for setting up my dSLR but that might be something I look at doing for the moment. Anyway – onward!

I was watching a tutorial by Jaclyn Hill about gel liners and she mentioned that she thinks the Maybelline Gel Liner is blacker and better than MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack. I found this compelling because Jaclyn is a huge MAC fan and used to work for them for many years.

So off to Priceline I went and grabbed the Maybelline product in “Blackest Black”.

First up, I put a very basic face on. I just used these products plus a brow pencil, I didn’t bother spraying with setting spray or anything too dramatic because I was only going to have makeup on for a very short time.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, Maybelline Fit Me concealer, Bourjois Healthy Balance powder, Wayne Goss Holiday Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Now, onto the stars of the show.


Real Techniques eyeliner brush, MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”, Maybelline Gel Liner in “Blackest Black” + matching brush

First, I tested the products on the back of my hand. Please note, for the sake of accuracy I used my Real Techniques angle liner brush for the MAC one and for the Maybelline product I used the brush that came in the package.

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Maybelline on bottom, MAC on top

Now, I did this at a super zoom because I wanted to make it very clear how on the back of my hand, the Maybelline appears to have it over the MAC one. Maybe it’s a brush issue (I don’t think so), but I found it hard to get good opacity with the MAC product. I had to brush over it a few times and brushing over it sometimes seemed to make it worse. Anyway, back of the hand isn’t really that important right? Onto the eyes.

I used the MAC liner on my left eye first. The application was okay. I felt like I needed to go over the black line quite a few times. It dried super fast which is a good thing and a bad thing. It meant that it was hard to work with and went a bit cakey fairly quickly. But it did not transfer AT ALL onto my upper lid.

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Yes, I was watching youtubes while I was doing this. What of it?

Looking pretty good, apart from the wonky bottom of the line, like a blown out tattoo. Regardless, it’s a thick straight dark black line so that’s what we want. NEXT

First impressions on the Maybelline gel liner were mostly to do with the brush. I thought it was a bit strange. It is small and fine, not like a traditional thin liner brush but more like a cross between one of those and an angle brush. It’s almost wedge-shaped. Perplexing. However! I loved it. I thought it was great! It was tiny and fine, it didn’t have the big drag that some of the angle brushes have, it was super easy to work with! A happy surprise.

The gel liner itself went on like a dream. Thick, black, fantastic opacity, I didn’t have to go over any lines (apart from neatening up the bottom line of the flick itself). I was squeeing on the inside about how much I loved this liner!

It wasn’t until I looked at the pictures I had taken that I saw that it had transferred to my upper lid.

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In saying that, I didn’t put any eye primer on at all and my eyelids were slightly oily, it’s near the end of the day after all. I’m definitely going to give this one another go, because I loved the application and the brush and how gosh-darn BLACK it is! It’s a really great product, I feel the transfer is user error.

MAC’s Fluidline will set you back AU$32, the Maybelline liner almost exactly half the price at $16.95. Even with the transfer, the Maybelline product is the clear winner here ladies and gentlemen. Please stand by for how it goes through an entire day of wear at work tomorrow.

Edit: unfortunately it transferred a lot. Even with primer. Sigh. You win this round, MAC.


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