Tried and Tested: Revlon Colorstay Gel Eyeliner

When it comes to eye liners, I use pencils if I’m in a hurry and liquid or gel when I want precision and heavier pigmentation. For gel eye liners, my favourite must be cult favourite Bobbi Brown even though overpriced. So when I was sent this little one from Revlon, I wanted this to work. It is healthier for my wallet.


My first impression when I saw this packaging is that the liner looks like Eiffel Tower. I don’t know, it may be the tall tip, it might just be me. A very handy concept to this packaging is that you also get the eye liner brush attached to the cap. All you have to do is detach the brush from the cap, flip it so the brush is facing out and stick it back. See picture below for the brush. I have to say though, brush aside, this cap is *darned* difficult to open. You twist the cap to get to the gel inside, but maybe it’s because of the tiny circumference or my huge fingers, it’s very difficult to twist. My fingers kept slipping all the time.



See what I mean by the pot being tiny? It’s just too cute. The opening of the tub is even smaller. I tried putting my fingers in. Fit just nice without much room to move. My thumb couldn’t even get in. So I dug in, using the brush, literally, and below is the swatch of 002 Brown. It is more of an ashy brown which I like. It goes on very natural on my lash line. I tight lined my eyes with this, and I’m happy to report that the gel liner does not stray. It stays on for the whole day, impressive staying power. It did not irritate my eyes either.

All good things must come to an end. I have a hard time drawing a line without re-dipping. With my Bobbi Brown or MAC gel liners, I can draw one full line with just one swipe. This one, I can’t. I have to re-dip at least 3 times to get the result I wanted. I could overlook the little tub that I find inconvenient (albeit cute), but the fact that it dries before I could finish lining ONE eye really pushes all the wrong buttons. I find it a hassle to dip, draw half a cm, dip, draw another half, dip, finish the line. Can you feel my frustration? Maybe I’m just all sorts of a fussy hussy ūüôĀ



In that swatch above, I think you could see that by the end of that lopsided ‘Z’, the gel liner is already less pigmented and already drying. If only Revlon could make this gel more¬†emollient, where I could finish lining my eye in one smooth swipe. I could have loved it. A pity, really.



Have you tried Revlon Colorstay Gel Eyeliner? Did it work for you? Any good drugstore gel liners to recommend?


xoxo Lily




  • Oooh–too bad this didn’t work. I was thinking of trying it next. I thought I used to be quite pleased with some drugstore gel liners, so I bought the L’Oreal Infallible Gel Liner the other week but the results were PITIFUL. I mean really–it was BAD. Oy…

    • Hey Becca, it’s pretty sad when they don’t work huh? I read some good reviews about Maybelline, but I haven’t tried it. Don’t know if it’s worth a try. I might just stick to what works like Bobbi Brown gel liner.

  • Yvonne

    Hi, wondering if you’ve tried Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Gel Liner. I haven’t tried it, but heard quite a lot of good reviews about it. This Revlon one doesn’t work for me either.

    • Hi Yvonne, thanks for dropping by. I have also read lots of good reviews about Maybelline’s gel liner. I haven’t tried it before though.