Did I get a crazy, alien version of the Inglot 77 Gel Liner?
Why is it that everywhere I go (online, obviously), I see praises and compliments thrown at this gel liner? With every positive review I see of this product, my face contorts into indistinguishable shapes of rebellion.
In my review on the colored Inglot Gel Liners, I mentioned how appalled I was to discover the huge disparity in consistency, smudgeproof finish and staying power between the black one and the rest of my colored ones.
Here are some positive pointers I gathered from other users of the Inglot 77 Gel Liner: (edited for language and length)
- Has great pigmentation and perfect opaque black
- Totally smudgeproof
- Creates the most intense dark black matte line
- Stays all day
- “I use this to line my upper lid, tightline, and it even works/stays in my waterline. It is so soft and creamy – I only need to use the lightest touch of it in the pot to have enough on my eyeliner brush – too much and I expect it may smudge as some others seem to have experienced”
- Extremely pigmented and velvety & applies like a dream. Stays looking brand new for my 12 hour day.
- Sooo creamy
- The blackest black
- Beats MAC blacktrack fluidline without a question & its cheaper, doesn’t dry out or crack
- “Has amazing lasting power on both upper lash line and waterline! The Inglot salesperson told me it may not be suitable for the waterline of contact lens wearers but its perfectly fine with me and my contacts”
- The case is unbreakable (plasticky)
The ONLY statement I can agree with from the above is that of its plasticky case, which I also mentioned in the previous Inglot Gel Liners review, which makes it quite safe for travel.
As for the other statements – pfft! – like, wheerrrttttt???
Pigmented? Intense Black?!?
The Inglot 77 should supposedly be pigmented and the blackest of black, but because mine applies like dried paint, tugs at my poor lids and causes anxiety as to how much fine lines I’ve added with each stroke, I fail to understand what others mean when they described it as pigmented and intensely dark. Before I can even see any pigmentation, the crusty finish overwrites everything.
Just look at how dry it looks! I don’t encourage judging by appearance because many products have proven quite the opposite of the way they first looked. But this, this is Mr Crusty.
Welcome To Smudgey-Flakey Land
When I try to layer on to achieve a more opaque black, all I get is a cakey finish and plenty of black flakes under the eyes. It flakes the moment I put it on and less than an hour into it, smudges would form under my eyes. Not pretty.
Granted, I have oily lids so the Inglot black gel liner might slip and smear more on me than others. However, I put in extra effort to moisturize my eyes and prime my lids for all eye makeup routines, to ensure products stay on for longer. No corners cut on preparation work for this gel liner.
So it not only flakes, it smudges terribly too.
So Dry, So Dry
When they claim that it ‘goes on creamy and velvety’, I wonder why so much effort was required on my part just to draw a very simple line with my MAC 263 eyeliner brush, which took no effort at all with the MAC Fluidline Blacktrack and Bobbi Brown Black Ink, both of which served me well in their prime.
The Inlgot 77 Gel Liner goes |. | on |. | constipated |. | like |. | this.
See how dry 77 looks beside its more emollient friends – 87, 82, 72!
They all have cracks – with the exception of The Pink 82, mainly because I use it less and thus it has less interaction with air to cause cracking – but The Black 77 has a much drier and sandy surface compared to the rest.
I’ve tried going below the surface to try and see if the under layers fare better, but no, it’s the same.
I could probably put it to the microwave oven test to melt and remold this gel liner, but nah, I really can’t be bothered with this disappointing product.
Irritates My Eyes Endless!
As if the above aren’t enough, the final straw that had me banishing it to No Man’s Land was the eye irritation caused most probably by the black flakes. So my eyes get itchy, I can’t rub them otherwise the rest of my eye makeup will go wonky, so I *blink blink blink*, which causes even MORE smudging. This is a vicious cycle of getting deeper and darker panda eyes.
To say that the Inglot 77 is better or even comparable to Blacktrack is an insult to the latter because it is nowhere close to MAC Blacktrack or Bobbi Brown Black Ink. No, not even the Kate Gel Liner. And a galaxy away from my current favorite Lioele Gel Liner, which I will be reviewing soon!
Here are swatches of Inglot Gel Liner 77 against Lioele Gel Liner Black and Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner Blackest Black. The Maybelline one is another slap-forehead-inducing product, I tell ya. It smudges like there’re no more tomorrows to smudge, so it goes on a smudge spree on my eyes ten minutes into getting on. Grrr!
Then again, there is high probability that I was unfortunate enough to get a bad batch, especially since so many people love and swear by it. One black (pun unintended HAHA) sheep won’t keep me from trying the other Inglot Gel Liner colors!
Products Mentioned In This Post:
- Lioele Gel Liner (dolltodoll.com)
- Inglot Gel Liner 77 (amazon.com)
- MAC 263 Small Angle Brush (amazon.com)
- MAC Fluidline Blacktrack (amazon.com)
- Bobbi Brown Black Ink (amazon.com)
Bun Bun rates Inglot Gel Liner 77:
What highly raved products have you been disappointed with?