Rimmel eyeliner: three ways

As a darker skinned woman one of my favourite makeup products is jet black eyeliner. I personally favour a liquid eyeliner streaked across my top lid, a smokey kohl isn’t really for me.

Over the last years I’ve tended towards high street brands – particularly Rimmel’s eyeliners – which I’ve found give good colour while also being pretty kind on the wallet.

At this moment in time I’ve got three Rimmel eyeliners in my makeup stash so thought it would be the perfect moment to whip them all out for a quick compare and contrast. So lets go.

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Professional Liquid Liner (£5.29 at Boots)

The first Rimmel eyeliner I owned was this one, an inky black liquid in a pot plus brush in the lid for application. As such it has a special place in my heart.

I love the intense black of this liner, though tend to find that the cat eye does wear away through the day (in fact this happens with all of them). As long as I don’t rub my eye too much the staying power’s pretty good though. As the brush is pretty fine it’s great if you want a thin line or to be super specific about application. However on the downside this means you need lots of layers for a thicker look – I had to go over my eye about three times to create the line in the photo.

I also find that the liquid on the brush often ends up on my eyelashes while I’m applying – fine when you’re going to go in with mascara afterwards, but something to watch out for to make sure you don’t get black ink everywhere.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner (£5.49 at Superdrug)

I’ve mentioned this liner before. It’s a felt tip liner, with a flat nib that allows you to draw both thick and thin lines, although Rimmel do a thin nib version too. When I first bought this I wasn’t totally sold on it but now comparing it directly I realise that the application is far easier than the bendy brush of Glam’Eyes. The thicker side of the nib means that you only really need one glide, with a little bit of retouching to achieve a thicker line. However I will say that it doesn’t feel or look as inky black as Glam’Eyes, being ever so slightly more sheer.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner (£6.99 at Boots)

The final liner is a gel, which comes in a pot along with a little brush for application. Now the brush is ok, perfectly acceptable, but I think application would probably benefit from a higher quality one, which could also help with drawing thinner lines if desired.

For me gel eyeliners are always more fiddly to apply so I don’t usually tend to reach for this liner if others are in reach but if I do I’m often pleasantly surprised. I took me a little while to get the hang of using this but I find that the gel tends to give a less harsh, almost smoky kohl effect which I quite like.

So there you go – one brand, three eyeliners. Which do you prefer?




Makeup travel essentials

As I mentioned I’ve just got back from a six-month wonder in South America. And as such I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to pack for the journey. In among that list was makeup but what ended up making the cut? Here’s what I took along:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in black: Mascara’s everyone’s favourite essential right? I’d heard bloggers rave about this high street version so picked this up before I left. However, although I liked the plastic wand, I didn’t see what the massive fuss was and wish I’d stuck with my tried and tested Benefit Roller Lash or Max Factor Masterpiece Max.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin Liner: I’m a liquid liner girl but once again, for some unfathomable reason, I chose to take an untested liner away with me. I really like the colour and price of this but I’m just not sure pen liners are for me. Next time it’s Rimmel Glam’Eyes all the way.

Mac Viva Glam I Lipstick: I packed this for the (very) occasional night of glamour. Which turned out to just be Christmas. But at least it was on hand if I had wanted to use it.

Forever Sun Lip Balm (not pictured): For those dry lip days this was great to keep my lips hydrated and had added SPF to boot. The tingle was a bit of a shock to begin with but I actually started to enjoy it as time went on.

Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream: Cheap day cream that did what it said on the tube. I did have to replenish while I was away though as I was squeezing it to death by the time March came along.

Simple Kind to Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes: OK we all know these aren’t the best method of cleaning off makeup but I was packing light! And in the end I didn’t even use all these up so I’m glad I went with these rather than down the cotton balls and cleanser route.


In the end it turned out while I was travelling I didn’t really care about makeup at all.  Although I had my little essentials kit packed, the days I went makeup free far outweighed those with a little eyeliner or mascara. In fact I only turned to them when I was having an off-day and wanted to treat myself a bit.

So although I didn’t take much I could have actually got away with nothing, bar the moisturiser and lip balm and been completely happy. I also wouldn’t travel again with makeup I’d never tried before. I know this sounds like a given but apparently pre-travelling me didn’t think that way.

No makeup isn’t for everyone though so what would you take on holiday? Do you have any makeup tips for long trips away?