Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner "Black" : Review & Swatches

One of my makeup staples happens to be eyeliner. I initially started using pencil liners way back in high school. In college I "upgraded" to liquid eyeliners and favored those with felt tip ends. When I started getting more into makeup I decided to try out gel liners and see how I feel about it. I'm in love with gel type liners the most because for me, they happen to be the easiest to use.

At the moment, I've been using my Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black. I've used it on simple days out and more often when I film my makeup tutorials. It's gotten quite a few comments and since I've been using this product since January, I think it's high time to do a quick review on this baby.

What Maybelline says about the product :
"Smudge-proof and long lasting, water-proof type"
"Creamy gel type allows to draw a smooth clean line without crease. Customized eye line brush allows lines to be drawn as desired from fine to thick. The creamy gel texture dries quickly after application. Long lasting water-proof and smudge-proof formula that resists sweat, tears and water."

I (and by this I really mean my lola) purchased this at Watsons, SM Bacolod last January for P449.00.

Packaging / Design : 
The product comes in a glass-like pot container with a cover that seems to be made of an aluminum-like material. The pot has a matte finish to it and looks post but I somehow find the cover very out of place in the whole product packaging because it sometimes comes off cheap looking. What I do like about the packaging is that it has a very solid feel to it. It has weight, not so heavy, in my hand and I like my products to have a sturdy feel to them.
Another plus is the fact that this product comes with its own eyeliner brush. Now as for the brush, I really don't get why they didn't include an ANGLED one instead. The brush works fine but it does make creating thin crisp "winged" liner a tad bit more difficult than usual no thanks to its more rounded edge.

Quantity / Quality : 
The little pot contains 2.8g or 0.10oz of product. It may not seem like much to some but for me that's quite a lot of product for me to use. I love the formulation of this particular gel liner, it's creamy and applies smoothly and it actually stays put. I've tried using this for 8 hours straight and went home with zero fading. It still looked fresh. I still can't vouch that it'll last up to 24 hours though. Pigmentation of the product is great too. It really comes off black on the first swipe that I don't even have to really go back over it to achieve a solid color.
Now a lot of reviews I've read say that this product has a tendency to dry up if you don't use it often. In my three months of usage this still hasn't happened to me so I'll have to get back to you guys on that claim. I guess best thing to do is to use it as often as you can to get the most of it.

Overall : 
Ever since I got this liner I've been slightly neglecting my other eyeliners (pencils, liquid liners and other gel liners) since I'm really diggin' how this product works so well on me. I'm happy that the formula works well on my oily lids. Even without applying primer on my lids, the liner does not fade or smudge so I'm one happy panda minus the "black eye" look. I've even used this on my waterline with no problems at all! 
This black eyeliner happens to one of the blackest gel liners I own so far and I love it! I'm happy that I don't have to apply several layers just to get a great solid black color. It dries pretty quickly and I've yet to have any "transfer to lids" issue with this product. 
I'd definitely repurchase this in black again as well as in other available colors.

Swatch time!

Fresh swatches. No primer underneath. 
Water test!
After being subjected to the "water test".
This is what the swatches look like after trying to rub them off with a baby wipe. Notice the reddish areas around the swatches from my somewhat aggressive rubbing? *lol*

That's it for now my lovely readers. Hope you enjoyed!

Product was bought with my own money. I was not paid in any way to do this review. Everything said is 100% my own honest opinion.


  1. Mahilig din ako sa eyeliners then same tayo naupgrade using felt tip, ayaw ko sa liquid kasi nanginginig hands ko haha! So somehow matry ko rin ang gel liner in the future! Thanks for this post sis, for future reference. :)


    1. I still sometimes go back to my felt tip liners when I'm in like a super duper hurry kasi faster to apply siya at time BUT when given the time to really put on eyeliner, I always reach for gel liners. :D Esp this one.

  2. I have that in Black and Brown. I used to like them a lot but eventually they started to smudge around the corners of my eyes. The product dries up too, eventually.

    1. So far that hasn't happened to me yet! *crosses fingers* LOL.

  3. I really wanna purchase one of those!!! Thanks for sharing this Jannie! All the more reason for me to buy. HAHAHA :)))

    1. Pabili ka na kasi ate. Worth it namna especially if you use it everyday.

  4. I've heard so much about this product, seems like a nice product. I hope they have gray cuz I love gray liners, hehe ^_^~

  5. I have a fanny serano (lol) gel liner. It's nice but it smudges and fades easy. But I think it's because my eyes are sorta monolids -.- I wanna try this. Hope it'll work better :D
    Thanks for this review!

    1. Try extending it a lil more towards the crease area and set it with a matte black shadow. It'll help with the smudging problem. :)

  6. I use this eyeliner too! This is super great value for money! Lasts a long time without smudging. I wear this often when I go clubbing kasi it doesn't smudge even when I'm sweaty :) I agree with you review.

    Mich of Mich Eats and Shops

  7. Hi Miss Jannie,
    On the contrary, I’m having difficulty using gel liners. I just don’t know why. Maybe I need to watch more tutorials online :(
    ~Pauline @ Kallony


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