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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why Pay More - Pen Gel Liners

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Dupe

I have been told that the Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner was actually on the make-up stands before the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner. I truly can not say if this is the case or not and will say that I discovered the Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner a good month or so after I tried out the Benefit version. I guess that is irrelevant as both are available now and eerily similar...

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Dupe
Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Dupe
Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Dupe
Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Dupe

The packaging is very samey - two black pen style liners which feature a twist off cap, a slanted nozzle (both of which come with little plugs) and twist up mechanisms at the bottom. Both are fairly weighty which does help with application. Oddly they are identical in height, the main difference seems to be the applicator nozzle which is a slanted silicone tip. The Maybelline version features an almost tear drop shaped which is softer in shape compared to the sharp angle of the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner.

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Dupe
Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner Dupe

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner swatches on top.
Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner at the bottom. 

The idea behind both products is that the silicone tip helps create crisp lines each and every time as well as hugging the lash line making application a breeze. I agree to some degree but will admit that it does take a little trial and error to get the swing of either liner. Both formulas are super black (the Maybelline version is the blackest though) which may be a little harsh for some complexions/tastes. As both products are gel based so I am afraid that you do have to work fairly quickly when it comes to application as they both have a habit of drying out and crumbling mid application (this is typical of the vast majority of gel liners in my opinion). On the lids both gel liners look identical the only real difference boils down to the fact that you can create crisper/finer lines with the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner opposed to the Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner. However the Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner is longer wearing and less prone to flaking during wear not to mention it costs half the price. Both are fairly messy to remove and require a waterproof eye make-up remover and if I am entielry honest I wouldn't recommend either to those with sensitive eyes. Personally neither are great enough to make me shun my beloved Inglot Gel Liner Pot!

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner £16.65 via Boots - link.
Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner £8.99 via Boots - link.




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27 comments:

  1. Great. They produce gel pen liner now?! I just bought the pot one a few weeks ago and reviewed it on my blog :(

    FYI, I've been looking for a matte pen liner but can't find it anywhere in any brands. So, I've decided to buy Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner (in pot) because everyone in Google seemed to love it and recommended it pretty often.

    It's great though, but if they produce the pen right after I decided to give the pot a try, it's like errrgghhh.... :3

    Thanks for reviewing and comparing both of them, though ^^

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    1. I have both and the port and brush method is easier - the pen style takes a while to get used to but there is no doubt having it in a pen form is handier!

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  2. I have personally switched to liquid eyeliners because gel and pencil tend to pull my skin. These two pencil gel liners look absolutely amazing. Thanks :)
    Makeup, Skin Care, and Hair Care

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  3. I really want to try Benefit's! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com/

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  4. I love gel pot eyeliners! I don't think I'd buy into the Benefit liner - the price is just extreme! But I might try the Maybelline version just to see what these new pen styles are like! :)

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I've tried a couple of gel liners, but I never fell in love with either. However, i think I need to give these type of gel liners a go x

    llyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. The maybelline was out first as I got it about a month before the benefit release date and honestly I love it. It took me a while to master it but its really good. I always used the gel in a pot and the formula is exactly the same but in a handy form. I bought the benefit on release but have not used it yet as I don;t want to have them both opened at once and the maybelline one is still going strong. I honestly can't see what the benefit one can do better that would make me want to part with an extra £10 again!

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  7. I spotted the Maybelline one! Definately would get that one. Benefit is way too over priced!

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. This looks awesome :) I've been eyeing the Benefit's one for a while but a cheaper alternative sounds good too :)
    Anjna Harish

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  9. I honestly love the Benefit one but will give Maybelline one a go when I see it.

    Reflection of Sanity

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  10. I had no idea that Maybelline had one! I've been wanting to try the benefit one for so long now so maybe I will just try this one instead haha. Lovely review x

    Chloe Andrews | Nail tutorials & beauty posts

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  11. I have been thinking about getting either one of ages now!! Thanks for your honest review- I have really sensitive eyes, and it would have been money thrown out of the window really :) xx
    Seven Days

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  12. I'm a big fan of gel liner too but pen is just so quick! Want to try Benefit They're Real, I use Bourjois right now which is good too x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  13. I think I'll stick to my liquid liners, but if I ever end up trying one of these, I'll go with Maybelline, as it's a lot cheaper.

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  14. I definitely prefer powder or felt-tip liners - the idea behind it sounds great but just too heavy for me
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I haven't bought into the push up liner hype. I prefer pencils and felt tip. But it's good to know the drugstore dupe is as good as, in case I change my mind. I wouldn't pay over £16 for a gel eyeliner.

    speakingbeautyuk.blogspot.co.uk | Instagram

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  16. I've been meaning to get one of either, but I couldn't decide. Thanks for the honest review!

    thefashiontea.weebly.com

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  17. I swatched the inglot version the other day...MAN, instant love.

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  18. I was so unsure of the Benefit one so I'm glad to see there's a cheaper alternative to try.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  19. The Benefit one has been getting such mixed reviews, and from swatching instore, it seems really hard to use? The concept is innovative and intriguing, though I don't think I could fork out that much for it. I may have to check out the Maybelline version though, just to get an idea of it!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  20. Great review. Lately I'm finding myself going back to gel liner formulas but it is such a hassle to bring a slanted brush along.. but the Benefit pen is very expensive compared to buying a gel liner pot. Maybelline hasn't launched that in my country yet, I think, but will probably check it out when it's available.

    ashchroniclesletsfly.blogspot.com

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  21. Pen liners always seem like they would be so handy but I've never really got on with them unfortunately. Might give one of these a try, though! xx

    www.eleanorbroome.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. This seems extremely handy to bring on the go for quick touch ups!

    songsberry.blogspot.com

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  23. I tired a sample of the Benefit one and really didn't get along with it, but I'm keen to give the Maybelline one a go as it's so much cheaper!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  24. The Maybelline one is definitely on my wishlist <3
    KKKIRANXOXO: Beauty Blog
    xoxo

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  25. They were released a whole YEAR before benefits. Originally released by Maybelline in Singapore. Its so much better than benefits.

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