Today I’m reviewing the 9 shades I own from the Colourpop Crème Gel Liner range. Currently there are 25 shades available, and I decided to pick up 9 to try out — 4 metallic shades and 5 mattes. Colourpop’s Crème Gel Liners retail at $5.00 USD for 0.01 oz., just a fraction of the cost of their high-end counterparts. As makeup-loving contact wearer with extremely sensitive eyes, I think I’m the perfect candidate to test out eyeliner! I’ve been wearing and testing them for about 4 months (since they first launched the product!) so I have a really good handle on them. If you’re looking for a great alternative to higher-end eyeliners, or want to learn more about eyeliner in general, this post is for you! I also include links to my other Colourpop reviews and favourite products.
Overall, I really like these liners! The metallics are the stars of the range — they glide on very smoothly and the formula is creamy and pigmented. The metallics generally wear for about 6 hours on me before fading. The mattes are a bit drier in formula, and therefore are a little bit more difficult to work with. However, the mattes actually wear for longer than the metallics — 8+ hours! So, I think you have to compromise wear time for smoothness and easy-of-use with these liners. One characteristic that’s true of both the mattes and the metallics is that they’ll break off if you twist them up too far. So, make sure not to twist them up any further than you see in these photos to avoid breakage. There’s a bit of a learning curve with this product, and it took me a little while to figure out how to use them to avoid breakage!
Some of the eyeliners in my collection that these have replaced are the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, the NYX Slide on Pencils, and the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliners. I find the gel-based formula pretty comparable to each of these higher end alternatives in both formula similarities and wear time. Colourpop’s Crème Gel Liners wear about 6 – 8 hours on me, and last really well through the day. They start to wear off in the corners and of my eyes first, around the 6 hour mark, but you can definitely retouch. These are some of the longest wearing eyeliners I’ve personally tried.
My eyes get irritated easily, so I have to be careful about the products I use. Eyeliners also tend to wear off quickly on me because my eyes can be watery. So if an eyeliner holds up on me, chances are it will work for the majority of people! These don’t irritate my eyes, and they also don’t smear onto my contacts. They’re a truly budge-proof formula once they fully set, which takes about 30 seconds. So, if you want to smudge them out with a pencil brush, you have a bit of time to work with them.
If you’re interested in experimenting with different eyeliner shades, or you’re looking to expand your collection, I say pick some up! The quality of the product is amazing and the wear time is fantastic, especially compared to high-end liquid eyeliners, which can run you anywhere from $15 – $30 each.
The packaging is simple and fuss free, which I appreciate. They’re a twist up pencil, and they don’t need to be sharpened. I find the colour indicator on the packaging pretty accurate, except for the gold shade, Dirty Talk — which is much lighter and cooler-toned that the yellow-gold packaging indicates.
To get these liners off, you’ll need a good oil, or oil-based cleanser. I use Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil. When I wash my makeup off, the first thing I do is apply some jojoba oil to my palm, then pick it up with my fingers and massage gently into my closed eyes, until I start to feel my mascara break up. Then, I go about the rest of my evening skincare routine.
After I was finished photographing the swatches on my arm, I rubbed the them vigorously and I has absolutely no smearing. Like, they didn’t budge at all. Even the metallic shades stayed put, which is pretty amazing. In fact, they’re so long wearing that I scrubbed at my arm swatches them with jojoba oil, and my cleanser, and there were still traces left.
Currently there are 25 shades available, and I own 9. Colourpop is always coming out with limited edition collections, so I assume they’ll continue to expand the range. I picked up shades that I find usually flatter my green eyes the best, and a few more unique shades, too.
Left to right: Dirty Talk (soft metallic gold), Get Paid (metallic rose gold), Show Me (metallic copper), Over Board (metallic bronze), Best O (matte deep burgundy), No Shame (matte blackened violet), Fast Lane (matte blackened teal), Workout (blackened forest green), Swerve (matte black)
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Dirty Talk
Dirty Talk is described as a soft metallic gold. I think it’s more of a cool-toned, champagne gold — the yellow gold of the packaging is much more intense and warm than the actual product. On my warm colouring, I think it pulls especially cool. That said, it’s an absolutely beautiful unique shade that I love to wear on the waterline for some extra brightness. Dirty Talk is extremely creamy, smooth and pigmented, and wore well for 6 hours.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Dirty Talk in my waterline and on my lower lashline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Get Paid
Get Paid is a true metallic rose gold. It’s one of my favourites from the range — a very unique shade that I find especially flattering on green eyes. Even though it’s pink-toned, it’s very wearable (you don’t need to worry about looking like you have pink eye!). Get Paid is smooth, pigmented and glides on the eye easily. Like the other metallic shades, it wore well for about 6 hours.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Get Paid in my waterline and on my lower lashline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Show Me
Show Me is a true metallic copper, and another one of my favourite shades. If you’re looking for a softer alternative to black eyeliner, I recommend trying out a copper or bronze shade to add subtle definition and enhance your eye colour without looking harsh. Again, another very flattering colour for green and blue-eyed ladies, but this shade would be gorgeous on anyone. Show Me wore well for about 6 hours.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Show Me on my upper middle lid, in my waterline and on my lower lashline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Over Board
Over Board is a gorgeous, rich bronze that looks amazing on green eyes. It adds just a hint of sparkle and a light to the eyes without going overboard (ha!). I love to wear it on my waterline and lower lashline, and it lasts well through the day — about 6 hours. Over Board is my go-to shade when I wanted to add definition to my eyes without adding anything too dark. Perfect for a bronze smokey eye, and a must have from the range! I included this shade in my December 2015 Beauty Favourites.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Over Board in my waterline and on my lower lashline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Best O
Best O is the driest shade of the bunch, but it lasted for well over 8 hours on the waterline. Along the upper lashline it did tug a bit, but it’s very long wearing, so I think it’s a bit of a trade off. Best O is another gorgeous, purply shade from the Colourpop Crème Gel Liner range. Compared to No Shame, Best O is a bit lighter and has more red in it. Colourpop describes is as a deepened burgundy, and I think that’s accurate. This is such a warm, unique shade that really enhances green eyes! But, I find purple shades to be flattering on every eye colour. I included this shade in my January 2016 Beauty Favourites.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Best O on my waterline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in No Shame
No Shame is a blackened violet shade that I absolutely love in place of black when I want a softer look. Green eyed ladies, get your hands on this one! It’s another drier shade from the range, but it wears all day on me (8+ hours). I included this shade in my January 2016 Beauty Favourites.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in No Shame smudged around my lashline and on my waterline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Fast Lane
Fast Lane is described as a matte blackened teal. It very blue based, and I find that it makes the whites of my eyes extra white. I love to wear this smudged out around my eye for a smokey effect with a bit of edge! This is another one of the more unique colours from the range, and a shade I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards, but I’m so happy I picked it up. Of the matte shade, Fast Lane is creamier than the purples from this range — it glided on smoothly and also wore well for 8+ hours.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Fast Lane smudged around my lashline and on my waterline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Workout
Workout is described as blackened forest green. It was a drier formula (not as dry as the purple shades) and lasted for well over 8 hours on the waterline. Again, this is a great alternative to black if you’re looking to switch things up. I really love the warm, earthy undertones of this green!
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Workout in my waterline.
Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Swerve
This is the blackest eyeliner I’ve ever tried — and believe me, I’ve tried many! Swerve is a matte, true onyx black. This Crème Gel Liner from Colourpop has replaced my Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer (which retails at C $31.00!). It’s blacker, and lasts just as long in the waterline and tightline (about 6 hours before I need to retouch), but I can go a full day with it looking pretty good. It’s very creamy, pigmented and easy to blend out with a brush until it sets. If you’re looking for a bulletproof black eyeliner, pick up this budget friendly beauty from Colourpop. I included this shade in my December 2015 Beauty Favourites.
I’m wearing Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Swerve in my waterline and tightline.
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This is such a great review! I love that you did a separate photo for each color on your eyes and a swatch. It really helps in deciding what colors someone should get. Great post!
Hey Kate, thanks so much! These style of reviews take a long time, but I like to include things that I usually find are lacking in other reviews, so people can have as much information as possible. Even though we all have different skintones and eye colours, I still think it’s helpful. Let me know if you grab any! 🙂
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Great post! I’ve been loving Colourpop’s lipsticks and now I’m just looking for their eye products. 🙂
Melissa the Mermaid ♥
Thanks, Melissa! I’m still using and loving these liners — let me know if you pick any up.
Thanks for this review!! I have sensitive/watery eyes as well. So i appreciate your honesty!! I’m going to try out the swerve, i currently use Doucce Ultra Precision Eye Liner. Which is much more expensive but is 1 iof the best i’ve used.
Thanks Laura, I’m glad you found it helpful. Swerve is still my go-to black liner — I hope you love it as much as I do!
My waterline tends to smear eyeliner pretty badly. Do you think these would hold on a sensitive waterline?
Hi Hannah! Absolutely — as mentioned in the post, my eyes get irritated easily, so I have to be careful about the products I use. Eyeliners also tend to wear off quickly on me because my eyes can be watery. So if an eyeliner holds up on me, chances are it will work for the majority of people! These don’t irritate my eyes, and they also don’t smear onto my contacts. They’re a truly budge-proof formula once they fully set, which takes about 30 seconds. So, if you want to smudge them out with a pencil brush, you have a bit of time to work with them. I’ve still wearing and loving these eyeliners today — in fact, Dirty Talk will be in my upcoming February Beauty Favourites post. I hope they work out for you if you decide to pick some up!
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