Milani, one of my favorite drugstore brands for its quality and low prices, just released some limited edition items for fall, and everyone is all over these Constellation Gel Eye Liners.
The liners come in pots about two inches in diameter, and are undeniably downright beautiful to look at. They even come with a decent eyeliner brush for easy application. Before you dip your brush in, the liners have a slew of different colors shining together to emulate a colorful night sky nebula. The surface has grooves that make it look like an original painting. Of course, once you pick up color, the different shades all mix together.
The Constellation Gel Eye Liners come in 3 shades:
Enchanted Lapis is a blue packed with glitter. You an see hints of purple and pink on the surface, but it turns out to be a deep navy.
Enchanted Black Opal has hints of black, silver, gold and pink on the surface with tons of multi-colored glitter. When swatched, it translates to a charcoal black.
Enchanted Emerald is probably my favorite of the three, with a swirl of teal, blue, pink and green. On the skin, you definitely get a deep emerald effect with an almost color-shifting iridescence due to the glitter.
You guys, I wanted to love these. I really did. I can’t tell you how long I stared at them before buckling down and using them because I didn’t want to ruin the design. But the formula is just way off for me. While they claim to be gel liners, the texture is almost whipped and mousse-like. It’s very soft and wet, and while that makes for great blending, they never set!
I cannot figure out how to wear these to prevent transferring, smudging, or creasing. As a liner, they never dry down and so they end up transferring to the tops of my lid. As a shadow/shadow base, they crease like no other. I’ve tried applying them over primer and shadow, I’ve tried applying translucent powder over them, all to no avail. You can’t exactly set these with eyeshadow, or the effect will be diminished. I also thought maybe I was applying too much, but even the thinnest layers will slide around (plus, when you apply only a thin layer, the beautiful colors don’t translate as well).
I spoke with some friends who had tried these with mixed opinions. Some said they stayed put for hours on oily lids (I have no idea how), others said their experience aligned closely with my own. I’m pretty disappointed because I’ve never found a product I didn’t love from Milani until now (I just raved about their primer in my September Favorites, but that couldn’t even keep these from moving around my lids).
Like I said, these are limited edition, and will only be in stores for a short time. If Milani releases more shades later on, I really hope they adjust the formula to be more long-lasting. I find it so strange that different people have had such vast results, so I don’t feel comfortable putting my foot down and saying you should pass on these. I would say, if you are really interested and can find them, pick them up and see how they work on you. If they last, awesome. If they don’t, return them (CVS has a great beauty return policy, even after use).
You can find them in drugstores or online during fall for $5.99.