Friday, September 28, 2012

"Branching" Out With a New Color: Bobbi Brown's Forest Ink

I've mentioned many many times on Getting Cheeky that my signature makeup look has always been a subtle cat-eye. For as many eyeshadows as I own, I manage to find myself turning to flicked liner more often than I'd like to admit when I'm speedily applying my makeup before work. As a green eyed girl, I face a challenge: black can at times appear too harsh while brown can pull too warm against my pale skin. As much as I love thinking outside of the box and applying NARS Outremer (a bold Klein blue) as a liner, it's just not appropriate for day-to-day wear. So what's a girl to do?

Enter Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Ink. I believe I may have found the perfect gel eyeliner ...

I should admit a bias very early on in my review: I absolutely adore gel eyeliner. Though pencils are lovely and liquid has it's place I've always gravitated to pots of eyeliner. Bobbi Brown's Forest Ink is no exception. The brand boasts that their Gel Eyeliners are long-wearing and waterproof--both statements are entirely true. Moments after I apply Forest Ink the product sets and doesn't budge all day (rain or shine). At night, when I remove my makeup the liner comes right off with a cotton pad and a bit of Bioderma. 

Yes, this photograph is meant to focus only on the pot of gel eyeliner. I was going for the "nature photography" look.


Bobbi Brown's Forest Ink is the perfect deep olive green. Perhaps others don't spend quite as much time fixated on color and shimmer as those of us who are obsessed with makeup, but the complexities of this gel liner make it particularly well suited to those in the same black/brown conundrum that I often find myself. Though the shade leans more toward brown than black, it's a deep color and once it's set only the light reveals the slight golden illumination and olive green hue. I highly recommend this liner for my fellow green eyed girls: though Forest Ink is subtle, it brings out the color of my eyes like nothing else.


I've heard from others that Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners dry out very quickly. Unfortunately this is something that only time can confirm or debunk.
Quick tip: Keep gel products (Paint Pots, liners, cream shadows etc.) creamy and fresh as long as possible by securing the cap as tight as possible and turning the product upside down (label facing up) when not in use. From what I understand this forces moisture to the surface while keeping the product as "like-new" and creamy as possible throughout. I'm interested to see if this trick will be as effective with Bobbi Brown's liner as it has been with my other potted cream products.

From the ease of application, to the wear time and beautiful color I'm impressed with Forest Ink. Though I've long been loyal to MAC's Fluidlines, I may purchase a few more Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners. Did I mention that the color range is phenomenal?

Have you ever tried one of Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners? Which shade of the brand's Gel Eyeliner is your favorite? 

*This item was provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.