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Tips & Toes Gel Eyeliner Review
The name Tips and Toes evokes childhood memories -I think I was in class 3 or so when I used to see nail polish and nail polish remover from this brand. And then this brand simply slipped into oblivion and there was absolutely no trace of its products for about 10 years. So naturally when I first saw a Tips and Toes counter in Big Bazaar..that too fully decked up with stuff and a smiling SA, I was like “ha??? What’s this!!! :O”. However I decided to check out whether they have a website and reviews on their products before pouncing on them.
Coming home I found a really nice website hosted by Tips and Toes (err …except its constant chhu pa pa paara jingle). It’s very informative –giving all product details and even the shades unlike many Indian makeup brands (elle 18 and streetwear) and even international ones (Chambor). And I was simply AMAZED that the “nail polish brand” has come up with sophisticated makeup stuff like Lip Duo, shimmer cream, gel liner, mineral compact and stick foundation. But I couldn’t find the price and reviews on the site or anywhere on the internet and had no idea what to expect when I hit the Tips n Toes counter the next time. However I zeroed in on buying the gel liner because I had a fascination for buying one for long.
Tips and Toes Dramatic Gel Eyeliner: Price Rs 210
So I went to the store (The Tips n Toes site has a detailed list of stores where it is available). The SA showed me the tiny container and swatched it on the back of my hand. Let me tell you I was impressed on the first swatch. It was intense black-just the shade I want my liners to be. It felt very creamy on my hand and the SA said “wait for 5 minutes and you will find it hard to remove even with a cleanser (sounds scary though :D)” . And it was true-in 5 minutes the liner settled and even with very hard rubbing with fingers it refused to go. I was happy happy and straightway picked it up 🙂
What The Product is like: The website lists and describes the gel liner like this:
The container is an uber-tiny pot (I kind of expected this-as saw the Maybelline Gel liner to come in a pint sized tub too) of plastic with a long tapered lid which holds the brush. This is nice as there is less chance of losing the special brush. The brush has a small handle and the bristles are short but good enough to pick up right amount of product and apply with control.
The gel liner is very creamy and glides on smoothly.. The staying power is good-without primer it lasted (in intensity) for good 4-5 hours and didn’t smudge even though I have oily eyelids. It didn’t itch or cause any irritation. I have not tried it on lower lashline though. It is much pigmented and truly black.
So now to sum up:
Pros of Tips & Toes Gel Eyeliner
- First of all a good and informative website (and very “lively”-sans the music).
- Intense black color
- Good staying power
- Does not smudge after settling
- Good applicator and nice way of packing it together with product
- Although the quantity is tiny-yet one swipe with the brush is enough for an average thick line on one eyelid. It may last long unless it dries up.
- Price is quite reasonable
Cons of Tips & Toes Gel Eyeliner : None till now, but I think for people who prefer a very thin line, the brush might be a bit difficult to control
Rating :-* :-* :-* :-* + 0.5
I asked the SA-what to do if the liner dries up and she asked me to pour a few drops of rose water. Now I didn’t really like the suggestion-because I don’t think this liner is water based-this formula may ruin the remaining product. In case it dries I will try with minute drops of Almond oil. Whatssay?
Ohh I couldn’t help sharing my pics on a friend’s wedding 🙂 What‘s a better place to do it than here!!!
Face: Maybelline matte mousse foundation in Honey Beige set with Maybelline compact in Fawn Cheeks: Lakme pure rouge blusher in Ginger surprise topped with Streetwear golden shimmer highlights
Lips: Lotus Pure Color Lipstick in Peach Crème
Eyes: Tips n toes gel liner. Lotus kajal on lower lashline. Broze shadow on lids from lakme peacock quartet. Brow bone highlighted with golden shimmery shadow from Lakme Desert rose quartet.
Have you used Tips & toes Gel Eyeliner? Please rate in the box below.
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