Jul 07 2015

Travel Exclusive: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Duo


It’s been a minute, but I’m back today with a Travel Exclusive Tuesday! This month’s feature is a product which isn’t exclusively available in the Duty Free, but predominantly so –  I have seen it around online (on Amazon and QVC UK). The Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Duo is a set of two full-sized Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel liners in the colours: Black Ink and Sepia Ink, along with a small travel sized liner brush.


bobbi brown gel eyeliner duo review


bobbi brown gel eyeliner duo review

Both liners are available individually but I found there to be value in the set. The individual pots retail for $25.00 BSD each in The Bahamas ($25.00 USD/£18.50) but the duo set me back $43.00 BSD, a $7.00 savings. I’ve never tried the Bobbi Brown long-wear gel liner formula before, and currently, I don’t have any gel liners in my collection – making this a rather useful purchase.

Bobbi Brown says: “This award-winning long-wearing eyeliner offers the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula—all with 12 hours of waterproof and sweat- and humidity-resistant wear”.

Sounds pretty good, huh? Living in the tropics, I’m all about anything that claims to be “sweat and humidity-resistant “.

bobbi brown gel eyeliner duo review
bobbi brown gel eyeliner duo review

Black Ink is your standard, matte black while Sepia Ink is a matte, rich, deep brown. I’ve only played around with the liners a few times, but I can see why they are so popular. The texture is creamy but lightweight and the formula quite easy to work with. I find that they remain wet just long enough to work with but dry quickly enough to avoid smudging. More importantly, lasting power is as promised – about a 12 hour day without budging (temperatures here being about 90F/32C with 62% humidity for the past few weeks).

Both Black and Sepia Ink possess decent pigmentation.  Below, I’ve featured Sepia Ink with little else on the eye in order to highlight the liner itself. I did have some shots of Black Ink, but they seemed to have disappeared. But I did use it in my recent Independence Day eye tutorial here, if you want to see it in action.


bobbi brown gel eyeliner duo review

Bobbi Brown Black Ink (Left); Sepia Ink (Right)

bobbi brown gel eyeliner duo review

Overall, I’m happy with my purchase and would recommend the gel liners if you’re in the market for a higher end product like this. If you’re already a fan and use the liners regularly, then scoring this duo would be a great deal. Look out for it in the duty free! Otherwise, Bobbi Brown offers an impressive range of 22 shades to choose from in the permanent line.  I’m already eyeing up Black Scotch and a few of the others. 🙂



Have you seen the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Duo around? Or have you ever tried the formula? What are your thoughts?





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  1. I agree, it’s a nice formula. That said, in Switzerland I can find equally good formulas for less money.

    1. There are definitely cheaper alternatives out there. I had intended to mention by all time budget favourite – which is the Essence gel liner, but I completely forgot! #bloggerfail lol

  2. I like this product, but I found that it dried out too quickly for my liking! xx


    1. Really? I wonder if that will happen to me. I’m going to store them upside down in case (I heard that that helps) 🙂

  3. I didn’t know they had a duo like this with a mini brush included, it’s a great idea. My first ever gel liner was actually the black one from them which I loved but it did dry out over time and I never re-purchased. I think they are ok for the price but there’s cheaper alternatives that are just as good, I have one from Inglot now which is amazing x

    Beauty with charm

    1. I keep meaning to try the Inglot one. I’m not big on gel liners in generally which is probably why I haven’t tried more of them. The Essence Gel liner Midnight in Paris is my fav budget friendly option. 🙂

  4. I really liked their gel eyeliner but its just so expensive….

    1. They are pricier being a higher end brand. I also love Essence’s Gel liner Midnight in Paris – do you have access to the brand/have you tried that one?

      1. I haven’t tried the Essence one! I’ll make sure to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation x

    • Karen on July 8, 2015 at 7:16 am
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    How have I STILL not tried a gel liner? I love the look of sepia ink, it gives such a gorgeous, natural enhancement to the eye area! 🙂



    1. Hehe. I haven’t tried many gel liners myself to be honest. I agree, Sepia Ink gives a very natural yet defined look.

  5. These sounds great but I think they are a little pricey especially there are drugstore versions that are equally as good but they are good for a splurge every now and then. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Agreed. There are definitely drugstore alternatives as there are with so many different products. I’m a huge fan of Essence’s Midnight in Paris which I believe goes for $2.99 in the US? Do you guys have Essence in Canada? We don’t have it here but I shop the brand sometimes when I’m stateside.

      1. Yes, thank goodness we have Essence here but I’ve never tried their gel liner. I do love Rimmel and Maybelline gel liners but if I have to choose between the two, Rimmel wins hands down! xx

  6. I really need to re-purchase Black Ink as it was my go-to for so long – as you said I’ll probably pick it up in Duty Free 😉 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. Isn’t the duty free great? I feel lucky that I can access duty free products so easily as they are sold here are the regular counters but I suppose the trade off is that our selection is much more limited and we don’t get new stuff as regularly or as often. 🙂

  7. I have heard great things about Sepia Ink but have not picked it up yet because I tend to favour pencil liners over gel but will keep it on my list to try in the future. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    1. I hear ya. I often go for pencil liners myself and haven’t had gels in my collection for a little while now. I’m really liking Sepia Ink though, I definitely use it more than the Black.

    • brendabusybeeblog on July 10, 2015 at 5:43 pm
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    Such a great deal! I personally haven’t tried these ones but I don’t often use gel eyeliners 🙂 x


    1. If you’re not a gel liner girl, I’d recommend trying out something from the drugstore first like the Essence Gel liner. 🙂

  8. This is a set I have been eyeing, but haven’t bought I don’t know why. Maybe next time x

    Pink Frenzy

    1. There’s so much to choose from! It makes me crazy sometimes, lol. xo

    • Jaa on July 12, 2015 at 10:52 am
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    I have a couple of these but I haven’t used them for a while. Last time I checked they’re starting to dry up! :(But I agree with you on the formula. It’s superb! The long-lasting claim is so true! And the pigmentation is excellent! $7 savings and a free mini eyeliner brush, you can’t beat that!

    1. Yep. I really enjoy snooping around in the duty free to see what kind of deals I can’t get, but it can be an expensive habit, hehe. I hope you get to use your liners before the dry up, hun. xo

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