Battle of the Gel Eyeliner: INGLOT Matte 77 vs. MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Battle of the Gel Eyeliner: INGLOT Matte 77 vs. MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Move over MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, I hereby declare INGLOT to be my holy grail black gel eyeliner to- date. Call it trivial but it was another ecstatic moment when I found a couple of Inglot products. This gel eyeliner and a mascara.

Matte 77
Used with an angled eyeliner brush, this gel glides effortlessly despite having a matte finish. 77 is black, the another shade also fabulous. Don’t you just hate the lack of selection? Don’t tease me, I’m game!
Side by side comparison
MAC Blacktrack vs. Inglot
Content-wise, you are getting more product with Inglot (5.6g/0.19 oz) compared to MAC Fluidline (3g/0.10 oz). I don’t mind the plastic container of Inglot as opposed to MAC’s glass. Inglot 77 is matte while MAC Blacktrack has a creamy finish.
Now the ultimate revelation! In my experience, MAC has a tendency to smudge and melt on my primed OILY lids (yes, with caps on) even if I set it with black eyeshadow. With Inglot, almost nada! Let me repeat that in CAPS.  I intentionally skipped setting Inglot 77 matte with an eyeshadow to test its longevity and power. Girl, impressive is an understatement.

Left side (10 am) against natural lighting
Right side (7:30pm) with flash on

Plain gel eyeliner only!
There was little smearing in my inner eye corner on the sixth hour but not enough to cause panic and anxiety. It was tolerable to say the least. Long story short, Inglot survived my standard 8-hour test without fading. Now it’s time to remove.

So how difficult (or easy) is it to remove compared to MAC? Be my fabulous judge.


Left: One stroke using cotton pad moistened with Earth Science Makeup Remover
Right: 4th attempt to remove using the same technique




The It Eye Liner of the Moment: Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel

The It Eye Liner of the Moment: Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel

If the world was ending and I still needed to look pretty, I would grab eye liner over mascara—insert audible gasp. Whether a basic black or vivid chartreuse, eye liner is the quickest way to create definition, shape, and pop on my peepers. Consequently, I’m always testing pencils, gels, and creams to see which formulas get on my “I’m obsessed” list. During my most recent trip to IMATS, I discovered Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel. “Inglot’s been in Europe for over 25 years, so [Mr. Inglot] really perfected his formulas,” says Shafeeza B., General Manager of Inglot USA. “The gel liners are amazing—they’re formulated and manufactured in-house in Poland, along with everything else in the line.” And with over 20 shades in the collection, it’s easy to get addicted: Their top-sellers (and staples) are #90 and #77, a brownish grey and a black.

I snagged four shades at IMATS: 86 (a deep forest green), 74 (a deep plum eggplant), 76 (a stark white), and 88 (a robin’s egg blue). They apply flawlessly with smooth coverage and long-wearing pigment—what you see in the pot is what you get on your lash line. I even walked out of a 105° F bikram yoga class with a flawless cat eye—now that’s staying power. I might just buy a couple (or 10) more.

“The formula is fantastic, but it dries within 60 seconds, so you have to work fast,” says Shafeeza. “Use quick strokes and either a bent angled brush or a flat angled brush to get an even line.” Inglot recommends their 30T Bent Angle Brush for beginners looking for easier application, and the 31T Flat Angle Brush for makeup artists and professionals.

So what else can you do with this long-wearing color pot? “These eyeliners are multi-purpose and mixable. You can prep your lids first to wear them as shadow, or mix with lip balm for custom lipstick in a spectrum of colors,” Shafeeza says. “You can also create your own shades of eye liner by blending individual colors on a metal palette, it’s really like painting.”

Shafeeza’s got one trick that really sets your eyes apart: Color-blocking your lashes! “I love painting the tips of lashes with a vivid liner. Colored mascara doesn’t really come in very fun colors, so it’s great to use a vibrant lime green or an intensely pigmented yellow for a cool and unexpected pop. Apply your regular mascara first, then grab some eye liner on a disposable mascara wand and paint on tips, it’s easy!” Inglot gel liners only hit the US market a few years ago, but they’re certainly here to stay.




Review: NEW Orly Matte FX Matte Flakie Top Coats

In the world of nail polish, rarely does a new product come along that 1) is a time-saving solution and 2) produces a really cool effect on the nail.  When I spotted the new Orly Matte FX Flakie Top Coats at a local beauty supply last week, I immediately though that these might actually do both (save time and look really darned cool on the nail). So naturally I bought them both, to find out for myself!

NOTE: As of the time of this post, the Matte FX collection is now available on the Sally Beauty website. There are four polishes total in the collection. The other two are Iron Butterfly (matte multi-chrome)  and Purple Velvet (matte purple).  My local beauty supply only had the Green Flakie Top Coat and the Pink Flakie Top Coat, but I will definitely review Iron Butterfly and Purple Velvet when I get my hands on them.

 NEW Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat and Pink Flakie Top Coat

If you’re not really a nail polish person, you might be asking yourself, “What do you mean by time-saving? Doesn’t a top coat add time?” Well think about it this way: The traditional method for achieving a mattified flakie manicure requires at least three steps:

1) Apply a base coat (optional)
2) Apply a base color (creme, shimmer, etc.)
3) Apply a flakie top coat
4) Apply a matte top coat

So you’ve got a minimum of three steps required to achieve this look. But.the Orly Matte FX Flakie Top Coats function as both a flakie top coat and a matte top coat. So it’s two steps in one bottle! Pretty cool, right? Take a look…


How cool do these polishes look in the bottle?! The frosted glass make them look murky yet sparkly at the same time. Aaaaah! I could stare at these bottles for days…


I want to point out here that the flakies in these two polishes are definitely different. Sometimes brands will take the same flakies and simply change the tinted base color (which is usually quite clear and doesn’t really deposit any color on the nail). So you can buy three different flakie polishes from the same collection and end up with identical results from each polish. I hate it when that happens, so I just want to be sure you know that this is NOT the case with these Orly polishes. The flakies are noticeably different in both shades.

Some comparisons:

 One coat of Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat
over a creme white, a creme taupe and a creme hot pink

 One coat of Orly Matte FX Pink Flakie Top Coat
over a creme white, a creme taupe and a creme hot pink

  One coat of Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat
over a creme blue, a creme green and on a bare “nail”
   One coat of Orly Matte FX Pink Flakie Top Coat
over a creme blue, a creme green and on a bare “nail”

Notice how the Green Flakie Top Coat products a slightly more murky effect, while the Pink Flakie Top Coat gives a slightly more crisp effect.

Here’s what these top coats look like on my actual nails, over a black creme:

One coat of Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat over a black creme
And I know this defeats the whole purpose of having a matte top coat and flakie top coat in one bottle, but just for comparison, I “glossified” my nails so that you can see what it looks like:
With shiny top coat
 One coat of Orly Matte FX Pink Flakie Top Coat over a black creme
With shiny top coat

Application: Extremely easy for both polishes. No fishing for glitter required. You can paint these on your nails just like any standard non-glitter polish and not have to worry about “dabbing” glitter on the nail for placement. The brush picks up plenty of flakies and deposits them easily.

Consistency: The base polish in both shades is a tiny bit on the thick side, but certainly not horrible or frustrating. I was hoping these wouldn’t be goopy and heavy on the nail and they are not.

Flakie Factor: As I mentioned earlier, the flakies in each polish are definitely different from one another. The green polish contains blue-based flakies and the pink polish contains multi-colored flakies. Also, the flakies themselves are nowhere near as large, jagged and angular as the Revlon Moon Candy polishes. They’re also not as thin as the flakies in the original Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure. Also, I think it’s pretty apparent looking at my photos that the flakies in the green polish are a bit bigger and more abundant than the flakies in the pink polish.

Finish: The flakies in these polishes lay flatly on the nail, with no rough, jagged edges poking up. When the polish dries, the surface of the nail is actually quite smooth to the touch. I know that, in extreme close-up, the finish looks bumpy but to the naked eye, the bumpiness is not as noticeable. Yes, it does look a little bit bumpy when viewed from a regular distance, but it’s not something that drives me crazy when I look at my nails. But if you’re the type of person who favors a completely smooth nail surface at all times, I’m thinking that you could apply a regular, clear matte top coat to these polishes to eliminate the surface bumps (but seriously, if you were to see these in person, you’d probably agree with me that they’re just fine on their own).

Dry Time: No shocker here–these are dry to the touch in a minute or two. But I do want to warn you that you need to allow your base color to completely dry before applying either of these matte flakie top coats. I was impatient with a few nails and experienced smudging originating from below the surface on a few nails, so just a warning.

Wear Time: Unfortunately, I can’t speak to wear-time since I have only had these for a week and haven’t worn either shade for more than a day at a time. For what it’s worth, after a day’s wear (on top of a base color) I didn’t have any chips or tip-wear.

Removal: These remove like standard glitter polishes (i.e., they’re a little stubborn). I advise using the foil method or something like the Target Dip-It. I used the Target Dip-It and had no issues.

FINAL VERDICT:  Congrats to Orly for giving us nail fanatics something that saves time and looks really neat on the nail. If you have ever wanted to do a “mattified flakie” manicure but hate the thought of applying multiple coats of polish, I definitely think these are worth checking out because all you have to do is apply a base color, top it with this polish and you’re done! The overall effect kind of looks like frosty, prismatic ice chunks on the nail, and I literally could not stop staring at my nails the entire time I was wearing these polishes. Yes, the surface looks a little bumpy, but keep in mind that my photos are extreme close-ups. To the naked eye, these don’t look that bump and the flakies lie very flatly on the nail, with no rough edges sticking up. I appreciate that these polishes are extremely easy to work with (no fishing required) and dry in a snap. What’s not to love about a product that can save you time and give you a fun end-result?

Just a reminder: see the top of my post for availability and a look at the other two polishes in the Matte FX line. I would imagine that, in the coming weeks, these will be available at most retailers that carry the full line of Orly products.

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