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.
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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!
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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.
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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.

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

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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.

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