The Line Up: Jane Be Pure Mineral Gel Liner
By MUA's Cavewoman
The last of the drugstore gel/cream liners in the Line Up series is Jane Be Pure Mineral Gel Eyeliner. Jane gel liners come in a little glass jar, .17oz or 5g, inside a box which also includes "Natural Hair Brush," a little flat, slant-edged brush. I would never have guessed this brush to be natural hair unless the box told me so! But, it's more on the soft side than some of the others I've tried, although I am not sure if natural hair versus synthetic has any effect on application or wear. I'm still pretty convinced that it is the shape of the brush that makes more of a difference than what the fibers are.
I purchased the Jane liners in Navy and in Wine, and chose the Wine for this testing. In terms of color comparison with my Revlon Line Fantasy, the Jane Wine is a bit more red-based than the Revlon, and the Revlon is darker. As in my previous tests, I used the Jane liner with its own brush on one eye, and then with the Kashuk bent-angle liner brush on the other.
The Jane liner has a dense, dry texture, but was easy to apply evenly with both brushes. It took me less time to achieve a satisfactory application than with previous liners I'd tried, and again the Kashuk brush seemed to give a quicker application, even though I'm liking these slant edge brushes. The color was a deep reddish-plum metallic with no particles or fallout, and didn't look lumpy or clumpy at all. I liked what I saw, and set out to spend the day with Miss Blogdorf.
One thing Annie noticed right away was that the eye with which I had used the Kashuk brush showed a bit brighter color than the eye with which I used the Jane slanted brush. Other than that, she couldn't tell the difference in terms of thickness or thinness or sharpness in application. Off we went to the outlets to shop on a brilliantly sunny, beautifully warm Fall day. Later, at dinner, I asked her what she thought, and she said both eyes still looked great, there had been no fading or flaking or wear. And that evening, about 10 hours after I'd done my eyes that morning, I still liked how the liner looked, totally intact, no fading or gaps or wear. I removed it easily, again using the Benefit Gee That Was Quick eyemakeup remover.
Jane Be Pure Mineral Gel Liner comes in four colors, black, brown, navy and wine. These appear to be permanent additions to the Jane line, which falls under the Estee Lauder umbrella of brands. They are a bargain at $6 each, and an even better bargain when the drugstores have a Buy One Get One Free sale, so watch for the drugstore ads in your Sunday newspaper, or check here with Blogdorfgoodman to find out the deals of the week.
I'm happy with the performance of this formula, although for color, right now I prefer the cooler purple of the Revlon. I'm not sure that the red-based plum of this Jane was the most flattering color for my cool-toned skin and dark brown eyes, but I was pleased with its performance. I can't wait to try the navy (with my new Bobbi Brown shadows that I snagged at the Estee Lauder Cosmetics Company Store during our shopping trip at the outlets!)
Jane's gel liner is a great product for the price, worthy of trying, worthy of all the buzz on the makeup chat boards, and worthy of a solid 8 rating.
Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this review were purchased by the reviewer.