Review by Kendra on February 25, 2013I really love the dark red color :) true to the name. My first time getting a product from makeup geek, now i'm hooked on this liner! I though with my blue eyes it would be too much but if you pair it with the "immortal" it will look awesome :D
OMG!! Move over MAC
Review by Ana on October 22, 2012First I have to say I haven’t have the greatest experiences with the makeup geek gel liners... I have 6 of 11 in the collection and only 3 I've absolutely loved, and Poison is differently one of them! I have never ever had a liner so true to the Red family like this one! It's honestly AMAZING! With Halloween right around the corner, I have been using this liner constantly on different skin types, eye colors, and eye shapes and never fails!
I am very brave cause i looooove it !!!
Review by stephanie on October 9, 2012Marlena said : "only the brave can wear it cause it's red .... So I must be very brave cause I love love love this colour !!!! This is the best colour to make blue eyes pop ... Not too red not too brown : just the perfect shade ... thank you so much MUG !!!!!
Don't be intimidated by this!
Review by Leslie on September 13, 2012I have to admit, I was unsure about getting this color at first. When I received it in the mail I was so crazy about the color but unsure about how to use it. So I decided to sit down and play with it. OMGosh, this has become my favorite. I have worn this 3 different ways and every one has received so many compliments. I used this as an eyeshadow and paired it up with other neutrals to create a soft, stunning day look. Then I tried putting it with Corrupt to create a dark, vamped smokey eye (LOVED IT). The third way was simple and stunning, I created a some what thick cat eye with Immortal and then traced the black liner with a thin line of this color and WOW, simply amazing.
Even though I was somewhat intimidated by this color I am so glad I got it! The liner has went on smooth, evenly and consistantly everytime! It blends remarkably well. I smudged it in my lashes for the smokey looks and had no problem with it making my lashes clumpy or sticking together. And although these stay put all day long, I had no trouble removing them as one of the previous comments said.
I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to branch out into other shades and looking to try something new. With so many ways to use this color it is worth every penny.
If you can rock red liner - get this.
Review by Jessica on September 12, 2012As intimidating as red liner can be, I was most excited about getting this one to try. I was a little wary as any red product usually is difficult to formulate and can end up being patchy and hard to work with.
Poison was definitely not any of that. I used a small thin paintbrush I got from a craft store for eye application and I used the Sigma E05 to swatch and had absolutely no problems with formulation of Poison for either. I had an even, unpatchy, creamy and precise application that dried (quickly) matte and beautiful.
The colour is amazing; a deep true red with no shimmer or sparkle. After applied to the eye, I find it the most wearable red... dark enough to be wearable but red enough to be daring.
I love Poison. Way to go Makeup Geek! Another winner. :)
Poison-You're in for a long review.
Review by Miriam on September 8, 2012I'll start my review off with application, Poison was very inconsistent and patchy. I used a sonia kashuk bent liner brush to apply this with and I had to re-dip in the jar at least 10-12 times for one eye just to get even color distribution. I experienced a difficult time moving my brush back and forth since it created a very odd textured surface to apply on. I have to say this felt like wearing waterproof mascara on my lash line. My eyelashes on the inner part of my eye were sticking to my bottom lid which was the most annoying feeling ever. I would not recommend working this color between your lashes. This color in particular also left wet and matte patches all across the top of my lash line. I waited 10 minutes to see if it would dry down but it did not so I used my finger to gently press on the wet parts and all I can say is this color did not dry down in any amount of time, it remained sticky and tacky. I've used gel liners from Tarte, Bobbi Brown, Maybelline, Wet-n-Wild and MAC, just to name a few and never have I experienced such an odd texture as Poison. I also want to mention I tried this as a base color too, and it worked a lot better but be prepared to have stained lids.
REMOVAL: Now this can be something some people will love or absolutely hate. For me, I don't like having to put extra effort in at the end of the night when I'm dead tired to have to fight my makeup off. Bobbi Brown's gel liners are water resistant and smudge-proof but they also wash off easily. I generally wash my makeup off with philosophy's facial wash which removes my eye makeup effortlessly. I washed my eyes 3 times and could not get all of poison off without using an oil based makeup remover. You will definitely need to invest in either an oil based makeup remover or olive oil to get this off.
BRUSH CLEANING: Whatever ingredients these liners are made up of makes cleaning your liner brushes a nightmare. Once again, having used various gel liners from other brands, my brush always washes out 100% of the product residue just by using baby shampoo and water. Unfortunately I can't say the same for this, I first used MAC's cleanser and when I touched my brush it felt extremely rigid, hard, and stiff. Then I washed my brush using dawn dish detergent and water, still the bristles on my brush were stuck together and stiff. I'm just glad I had my oil based makeup remover on hand because it's the one thing that got my brush clean and back to it's original state. Being someone that uses an eye liner brush every day, I personally don't want to tack on $10 every month to buy an oil based makeup remover to take my liner off and clean my brush.
Overall, I think the color range is beautiful but Poison is really lacking in quality. On a positive note, after failing to get this liner to work I did use it as a lipstick. It settles to matte finish which is on the drying side but nonetheless, it works better as a lipstick.
One last note before I end this review, I'm all for supporting and empowering women such as MakeupGeek and other makeup brands that take the initiative to create something unique and make it their own. Also, every cosmetic line has their fair share of hits and misses. Considering this is still a new makeup brand, it has room to make mistakes and improve upon them. Marlena is hands-on and passionate about her brand so hopefully she'll take this review into consideration and improve upon the formula. She definitely has the color range set to a unique level and her price range is affordable.