Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner Review & Swatches

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Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner
Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner

Burnish

Melt Cosmetics Burnish Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a rich burgundy with subtle, warm red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single stroke. It really was quite fluid and like a creamy-gel that enabled the product to spread out evenly over a larger area, so it also yielded opaque coverage as a cream eyeshadow.

There was enough time before the product set into place to maneuver it around or soften the edges, though I’d recommend working one eye at a time for the most breathing room. It was still going strong after 10 hours of wear!

Burnish

PPermanent. $19.00.
A+
A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow – that’s a really good rating. Sadly, not a colour I’d wear as a liner (I’ve got some sort of eye issue going on right now and my lower lid on my right eye is red enough without adding to the effect!)

Thanks, Christine! It doesn’t hurt and it isn’t spreading. It’s not a stye…more like a small pimple right on my lower waterline. Now is hard the time to be going to my eye doctor (I just saw him a few weeks ago – maybe that’s when this started or maybe it’s from the treatment I was doing for the chalaizon I have on the same eye, but upper lid, right in the crease) or to any doctor, for that matter, for something that is probably trivial. It started to clear in a few days but has left a red area, much like with a healing pimple. Just weird but not painful at all. But I have the red effect WITHOUT using red liner!

I’m normally not into very red eyeliners, but I really do love this one! Probably because it’s not *too* red. Plus, it has had rave reviews from both you and Mel Thompson.

Melt’s gel liners seem to be their strong suit. Reliable, and a super selection of shades. Wish they made them all permanent and that I could use time off to get better skills in the non-pencil liners department.☹️ Btw, there’s a face masked emoji now.

Christine! I was wondering how your previous melt cream liners are holding from first having them? Have they still maintained the creamy quality or have they dried up a certain amount since the first time?

I believe I’ve already passed on the ones I had from the original launch, which were from November, and the ones from the more recent Millennial Pink collection are fine but they aren’t by any means old! Most of the time, I’m wearing products to test for a review vs. going back to products I’ve used, so I really try to avoid keeping most liquid/cream eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters, etc. since I rarely return to them (I rarely return to any product!). Knowing that, in the last few years, I’ve adjusted how I keep products and now try to move them out faster so that there’s a lot of life left for someone else–in the case of cream products like this, they go to friends/family (can’t be donated).

Bobbi Brown had a LE gel liner called Wine a few years ago that I purchased. Similar color to this one, I think. I usually prefer the MAC fluidline gel liners because the BB ones dry out too fast, despite it being a top pick of yours until you changed to the MAC as well. You say this is liquidy for awhile while using, how does it last in the pan once opened? Or do you need more time to answer that? That is my biggest problem with gel liners, the dry out factor. That is why gel pencils, although not as accurate yet, could be the future of gel lining.

It’s really that regular use that is exposing it to air that would prove more problematic… and there’s very little I use regularly, LOL! The ones I still have seem fine when I went and checked now, though.

I try not to hold onto a lot of liquid/cream kind of products – like highlighters, blushes, eyeshadows, etc. – because I just don’t have a lot of opportunity to wear something I’ve reviewed in the past, so it makes more sense to pass them on quickly to friends/family vs. hanging onto it for years. (I typically use a clean applicator to get product out of the stick/pan to make it more hygienic to pass to friends/family.) As the photo quality + lighting have stabilized, and less products are individually sought after, I prefer keeping significantly less than I used to! Last time I sorted through what was reviewed and tested–probably eight bins–I kept less than one bin!

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