Cream and gel eyeliners are probably my favorite. I tend to have them in several colors at any given time and use them up more than other type of liners. YSL released their Effet Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner last year, and just like their waterproof eye pencils, they've earned their keep (I just started testing the new felt tip pen, so review is coming in a few weeks).
YSL Effet Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner comes in six shades (Sephora only has four at the moment), from the inevitable black to green. I chose to start with two: Deep Black (01) and Sea Black (04). The regular black has a vinyl-like glossy finish in the pot as well as on the lid. The surprise was Sea Black, a rich and saturated midnight blue that looks scarily glittery in the pan but ends up as a very very blue shade with a glossy shimmer finish. It's not an almost-blue or a blackened blue. It's blue all the way, so take that into account. I find myself applying the Sea Black Effet Faux Cils with a light hand and drawing a thinner line than I'd do with blue eyeliners that are more navy and subtle.
The texture of YSL Effet Faux Cils is very soft and pliable. It responds to all brushes and is easy to work with. The longevity is exactly as promised. The line stays put as glossy as it was when first applied 10 hours later. It requires a little soaking in an eye makeup remover before it goes away, so I trust it when I need good performance.
Bottom Line: easy to love.
YSL Effet Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner ($25 each) is available at the counters, Sephora nd from yslbeautyus.com.