I'm a sucker for this eyeliner color. It's one of few I can use on my lower lashline and smudge all over like it's my job without ending up looking ghoulish or like Lindsay Lohan after a spectacularly bad night. The combination of the light sheen of the finish and low-key color are perfect emphasizing the eyes while not drowning them in a black goo.
The texture of Make Gel Eyeliner Pencil is nothing short of heavenly. It has a perfect slip without melting all over the lid, and enough opacity despite the gel feel. I've been using the pencil on my waterline, under the lashes, and all over the lid. The eyeliner, despite its decieving softness doesn't migrate or smudge on its own, and has a good longevity of about 8 hours (less on the waterline, onviously). It's not a waterproof formula, but walking in light rain didn't affect the eyeliner (I do use a primer).
Heavy Metal is described by Make as a gunmetal gray, but as you can see this is not quite as cool a gray as the name hints. I'd call it a classic taupe. Rummaging through other eyeliner I have,- grays and browns, I couldn't find anything similar. Guerlain Amber Silver from last fall is shinier and lighter, and I never bothered with the limited edition Chanel from a couple of years ago, so I can't compare. So I'd say that Make Heavy Metal is a unique enough yet incredibly versatile color.
Bottom Line: obviously, now I want a similar pencil in navy or medium blue.
Make Heavy Metal Gel Eyeliner Pencil ($23) is available at select Barneys locations, barneys.com, and directly from the company's website, weseebeauty.com, where 33.3% of each purchase will directly benefit the WE SEE BEAUTY Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds women-led co-ops in the US.
The Product for this review was a press sample.