I was super excited to pick up a bunch of Lancome's Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliners at their warehouse sale earlier this year. Gel liners are by far my favorite kind of liner and I am happy to see more and more brands come out with different formulas and colors.
All three colors look very pigmented in the pot and have a creamy slippy feel and texture. When applied with a typical eyeliner brush it's very hard to get a rich color payoff, the formula goes on sheer and you really need to go over a few times in order to build up that pigment and get that thick rich opaque line you want from an eyeliner. I was disappointed to see that. For some reason I seem to like these liners more as an eyeshadow base/cream shadow than an eyeliner.
The colors look great in the pot but didn't translate as vibrant when swatched. Dress Up Teal is a turquoise with strong blue undertones, Violet Stylista is a true violet and Emerald Seductive which is a deep forest green (I believe this last shade is D/C as I can't seem to locate it anywhere online).
Overall I have to say that this formula is not my favorite and I am somehow disappointed. I had bigger expectations from a brand like Lancome. That being said I don't necessarily regret purchasing these, the color are unique and from my experience a lot of brands seem to nail black eyeliners but flop when it comes to colored ones. Except Inglot, their colored liners are insanely amazing.