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My name is Liz and I blog as a hobby. I like all things bright and beautiful!

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Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner

The Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner (P660) has a sort of quiet yet esteemed rep among makeup enthusiasts here in Asia. You see, I've been hearing about this product for years as a great cheap substitute to the famous (and expensive) MAC Fluidline. So is it true? 

Well, yes.  

What I love about the product

  • Extremely creamy to the point of being liquid. This makes the product easy to maneuver as it glides effortlessly on the lids without tugging.
  • Applies as a true matte black in one swipe. No need to layer.
  • Waterproof and stays put all day. There is a teeny bit of smudging, but it's not bothersome. (I don't have oily lids though)
  • Very affordable! It's only P660 for 2.5 grams in SM. This'll last forever too since a little goes a long way.


What I don't like about the product

  • If you're not careful, you end up with too much product in the brush due to the creaminess. I always have to control my hand whenever I dip.
  • Can be difficult to remove if you don't have the right makeup remover. It's so very, very black and sticks like nobody's business when it hardens.


  • Good for smudging on the waterline, but make sure to set it with black eyeshadow to keep it in place. 



I highly recommend the Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner to girls who love themselves a good pot of eyelining goodness. It's affordable, and it delivers very well. It's similar to the MAC Fluidline in many respects, except the fact that the Fluidline has a less creamy texture for easier control and of course, better packaging. Otherwise, this Kate eyeliner is a great dupe for it.

I suggest you get this if you like a defined, sharp line but not fond of the limited brush that liquid eyeliners offer. 


I love it! This eyeliner has made it in my routine. I prefer gel eyeliners over pencils and liquid ones because they offer precision while still being easy to apply. I also like that I can depend on it when I plan to be out all day.

Currently, I love using it with this dual-ended brush from Avon - it's only P129. YES, Avon makes brushes! This deserves another post since this brush is one of my favorites.


Reader Comments (15)

I love gel liners, myself. Thanks for this post! Now I know where to find an affordable, good quality gel eyeliner :D I use Bobbi Brown's gel liner and while it's served me well over the years, it's quite pricey. And what the hey, I love trying out different products hee hee.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSh3lly

Wow this looks promising =) I've been using the Dollface gel liners in black and navy blue but they dry out very quickly. They also tend to flake and tug at my lids probably because they are drying up. I will definitely give this a try.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnaTheDreamer

I also used MAC fluidline and Bobbi Brown's and this seems to be a good alternative! Thanks for this review! :)

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCeline De Jesus

Wow! I like the brush ha! So inexpensive and I'm currently looking for travel friendly brushes, so thanks for the tip Liz! Btw, remember the cheap face brush you found in Market Market? I bought it too!! =D

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertraciethediva

Thanks for the review! I use Bobbi Brown Gel liner and this seems like a decent dupe.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamilla

Hi there! Have you tried maybelline's gel liner? any thoughts on whether or not its comparable to it? Thanks. :)

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterradz

too bad, i have never tried the gel liners until now because I am really not much into spending make-ups. they are more like gifts. :p
Although I tried using eyeliner pencil with a brush when lining my lid, and it seems to work fine. :) ., Let me know if you tried the ELF gel liner. I have read that they are also GGOOODDD ^^

Keep it up Miss Liz! great postssss :D

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

Thank you very much for the review. I love love love gel liners but I've always had a problem since I like to wear contacts and they usually melt away with teh solution! I've only so far tried out one gel liner from etude house that works and I'm so tempted to give teh kanebo one a go since my etude house gel liner dried up pretty fast DX. I've tried the maybeline one but I find it too grey, but for people who like a more natural looking gel liner i guess that works. But I want mine to be like a monolith XD

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat

hi ms liz :) thanks for the review. love to try this eye liner.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaria kate

Liz, galing mo gumamit ng gel eyeliner!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKriska R.

So if ever I get that eyeliner, what kind of cleanser should I use?

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynx

I wasn't aware that avon had brushes! Can you make a review on a list of what cheap brushes a newbie should buy?

that said, why oh why haven't I seen Kate near here yet. :/

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I've been using the Maybelline gel liners and while it's creamy and has not dried up since my purchase last October, it's not really good. You have to layer it up to get a good solid line and looks more like a dark grey than noir black. I set it with eyeshadow or liquid liner pa -- not good especially when rushing. I'm super glad there's a good cheap alternative! thanks liz! btw, i super love your brown contacts! anong brand niyan?? :)

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdoms

Hey doms! Havent tried the Maybelline, been super happy with my current eyeliners.

I bought the colored contacts from Executive Optical for only P600. Steal if you ask me. Sa iba mga P1,300 per pair. So far I like these contacts naman. Theyre called Coffee but actually looks greenish in person.

July 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

good techniques! I think liquid eyeliner is easier to work with but its not as matte as gel eyeliner. I will get this!

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

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