Paul & Joe Waterproof Gel Eye Liner: Water Doesn’t Bother This Kitty Cat

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NOTE TO SELF: Next time Tabs insists on going for an impromptu walk in the rain (believe it or not, this has actually happened), grab Paul & Joe’s Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Black ($25), because once this quick-drying matte black gel sets on my lash lines, it won’t even flinch in a downpour.


Part of the new eight-piece limited edition Kitten Collection, Gel Eye Liner feels thick, dense and kind of reminds me of a drier, grayer version of MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

I don’t think it clings to water lines anywhere near as well, but on rainy, rushed days when all I want are quick cat eyes, Gel Eye Liner delivers. It dries in just about a minute, and after that, I get a good 12 hours out of it without any smudging or fading.

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The liner also comes with a flat, tapered retractable brush that performs surprisingly well and draws thick and thin lines with ease. Using it to apply Gel Eye Liner creates lines that look a little bit blurred at the edges, for an effect that’s more soft than precise.

If you’re looking for lines with a crisper edge, you might want to apply this with something like the Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush instead.

paul & joe kitten collection waterproof gel eye liner black cat cool
Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Black (sometimes called Black Cat Cool)

paul & joe kitten collection waterproof gel eye liner black cat cool
Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Black (sometimes called Black Cat Cool)

paul & joe waterproof gel eye liner

Color my cat eyes impressed with Paul & Joe Waterproof Gel Eye Liner. I wish it performed better along the water line, but depending on how you intend to wear it, that might not be an issue at all.


PRICE: $25
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Paul & Joe counters and also online

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chris25 says:

    This eyeliner looks awesome. I love gel liners.

    Jazz is thrilled to be back home. The girls are happy to have their brother back, and I’m just glad my little boy was saved. 🙂 He’s doing fine, but his bladder stretched while he was blocked, so he tends to leak urine now. I also have to give him wet food from now on, and the doctor told me about Hills Prescription food, which is supposedly a better kind.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Retractable eyeliner brush. Dear god, WHY have I never seen one before, that’s genius!!

    Where is Paul and Joe sold? I’ve neve seen it around, but I absolutely love them for this collection!!!

    • Karen says:

      I know! The only thing is you have to clean it every time you use it, otherwise it starts getting all crusty and gross.

      I get Paul & Joe online. The only other place I’ve seen it in person is the DFS Galleria on Oahu.

  3. corallista says:

    I like thick liner on you. Something looks different today, is it a new concealer?
    corallista recently posted … Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Mat 4 Lipstick : Review, Swatch and FOTD

    • Karen says:

      I used a little MAC Mineralize Concealer on the inner corners. I also used less foundation and powder, which I think allowed more sheen from MAC Strobe cream to come through. Thanks for noticing! 🙂

  4. I swear by the gel liners in the humidity of Florida but I’d never heard of this brand before. I will have to keep an eye out & when its time to replenish, give them a shot. Thanks for letting me know about them.
    Kellie ~ The Shoe Diva recently posted … Flirty and fun shoes, up to 70% off ~ After Valentines Day sale

    • Karen says:

      They’re a boutique line that used to be carried at Sephora about six years ago; now they’re harder to find. They have some nice items, especially the powders!

  5. Erin says:

    I spent the day with my cat Toffee, unfortunately he couldn’t afford to take me out for a meal but he tried his best to make it up to mel- brought three mice in for me during the night! Clearly a sign of devotion! The eyeliner looks gorgeous, especially with the lip colour! x

  6. Love you too Karen!

    This liner looks super black and opaque! I’m a big fan of gel liners myself 🙂

  7. Nina says:

    i <3 you too, Karen! and pls tell Tabs i <3 him as well!

    the liner is gorgeous … why must you add to my growing longer and longer p&j shopping list???

  8. This is pricier than my trusty Blacktrack Fluidline, but I sure do like the lid of the jar and that it comes with a brush!

  9. Kim says:

    Lots of love coming back at you, Karen! 🙂

    The liner looks really nice and I never wear any on my waterlines so that wouldn’t be an issue. I’m sort of getting into softer, smudged looks lately, though. I think the bold lines are starting to look too harsh on this old mug! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Kim. 🙂 Can’t ever have enough of it!

      Old mug? No way, I don’t believe it! Although I do love me a really soft line… that way when things start getting smudgy it looks purposeful.

      How’s your week going so far? Mine has been busy. IS IT FRIDAY YET?

      • Kim says:

        Oh, I wish! One more day! Then again, the Hubs is out of town and the boys have a hockey tourney starting tomorrow evening, so I’ll probably be busier on the weekend than I have been this week! 🙂

        You’ll see how spastic I am when you read my major over-reaction in the Adele comments. HAHA! I’m such a dodo sometimes! 🙂

        How are things shaping up for your weekend? Any fun plans?

  10. Staci says:

    Does the retractable brush compare to the one from Sonia K.? Also, in addition to my beloved fluidlines I’ve fallen for the Essence gel liners…how does this compare?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Staci,

      They’re both good for different reasons. I find that with Sonia’s bent brush, I can get a sharper, cleaner edge. With this brush, the lines are softer and more diffused.

      Re: Essence… aren’t those liner great? So cheap, too. Paul & Joe’s is drier and slightly thicker. I also think it’s sturdier. If you want real deal waterproof, then P&J might be the way to go.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Staci says:

        Thanks for the reply Karen. I do have the bent liner brush (on you recommendation and I love it-I also have ELF’s studio brand one that I travel with) but I was referring to the retractable liner brush from Sonia. The silver one, have you seen it?

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