Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Hit List

What’s the Best Eyeliner…?

What brand/products win this category? What makes it so great?

Thanks to Meme for today’s topic!

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74 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Eyeliner

  1. Alice

    I love the Essence ones. They are cheap, waterproof and long lasting(both the gel and the liquid ones). I just wish they had more colours, since they’re great for experimenting with.

  2. Shontay

    YSL’s shocking gel liners, hands down. Pigmentation, staying power (even on the waterline) and the colors. A++

  3. P.Cruz

    Urban Decay in Perversion, hands down best I’ve ever tried. :)

  4. Pencils: Sephora Flashy Waterproof, Smashbox Limitless.
    Liquid: Stila Stay All Day, Prestige Liquid

  5. My favourite eyeliner is Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel eyeliner. This product really does stay on until you remove it. It is great for more mature ladies as it doesn’t creep into creases if you have a less than smooth eyelid. Jude xx @jadlgw

  6. Alicia

    My fave for everyday ease are the MAC Technakohls. I also use GOSH Let’s Twist Eyeliner (in Canada at Shopper’s), which costs less but has a really similar texture. I find they go on (usually) smooth, with a good punch of color, and they last all day without smudging! No sharpening required!

  7. Lesley

    hands down lancome liquid artliner.

  8. megan

    Umm don’t know if this is allowed but I have two that I think are the best!

    Gel: essence liner
    Pencil: Prestige

    Both are inexpensive and super pigmented. I like the Essence gel liner better that Mac fluidline!

  9. KC

    Milani Liquif’Eye.

  10. Rozeta

    Milani’s Infinite Liquid Liner in Everlast and NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Liner in Via Veneto. Both last all day! I use the NARS for my waterline and it does not budge. The Milani is also the blackest liquid liner I have ever tried!

  11. Liquid Eyeliner: Hands down is NYX Studio Liquid Liner and MUFE Aqua Liner.

    Pencil liners: NYX SLIDE ON PENCIL, Marcelle – Marcelle Hypo-Allergenic Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, UD Glide on eye pencils, MUFE Aqua Eyes and Prestige Total Intensity™ & Waterproof Eyeliner.

    Gel pot: Annabelle Smudgepaint and MAC’s Fluidline & Chromaline.

  12. Adrienne

    Bobbi brown gel!

  13. Reese

    Pencil – Estee Lauder double wear pencils, lasts forever, great pigmentation. Got one in a GWP once and now I can’t go back! I love them!
    And the good old standard mac fluidline, although I’m hearing great things about clinique’s gel liners!

  14. Milani Liquif’eye, Annabelle SmoothLiner, Physician’s Formula gel liner trios!

  15. Ashley Sarah

    I’m loving this post because I don’t have any “favorites” and this will help me find something.

  16. Pencil Liner – Avon Luxury Liner

    I also really like Avon’s Eyewriter and Model’s Prefer pencils.

  17. Amy

    Loving Too Faced’s “Perfect” Eyeliners. They go on SUPER smooth, and last all day!

  18. Leenie

    I like Lancome the water proof one, It doesn’t smudge under my eyes

  19. Maggie

    Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On are definitely a HG of mine.

  20. Anaïs

    Shiseido’s one ! Soooo perfect

  21. Marian

    I like Bobbi Brown gel liner, MAC powerpoint pencils and Lancome Artliner

  22. Sara

    I feel like BareEscentual’s “Insider” waterline eyeliner never gets any love, and hands down it’s my absolute favorite waterline eyeliner. Otherwise, I like UD’s 24/7 pencils, but that’s becuase I typically use them for color. Not necessarily adding the perfect tightline to my eye look.

    • kharanya

      Totally agree! Doesn’t irritate my supersensitive eyes either. But I do love Tarte’s Emphaseyes Aquagel liner and Hourglass Liquid.

  23. Hareem

    MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, hands down my most favourite long-lasting darkest eyeliner!

  24. julia

    I’ve been loving Urban Decay’s 24/7 liquid liner in Perversion. It lasts all day and doesn’t smudge when you try to remove it.

  25. Wenz

    Milani Liquif’eye (Black) & my HG is Urban Decay Stash :)

  26. L

    Urban Decay, Laura Mercier Eye Kohl in Stormy Grey

    For drugstore brand, Jordana.

  27. Roseline Tran

    I have used many eyeliners, but none that have truly stood out, except for
    Pencil: MUFE Aqua Eyes, Smashbox Limitless Onyx
    Clay/Gel: tarte emphasEyes Amazonian clay eyeliner/shadow

    MUFE is amazing, stays on the waterline very well, and Smashbox is a close second, but it’s not a true black, and with tarte, AMAZING, great true black pigment, a nice crisp clean line on the waterline when using a good thin eyeliner brush, but the pot dries up very quick. :(((

    My personal take =].

  28. Diane

    Gel liner is best for my needs & age (45+ club)

    I like MAC Fluidlines & BB gel inks, L’Oreal HIP is pretty good, too, but expensive for drugstore. I’m not even sure they still make them, I couldn’t find them the last time I looked for them in the store.

    Best pencils for me are Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils… MAC Pearlglides are great, too, although LE. :(

  29. Nara

    MAC – smolder (my all time fave for the longest) i’ve used this for years, years & years. IT gives you that perfect sultry, smokey effect. And it doesnt run down at all. & if you really wanna smoke it out. Run it over with a eyeshadow power. & also, i love wet & wild gel liner. ITS so creamy, stays on LONG, and the color POPS! not to’s so CHEAP ! :)

  30. Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner! The one I reach for almost every day is Bourbon.

  31. Alix

    Want a pleasant and super-inexpensive surprise? Try ELF’s cream liners. Fantastic — they don’t budge, and they’re THREE DOLLARS! Their Metallic Olive is a gorgeous everyday color (they have 11 in all, if you go online!).

  32. Ev

    I’ve tried UD 24/7 and it’s pretty good, but I keep going back to my Prestige Total Intensity liners. Admittedly UD has a much wider range of colours. The L’oreal HIP Chrome liners hold their own as well, I reckon. I don’t really use liquid liners but I absolutely love felt liners! I’ve been meaning to try the Maybelline Hypersharp felt liner but haven’t had the chance to yet.

  33. Buxom’s lash liner has yet to fail me!


  34. Elice

    Liquid-Stila all day wear
    Gel-Bobbi Brown gel liner

  35. Emily

    Ive been going back and forth between UD 24-7 in Zero or MAC’s Chromaline Eyeliner. Both are so pigmented and applies so smoothly. =]

  36. I would say Urban Decay 24/7 with its variety of colors. Milani Liquify is great but not many shades.

  37. I can’t pick just one!

    Urban Decay 24/7 liquid and pencil eyeliners
    Essence cream eyeliner
    Physicians Formula cream eyeliners
    MAC Fluidlines
    Stila Smudgepots

  38. Sara

    MUFE aqua black. It’s easy to apply and the blackest black I’ve found!

  39. Sophia

    I love Mac fluidline for upper lashline and UD zero or perversion for waterline!

  40. MAC liquidlast eyeliner the best! I’ve worn it to the beach, waterparks/pool, gym, out dancing and it is 100% waterproof and stays put all day.

    I’m not a super Mac fanatic but I’ve tried the aqua eyes pencil, makeup forevers new waterproof liners and the stila eyeliners, sephora pencils, other mac eyeliners t they peel, flake or smear after a while or give u raccoon eyes. The only dtawback to MAC liquidlast is that u can’t make a super thin line with the way the brush is made and then its difficult to put on the lower lashline since its a liquid

  41. Marlee

    My favorite pencil eyeliner is milani liquif’eye and for liquid I love LORAC front of the line pro

  42. Sumer Mohammad

    Bobbi brown gel liner in 07 espresso ink . This color looks super natural on me (I’m NC30) . Pros : long lasting – waterline safe – easy to use – great color between black and brown ( blackish brown ) for daily use. Cons : it hard to find in My country ( KSA) – the price tag

  43. Claudia Costa Manso

    MAC Fluidline in blacktrack is amazing. I also love one pen eyeliner called SUPER PRETO, made by a brazilian brand (contem 1g).

    • Lizzi

      I agree! The fluidlines are the best! But the Urban Decay ones are great too because of all the colors they come in.

  44. Make Up Store’s Cake Eyeliner!

  45. Courtney

    I really really love MAC pearlglide in Undercurrent. Such a pretty shade, applies like a dream, and stays all day.

  46. Francesca L

    I love both MAC’s Fluidline liners and Urban Decay Glide-On Eye Pencils. Fluidlines are gel liners that are smooth, can be applied with incredible precision (with the right brush, of course) and stay on forever. Glide-On Eye Pencils are creamy and easy to apply. Both eyeliners come in a wide variety of colors, especially the Glide-On Pencils.

  47. Feby

    My favourite eyeliner:
    -Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner Pencil
    -Etude Code B Cream Liner
    -Urban Decay 24/7 liner

  48. Leah

    Love MUFE Aqua Eyes, I use the 2L (brown) one on a pretty regular basis.

    I doubt many people have heard of this brand, but when I was in Korea last year I found a brand called “Too Cool For School,” which I have been unable to find anywhere else. I bought a really pretty pink/brown twist-up eyeliner. It’s going to be a sad day when that runs out.

  49. makeup love

    MAC Pro Black Black chromograph! It stays all day on my waterline.

  50. Urban Decay liners have always been amazing for me, color, staying power, application. They last too. A thing I like to do is put them in the fridge for a decent amount of minutes when I’m about to sharpen them. Less product gets wasted.

    Too Faced Lava Gloss eyeliner is also a favorite.

    I have a lot of Avon eyeliners too and they hold up really well. They are my go-to ‘cheap’ beauty purchase.

  51. amanda

    UD, as usual, and Benefits bad gal waterproof black was fantastic when i used it.. held up all day. MAC fluidline for gel, and l’oreal brush tipped liquid..

  52. Shannon

    I was really hoping to see Christine’s fave when it comes to waterline staying power… I’ve yet to find one that isnt gone after 30 min (no joke), I guess I just a have really slick waterline?

  53. Stephanie thurston

    I love make up for ever’s aqua eyes in black and Lise waiter’s waterproof in noir intense! I’m pretty sure Lise waiter is huge for eyeliners in Canada, at least Quebec

  54. Lucy

    Girls, please help!

    I can’t decide if I should splurge and get Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner (in black; $21 – I already bought the Ultra Fine brush but will return if other option is better) or NYX Slide On (Jet black).

    I really need my eyeliner to not smudge and fade on my waterline!

  55. Liz

    for more affordable picks, I would go with Prestige Total Intensity or GOSH liners. I also like MAC Technakohls because they’re just so convenient, but comparatively, there’s little product, and I go through them really fast.

  56. Jessica

    Maybelline Master Drama pencil in bold brown 😛

  57. Kary

    THEE best eyeliner in the whole world is Victoria’s Secret Eyeliner/Smudge tip in extreme black! It goes on SO ridiculously smooth and even! It last the entire day (9+ hours) and isn’t a mission to remove. If you’re looking for a new eyeliner that isn’t expensive ($12 or $14) and is SUPER AWESOME, then this one is for you!

    I cannot live without this eyeliner, and will never use another. I totally freaked out not too long ago when I went to buy another one. They were sold out in every store I went to and was on back order online! I thought they were going to discontinue it :( But! they haven’t! :)

  58. Emily

    Lancome Kohl in Ebony. The $18 is 100% worth it. I could not live without that eyeliner.