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Gold Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes


Gold Eyeliner: Tokidoki Unicorno, Guerlain Gold, Make Up For Ever #9L,
Urban Decay Eldorado, Urban Decay Honey, Milani Gold, L’Oreal HIP Gold Charge, Stila Koi

Gold Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes

There are certainly lots of variations on gold but one particular hue seems to find its way into multiple ranges, and I’ve deliberately excluded more antique golds (to-be-posted), but these are the more traditional golds, based on the products I own.   (Please assume that if it’s not here, I do not own it.)

  • Tokidoki Unicorno Glitter Eyeliner is a pale white gold base with darker gold glitter. (Review)
  • Guerlain Gold Stylo Yeux is a golden orange-peach–looks yellower in the pencil than swatched. (Side note: I received this relatively recently, but yet I could hardly find any information on it… anywhere.)
  • Make Up For Ever #9L Aqua Eyes is a lightened yellow gold. It’s not a dupe for Urban Decay’s Honey (or Eldorado). (Review)
  • Urban Decay Eldorado 24/7 Liner is a true yellow gold. You can tell it is significantly different from Honey. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Honey 24/7 Liner is a rustic gold with a molten gold-bronze glint. This is one of my favorite colors, but apparently Urban Decay discontinued it. It is similar to the next three eyeliners, but it seems a hue darker. (Review)
  • Milani Gold Liquif’Eye Liner is a deep metallic gold. It has a nearly identical texture and color to L’Oreal HIP’s Gold Charge. (Review)
  • L’Oreal HIP Gold Charge Chrome Eyeliner is a deep metallic gold. It has nearly identical texture and color to Milani’s Gold. (Review)
  • Stila Koi Smudge Stick is a deep, metallic gold. The color is nearly identical to both Milani’s Gold and L’Oreal HIP’s Gold Charge, but it’s a mechanical pencil, so it’s not quite as creamy. (Review)

Thoughts

Urban Decay Honey is now discontinued, but for those feeling the heartbreak and are running low, you may want to consider any of the following as close sistersL’Oreal HIP Gold Charge, Milani Gold, or Stila Koi.

DUPE ALERT! If it wasn’t visually obvious, L’Oreal HIP Gold Charge, Milani Gold, and Stila Koi are near identical.  L’Oreal HIP Chrome Eyeliner and Milani Liquif’Eye Liner formulas are quite similar, too–both creamy eye pencils that glide on smoothly (creamier than Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liners, by-the-by).  Stila Smudge Sticks are mechanical pencils, and they have known packaging woes (takes forever to get it to twist, often you can’t twist it back in).

Product Formulas/Wear:  I have no notable issues regarding overall wear with this set of eyeliners (exempting Guerlain Stylo Yeux, which I haven’t tested).  For more specifics, I urge you to review the particular product’s review.   Tokidoki Unicorno Glitter Eyeliner is a bit rough/scratchy against the lash line, because of the glittery bits.

What are your favorite golds?

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Gold Eyeliner: Tokidoki Unicorno, Guerlain Gold, Make Up For Ever #9L,
Urban Decay Eldorado, Urban Decay Honey, Milani Gold, L’Oreal HIP Gold Charge, Stila Koi


Gold Eyeliner: Tokidoki Unicorno, Guerlain Gold, Make Up For Ever #9L, Urban Decay Eldorado


Gold Eyeliner: Urban Decay Honey, Milani Gold, L’Oreal HIP Gold Charge, Stila Koi

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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lols youre so fast in doing all these freaking love you for that. any other comparisons coming up? like blue green and purple? i love them and would like to find nicer ones too thanks so much for doing this 😀

I love these new swatch comparisons you are doing! It is SO helpful!

My fav of these that I actually own is the MUFE #9L. I bought that earlier this year and LOVE it. It is the single longest lasting eyeliner I have. It is the perfect gold for the inner eye and highlighting. I sometimes use it as a base too, or a quick wash of color. It’s great and now a staple for me.

What? Honey was discontinued :(. It was my first ever Urban Decay product and I used to wear it ever day like three summers ago. I was known as the Y leader with the gold eyes by the kindergardeners :(. I’m almost out of mine too and was gonna pick it up soon. Good to know. I’m liking the Milani or L’Oreal as replacements. Thanks for these comparisons. I loved Perversion in the Black!

Thanks for doing this is very helpful, are you gonna do it with blues I’d love to see that ;P The last 4 are my favorites Honey looks brighter imo.

wow @ Urban Decay’s Honey!!!!! A fierce shade of gold! Is it a limited edition?

anyways thanks for the eyeliner comparison series, it’s such a brilliant idea!! 🙂

Kisses from Italy, Hun! 🙂

I looked at this and i was like “oo that bright one is my fav, i have to get it!, then i saw that it was UD Honey, which i already have. Score!

These eyeliner comparisons are really neat and helpful! Now, I’m extra glad I have Honey, since I had no idea it was discontinued. That’s amazing how similar the last three are!

i love that you are doing these swatches for eyeliners!!!! i am so sad about urban decay honey not being available, its such a pretty gold, but thank you so much for the dupes!!!!

christine, i LOVE you for doing these recent swatches of eyeliner comparisons!!! it is helping me tremendously, when it comes to seeing the subtle differences in the products that i’ve been contemplating buying. i did want ‘el dorado’, but after seeing these, now i’m going to pass and pick up the Stila pencil. i have been sending all my fellow makeup-lover friends over here to drool over and contemplate your swatches. thank youuuu!!!

There is too much variation to give them a numerical value – there is a lot of variance in tone, shade, light/dark, finish, etc.!

Thanks for the swatches! I hadn’t even noticed that Urban Decay discontinued Honey, darn! Up until now (with Asphyxia liner coming out), I would have to say that was Urban Decay’s most unique liner.

Christine do you have UD Baked liner? Just wondering how that compares. I have it and am wondering if I “need” one of these too…lol.

thanks Christine for a gold and silver liner comparison and dupe set! I will be picking up gold in the L’oreal Hip liner and I already have a silver liner from Smashbox! I was definitely debating on whether or not the Hip liner would be a good purchase and you’ve given me the info to make my decision! 😀 Thanks again!

Baked isn’t a gold, so I did not include it here. I would not say it compares to any of these, as it is more of a bronze shade. 🙂

I’m pretty loyal to 24/7 but I got the L’Oreal HIP Gold Charge based on this feature, and I’m really happy with it! Glad I got a great product at a drugstore price.

Thanks for this series Christine…very helpful.

Hi! I’m very very VERY excited to share!

Today I just found a very VERY beautiful gold eyeliner which is totally what you call ‘antique gold’ or ‘bronze glod’ and its texture is SO amazing because it is gel liner in pencil form! Very smooooothly glide on the lid. With a cheap price tag of 180 THB (= 6 USD) OMG!

Oh.. I was too excited that I didn’t mention its name! It is In2It waterproof gel liner in WG80 aztec. Extremely beautiful!!

I will send you my skin swatch photo to you if you’re interested! I found this In2It one looks so much like a dupe for UD Honey!

How funny I didn’t remember this post. I went out and bought Milani’s Gold even though I have L’Oreal Hips and I was swatching on my arms (I am almost out of Honey and it makes me so sad because it’s my favorite gold of all time) so then I look at my swatches of Milani and L’Oreal Hip and they don’t look almost identical too me, they look exactly the same. Both manufactured in Germany. I bet they’re the same exact formula and color. It’s a good thing I like the color.

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