What brand do you feel you can rely on for eyeliner?

Generally, I would say Urban Decay, though a lot of more recent, limited edition shades have been quite inconsistent!

— Christine


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Chelsea Avatar

Here for the recs haha.
The only brand I’ve been rebuying from is Julep. They have a fantastic taupe and it’s pretty smudge resistant. Haven’t been able to brave trying it on the waterline though.

Mariella Avatar

A year ago, I would have said “Sephora”. I love(d) their pencil liners but they reformulated (bah, humbug) and my favourite, every day shade, now gets a really mediocre rating from Temptalia. So I guess I have to say Urban Decay (until they reformulate….it’s bound to happen and they’ll crapify their pencils the same way they’ve done so much else in their brand) and also Lise Watier! Stila’s aren’t bad either (at least the ones I have that came in those old “In the” palettes and are still going strong).

Lacey Avatar

Make Up Forever and LA Girl honestly. Followed by Clinique, Ulta, Sephora. UD was my fave for years but the quality and consistency vs price has declined. Mufe aqua resist pencils are fantastic and less expensive. If I need uber long wearing (or to adapt a color) I set my eyeliner with eyeshadow so the cheaper versions of UD colors that I haven’t been able to dupe yet isn’t a problem.

LeviathanEyes Avatar

Urban Decay has never worked for me. I have about 30 pencils and they just don’t adhere, and smudge so MAC and the Stila liquid liners are my go to. Also NYX has some nice angled ones.

brendacr1 Avatar

MUFE eyeliners are beautiful but they do eventually dry out I’ve never used one of their pencils right down to the stub. Avon used to have a line called Super Shock it was a gel pencil and the colors were very saturated and once it dried they didn’t budge. I haven’t come across another brand that has that staying power, I don’t know if they still sell it I just inherited the ones my mother had when she passed they just had a few basic colors but the teal was beautiful and a favorite of mine.

IndigoBlue Avatar

It can seem weird, but my favourite eyeliner is a pencil by a low-cost Italian brand, Kiko Milano: smooth, not waterproof, it is perfect for smokey eyes, I like it because it’s really easy to apply and correct if needed, and I don’t have to stress my eyes with too strong makeup removers (I wear contact lenses all day). Same level – if not better – than Clinians eye pencils.

Miggs Avatar

My eyeliner of choice is almost always dark brown eyeshadow powder applied with a flat-edged liner brush or as I like to call it, ‘push-liner’ brush. But I do like the gel-liner pencils by MACQUEEN, a S.Korean makeup brand that sells on YesStyle.com.

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