Your hunt for a trusty eyeliner stops here. As part of our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017, we’ve sieved out 11 long-wearing drugstore and high-end eyeliners that’ll bring your look from day to night.
ETUDE HOUSE Super Slim Proof Pencil Liner, $14.90
While most might prefer a liquid eyeliner, the ETUDE HOUSE Super Slim Proof Pencil Liner has a soft formula that slides on easily without tugging on the skin. At only 1.5mm thin, this pencil eyeliner will allow you the precision to achieve intricate eyeliner looks – it is waterproof and holds up well when in contact with oil too. This affordable eyeliner comes in a range of colours and they are perfect for days where want an extra oomph.
essence Super Precise Eyeliner, $4.90
We were pleasantly surprised when this ultra budget-friendly eyeliner snagged the top spot against the other heavyweights on this list. A drugstore eyeliner that ticks off all the boxes, this essence Super Precise eyeliner lives up to its name; ideal for drawing both thick and thin lines to close precision with its fine brush tip. And its formula absolutely doesn’t budge nor flake throughout the day, making it our go-to eyeliner for when we need our eye makeup to really hold up.
Kate Super Sharp Liner, $17
Cost-effective and high performance, the Kate Super Sharp Liner comes in three shades, BK-1, BK, and BR-1 where BK-1 is jet black. The eyeliner is pretty solid – it is well-pigmented and waterproof. However, it is not smudge- and oil-proof and may flake when worn for long hours. Patting on eye primer before applying your liner can help it stay on better throughout the day.
Catrice Eye’Matic Dip Liner Deep Black, $5.50
The Catrice Eye’Matic Dip Liner is a little different from your usual eyeliner. While its glossy formula definitely does the job, its felt brush applicator is the highlight worth shouting about. Sturdy and curved slightly to give you a good grip and full control, beginners will find it easier to create their desired eyeliner looks with this product.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eyeliner, $38
Want an pop of colour to spice up your look? The Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eyeliner will do the trick. Whether its lining your waterline for an unexpected edge or lining it on your lids, its highly pigmented gel formula glides on effortlessly and delivers extreme hues in a single stroke. Available in a wide range of colours, this eyeliner dries quickly in 20 seconds and results in a resilient flick that won’t wear off midday.
shu uemura Lasting Soft Gel Pencil, $37
shu uemura has proved to be a solid brand that whizzes out quality products, including this Lasting Soft Gel Pencil. Like the other eyeliners we’ve recommended, this pencil eyeliner is easy to manoeuvre and delivers precise application. However, while its buttery soft texture is great for creating a soft, smoky effect, those with oiler lids might experience more smudging at the end of a long day.
Browhaus Precision Waterproof Eyeliner, $19.90
Dubbed as an extremely easy-to-use eyeliner, the specially designed felt tip of this liner gives you full control in order to create precise and thin lines. Long-lasting and smudge-proof, it does not take mad skills to learn the art of perfecting the eyeliner with Browhaus’s Waterproof eyeliner. It can do anything from natural to dramatic, depending on how you work it.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, $12
The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil is said to last even when you’ve got oily eyelids. Coming in a wide variety of shades, this multi-tasker can be used as a flattering eyeliner, double up as an eyeshadow or even used as an eyeshadow base – simply layer over your eyeshadow and watch the colours pop!
Make Up Store Glitter Eyeliner, $35
Want a sheen of glitter on your lids? Reach for the Make Up Store Glitter Eyeliner. While its formula isn’t as opaque as we’d like it to be, you can build up the layers from subtle to head-turner in a few strokes – which makes it good for beginners. And it dries pretty quickly, so you won’t have to be afraid of smudging it up with glitter residue.
Maybelline Hypersharp 0.01mm Liner, $19.90
At a highest laser-sharp precision ever of 0.01mm, this Maybelline liner allows ultra-fine lines on your lids. The colour is intense, and it defines your eyes beautifully. You’d be stoked to know that although the tip is super fine, it still offers a steady give, which allows you to draw really close to your lash line to achieve the feline flick of your dreams.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $32
Raved about in the beauty community, Kar Von D’s Tattoo Liner lives up to its name. Even without an eyelid primer, this product adheres on well on the lids without budging, putting your worries of raccoon eyes to rest. The brush is well-designed, making it easy to control the lines. However, the colour is not as dark and intense as most eyeliners, so you might have to go over it a couple times.