My Favourite Liquid Eyeliners

My Favourite Liquid Eyeliners

A couple of years ago, I made it part of my new year resolutions that I will master the application of liquid eyeliners. Liquid eyeliners have always been my downfall; I love it on other ladies but I couldn’t seem to get it right without 1) poking the damn things in my eyes or 2) drawing crooked lines on my lashlines. It was frustrating to say the least and I was determined to get the application at least decent once and for all.

Two years later, after lots of teary moments from getting poked in the eye, removal with eye makeup remover, try again, getting poked in the eye again, etc, I finally got it right. It’s not as smooth and precise as most ladies who wear liquid eyeliners regularly, but it’s at least pretty decent. After sifting out the lemons from the lot, these are the liquid eyeliners I’d go for and are my top picks.

I can safely say that these are eye-friendly and not poke-worthy. πŸ˜€

My Favourite Liquid Eyeliners

L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim*
I thought this was quite interesting because it has such a long and skinny felt tip. Yet, its long and skinny-ness makes application very easy. I use the side of felt pen to glide along my lash line and the tip to create the wing/flick at the outer corners. It doesn’t say anything about it being waterproof on the pen but you’ll be hard-pressed to get rid of it that easily even with a makeup remover.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeliner Duo*
I wrote a quick review on this eyeliner a couple of months ago but it’s still one of my fast favourites. Even though it takes some time to dry, the intensity and depth of the liquid eyeliner didn’t just define the eyes, it made them pop. When this is removed with an eye makeup remover, it flakes off like tubing mascara.

Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner
This was the first liquid eyeliner I bought after dabbling in a few budget eyeliners prior to this collection. I tried it out at the back of my hand at Mecca Cosmetica, liked it, bought it, tried it out at home and loved it. It’s not as intense as most of the eyeliners but it’s incredibly easy to use. I’ve not encountered a single mistake when using this eyeliner and for Ms Shaky Hands here, it’s saying a lot. This is now my second pen since the older one has expired.

My Favourite Liquid Eyeliners

Lord & Berry Liquid Eyeliner Pen*
I was given this at the Beauty Blogger’s Utopia a couple of years ago. At that time, I had no idea about Lord & Berry cosmetics. I still haven’t tried any other makeup from Lord & Berry apart from this eyeliner and I’ll still go for this eyeliner because it’s very easy to use. This is incredibly similar to the Hourglass Calligraphy, from the intensity of the liquid eyeliner to the hard felt tip. Sadly, I chucked the pen after writing this post because as you can tell, it’s long expired.

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner
I got this in Japan. I’ve heard great things about Dolly Wink liquid eyeliners and thought it was cheap in Japan, why not try it out? This eyeliner has the softest tip of the lot and while I usually prefer harder tips, this makes it easy to draw very thin lines.

My Favourite Liquid Eyeliners

The Rimmel and L’Oreal liquid eyeliner are still standing strong after using a makeup remover!

Napoleon Perdis Matte Eye Ink*
This is very similar to the Estee Lauder liquid eyeliner duo. It applies on the eyes very wet and is very strong in colour too. However, when this dries, it becomes matte (unlike what you see in the photo. Drats, I should have let the eyeliner dry first before snapping the photo. Ooops, my bad!). Even though it doesn’t have a pen handle, it’s very easy to apply due to its felt-tip applicator.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner
This has got to be my favourite of favourites. It’s cheap, has a hard felt tip and the slanted tip makes this pen so easy to use. It’s waterproof too so rest assured this will not budge after hours of wear. It even lasts through teary eyes without a single smudge.

My Favourite Liquid Eyeliners

There you have it, my favourite liquid eye liners. I’ve tried a lot of liquid eyeliners during my “practice” phase and these are the ones that stood out. The ones with harder felt tips like Rimmel, Hourglass, Lord & Berry and L’Oreal are the ones that I usually go for because these are hard to make mistakes with. If I’m to recommend just one for your to check out, then I’d suggest the Rimmel Scandaleyes. It’s a great waterproof liquid eyeliner, affordable and very easy to use.

Have you tried any of these liquid eyeliners before? Do you wear liquid eyeliners? What’s your favourite? I’d love to discover more!

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16 comments… add one
  1. Allison

    The Napoleon Perdis looks beautiful even tho’ you said it dries matte. I still haven’t cracked the code with liquid liners. I have a turquoise liquid UD 24/7 that has the tiniest brush that I can do. And I have a few felt tips, an essence liquid liner that has an angled tip which I can do. I can going to try your tip about running the side along my lash line, and see if that helps. Unfortunately, the roots of my lashes are not even and they don’t help, lol. Sometimes I take my angled brush and dip it onto my liquid liners and apply it that way, lol: cheating but no one knows!
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    1. Tine

      Aww man I’ve heard so much of Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners but I’ve never even tried one! That’s a great tip for applying eyeliner. Oh who cares how it’s done as long as it’s done, right? πŸ˜‰

  2. Marianne

    Love love love love Stila All Day Liquid Eyeliner, cannot go wrong with this product! Melts into lash line perfectly and I’m even mastering the wing with it’s perfect tip!

    1. Tine

      Yay, a new liquid eyeliner for me to try out! πŸ˜€

  3. gio

    I’m not that good at applying liquid eyeliner either. I can draw a decent line if it comes with a felt tip applicator. But if it comes with a brush, there’s no way I can apply it decently. I have to use my own brush instead. lol

    My favourite is Senna Cosmetics Pinpoint Micro Top Liquid Eyeliner. It’s very pigmented and lasts all day!
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    1. Tine

      I can’t use a brush either. I find them so fiddly. I’m surprised that the Napoleon Perdis and EstΓ©e Lauder ones worked for me. I usually need just felt-tip pens!
      I’ve not heard of Senna Cosmetics before. Time to Google! πŸ™‚

  4. Anna

    I’ve only just mastered the liquid eye liner though I find gel liner easier. Does the Rimmel liquid eye liner smudge at all? I have monolids and find they smudge and rub after a few hours. Thanks!

    1. Tine

      Nope, the Rimmel Scandaleyes do not smudge at all, at least not on me. I’ve had it on for well over 12 hours before without a single smudge. Now that’s saying something!

  5. Karen

    This is a great comprehensive review! I love the Dolly Wink liquid liner! I actually prefer brush tip over felt tip since it’s more precise and better for my small eyelid fold.
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    1. Tine

      Haha good to know that the brush tips one work better for you. I’m hopeless with those! πŸ˜›

  6. Hilary

    Just wanted to say thank you for doing this, from my wallet (and husband), it means I don’t have to now πŸ˜€
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    1. Tine

      Kakakaka happy to oblige, m’dear!

  7. Victoria

    Thank you for this post as I am currently looking for a good eyeliner. I am also really bad at applying liquid eyeliner because I can never draw a straight line but I know with lots of practice, I would eventually be able to do it. The Rimmel one seems the most interesting and I need to hunt for it here in Malaysia. What do you think of Maybelline’s Hyperliner? The tip is really soft for that one which makes it hard to draw a straight line.

    1. Tine

      I had to Google the Maybelline Hyperliner. It looks awfully similar to what we have here, which is the Master Precise. Ooh I forgot about that one; damn I should have added it into my list as well. That one’s good too, especially for smaller, monolid eyes. But I still prefer felt-tip pens because the hard tip makes it harder to make mistakes. Instead of drawing one fluid line in one go, try dotting along the lash line instead and then join the dots. That works too!

  8. Julie

    Honestly, I hated the rimmel one when I tried it. The colour pay off was disappointing and the staying power wasn’t that great. After only two uses I found the tip drying out and struggled to get the product out. I have however heard great things about the napoleon liner, and my current favourite is theBalms schwing liquid.
    Also, for the ladies who struggle with liquid I wholly recommend benefits they’re real push up liner! Super easy to use and soooo pigmented and it doesn’t budge, not even on the overnight train from Sydney to Melbourne!

    1. Tine

      Drats, I’m sorry the Rimmel one didn’t work for you. The Benefit Push Up Liner didn’t work for me! πŸ˜›

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