13 liquid eyeliners we highly recommend
We review our favourites
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / December 19 2018
There’s something about that inky finish and sharp line that a liquid eyeliner creates that sets it apart from its pencil and gel liner counterparts. Generally the tool of choice for the more advanced eyeliner fans, and a must-have for anyone who loves a winged eyeliner look, a liquid eyeliner (when done right) can create the most striking of eye makeup looks. But besides mastering the technique (read up on all our expert tips here), your product will make or break the end result. Since a wonky, smudged liquid liner is never a good look, we’ve pulled together a list of nothing but the best liquid eyeliner reviews so you can *finally* end your search for ‘The One’.
#13 / Australis Make Me Matte Liquid Eyeliner
Really easy to work with, including building from a thin line to a thicker finish, this matte liquid eyeliner is affordable, vegan-friendly and long-lasting.
The review: “Besides the super cheap price, this is actually one of the longest lasting eyeliners I've tried, even compared to some mid-range - expensive brands. I love that it dries to a matte finish, which I think looks better during the day/for work, but can also look great for glam nights out. The brush is the best, slim and maintains it shape for easy styling.” Milan, SUPERcrew member
#12 / Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner
If a liquid liner is your go-to for a glamorous nighttime look or times when you want to shake things up, then this formula is for you. It comes in five metallic shades and delivers an intense, high-impact colour payoff that makes your eyes look brighter.
The review: “For days that I’m lazy with my eye makeup, I etch a flick using Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Golden Bronze Sparkle along my upper lash line. The tiny glitter particles catch the light when I blink, and the formula is durable (even through rain and humidity).” Iantha Yu, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Editor
#11 / Maybelline New York Eye Studio® Master Precise™ Liquid Liner
When precision is required, reach for this liquid liner. Its ultra-fine tip is easy to control and allows you to place your liner exactly where you want, like up close to the lash line. It’s waterproof and smudge-proof and stays put once applied.
The review: “The formula is truly terrific. It also lasts as long as I want it to, and I've never had an issue with smudging, irritation, or the eyeliner wearing off before I'm ready to remove it. It really is the perfect eyeliner for summer as it's definitely sweat-proof. I find it removes easily with a good eye makeup remover when I'm finally ready to take it off. Highly recommended, this is an absolute gem of a liner and perfect for liquid eyeliner novices like me.” Linda, SUPERcrew member
#10 / Clio Waterproof Pen Liner
K-beauty has done it again. One of Korea’s best-selling eyeliners of all time, what you’ll love about this one is its carbon black shade, the waterproof and budge-proof formula, and that its spongy felt tip glides on so effortlessly for an easy, always-perfect eyeliner application.
The review: “My favourite liquid eyeliner is the Clio Waterproof Pen Liner. It's the most opaque and dark liner I have ever used. It glides on effortlessly and is easy to create a thin line or build up the thickness, and best of all has amazing longevity and doesn't smudge or flake.” Alex, SUPERcrew member
#9 / Rimmel London Glam’ Eyes Professional Liquid Liner
A great drugstore buy, this liquid eyeliner has a fine brush applicator and a transfer- and smudge-resistant formula. If you like your eyeliner super delicate, this one’s for you (although it can also be build up to a bolder result).
The review: “This has been my go-to liquid eyeliner since forever! The formula is super long-lasting, and the fine brush makes application precise and easy, meaning you can easily build up a look to make it more dramatic. What’s more, it’s super affordable.” Erin Docherty, Beauty Crew Contributor
#8 / Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner
You can create both thin and thick lines with this liquid formula, and it comes in a brown shade for a soft, everyday look, or a richly-pigmented black for a striking finish. Our Beauty Assistant, Isobel has been a long-time fan of this budget buy, and says it's her go-to for a winged eyeliner that stays on like nothing else.
The reviews: “This is a classic that I started using when I was younger, passed down from my mum, and even though I've tried other eyeliners I always go back to this. It has real staying power, I never have to reapply throughout the day and the brush is great for different styles, especially a cat eye flick! The consistency is fabulous, never seems to dry out like other eyeliners I've had.” Georgia, SUPERcrew member
#7 / Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
Both ends of this eyeliner are winners, but if it’s a liquid liner formula you’re after, you’ll love how smoothly this one goes on without tugging, and the semi-matte finish it dries to.
The review: “The best liquid eyeliner is always Tarte Double Take Eyeliner - the liquid end side. It’s the blackest and most long-wearing eyeliner I have ever found. It’s also the best shaped tip to apply a dramatic flick easily, even when I am in a rush.” Aneta, SUPERcrew member
#6 / NYX Professional Makeup Matte Liquid Eyeliner
The quick-drying, long-lasting formula is richly pigmented and matte, making it a perfect choice for creating bold eye makeup looks. The thin brush also makes it easy to apply a precise, fine line in one stroke.
The review: “The brush is super skinny and easy to control. It's easy to get a straight line and create the perfect cat eye flick. I especially love how quick it dries yet stays put without smudging all day long.” Amanda, SUPERcrew member
#5 / Lancôme Grandiose Liner
Our Beauty Editor, Iantha, already singled this eyeliner out as one of her all-time favourites in our review of the best eyeliners, saying “Lancôme’s Grandiose Eyeliner is my absolute go-to, especially if I know my makeup needs to look fresh from day to night.” Its long-lasting formula is smudge, budge and transfer-proof, and has a sophisticated matte finish. If you struggle to get a steady, flawless line, you’ll also love the angled wand - it makes life SO much easier!
The review: “This is the perfect matte liner that is great for coordination-challenged people like me. Simply adjust the brush to the angle you need and voila! The best bit is the staying power, you actually have to work to get it off.” Anne, SUPERcrew member
#4 / Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner
Last year we stumbled on a Reddit thread where everyone was singing the praises of this eyeliner. “I wore this stuff through a ten-hour shift,” said one Redditor, while another claimed “Stila is the way to go if you want some sharp-ass wings”. We love that it comes in 12 stunning shades and that the waterproof formula is unbelievably budge-proof.
The review: “I loooove Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liner in Periwinkle (a stunning blue for summer). It is a foolproof, felt tip style liner that is so easy to use and can create anything from a delicate trace of colour on the lash line, to a full-blown cat's eye look. The waterproof formula (and YES, it really DOES stay colour true and perfect, even after a day in the ocean) means you just apply and forget...until you are ready to take it off. Seriously, everyone from beginners to seasoned pros will love it. It has little to no bleeding, so when you lay it down it stays exactly where you left it.” Jacqui, SUPERcrew member
#3 / The Quick Flick
If you like your eyeliner to be blacker than black, then this highly-pigmented formula is for you. It has a whopping 1500+ reviews on the brand’s site and a five-star rating. And here’s the bit we REALLY love, these dual-ended eyeliner markers have a wing stamp on one end, so it’s completely foolproof! You just stamp it at the outer corner of your eye, then use the fine tip on the other end to draw along the lash line and link with the flick. It’s the easiest liquid eyeliner you’ll ever use.
The review: “My fave liquid eyeliner is The Quick Flick - I’ll admit it, I’m terrible at doing a wing but this makes it foolproof. Both the stamp and liner are easy to use and doesn’t bleed or run, it stays on for hours without smudging.” Bree, SUPERcrew member
#2 / L’Oréal Paris SuperLiner Perfect Slim Eyeliner
This is a great choice for liquid eyeliner beginners. Our Review Crew® gave it 4.5 stars during their trial, and loved how pigmented the formula was, as well as how easy the flexible tip was to use and how the slim shape meant they could get nice and close to the lash line.
The review: “This glides on super easy and is very fine so getting right up next to the lash line is a breeze. It dispenses the perfect amount so you don't end up with big blobs. My go-to eyeliner from now on! “ Simone, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Garbo & Kelly Femme Fatale Dual Eyeliner
You get the best of both worlds with this dual-ended eyeliner. On one end is a kohl pencil, and the other has a quill-like tip that delivers an ultra-sharp and bold line. Plus, the inky formula is enriched with a vegan lash growing serum, which with continued use, helps lashes appear more dense and long.
The reviews: “I’m not huge on eye makeup, but when I need a liquid liner this has become my go-to. I like that the brown pigment (Jackie Brown) isn’t as harsh as black, but still gives great definition to my top lash line and doesn’t budge throughout the day. Because I have hooded lids, I find doing a winged look a bit tricky, so I just use it to line my top lash line.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
“Favourite liquid liner is Garbo and Kelly’s liquid liner. It has an extremely pigmented formula and has a thin and flexible pen tip that makes it simple to create that perfect wing.” Ruby, SUPERcrew member
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Are you a liquid liner fan? What’s your favourite one?
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.