9 elite liquid eyeliners we highly recommend
Honest reviews, straight from liner lovers
By Team BeautyCrew
August 25 2020
Oh liquid liner, how we love you. There’s just something about the inky finish and razor sharp edge that a liquid formula offers 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 moment, 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 of choice definitely holds the power to make or break the end result.
So, since a wonky, smudged liquid line is never a good look, we’ve pulled together a list of the cream of the jet-black crop, backed up by reviews from a few liner lovers that have done the testing legwork for you...
Australis Make Me Matte Liquid Eyeliner
The info: A matte, vegan-friendly formula that allows for mess-free application every time, you can trust it'll stay put for hours on end; not bad for that bargain price.
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
Maybelline New York Eye Studio® Master Precise™ Liquid Liner
The info: When precision is required, reach for this liquid liner. Its ultra-fine tip is easy to control and allows you to place your liner super close to the lashline.
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
Clio Waterproof Pen Liner
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
Rimmel London Glam’ Eyes Professional Liquid Liner
The info: A great drugstore buy, this liquid eyeliner has a fine brush applicator and a transfer-resistant formula that locks your liner look in for the long haul.
The review: “If I could hand this liner a tiny trophy with the phrase 'GOAT' on it, I would. I've been using it for upwards of ten years now, and it's the very formula I learned the art of the cat-eye with – shoutout to Lauren Conrad for the 2008 wing-spo. Honestly, it would take a discontinuation situation for me to ever stray from it; FYI, I tend to order in bulk out of fear of that very scenario... it's legit what keeps me up at night." – Delaney, Digital Beauty Editor
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner
The info: 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.
The review: “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
Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
The info: 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, as well as the semi-matte finish it dries down 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
NYX Professional Makeup Matte Liquid Eyeliner
The info: 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
The Quick Flick
The info: With a precision tip for lining the eye on one end and a wing-shaped stamp that ensures you nail the feline flick every time (on both sides!) on the other, this is no doubt the easiest 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
L’Oréal Paris SuperLiner Perfect Slim Eyeliner
The info: This formula is the perfect choice for liquid liner newbies; the slim, flexible tip lets you get nice and close to the lashline and makes the application experience a total breeze. Oh, and did we mention it's pigmented as hell?
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