The Eyeliner Line Up.

The line up today: Pencil, liquid, cake, and gel eyeliners.

Eyeliner smudges can make you look messy, tired, and crazy at times. It’s important to find the right eyeliner that works for you and the look you’re going for.

Here’s my opinion on just a few eyeliners and the best way to apply them. Hope this helps you find your perfect liner. 😉

I’ll be reviewing them from left to right.
(Make Up For Ever . Stila . Laura Mercier . Bobbi Brown)

1. Make Up For Ever. Aqua Eyes. Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in #10.

  • It tugged at my skin and was a bit difficult to get a clean line with one motion.
  • Had to apply using small little strokes but wasn’t able to achieve the clean line I was looking for.
  • Think it’s one of the best pencil liners out there in terms of smudge-proof-ness… but I wouldn’t use it on a daily basis. Personally just not a big of a fan of pencil liners.
  • A good option if you’re going for a smokey eye or a look where you didn’t have to be too precise.

2. Stila. Stay All Day. Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black.

  • Felt tip takes some getting used to. The eyeliner applies even with the slightest touch so you really need a steady hand.
  • If you have a steady hand, it’s great for  precision… but not good for filling in between lashes.
  • Dries slightly shiny… Great if you’re looking for a more dramatic look.
  • Pretty smudge proof and waterproof.

3. Laura Mercier. Eyeliner in Black Ebony.

  • To apply, take a wet brush directly to the liner. I was a bit worried about using a wet brush to a dry cake… but I’ve had mine for some time now and it’s fine.
  • Love that you can build up the color and thickness at your own pace.
  • Just use the length of the brush to dab on the liner on and in between your lashes. Doesn’t feel like you’re drawing freehand… It’s more like “stamping.”
  • Great for everyday wear, but not waterproof so I don’t recommend wearing on a hot day.
  • Below is a comparison between a light and heavy loaded brush.  Play around to find your perfect proportion of water and color.

4. Bobbi Brown. Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. Black Ink 1.

  • Big fan of this eye liner. I apply the stamping technique with my angled brush and build up to how dark/thick I want it to look.
  • I like to lightly moisten my brush before loading the liner to the brush. I find this makes it easier to apply.
  • After I load the brush with the liner, I use the inside of the cap to swipe the brush a couple of times on either side. I do this to: (1) get the liner evenly distributed on the brush (2) get rid of excess liner on the brush (3) to get the brush to a nice crisp point.
  • It’s one of the most smudge proof eyeliners I’ve tried. Once it’s dried… it’s there to stay.
  • If I’m going out and know it’s going to be a long day/night… this is my eyeliner of choice.

So what’s the eyeliner I would choose if I had to just pick one? Bobbi Brown. I’m able to use the length of the brush and ‘stamp’ my way across the waterline for a clean and precise look. Also, great for dramatic looks as well because it won’t smudge! 😉What’s your favorite?

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  1. December 17, 2011 / 11:00 am

    I think you have convinced me to try Bobbi BROWN’s gel liner once I run out of my blacktrack by MAC. I have wanted to try this forever!

    • December 17, 2011 / 12:12 pm

      Always fun to try something new. Hope you like it!

  2. Denise Shively
    December 6, 2011 / 9:42 am

    I’ve never tried Bobbi Brown’s eyeliner, but I do love gel eyeliners – right now I’m using Pixi gel liner. I used to be a pencil liner gal, but after trying a gel liner for the first time I am HOOKED! They last so much longer than anything else I’ve tried. Thanks for the great post 🙂

    • December 6, 2011 / 3:01 pm

      I know. Isn’t gel great! thanks for sharing!~

  3. emilee821
    December 5, 2011 / 6:48 pm

    I’ve been using just a regular pencil eyeliner but I’ll definitely try the Bobby Brown’s gel eyeliner. Regular pencils smear quite a bit.

    • December 5, 2011 / 7:27 pm

      Try the gel liner… I hope you like it!~ Let me know how it works out for you.

  4. December 5, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    Gel liners are my fave, hands down. Absolute best staying power, for me. Nice topic and good photos 2! 🙂

    • December 5, 2011 / 7:26 pm

      I know… I love Bobbi Brown but I hear MAC has a good gel liner too.

  5. Hannah
    December 3, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    Bobby Brown’s my fav too. And I finally got my Blinc! And I love it! Absolutely no smudging! Yaayyyy!!

    • December 4, 2011 / 1:12 am

      Yay! So glad you like Blinc! A lot of products are upcoming. I’ve purchased a lot of stuff these past few weeks. Thanks for reading~ <3