This is where I Draw The Line.
Am I the only one who has been searching for a long lasting eyeliner…ever since they begun wearing eyeliners? Yeah you’re right, probably not.
I’ve been wearing eyeliner for as long as I’ve been wearing mascara so I’m always looking for one that lasts on my waterline. Majority of the liners I use tend to migrate all over the place, under my eyes, into the inner corners, sometimes even settling out at the end of my. No bueno.
The first eyeliner I ever purchased was an eye kohl by NYX, and then a few years later I used an eye kohl by Bonnebell (yes, I was 14). Anyways, by the time I turned 17 I thought “okay yes, yes this Rimmel is going to be The One”. Alas, it was not. Shocker. Who saw that coming?
By 2011, I bought Revlon Colorstay in the fall while doing my back to school shopping and I was thoroughly impressed with the staying power, and smoothly it actually went on. It also doesn’t hurt that its retractable. The other retractable I had used was Maybelline’s Define A Line eyeliner in dark brown; but it gave me that brown gunk every time I’d blink…and you can probably guess how often I blink.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
So far the best one I’ve come across is Black Lace by the Sephora Collection. Speaking of which, I’m starting to feel like the Sephora Collection is a bit underrated; they’re shadows are super pigmented too! I use this daily for school, and it stays on my waterline…even when I slightly touch my lower lash line, there is no smudging.
If you aim to not spend more than $5 on eyeliner because maybe you go through eyeliner so quickly, or you hardly wear it then go for the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal. I got it on sale at Shopper’s Drug Mart for 4.99 on sale; the pigmentation is great - the lasting power? Not so much. Its the kind of eyeliner you use if you just wanna take a few selfies (hopefully you won’t spend 2 hours doing this, because it will fade).
Urban Decay has various eyeliner sets, and their constantly raved about 24/7 Glide On Eyeliners. Now you see…my feelings about those are mixed. They each cost $24, and they are indeed very pigmented…but they didn’t last on my waterline. So I decided to try out their Triple Threat Matte Edition a few months ago; 3 matte travel sized UD pencils for 24CDN. Imagine how excited I was (yes exactly, you understand how excited I was). As previously mentioned, this did not last on my waterline.
Lastly, I’ve tried liquid liners and cream/gel liners. I had been using Maybelline Line Studio in 2012, and again my feelings are mixed (yeah they tend to do that often). The pigmentation? Was ‘just okay’. The precision? Was lovely. I loved that one because of how flexible the little felt tip was, making it super easy to use. I bought Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Liner in December 2013, and it was not a nice experience; every time I try to open it, after having to turn into Hulk just to get the cover off - it then spills all over the place. Every single time.
For gel eyeliner I use MAC’s Blacktrack It is everything. Everything!
It glides on smoothly when using an eyeliner brush, and even though it may seem a bit pricey, it lasts for such a long time because you don’t use that much of it at one time anyway.
- Get your eyeliner to stop smudging by dusting a little powder right under your lower lashline.
- Wear waterproof eyeliner when going to a wedding, or if you think you’ll be arguing/crying because of your significant other :)
- For a great smokey eye based, use the kohl liner all over your lid; this works so well because of how smooth and soft the kohl is.
- 'Stamp' your eyeliner into place by using a matte black shadow on a flat eye definer brush right on top of where you placed your eyeliner.
Aside from black liners I’ve used the following colours from the Sephora Collection: Summer Cruise, Diamonds Are Forever, Tiramisu, and Sailor Suit; all of them are really pigmented, and they only cost about 11CDN.
I’m dying to try their latest collection, because based on trying both UD and the Sephora Collection, I can see where the Sephora ones would be a perfect dupe.