You aren't likely to get a racoon-eye look with this eyeliner, as it does a good job resisting smears. Mechanical, plus it has a built-in sharpener to give it a sharp tip. Can be used to make a thin line, or smudged with the built-in smudging tip for a softer look.
Questionable if it lives up to the advertised 16-hour wear, but it lasts longer than most in its class. Drags a bit. Some reports of breakouts after application.
Made by Cover Girl, a brand known for quality and affordable cosmetics for generations. Classic pencil is easy to sharpen, and keeps a stable tip that's easy to use. Has a smudger, and provides pretty colors and reasonable wear for many consumers who try it.
Some liners seemed old or stale, as they arrived dried out and crumbly. Not all shades are bold, but they are buildable. Not ideal for drawing precise lines or wings.
A liquid eyeliner by a trusted brand in cosmetics that can easily be used to apply ultra-thin lines. Can also be layered for bolder looks, and is great for wings and cat eyes. Colors are highly pigmented and provide decent wear for most consumers after it dries.
Will smudge if you touch it before it dries, and doesn't wear as well on oily skin. Occasionally flakes off. A few reports of eyes becoming irritated after wearing it.
Produced by one of the most recognizable brands in makeup. Colors are rich and well-pigmented. Has a mechanical dispenser that creates a nice point, no sharpener required.
Some long-time users gripe that the formula seems to have changed and doesn't wear as long as it use to. On the hard side. If you push too firmly, the tip may break.
A mechanical eyeliner that's made with skin-conditioning olive oil and shea butter that give it a smooth texture. Doesn't tend to irritate eyes. Colors have light diffusing properties that provide an eye-brightening effect. Has both a built-in smudger and sharpener.
Tip breaks easily, and requires frequent sharpening – but fortunately the built-in sharpener is there when you need it. Mixed opinions on how well it stays put.
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You don't have to spend a lot on an eyeliner to get the look you love. That's because brands that are commonly found in drugstores are available in long-wearing formulas with buttery textures that are easy to apply and blend. These eyeliners are available in popular varieties including both traditional and mechanical pencils as well as liquid formulas. You can even find waterproof eyeliners. Many of them come in several colors, and are made by brands that have been trusted household names for generations. Think about how you like to apply your eyeliner before you shop, because some brands are best suited for drawing precise lines while others feature built-in smudgers to create a soft or smokey eye.