I’ll say right up front that I’m pretty crap at applying eyeliner anywhere other than just my waterline. Tight lining my eyes feels funny, I can never get wings right, and I always manage to find a way to mess up a simple line of eyeliner. That being said I still try to get it right and every now and then I accomplish something that I can actually go out in public in. I love eyeliner despite it hating me. Not only do I have tons of trouble putting it on, but I also have eyes that seem to just reject eye liner and make it run all around my eyes unless it’s pretty waterproof. So I have 3 eyeliners I’ve used recently, 2 that I like and 1 that I wish I liked but don’t.
Let’s get the one that I don’t like out of the way. So the Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner was something I really wanted to like. The idea behind it was really cool and it looked like I could really master a winged liner look with a little practice. I got a two pack of sample sized liner and mascara from Ulta to try it out (I loved the mascara and should probably do a review on that at some point). The liner is usually $24 at Ulta and the two pack I got was also $24. The packaging is okay, nothing too special. The lid has to be screwed on which is nice. You turn the bottom to get more product and one problem I have with the sample is a lot of the time I’ll go to tighten the lid on the top and find myself turning the bottom as well. This wouldn’t be a problem with the full size but it is with the sample. The thing you use to apply the product is a rubber material. I didn’t mind that and the idea behind the application isn’t too bad once you get used to it. My main problem was with the formula. It stays amazingly well but it’s so dry and clumpy. It’s supposed to be matte so I guessed it would be a little dry but this is dry enough that I can’t apply it the way they want me to. It doesn’t go on easily because of it and I end up getting a lot of clumps instead of one smooth line of liner. Overall it’s a good idea that’s been executed a little poorly. I really wanted to like it but I just can’t get it to apply the way I want. It’s also expensive and, in my opinion, not worth the money. I give it a 6 out of 10 because I like the staying power and the idea.
The next most expensive one is a sample that I got in an Ipsy bag. It’s the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Pencil in Black Velvet. One of these will cost you $20 at Ulta. This is my favorite thing to put on my waterline and then smudge out for a nice smoky eye. I don’t have too many problems with it running unless I start to cry or my eyes start to water. For everyday use though it works just fine. It applies really easily, it really does glide on. It’s very pigmented as well. I like the finish from it as well. It’s a little different from most eyeliners because of the velvet part so it looks a little more matte. The description on Ulta also says it’s a little more powdery than their regular line (which I haven’t tried). This is supposed to make it easier to smudge out and maybe it does because that’s my favorite way to wear it. I mean it does well just as a simple waterline liner as well. The packaging is nice and I like the lid on it. Overall I really like wearing this one. I obviously don’t like the price and the staying power could be a bit better but overall I give it a 7.5 out of 10.
This next one is the one that I use to attempt winged liner. The L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim is my go to liquid liner. This is $8.99 at Ulta so less than half the price of the other two. The felt tip is great when you’re bad at winged liner. This one has quite a long felt tip that comes to a super thin point (hence the super slim part). It’s very easy to hold and has a grip for you to hold. The pigmentation is fantastic, super black color. The staying power is alright. As long as I don’t rub my eyes too much it stays. This is usually the one way that I can get an okay looking winged liner look. It dries pretty fast but keeps a somewhat glossy finish so I usually set it with a black eye shadow. One thing I’ve noticed is that after using it for a while the tip likes to dry out. This is the part that gives you the super precise winged look so it’s a little sad that it does this. It took a couple weeks for it to start doing that and sometimes if I don’t use it for a while and then go back to it it’s back to normal and not dry. Like the description on the back says, it doesn’t skip or drag. It’s very smooth application every time and I can get thin or thick lines from it. Overall I really like this one. It’s not my holy grail liner but it has changed how well I can apply liner and makes me actually want to try, it gives me hope that I can apply it well. I give it an 8 out of 10 because I wish the tip didn’t dry out and that the staying power was a little better but when it makes it so I can kind of do a winged look I have to give it kudos.
So I’m still on a quest to find that perfect liner. I really like 2 of these but they aren’t the best. What do you guys use? I can never find anything with enough staying power. I’ve been trying to use my Real Techniques liner brush and I’ve actually had some success with that! I’ve never tried a gel liner but because I’ve been using that brush I’d love to try one. If I find anything amazing I’ll be sure to share it with you. Hope your Monday is great, or at least better than most Mondays, and I’ll see you tomorrow!