Best & Worst: Liquid Eyeliner Edition



Left to Right: Coastal Scents, Elf, N.Y.C., Rimmel London, Physicians Formula, Maybelline, Revlon, and Stila.

I’m always looking for different liquid eyeliners because I’m a wing-liner type of girl and I just love lining my eyes even when I don’t wear any other makeup. I thought it’d be nice to actually compare all of the liquid liners I own and give you the scoop, which are the best and worst. Most of these liners may be found in your nearest drugstore which is always great since that means they’re affordable and easy to find for everyone.


Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner in Cobalt

Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner

  • Wand is stiff but not hard on the eyes and has a felt tip shape
  • Nice formula – not too watery or thick. Cobalt is very shiny, however, I’m not sure if all the other colors are like this as well
  • Brush doesn’t allow for such an easy application and sometimes product gets onto lashes
  • When removing the eyeliner, the product sort of crumbles off & is a bit rough on my eyes
  • Wear time is average and stays in place throughout the day
  • Cost: $2.95

e.l.f. Essential Expert Liquid Liner in Jet Black

e.l.f. Essential Expert Liquid Liner

  • Formula is very fluid and thin
  • Wand is similar to those used for nail polish so it allows for precise application
  • If rubbed the product will come off very easily & sometimes fades after a few hours
  • More opaque than expected
  • Cost: $2.00

Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black

Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner

  • Formula is very fluid and thin
  • Wand is a flexible felt-tip pen that allows for crisp straight lines
  • When removed, the product crumbles a bit but isn’t rough on the skin
  • Dries quickly and has a semi-matte finish
  • Cost: $7.99

N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner in Pearlized Black

N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner

  • Wand is similar to those used for nail polish
  • Formula is thicker than most liners with this type of wand
  • Sharp application is possible with this wand and formula
  • Dries quickly and doesn’t smudge
  • Cost: $2.99

Physicians Formula Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker in Ultra Black

Physicians Formula Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker

  • Stiff felt-tip pen
  • The pen tends to be scratchy on the eyes
  • Easy to use and clean application
  • Not as “ultra black” as suggested and needs at least two coats for it to be opaque
  • Cost: $7.99

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner

  • Formula extremely watery and not opaque
  • Wand is a stiff felt-tip pen that constantly feathers
  • Messy application because of the feathering
  • Multiple coats required to even get it to be opaque
  • Cost: $7.99

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Thick and Thin Liner

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Thick and Thin Liner

  • Wand is cut diagonally in order to allow thick and thin liner application
  • The wand is rough on the skin
  • Painful application because of the wand
  • This liner formula stains the skin
  • Cost: $5.99

Stila High Shine Liquid Vinyl Eye Liner in Violet Femme

Stila High Shine Liquid Vinyl Eye Liner

  • Formula is very thick and sticky
  • Wand is not the best for this formula causing messy application
  • The product gets all over the lashes
  • Glossy finish
  • Messy removal and stains easily
  • Cost: $10.00

Overall, my two favorite liners are the Maybelline Stiletto and the e.l.f. essentials liner. These two liners have great formulas and the wands themselves allow for sharp wing liner application. However, if you touch your eye when using the e.l.f. essentials liner it will come off easily but regardless the liner is worth the money. My least favorite is the Stila liner because the formula is just way too thick and causes a horrible messy application. Even when I remove the excess from the wand, the product is just too sticky and hard to apply to the eye.

Another two liners I don’t recommend are the Rimmel ScandalEyes and the Revlon Colorstay. The Rimmel ScandalEyes liner is just way too harsh and scratchy to apply to any lid because they’re just so delicate. Meanwhile, some strands of the Revlon liner feather off and cause messy applications. The formula of the liner reminds me of watercolor paints because it’s so thin and watery. I’ve bought two of these Revlon liners and tried different methods of application to prevent feathering but to no avail.

Hope this helps, peace to the outt!

-All products were purchased by me-

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  • Reply Bookie

    I love the E.L.F liner, the thin applicator makes it easy to create a wing.
    Great review!

    Bookie Kunlere

    February 4, 2016 at 7:29 am
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