I could call eyeliner a hobby. Sad, but true. I am always on the look out for the best eyeliners: what’s new, what’s longer wearing, what’s easiest to apply in a rush, etc. I have tested out many and I wanted to share with you what I have learned! Recently, I had a conversation with my sisters about eyeliners. After I told them about the Christian Dior eyeliner I have been using lately, they asked me what my favorite drug store eyeliner was. I responded, “I don’t know, I don’t wear drug store eyeliner.” They both scoffed at me for sounding like a snob. But, the truth is I have worked at one makeup counter or another for the past decade and so I get my eyeliner for free. Would you go buy drugstore eyeliner if you got the prestige brand for free? Ya, I didn’t think so.
I bought a Maybelline Liquid eyeliner for $6.97 that looks just like the $30 Christian Dior one. And so I tried it out–on my birthday! It was risky business. But I am fearless in the name of beauty!
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It went on smoothly, it wasn’t drippy or too dry. It was a little bit more of a stark black then the Dior one–maybe slightly shinier too. The real test though was when the humid Alabama heat steamed up mid afternoon and then we had a torrential down pour on our way to dinner. There was a small amount of transferring to my eyelid, which is pretty much inevitable with the weather conditions. But overall, I was pretty impressed with the seven dollars I spent.
The Christian Dior version is more of a gel-textured liquid, and in my opinion it has a little bit longer wear. I also like that it’s not quite as harsh of a black, which suits my lighter coloring. But, I would guess that some would prefer the blackest black of the Maybelline liner. Is the Dior version worth an extra $23 dollars? I guess that is up to the buyer. What I like about a felt tip pen in general is that it’s less willowy and messy then a traditional liquid eyeliner. I like that I can get a very thin discreet line between my lashes, or I can wing it slightly at the edges for more of dramatic retro look. And, I also really like these felt tip pen versions when I am in a hurry in the morning. Another version I have tried is the $22 Too Faced 3-Way, it’s awesome for tight-lining the lashes and getting a smooth look for thickening the lash base. I don’t like it as much for creating a “cat eye” look though. I find a single pointed tip to be easier for that.
The best eyeliner for wearing all day in my opinion is the $27 Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, but there are many mornings when I just don’t have the energy to pull out a brush to dip in the gel. I guess I am just not a morning person!
The next version I want to try is the $20 Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner I have read many good reviews on it, and it comes in variety of colors. I want to try the chocolate brown version!