Winged liner is a must for me when I put on makeup (even though it makes me want to rip my hair out some days). The problem is, finding a reliable eyeliner to make such an annoying task easier, is also difficult. I feel like I’m always on the hunt for a new ride or die because over time, something goes wrong with the one I’m using. Either the brush gets all weird, or the formula starts separating, transferring, or fading…I’m sure you’ve been there & its so annoying!
For the longest time, the Girlactik Precise Marker Liner, was the perfect eyeliner for me (and still is) but I find myself annoyed with paying for shipping when I’m only buying/replacing one thing. I know there are some pretty great ones at Sephora that people rave about, but I just wanted to find something inexpensive and reliable.
So, I took a trip to the drugstore, picked up a few & was pleasantly surprised by these babies:
**I’ll be linking these products to the actual brand’s website so you can use their store/retailer locator option to find where they’re closest to you.
What it is: Felt tip liquid liner
Price: $ 8.00
This one really threw me off when I first saw it. It looked like it would fit really awkwardly in my hand, but I guess that’s because it was just hard to picture. It turns out that it’s shape actually makes application a lot easier since it gives my pointer finger natural support that isn’t normally there
with a standard liner.
I’d definitely recommend this if you’re a beginner or if you just can’t seem to master wingin’ it to see if the change in grip makes it easier for you to apply. The first time I tried it, I didn’t even have to go back to really make sure my eyes looked even (maybe it was just luck). The only thing I’d say I’m not too crazy about is that I have to go over the line a couple of times to really get it to that jet black shade I like but, eh, that’s not really a biggie since putting on eyeliner generally requires doing it in steps. I’d also like to add that it really held up for me throughout the day, even with oily lids and accidentally rubbing my eyes.
What it is: Pen tip liquid liner
I love how thin of a tip this little guy is. (haha, pun intended #sorrynotsorry) But seriously, this is great for precision & would be eyeliner for you if you like switching up the boldness of your line. I also really like how fluid it felt. It really irks me when my liner starts to tug because it also means that I’ve probably also just messed up I’m gonna have to go back & clean it up (or if I’m extra lazy, make my liner much thicker than I intended).
I will say that I had to reapply it in the inner part of my eyes because it seemed to have faded/disappear in that area as it was supposed to be drying. (It takes a while to dry down but I find that to be pretty common with pen tip liners.) However, once it dried down, I found that it held up fairly well throughout the entire day with minimal fading.
What it is: Felt lip liquid liner
This liner really surprised me because its the first liner I’ve ever used that I could take all the way into inner eye and it didn’t fade away all day. Normally my liner bleeds or fades to right about where my lashes start, so its not really a big deal for me but I’m happy there’s a liner out there thats finally comin’ through.
Its also worth mentioning that though I really appreciate the thinness of the NYX one, this is the perfect size thickness for me because I generally wear it about the same everyday, plus it made filling in the wing much faster. From what I’ve been hearing, people have been comparing it to the Kat Von D tattoo liner which I haven’t tried, but if you have, it might be worth this trying one out since 3.99 is a great price point! Lastly, this one only required one application to reach the desired darkness that I look for in a liner.
If you guys try any of these, let me know how they work out for you, or if you have any killer drugstore liners you love, do tell!