My 3 Favorite Eye Liners

Photo: Taken from this earlier post

Even though I wrestle with wearing as little as possible, a line across the lashes is still my default for when I want some eye definition.  After all these years I still don’t do it perfectly but it’s a work in progress that I’m ok with.

These are the three eye liners that I rotate:

Loreal Intense Eye pencil

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner (that’s a mouthful)

When a make up artist years ago on a magazine shoot squealed “OMG I love it too!” I felt like I wasn’t the only one obsessed.   Out of the three liners mentioned here, this is the one that I’ve had the longest.  It goes on like velvet liquid sort of.  Hard to explain except that it’s reeeeeally smooth. No skin drag.  The black is just like it says on the tin: ‘extra intense’ and it lasts all day.  Plus it’s a do-able price to repeat buy.  There’s a smudger on the other end but I’ve never used it.  The only draw back is that the pencil breaks off easily sometimes when sharpening which is a bi**ch, but this pencil is so good that I stock pile it just in case it gets discontinued.

Eyeko liquid eyeliner

Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner

This one needs no introduction and I won’t lie, I got it for the same reason most owners did – Alexa.   The felt tip pen makes it stupid easy to draw a line versus say a thin brush (those scare me).  In fact, that’s why I like this liner:  it makes lining your eyes simple and therefore quick.   The point is narrow enough to get into the inner corner of my eye and the thicker part makes it easy to widen the line as I go toward the end.  The tip makes it easy to do that tricky little cat eye flick too.  Alexa has a Fat Eyeliner out now that I’m curious about. Anyone tried it?

Marc Jacob liquid eyeliner

Marc Jacobs Precision Liner

This is also a felt tip but it’s much finer.  My friend Daria sent this to me as a present after I commented on how her eyes always looked perfectly lined.  This one took me two or three tries to get the hang of it because the liquid feels runnier. Also I think that because it’s a smaller nib, I have to work a little longer at making the line get wider towards the outer corner versus Eyeko.  If you like a finer line then this is perfect and the black is really BLACK.  Also once this dries it will not come off until you take it off.   Check out my feature on Daria to see how this liner looks on her.

Question:   Do you have a fave right now?  I’m itching to experiment with more.


  1. Caroline Howden says:

    I love my cat eyes…I’ve tried a few liners…pencil kind of annoys me for the same reason – they just break. I haven’t tried the Eyeko and I’ve wanted to for the same reason (Alexa) – I’ve tried a similar fatter liner, but just couldn’t get on with it – it was a bit too fat and I couldn’t get that cat eye shape with it. I sort of ended up with a fat line around my whole eye…panda style perhaps? 🙂 I love the ‘L’Oréal Super Liner Ultra Precision’ <—-I always go back to this one. This bad boy is easy to use, felt-tip pen style, lasts all day (even when raining) & you can create fine lines or create cat eyes…

  2. Kate says:

    Kat Von D’s Ink Liner and L’oreal’s Super Slim are life savers! They’re both felt tip and last for all day, but if you want a more then line, Ink Liner is the way to go.

  3. ChainsawKitten says:

    I have a problem with liners melting and smearing after a few hours, especially in warm weather, so I usually set them with eyeshadow, or Bare Minerals shadow liners. Even pricey brands smear on me, and using a primer doesn’t help. One that I can wear without setting is Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeshadow crayons. They come in lots of smokey colors and are so cheap.

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