Saturday 20 May 2017

Comparison and Review: 4 Drugstore Eye Liners

Winged black eyeliner has been my go-to look for years. It's easy and quick to create and makes me look like I've made an effort with my look, even though I've just drawn a line on my eyelid. However, it's quite a challenge to find a drugstore eyeliner that will be pigmented, long-lasting and easy to use. I've prepared a comparison of four eyeliners from different drugstore brands, to help you find the perfect one for you.

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll probably know that I am head over heels in love with the ArtDeco High Precision Liquid Liner. It can be found in the drugstore, but the price tag (17 €) makes me a bit hesitant to continuously repurchase it and I'm constantly trying to find the best dupe for it.

When using a liquid eyeliner I'm looking for amazing pigmentation, precise applicator, thin and easy to work with formula and longevity. The eyeliners in this post are all quite good and perform better than most of the drugstore eyeliners I've ever tried. However, they all have their perks and downsides, so let's jump straight into the reviews:

This eyeliner was recently released in the Catrice SS'17 collection and after all the craze with cushion face products it is no wonder they released a cushion eyeliner.

I was blown away by the quality of this liner. It is extremely pigmented and has a very wet formula. Applied with an eyeliner brush this allows a very precise and thin application and works wonderful when creating a winged liner look.

The only downside to this palete is the fact that the product dries extremely fast and becomes very hard on the brush. After drawing a line on one eye, the product on the brush gets so dry that the brush becomes hard and makes it immposible to create a precise wing.

Not only do you need to wash the brush after every use, you actually need to clean the brush after only drawing one eye and I do not have the patience to do that every single day.

If you can get past that, the liner works great and last on the lids throughout the day.

The brand has quite recently appeared on Slovenian markets and with a moderately affordable offer and a very »Kiko Milano« feel to the store, it offers a lot of interesting makeup items.

It comes with a felt tip applicator which makes it very easy to create a winged line and has semi-liquid-y formula. It is slightly less pigmented than Catrice's, but it still looks very black on the lid and has a semi-matte finish.

The issue I have with this one is the fact that is quickly slides down and makes the area under my eyes look dark and smudged. It's not water resistant and has the least impressive staying power.

It might be down to the fact that my eyes tend to water a lot, and you might enjoy it if you do not have issues with that. I was quite shocked by the price, because of the small packaging, but it actually has the biggest amount of product amongst the four of these.

The Sleek Dip-It eyeliners were my obsession last summer. Besides this black one, I really enjoyed the green, turquoise and purple one. They come in a cute bottle (which I think has recently been changed) and have a long handle with a small felt tip applicator.

The liner has a thick formula and is really pigmented. It is easy to apply, although it is quite hard to achieve a really thin line due to the thick formula and applicator. The overall lasting power is good, however the wing tends to fade at the end of the day.

It works great if you want an opaque and bold eyeliner, but might not impress those who prefer a more understated look.

A bit different to the other three, this one comes in a creamy gel formula.  It's very pigmented, but not as black as the others and has a much dryer texture.

The packaging was well thought out; the black top hides a little brush to make eyeliner application on-the-go really easy. The issue is that the product dries and sticks to the brush and it has to be deep cleaned after every use.

I find this hard to use for winged eyeliner as the brush is not precise enough and the a bit too thick for thin application. However, I like it for smudging on the upper lash line. It has great staying power and looks matte and smoke-y on the lid.

As I said at the beginning, each of the liners has it's perks and downsides, and I hope this post helps you to choose the right one for you. None of these come close to the ArtDeco High Precision one, but they perform great in terms of a drugstore liner are worth be checking out.

Thanks for reading and see you in my next post!


your Beautysaur


  1. Noben nima pravega aplikatorja zame :/ Vsi so preveliki. Včeraj sem kupila enega od Catrice po priporočilu in ima črno, popolnoma mat formulo in ožji aplikator, čeprav bi bil lahko tudi malo bolj natančen. Jaz pa pripravljam objavo o vseh eyelinerjih, ki sem jih imela, ampak moram najti čas, da jo spišem (slike imam že vse).

    1. Se že veselim objave, jaz sem še kar v iskanju "the one".
      Zadnjič sem kupila Kat von D Tatoo liner in je zelo podoben mojemu beloved ArtDeco, žal je obstojnost porazna. Se mi oči veliko solzijo zaradi alergij in izgine v roku ene ure. (ko bi vsaj ta denar dala za novega ArtDeco :D )

  2. Essence cushion mi je super, samo ni waterproof. Na srečo ne posuši čopič, da postane neuporaben. :o

    1. Zanimivo, sem bila že skoraj prepričana da sta bolj kot ne ista formula. Mogoče bom kupila še Essence, da vidim primerjavo :)

  3. Meni tale itSytle sploh ni slab, mi kr dobro zdrži pa všeč mi je ker lahko nardim res lepo tanko črto. GR moram pa še probat :)

    1. Mogoče maš manj zahtevne oči, pri meni wing preprosto ne zdrži :/


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