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Eyeliner comparisions

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2011 | 10 Comments

I have been having the toughest time finding the number 1 eyeliner that does not smudge on me.  I think that it is the shape of my eye that is causing my eyeliner to always smudge after ~20 minutes...this leaves me with sad panda eyes :( 

 I have collected quite a few different eyeliners so I thought I would do a comparison for you guys


Left to right: L'Oreal Super Liner, Coastal Scents, Bobbi Brown, MAC, MAC, Stila

This is L'Oreal Super Liner in Brown. It has a sponge tip

This is Coastal Scents gel liner in Truffle

This is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink, dark dark brown you can call it a light black

MAC fluidline Blitz and Glitz, a black with micro fine gold shimmer in it

 MAC fluidline black track, plain black

This is Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eye liner, Carbon Black

This is what it looks like when first applied.  
Left to Right: Loreal, coastal scents, bobbi brown, MAC blitz and glitz, MAC blacktrack, Stila
In this picture I tried to smear the bottom with my finger

I ran my hand under the facet

While wet, I rubbed my finger over the eyeliner to check the waterproofness of the liners.  This is the top smudge

This is after 2 swipes with makeup remover

Please note:all the liners are about the same age give or take 1-2 months. I always close my gel liners after I use them right away, I never leave them exposed and open.

Quick Conclusion: 
Ranking from best to worst: Stila, MAC, Coastal Scents, Bobbi Brown, Loreal 
Smuding is STILL occuring...just less with Stila and MAC

Super long detailed conclusion:
  1. Loreal: The L'Oreal Super Liner was the weakest eyeliner I tried. When I first applied the color, the color was not very strong at all. Over time the color just faded to nothing really.
  2. Coastal Scents: I found that the Coastal Scent liner in the jar dried up very quickly compared to the other liners in jars.  When you look at the block of liner in the jar you could tell that it had dried up and shrunk slightly in size (the product pulled away from the sides) so it didn't glide onto the brush as easily as the other liners. I do like this liner...but it might be because of the color. When I wear it and it smudges under my eye  it's not as noticeable as the other eyeliners because it smudges as a light brown versus black smudging.  It's a cheap alright liner.
  3. Bobbi Brown: This liner is not as soft as the MAC liners (application wise), it also isn't as waterproof as the MAC, Stila, or coastal scents liner.  I don't think that it is worth its price ~$21.  It doesn't do much.  I guess the only nice thing about the liner is that it comes in several different shades.
  4. MAC eyeliner: blitz and glitz versus black track. They are pretty much the same color, you don't really need both of them.  The micro gold shimmer in blitz and glitz is barely noticeable. Some people say that the shimmer dust in blitz and glitz irritates their eyes...so be warned if you have sensitive eyes!  What I like about this liner is that a little goes a VERY long way.  A small dab and you're good.  It dries matte, still minor smudging happening.
  5. Stila: my all time favorite eyeliner.  $20...I would purchase again and again.  It lasts forever on me...not much panda eye smudging happening.  There is still a tiny bit of smudging but not as bad as the other liners.  It is very black...but the black dries shiny so if you wanted a more matte eyeliner I wouldn't purchase this one. 
So do you guys have any recommendations for eyeliners?


  1. Congratulations for your newborn nephew!!! That diaper cake is such a cute idea :)

    My favourite black eyeliner is Urban Decay Ink in Zero. I never had any problems with it.

  2. Thank you for the comparison!!
    I love all the colors they're all different, without taking in count the quality ^^"

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  4. Congratulations for your nephew! Love the "diaper cake" ;)

  5. This is a very timely post for me, as you know. :D I may have to break down and order a MAC gel liner. I have read so many great reviews of that particular gel liner. I think it might just be well worth the expense. In fact, if I remember correctly, it is just a few dollars more than the horrid Loreal I hated. A few dollars is worth a great performing product.

  6. Love that diaper cake the monkey is so cute! My eyeliner always smudges too thanks for the info looks like I need to try stila.

  7. This was one of the most helpful makeup posts ever! And I subscribe to a ton of makeup and nailpolish blogs.

    Can you do another one with a comparison of color liners? Perhaps purplish or blues? Obviously it takes a lot of money to buy all this makeup to test and try but thanks again for this post!

    I've been using Sephora's liquid liners and they're getting old and dry so I'm looking for something new. Def going to try that Stila!!

  8. Hee--King Kong diaper cake. :)

    I must have dry eyelids or something, as I mostly use a L'Oreal liner that many reviews say smudges and I don't get smudging.

  9. Have you ever triedl Milani's Liquif' eye liners? I use that and it's very dark and stays on pretty well as long as you follow the instructions.

  10. Sooo cute! I like the eyeliner comparison--such a good post with some good information. I am your new follower!!!!! I am glad I found your blog. You have some great information.


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