Last week, as my cousin and I headed South for my parents’ beach house, we stopped at Wrentham Outlets. She needed some new sneakers, and because the prices are so good there, I picked up a pair too. We also wanted to swing by Bare Minerals in search of their new liquid foundation. Unfortunately, outlet stores do not carry it. While we were there, we of course picked up a few other things. I didn’t need eyeliner, but Buxom Insider Eyeliner caught my eye. After trying it out, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase! When I gave this glowing review to my cousin, she suggested I post about it.
Let that serve as the inspiration for this post: Nicole’s List of Essential Eyeliners. And yes, I carry all of these in my make-up bag.
1. Buxom Insider Eyeliner in topaz
This might be the best eyeliner I’ve ever worn. It glides on smooth with strong pigmentation. It’s really easy to control and my lines came out more even than ever. Because I’m fair, you’ll notice I’ve chosen browns for all of my eyeliners. This color, topaz, stands out in name from the coffee tones you’ll see below, but fits right in with the color family. I especially loved that my water line lined just as easily and darkly as my lash line– no easy feat! I’ll need some time with it before it can replace my go-to, but the long wear and no smudge results I’ve gotten so far have already impressed me.
2. Sephora Collection Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in café
This gel liner was recommended to me by a friend back in the days when I only lined my water line. With a small angle brush and this little pot, I gained the control to learn how to line my lash line. I find that this is also the best method with which to wing my eyes. When I go for a slightly more dramatic look, I like to do a simple pencil line plus the gel liner to thicken and wing. This brown shade, called café, actually looks very dark when applied giving a pale girl like me the illusion that I’m wearing black liner without looking gothic! I’m not sure if Sephora has this gem available anymore, in which case, somebody please recommend me a similar product!
3. Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in espresso
This was probably my first eyeliner and I kept coming back to it, simply because it does it’s job. I’m not really big on drug store products, but this is one I can’t live without. It shows up well on my water line and a bit darker on my eyelid. Before Buxom, this was my favorite pencil. Now Maybelline is not exactly my favorite brand. I don’t find them to be of very good quality, and I’ve more than once bought an Unstoppable liner that’s broken before or immediately after I’ve unpackaged it. Still, this is an inexpensive product that requires no sharpening and, like I said, does its job. Since the Buxon liner is still new to me, I can still safely call this espresso liner– a bit lighter than its Sephora competitors– my signature liner.
4. Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner in morning mocha
A step up from gel liner is this liquid liner. I had to learn through gel plus brush, then pencil to be able to apply liquid liner and not draw all over my face, basically. The first time I tried a liquid liner, I tried black and it was a rookie mistake. I didn’t have the control to do liquid, nor the complexion to pull off such a harsh look. I returned to liquid liner after gaining considerable eyeliner skill and now find myself quite happy with the drama liquid eyeliner conveys. Winging your eye is quite simple with liquid liner, once you’re adept at using it. This color, morning mocha, is an appropriately dark brown. I feel that this can walk the line between an everyday look and a more dramatic look.
5. Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in café
Looking for an alternative to my drug store standby, I bought this pencil having worn Le Stylo in noir. Liking the way it wore, I went ahead and purchased it in a more suitable shade for my skin tone. Where I felt the noir was a strong look, the softer café tone didn’t pack the same punch. With a little bit more effort, I could indeed achieve the look I desired, however, I found it was nearly impossible to get my waterline as dark as I wanted it. This is a longer wearing pencil liner than the Maybelline. It stays put better and doesn’t fade as much. It is my least favorite on this list, and also the most expensive. I keep it around as a back up, in case my Unstoppable pencil breaks.
So, there you have it: my tried and tested liners! Since I’ve been so into make-up lately, I’m thinking of doing beauty-related posts more often– especially with the lull in summer TV! Until next time, I’d love suggestions of liners to try out!