Monday, 14 September 2015

The Best Black Eyeliner. Fact.


I have worn black liquid eyeliner every day for at least the past six years. I am obsessed. It's gotten to the point where if I look in the mirror and I am not wearing eyeliner I don't even feel like I look like me. And for the majority of that time I have been loyal to one eyeliner in particular - Mac's Liquidlast Eyeliner. For years it was perfect - once it went on it didn't smudge, didn't rub off, it just stayed put all day, and not even your regular makeup remover would get it off - I had to purchase Mac's own waterproof eye makeup remover - the only thing which would take it off.

However over the past few months I have been noticing a serious deterioration in the staying power of my eyeliner. I have quite hooded eyes and greasy eyelids (lovely stuff) and so for most people this stuff probably would work fine, but I was starting to get some serious panda eyes by the end of the day, which made me super paranoid about the fact I might have makeup all over my face without realising it. Not good! I don't know if the formula was changed, or if it is simply the fact I am six years older than when I started wearing this stuff and the skin around my eyelids is a bit further south than it used to be, but I knew I needed to find a new eyeliner.

I didn't want to spend a ton on something that ended up being just as bad as my old stuff, so after some internet research I picked up a couple of eyeliners from Boots that promised to stay put no matter what.

I tried out the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner and the Barry M liquid eyeliner - both in the blackest shade possible.

I tried out the Maybelline gel eyeliner first, and although it took me a bit of time to get the hang of the brush, I was able to get a pretty decent cat eye on my second attempt, and a nice smudge of eyeliner along my bottom lashes too for a smokey effect. I loved the look but alas only a few hours later I had smudges - 24 hours it definitely was not.

Next I tried the Barry M liquid eyeliner. It was quite difficult to work with as the brush is not good - it's way too stiff and drags across the eyelid awkwardly, making it difficult to be precise. But the colour is super-black and even better - not too smudgy. The downside is it isn't very long lasting - by the end of the day it had worn off quite a bit, although at least it just wore  away instead of giving me panda eyes. At £4.79 it is quite a bargain though.

So the hunt for the perfect eyeliner continues. Let me know your recommendations!


Katy G said...

I love the Maybelline gel eyeliner, but all faces are different! I quite like Benefit's They're Real, but it has been hit and miss for quite a few people x x

Katy G said...

I love the Maybelline gel eyeliner, but all faces are different! I quite like Benefit's They're Real, but it has been hit and miss for quite a few people x x

Sherin said...

I LOVE eyeliner so much. The Maybelline Gel one is the one I use day to day and I love it. But I do get some smudges and it is near impossible to get off.
Benefit have their gel eyeliner too. It's good but I wouldn't re buy if I'm honest. But loads of other people have been raving about it so it might work for you.

I also have a soft spot for the Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner. I would recommend it and it's so cheap.

Maria Fallon said...

I will be watching these replies with interest! I am a liquid eyeliner novice but I really like Max Factor's one, it works for a subtle line when you are as shaky as me!

Maria xxx

Cosmetics tips said...

perfect... especially if combined with Mascara as it will emphasize your eyes