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Friday, September 27, 2013

This or That - Pencil Eyeliners, Gel Eyeliner, or Liquid Eyeliners?

I'm back with another This or That post. I need to work on this series more regularly or else it's going to end up in the back burner again.

 I use eyeliners religiously. I can skip mascara. In fact, I don't even wear mascara because my lashes are too little to even benefit from mascara but eyeliner is one of those beauty products I rarely leave the house without. Each have their pros and cons. I know the experience isn't always going to be the same for everyone. I have hooded eyelids and often times I get my eyeliners transferring to the crease. Also with my lids being moderately oily, some eyeliners just don't cut it, melt and smear. I think it's safe to say, I have very picky eyes so here's what I think of each different type of eyeliners I've used.

Pencil Eyeliners

  • They either come as retractable or regular pencil and they are the easiest and quickest way to line your eyes. Well at least in my opinion. When I'm in a hurry, that's usually what I go for. 
  • Provide a softer liner look. 
  • They are most suitable for tight-lining and lining the waterline
  • Finding the right formula with pencil eyeliners has always been my biggest issue. 
  • I always get some sort of transfer when using pencil eyeliner. It doesn't matter if I get the best, most expensive, or waterproof formula that I can get my hands on. It still happens but just looks less apparent if I use the best that I can find. 

Liquid Eyeliners

  • precise application
  • Rarely transfer or smudges
  • They come in a marker type pencil or with a dip and line packaging. Almost all of the marker type packaging I've used have a problem. I either have difficulty getting the right amount to dispense or they dried up too quickly on me. 
  • It takes some practice to get it right. Not the best to use when you're in a rush because you need to keep a steady hand. 

Cream/Gel Eyeliners

  • You can use whatever brush works for you
  • You won't have any issues with pulling or tugging during application
  • Depending on the formula, they are generally long lasting and easy to apply

  • For me, I always get some sort of transfer with gel/cream liners just like the pencil liners.
  • I always have to clean my brush after I'm done, which seems to be more of an inconvenience.

Overall, I use different types of liner for different reasons but my favorites are liquid liners, particularly those that come in a dip and line packaging. The main reason is that they typically last the longest and usually don't transfer so I don't have to worry about keeping my makeup in check. No matter what type of eyeliner, I always look for those who are labeled or supposed to be long-wearing or waterproof. There's nothing I dread more than raccoon eyes. 

Which type of liners do you prefer and why?


  1. I have a lot of trouble with transfer, too, so I really should use my liquid liners more...but I'm too impatient! :P

    1. Once you get the hang of it, it can be done quickly but you still need a steady hand though

  2. I've been looking for a new liquid liner to TL with, I've found they will not transfer to my WL which is a major pet peeve of mine with every gel and pencil liner I have tried, but I can't seem to find the "perfect" formula. Any suggestions are appreciated. I have the PF eye booster pen which is my HG for lash line. Works great, stays put all day, but the brush tip is so fine it takes a while to apply to the large space. I then got the Jordana fabuliner in both the regular and bold, apply nice and quick but smear off. Last night I grabbed the Maybelline ultra liner waterproof, it has a dip in brush applicator. Fantastic for application, no smear, but it flakes off in chunks.

    1. I usually don't use liquid liner for TL but I really loved the PF eyebooster too! I've been trying out the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon for TL and worked very well and has been my go to liner for TL. Did not transfer to my WL but after 6 hours of wear I see a barely noticeable of transfer on my lower lash line. In spite of that it's still the best gel liner I tried.


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