(from L-R: Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro, Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin, L’Oreal Precise Slim, L’Oreal Superstar, Stila Stay all day, TOM FORD Eye Defining Pen)
Anyone out there that has oily skin will know the constant struggle of finding a liquid eyeliner that actually stays put. I have spent everything from £2.99 right up to £43 in the hunt to find something that works for me. This is a round up of all the liquid eyeliners currently in my collection, and I can finally share a liquid eyeliner discovery that I love!
In my eyes I could justify this, I had tried and tested so many eyeliners that just didn’t work – to me, spending £42 on one was a instant guarantee it would be special! Of-course the packaging is gorgeous, and I do like the double ended applicators, but like the high street liquid eyeliners I’ve tried, it just didn’t stay put and it was the formula that let me down. I found this to last around 4 hours before it started to fade. As luxurious as this is, for me it just wasn’t worth it.
L’OREAL SUPERLINER PRECISE SLIM – £6.99
Out of all the L’Oreal eyeliners I’ve tried this is my favourite. The thin nib is long and flexible making it easy to create a winged liner look, or a really thin line along the lash line. Again, this misses the top spot because the formula just isn’t up to scratch, for the first two hours it looks fab, but once by skin starts to become oily the product breaks down and any winged liner I attempted that morning has smudged.
Considering how affordable this liner is, I’m impressed. If you don’t have oily eyelids and don’t tend to get much smudging, I think this could work for you. The liquid is dark and definetly black – not watery looking like some. The small applicator makes this really easy to apply too. A good starting option if you are new to liquid eyeliner and don’t want to splurge.
L’OREAL SUPERLINER SUPER STAR – £6.99
I used this for years in conjunction with the other eyeliner until I found my favourite, I could get 6 hours of nice wear out of this before it start to fade and look a bit of a mess. The applicator is the biggest out of them all, and once I got used to that it made liquid eyeliner a really quick and fairly easy thing to do. Another good high street eyeliner if you don’t have the oily eye lid problem!
You’re probably bored of me complaining about the formulation by now – but again, this just didn’t last on me. I love the applicator, I can create thick and thin lines as intended, so it’s a really clever design, but I would be lucky if this lasted 3 hours on me. I do really love all of the high street options, the only issue for me is how oily my skin is.
The star of the show is the Stila Stay All Day liner, how this stuff stays on I don’t know, but FINALLY a liquid eyeliner that just doesn’t budge. It is the blackest black, easy to apply and has made wearing liquid eyeliner so much more enjoyable. I can wear this all day without any fading or smudging, and it is still easy to remove at the end of the day, I have had this for around 2 months now and it is still going strong. It isn’t the cheapest of the bunch but certainly no where near the £43 mark, so if you have been struggling with getting your eyeliner to last, you need to try this!
Bear in mind that I do have really oily eyelids, I think if you have normal skin a lot of these will work better on you. I would love to know if you think anything tops the Stila liner? I really thought that the TOM FORD defining pen would be the ultimate liquid eyeliner, price tag definetly doesn’t reflect love for a product in this case.