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The Best Eyeliner A Review From The Experts

Today we have a special treat from Sara Ban of who did the heavy lifting for you to find the best eye liner.


Although we dress up our eyes differently (cat eyes, au naturel, smokey eyes), there are several very important features we all want our eyeliners to deliver. And these features are what help us determine the eyeliner we can’t live without.

We have our own deal breakers, but we wanted to see what everyone else thought, including the professionals. Our main questions when starting our research were: What makes an eyeliner the best? How do you know what type of eyeliner is right for you? And which is most loved and coveted by the masses?

In the end, top choice was clear: If you’re looking for a full day and night without mirror checking for smudging or raccoon eyes, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the holy grail of eyeliners.

The winning features of the best eyeliner are jaw-dropping long wear, gorgeous pigmentation, smooth application, and an uncanny ability to withstand water, sweat, accidental rubbing, and The Bridges of Madison County- level tears.

The 6 Overall Best Eyeliners

How we chose the best eyeliner

We spent over 30 hours analyzing eyeliner reviews and pouring through pages from 31 different publications, both print and online. We consulted with a cosmetic chemist and formulation expert with over 25 years of experience on what components make a great eyeliner. We also teamed up with a 20-year makeup artist master to get the lowdown on application. Then, I tested all the best eyeliners on my own face.

In our quest to find the best eyeliner, we focused on black, everyday eyeliner since this is what most of us use most frequently. What we discovered during our research was that many women also use brown-black or brown eyeliners for a more everyday casual look, so we changed our criteria to ensure the best eyeliners also offer a more subtle brown version.

After hand-generating a comprehensive product list of over 70 products, we whittled down the list to 18 of the best eyeliners based on a proprietary formula of positive reviews, comments, awards, recognition, and social-media mentions. This strategy was used to get to a manageable amount of top products so we could move to the testing stages.

For the full review and a guide on how to choose the best liner for you visit, The Best Eyeliner A Review, here.

Whichever one you choose remember that a liner is a finishing touch to your look.  It needs to be a pleasure to apply and should go on smoothly so that you can create the perfect outline to highlight your beautiful eyes.

What’s your favourite type of liner?






Caroline has worked with international designers in fashion retail and completed professional makeup courses when working in the beauty industry. Her love of writing, photography and film inspired her to work at the Canadian Film Center and then to earn a BFA in Screenwriting. In addition to her blog, Style On The Side, you can see her work in Huffington Post Canada and other international websites.

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  1. I love the gel eyeliner from Bobbi Brown!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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    1. It’s a wonderful one, I agree!

  2. These are fab eyeliners – I don’t usually use any but if I do its the little free samples of Benefit’s They’re Real liner I’ve collected over the months! x

    Viva Epernay ❤

    1. That’s so awesome! I’m actually a big fan of benefit’s liner as well. I’ve had mine forever and it is so easy to use, I love it!

  3. Yes! Hands down the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner is my favorite. I love the endless possibilities that comes with being able to paint it on however you like. I have heard good things about the Urban Decay one as well but have yet to try it!

    1. Okay that’s it I have to try it. Thank you!!!

  4. Linda Manns Linneman

    Thank you for sharing this. I love using eyeliner. I have never heard of the one you suggested. I have to give this a try.

    1. Oh please let me know how you like it!

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