Battle Of Black Eyeliners (Drugstore V High End)


Finding the perfect black liner is like finding the perfect bra. You have so many requirements: staying power, colour, pigmentation, etc. I've compared four liners, two high end and three drugstore which is always an interesting comparison. So if you're on the hunt for a new liner, feel free to choose from this list.


MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder | £15.50

This was one of my first black liners (after I bought a fake one off eBay- don't bother, they're pants.) and being MAC, I assumed it would be fabulous. It's a nice size, so you feel like you're getting what you paid for. However, I just can't work with it. It creates a very thin line and although is creamy, it smudges like no other liner I've tried.. It's not super soft however the colour is very black. I wouldn't repurchase this. 6/10

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Perversion | £15.50

This is a thicker pencil, which I like (probably because it is quicker to apply...) and glides on easily. The staying power is great and is lovely and creamy, cannot fault the application. The only downside is scrubbing it off! 8/10

Kiko Eyeliner in 001 | £2.50

The first drugstore eyeliner is Kiko. Oh Kiko, how sad I feel saying this but this product is crap. As you can see from the photo, it has awful pigmentation for 'black' and is stiff and pulls at my eyelid (not comfortable). I swatched once for each of the liners, so you can see the difference. I know it's a cheap liner, but the next one cancels out the opinion that all cheap liners are rubbish.

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Black | £6

Avon Eyeliner is a huge huge diamond in the rough. I simply cannot fault this product. It does everything I ask for in a liner. As long as you keep it sharp, you can do whatever you like- a thick or thin wing, you could line your waterline or even your crease. It took me a few days to get this off my arm, so that says a lot. I actually did a full review of this product back in January, here. 10/10

 From L-R, Avon, Kiko, Urban Decay, Mac

I hope you enjoyed this style of posts, I personally love reading comparison posts. Which liner surprises you most?

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