Wanted: The Perfect Liquid Eye Liner

Until recently, I used smudgier eyeliners far more regularly than liquid eyeliners. Lately, it’s been Cover Girl’s Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner. I like the more natural, casual looks cream liners can create, which has made them my go-to eyeliners for everyday wear the past few years, and I’ve limited my use of liquid liner to big events and more formal looks.

But while I love the way they look, there’s a problem with smudgy cream eyeliners that I’ve found increasingly annoying: My eyelids are deeply creased, which means that when I look down or open my eyes wide, my lash line touches the skin above my eye and leaves a dark line from my eyeliner there. Too many times I’ve checked a mirror in the middle of the day only to be embarrassed to find liner stripes above both my eyelids. Not cool.

So I decided to start experimenting with wearing liquid eyeliner more regularly. Unfortunately, I discovered my former go-to fave — MAC’s Liquidlast Liner — was discontinued, which meant I had to hit up Sephora to see what my options were for a replacement.

One of the employees there recommended Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, assuring me it was very long-wearing and came with a super-fine point for really precise application. I also remembered having seen the product on Sephora’s website, where it had received a lot of positive reviews, so I placed my trust in the general consensus and decided to give it a try.

I’ve used Stila’s liquid liner on a daily basis now for the past few weeks, and while it’s solved my smudge problem, it’s created another problem. Although the formula really is quite waterproof and long-lasting, as far as application goes, I’ve been disappointed: I find the liner feathers slightly with each stroke, which means I sometimes have to spend more time than necessary going back and forth trying to make both eyes match.

If this were day one, I’d say part of my problem could be that I’m just out of practice with liquid liner. But it’s been two weeks now, and I feel like that’s enough time to see what the product is consistently like and formulate an opinion on it.

Do you regularly wear liquid eyeliner? Have you found one that you swear by? Let me know — I’m in the market for the perfect one!

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  • Anisha Le-Great Giri

    February 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm
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  • Pepper Coton

    February 7, 2012 at 3:17 am
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    Comforting to know I'm not the only one who hasn't found the perfect eye liner.

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    February 8, 2012 at 1:10 am
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  • Christina Pham

    February 14, 2012 at 6:52 am
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