Drugstore liners

Thursday, 24 September 2015

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I wear eyeliner practically everyday. I feel as if my look is never complete if I'm not wearing an eyeliner, or eyeshadow doubling up for it. My eyes are not particularly defined with my monolids, and coupled with my rather thin lashes, I can't get away with just going out with only my face base done, otherwise I end up looking washed out. Eyeliner is a simple way for me to look 'done', which means I can get away with being ultra lazy at times and go out with just foundation and eyeliner. Only problem is that eyeliner tends to smudge all over the place on me, and because of my monolid fold, it tends to get swallowed up and spread out. Because of this, an eyeliner has to pass quite a few things in order for me to keep on using it. They are a)easy to use, especially in my bleary-eyed morning state, b)be very black and stay black all day with minimal if no fading, c) not smudge at all if possible.

I favour pen-style application, because I'm just too clumsy with the skinny brush applicators-too bendy for me-so of late, my budget options have been the L'Oréal Superliner Blackstar, and the Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner. Both are in pen forms, though the L'Oréal option is shorter and fatter. I find the L'Oréal version easier to use because the tip doesn't really bend, but I have to admit the Soap & Glory one is far superior in terms of colour depth and longevity. If you compare swatches, it is much blacker than the L'Oréal. The only thing I would advise with this one if you have hooded eyelids or very low folds like myself, is that you wait until the formula is dry on your lid before blinking/opening your eye. It'll get messy otherwise, and you'll end up having to clean or start over again, and ain't nobody got time for that in the morning! I alternate using this and my Tom Ford eyeliner, which is horribly expensive. Though I prefer my Tom Ford Eyeliner, the Soap & Glory option is more travel-friendly, so it's always the one I take with me on my travels, both because of its size and its reliability.

I've also included in the picture a very much used Bourjois Intuitive liner, which is a budget version of the Clarins Three-Dot Liner. It's very easy to use, and depending on how you hold and tilt the pen, you can make the line as thin or thick as you like. I used this extensively for a very long time, but found that it faded in colour on my eyelids very quickly. It stayed on my lids, but it would end up being very washed out fairly quicky.

I also have taken to filling in my waterline recently, though I have a tendency to switch between doing this religiously everyday, and then not bothering for a while. Currently I'm in my 'on' stage, and to do this, I've been reaching for my Lord and Berry Smudgeproof liner. This is my first Lord & Berry purchase and I a very impressed. I'll admit it as the packaging that suckered me in at first, the bold printed black and white box caught my eye, as did the word 'Smudgeproof'. I would say that when you apply this, you've got a few seconds to smudge it out, and then it stays fairly consistently on the skin. The waterline is a bit different, because it's closer to your eyes, and I have a tendency to get watery eyes or rub them (or rub them and be the cause of my own watery eyes, catch-22), so you may experience a small bit of smudging, but it's nothing too drastic. It looks far more deliberate than the smudging I experienced with the Rimmel Scandalous Kohl where it looked like I'd been bawling my eyes out in the rain. At £8.50, it's not the cheapest option you can find, but it does a far better job than my Chantecaille eyeliner that I am just trying to use up for the sake of it.

These products are my eyeliner line-ups, but if you have any recommendations for others I should try, please let me know in the comments!


  1. Supercat is one of my favourites, but I can't stop using my L'Oreal Superliner I'm not going to lie x


    1. It really is convenient and so easy to use, isn't it? I really wish the Supercat would dry as quickly!

  2. This is really interesting because I can't get on with pen eyeliners at all, I find them so hard work. It's interesting that different types of eyeliner work for different people. A good read!

    Sarah xo

    1. Haha, I'm dreadful with the skinny brush style, I try and either stab myself in the eye or smear it all over myself!