If you have oily eyelids and experience your eyeliner melting by midday, your quest for liquid eyeliners is over! Check out these 10 budget-friendly liquid eyeliners that simply will not smudge. While our tester reviewed these without applying eye primer, you can always use eye primer to make your eyeliner last even longer!
This liquid eyeliner is great for days when you gotta go fast,as the sponge tip (as opposed to a longer brush tip) gives you greater control. It also glides onto the skin smoothly and forms a film as it dries down to a smudge-proof finish. As with most film-type liners, this product can be easily removed with warm water.
Jointly developed with Pentel (yes, the company that makes your pens), this ergonomic liner boasts a super fine brush tip that’s excellent for lining the spaces between your lashes. You do need to be patient and go slow with it though, as the tip can be a little unwieldly due to how fine it is, especially if you’re a beginner. On the plus side, it washes off easily with warm water.
The formula goes on glossy and quickly dries to a matte finish without flaking off over the day. The fine brush tip is the perfect length for creating long skinny lines and wing tips without being unwieldy. It lasts all day without smudging but takes some effort to remove.
An intensely black liquid liner that stays fade-proof for up to 16 hours, and doesn’t transfer even on oily lids or hooded monolids. But be warned – the dip brush picks up a lot of formula, so you will need to take off the excess before applying to prevent mistakes, unless you’re a fan of very thick liner. Not for newbies.
The felt tip is smooth, yet firm enough to give even beginners good control, and dispenses an intensely black formula that stays smudge-proof and sebum-resistant. It doesn’t smudge even when applied on the lower lashes.
If black is too intense, and brown too subtle, then the deep brown pigment of this waterproof and smudge-resistant liner is perfect for that polished look without looking too done up.
The dip-brush eyeliner picks up the perfect amount every time – there’s no need to brush off excess. The pigment is super black so one layer is enough. However, the applicator, while soft and gentle, may be challenging for eyeliner beginners, as it requires more control to apply. The formula is so lasting, an oil-based cleanser is needed to remove it.
It’s sweat- and tear-resistant, yet comes off easily with just warm water. However, the fine felt tip is a tad stiff and pokey, and might be slightly irritating to very sensitive eyes. It gives you super sleek lines in a semi-matte finish. However, one layer isn’t intense enough to create an opaque black line.
The wand is quite long and the brush tip is a little too soft to give good control, so you’ll need steady hands or patience to apply the liner precisely. The formula dries and sets quickly without smearing or smudging, even on thick, hooded lids or on sensitive eyes that tear up easily. It stays crisp and clean, even after an hour-long K-drama cryfest.
The formula is thin and buildable, allowing you to touch up throughout the day without taking off existing liner. While it doesn’t smudge, it is more time-consuming to use. The pigment is not opaque so you would need to add several layers for a solid black line.
The fine brush tip glides over the lash line smoothly, dispensing a thick formula that dries to a vivid black and gives the effect of a gel liner – but without the tedium of using a pot liner with a separate brush that needs to be cleaned daily. Be warned: it dries quickly and stays put, making it difficult to do any corrections.
Extremely pigmented, this felt-tip liner gives a thicker line that glides on effortlessly for a ’60s cat-eye or a rebellious-rocker look. It dries to a matte finish, and sets without transferring or smudging in spite of how black it is – you need to be a little more practiced, using this eyeliner.