The Liquid Liner Rundown.

I have a confession to make: I used to be so afraid of liquid liner that I would draw winged eyeliner with a eyeliner pencil.....one that may or may not have often been dull as well. *cringe*

At one point, I moved on to gel/cream liners and while those are okay, I often find that I'm too lazy to use a separate brush (because let's not forget: using a brush means cleaning a brush!) and it often takes me a little while to load up just the right amount of product on to my brush. It's a science, really...one that I haven't quite mastered yet. Anyway, shortly after that, during a time when I wasn't completely satisfied with my winged liner routine, I bought MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner on a whim while I was at MAC, and the rest is history!

Since then, I've acquired two more liquid liners: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner and Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum.
L to R:
MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in On the Hunt
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum in Ultra Black

Top to bottom: MAC, Eyeko, Physician's Formula

The MAC liner has a sponge tip that is shaped into a precise point. It's flexible without being flimsy, so it's easy to have control over your eyeliner application. It's has an ever so slightly shiny finish, which I actually quite like because I feel it makes the black look inky and more dramatic.

The Eyeko liner has a felt tip applicator, much like a marker, that is thicker than the other two. Though it is definitely possible to draw thin lines with it despite the thicker tip, it may be a bit more difficult because you have to draw using the tip rather than being able to lay it down on its side and drag it across the lash line.

The Physician's Formula liner has an actual brush tip, with bristles and all. It's is the flimsiest applicator of the three due to being made of long brush hairs, but I definitely don't think it's so flimsy that it's difficult to apply at all. It also has the skinniest tip of the three, which allows for more precise lines. I actually like this applicator the best because I feel that I have the most control with it.

MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in On the Hunt

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum in Ultra Black

Keep in mind, the lighting in each of the 3 photos is slightly different and may be the cause for any color variations between the liners. In reality, all 3 are jet black, with the MAC liner possibly appearing a bit more black simply due to its finish. 

All 3 have similar lasting powers on me: all day. I don't have especially watery eyes, but a little bit of teariness here and there is definitely not enough to remove any of the liner. I've worn it in a little bit of rain, and that is also not enough to remove any of the liner. Of course, if you soak your eye with water and rub, or alternatively, find yourself in a sob-fest type of state, some of it will come off. Besides that, none of the liners fade or smear at all on me, and they last 100% until I remove my makeup at night.

If I had to choose one, I think I'd have to choose the Physician's Formula liner just because I love the applicator so much! I've had it for the least amount of time out of the three, so I can't comment on how quickly the liner dries out, but I'll keep you guys updated if it ends up being ridiculously fast. Since the formulas are all very similar, I think it's really a matter of price point and applicator tip preference. The MAC retails for $18.50, the Eyeko retails for $15 (available at Sephora), and the Physician's Formula retails for ~$11.

Are you a liquid liner fan? If so, what is your favorite liquid liner?

Disclaimer: The Eyeko liner was sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for reviewing it on my blog. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and based solely on my own experience with the product.


  1. JessicaGettingCheekyDecember 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    I ADORE MAC's Superslick Liquid Liners. I only have Signature Blue, but next time I need a black liner I'm definitely going to spring for the black shade from the range.

    Have you tried Stila's Stay All Day Liners? They're incredible!
    ♥ Jessica

  2. my favorite liquid liner is loreal lineur intense felt tip. it is really the only one i have tried though...i have always wanted to try illamasqua's precision ink. i was going to try out lancome's art liner but i swatched it and it didn't seem as intense as i'd like but perhaps that was the tester. I would try out MAC but i actually don't care for the shiny finish. jet black and matte is what i am for.

    also, i completely agree with you on the whole brush/gel liner. i have yet to master it and i hate having another dirty brush to clean!

  3. My favorite liquid liners are the Dolly Wink liquid liner and the Heroine Make Smooth Liner, with the Physician's Formula one following closely behind. All three have the same kind of thin brush applicators that I find allows for the greatest amount of control. Plus they are great for those more laid back days when I want to go for a more natural look :) They are also great for the "flicks" in the winged eyeliner look! Every eyeliner I've tried, from the Bobbi Brown gel liner to the MAC liquid liners literally smear and smudge within a matter of hours, but these do so minimally, and not for at least 5-6 hours!

  4. Yes, I have a sparkly black one from the Stila range and I love it!

  5. I used to use that L'Oreal one but I found that if my eye watered at all, it would flake off :( Shame about the Lancome one not being intense enough though!

  6. I've heard good things about the Dolly Wink liners! Great to hear you found some that work so well for you :)

  7. apriljoyyyy.blogspot.comDecember 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    I actually like the loreal lineur intense but with the brush tip because I feel like the color pay off on my skin tone is better. But I really want to try the MAC superslick eyeliner after seeing this post! I love how dark it is!

  8. The MAC one is definitely inky black if that's what you're after! :)

  9. My fave is the Physicians Formula as well. I've tried a few others, but it's my fave bc it lasts a LONG time (I have to scrub it off with a wipe or use an eye makeup remover), is easy to control, and has the best price point. I have oily lids and my eyes water a lot and this stuff just doesn't budge. Love it.


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