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My top five eyeliners this 2013

Okay, I'm cheating here. I technically won't be writing about five eyeliners only, because that's not as fun as, say, a dozen ones! I will however be talking about five brands that make crazy amazing eyeliners. These are the ones that smudge minimally, if at all, and never fade even if you wear them until the sun sets (or rises if you roll that way). These are the eyeliners I always pick up simply because they're reliable. 

I have also included some eyeliners worth an honorable mention. ;) Let's get cracking!

K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliners. My current HG eyeliner is the K-Palette liquid eyeliner - the waterproof one. This is the best in terms of staying power and ease of application! I've worn it for 15 hours and it has never, ever fallen apart. It's what I wear when I know I'm going to have a long day and have zero time to fuss with smudgy eyes.

The K-Palette pencils have amazing pigmentation and staying power as well, but they do smudge if they're not applied on some sort of powdered/primed surface. They're great just as long as I am wearing something underneath 'em.

MAC Fluidline, Technakohl, and Powerpoint eye liners. The MAC Fluidline was my HG eyeliner before K-Palette. K-Palette beats it only because the gel eyeliner requires a clean brush everytime I use it; I simply don't always have the time to rummage for a brush and then wash it. Otherwise, the Fluidline is fairly water-resistant, doesn't smudge, doesn't fade, and lasts up to 2.5 years if you take care of it properly.

The MAC Technakohl is a great automatic liner, in terms of staying power. The texture is harder than I would like, but it's one of the very few eyeliners that actually stay on my waterline all day! The Powerpoint Eye Pencil is creamier than Technakohl, and comes in loads of gorgeous colors. I have one in this shimmery navy blue and I love how it brings out the brown in my eyes.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner and Long-Wear Eye Pencil. Bobbi Brown's gel liners are much like the MAC Fluidline, but they are somewhat drier. That can actually be a good thing if you're a newbie, since the gel turns out to be easier to control with less of a tendency to skid over wrinkles. BB's eyeliners pretty much stays put all day!

The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet is easily the blackest, most opaque eyeliner I own. It's matte, and draws the eyes like a magnet because of how richly intense it is. This feature comes at a price though - it tends to smudge if not properly primed and set.

Eye of Horus Natural Smoky Eye Pencil in Black. This is one of my oft-used eyeliners because it's so kohl-y, I can skip eyeshadow altogether. I just apply a thick line on my upper and/or lower lids, then smudge it with the sponge tip. I love that quick smoky look, but more than that, I appreciate that the eyeliner doesn't become messy even if it is smudged up intentionally. 

Staying power is great! The texture of the pencil is soft but when it sets, it means business.

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil. Up to this day, it's a struggle for me to believe that these auto-liners are only P150 at the drugstore (Watsons, to be specific). I actually have a Stila eyeliner that has the same packaging, texture, staying power, pigmentation etc. like this Essence one, which makes me suspect that the supplier is the same (Essence is German, which is where a LOT of cosmetics are manufactured).

In any case, the Essence pencils are probably the best drugstore eyeliners available here. In my opinion, ok. I've added a couple of new colors to my collection, and plan to get more in the future!

And these are the honorable mentions haha. They're pretty good too, but I just don't use them as often. Too many other options! The NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street is a gorgeous mint that has amazing wear time - but well, how often can I wear mint? I would love to check out the other colors! Then here's the  Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner and Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner. They're great gel liners, plus they're inexpensive. Another eyeliner I enjoy using is the Etude House Color Pop Drawing Show Pencils. Love the color selection, and the price tag too. ;)

So there you go guys, hope you enojyed the list! Share your top eyeliners here as well!


PS I would super appreciate it if you can help me win at the Virtual Style Awards! You can vote 10 times everday (just click till it's ten) until September 15. Thank you very much!

Reader Comments (17)

Great collection! I am extremely glad that i own one of your top five eyeliners. Haha. I only have the fluidline dipdown, and thanks to you for introducing it to me (us)! It's super sulit and like you, i use it for my brows also. That's what urges me to get the brow gelcreme in dirty blonde because i know very well how it performs in shaping and filling the brows. I am just on my first year of using dipdown (almost), and i still have another 1.5 years to enjoys this baby! I was really getting the k-palette but i know that it dries up several months after. I just went for the more economical than for the more convenient. Hehe. I was sold on the creamyyyyyy part of the fluidline. :) I'd love to try the k-palette someday, in color black. Maybe when i get to own many eyeshadows na. I'd definitely check the essence liners!! I always forget swatching them. Thanks for reminding us how awesome they are! Thanks for sharing your top eyeliners (and honorable mentions). I wonder what's next. Brow products maybe? Looking forward to more of your posts. God bless! =)

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Hi Liz, I totally love the K-Palette liners as well. I've tried Revlon, Maybelline, Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes and Styli-Style. The liquid K-Palette liner lasts the longest and doesn't smudge once set. The pencil liner smudges after a few hours buts still lasts like anything. What I've always wanted to try is Urban Decay. However, since K-Palette is available here, I don't need to look for anything else.

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

Hey, Liz! For how long does the essence one stay on the lids? :) Have you tried Clio? I heard they have eyeliners like Majolica's. :)

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

K-Palette seems to be the best, eh? A lot of bloggers love it. I hope it's more affordable overseas so I can hoard :)

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

I have the K-Palette and the Maybelline lasting drama Gel, I remember the first time when Liz introduce the K-Palette I really want one then finally I buy it on BB in BGC and I'm very happy to have it :).. My next top wanted to try was the essence eye pencils I don't have it yet but looking forward to buy one hihihi

Done! voting! :)

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose

What brushes do you use with the mac fluidline?

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTin C.

Thanks for including a drugstore brand, Ms Liz! :) Must try those Essence eye pencils soon! :)

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaterwauler

I have the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner and looking forward to owning K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner soon. Essence got me curious and they're affordable too! I'll look over them when I visit watsons.

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina N.

Nice round up! I have yet to try the Essence eyeliners (also can't believe the price!). Maybe I'll pick it up this weekend!

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShev

I love k-palette and essence! I own eyeliners from these brands and I agree that they are good quality. :)

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuvy

Been using Essence for about a month now and I'm extremely happy with it! It really doesnt smudge even after about two hours of commuting with no air-conditioning. Its now a staple in my daily makeup bag.

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChenyl

Hi, Liz! Whoa, I envy your collection and I hope to build up one too someday. Any way I recommend trying out Maybelline liquid eye liner, it stays up for actually about 6-8 hours long. I currently use it since I do my hospital duties for long hours most of the time. Thanks for introducing these great finds :)

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaui!

Wow I love your favorite eyeliners, I heard so much great reviews about it although sadly I do not own not even ONE but I would like to try Etude House Color Pop Drawing Show Pencils and K-Palette liquid eyeliner. Great posts and I do hope you will post more of your favorites.

God bless and More Power!

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle Rivera

Love these eyeliners. You have a very good selection :) For me, I like pens than pencils. Pens has a more precise application. :) Thanks for this post. I now have more options :)

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFati

My creased, droopy eyes thank you for this list! The Etude pop liners have been on my radar and I just LOVE the oranges in that release :)

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeauty by Tellie

My first comment ever! :D

I've been lurking around your blog for almost a year now, Ms. Liz. You influenced me to embrace makeup. My motto used to be "I'd rather invest on products that would make me look good even without makeup on". I still put skincare first on my list but when I started reading your blog, I've learned to appreciate the wonders of playing with colors (and grooming my brows, wow haha). Thanks for this post! I think eyeliners are fun and easy to use, especially for someone like me who still needs to practice her eyeshadow skills.

Btw, K-Palette is on sale. Up to 10% off until Sept. 10. I went to Beauty Bar Glorietta earlier to get myself a Zero Kuma Concealer and I'm planning to go back and purchase that liquid eyeliner!

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMimi E.

Finally tried the Essence liners and you're right, it's exactly the same as Stila! Consistency amazing, creamy finish and no pulling. The colors are vibrant and really make the eyes pop. I have oily-combination skin and it stayed on intact with minimal fading and no smudging for 12 hours (although I put eyelid primer and a finishing veil powder after everything). Oil blot paper helped keep it from smudging. SM Makati has a new display of Essence and the eyeliners are in full stock so get all the colors na! They are next to the √Čtude House display on the ground floor!

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazel

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