5 September 2018

Cruelty Free Liquid Eyeliners

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that my go-to makeup look is a fierce wing. I have tried many a liquid liner in the hunt for a holy grail and I think I may have found it and it's cheaper than you think. I have tried way more than are pictured here but these are what is currently milling around in my collection so I thought I'd give you a run down. They are also all cruelty-free and range from £5.45 to £23. 

Cruelty Free Liquid Eyeliners
So let's start with some of the pricier ones first, shall we? I love Tarte but I only ever buy from them when they have their free shipping deal on because I am not paying for that shit. I also tend to buy from them when they have offers on so I didn't actually pay full price for any of these eyeliners I don't think.

Cruelty Free Liquid Eyeliners

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liner - £18 - I got this one in a bargain bundle. It's not my favourite. It has a really thin nib which is very handy for getting a precise thin line but I find you have to press down quite hard to get a decent colour out of it. It's also quite patchy and fades really quickly.

Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner - £20 - This is my favourite out of the Tarte Liners. It's double ended with one end being a waterproof felt tip liner and the other a gel pencil. I do really like the liquid liner. It applies as a bold black and wears really well. Unfortunately, I did notice that this started transferring to my upper lid if I got overly warm. The only other downside to it is it's a tad pricey and obviously, postage from Tarte can be expensive. However, if you are a Tarte fan then I highly recommend this one.

Tarteist Clay Paint Liner - £23 - I bought this because Mykie from Glam & Gore always raves about it and it's the only eyeliner she uses. I'm so devastated but I just can't seem to get on with it. It takes a bit of getting used to to apply and I would say avoid it if you are a beginner or struggle with wings. The main reason I don't love this though is it transfers and smudges so badly. It seems to end up everywhere. I do have pretty oily lids though so it might work for normal lids.

Cruelty Free Liquid Eyeliners

Soap & Glory Supercat Liner - £6.50 - I have seen so many people recommend this and they definitely need to get some NYX in their life. I'm honestly not sure if we are trying the same eyeliner. I have tried this several times and have never managed to get a decent enough wing to leave the house. I always have to go over it with a different liner. The colour payoff is terrible and it just comes out patchy. It's also really difficult to get a crisp line.

NYX Epic Ink Liner - £9 - This is hands down my all time favourite eyeliner. I cannot sing it's praises enough. I picked it up on a whim and I am so glad I did. At just under a tenner it is pretty affordable and it performs amazingly. I have quite oily eyelids and this is the only eyeliner I own that doesn't transfer when I get over hot. It also applies like a dream. You don't have to put any pressure behind it which is perfect for my terrible hands and it doesn't dry out after one sweep. The nib is also perfect for getting that I will cut you sharp wing.

I have also tested it twice for over 24 hours. The first time I slept in it. I know I'm terrible. However, it does mean I can report that it stayed perfect after a 10-hour sleep and for the rest of the next day because I am disgusting and lazy. The next time I tested it I put it on at 9am went shopping in the heatwave for several sweaty hours, went to a garden party where we sat in the sun and drank until 9pm. I then ended up in A&E with my brother from 2am until 9am the next day, got home and slept until 3pm and it was still perfect. Like just put my makeup on perfect.

I don't know what sorcery they used to create this magical liner but I don't think I can live without it ever again.

Lottie London Starry Eyed Stamp Liner - £5.45 - I got this free for buying 2 Lottie London products and I love it. I am obsessed with the star stamp. It is so damn cute. The nib of the actual liner is quite chunky and pretty stiff so it's not the most comfortable application. However, you can get quite a good bold wing. If you are more of a cute little wing kinda person then I would avoid this one but for chunky flicks, this may be worth a try. Unfortunately, I still haven't managed to wear this long enough to comment on longevity but I will get back to you on that.

Cruelty Free Liquid Eyeliners

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner - £14.50 - Before I discovered my all-time fave NYX liner this one was my go to. The nib is just the perfect length and size and is great for getting a nice precise wing. The staying power is also pretty damn incredible. I struggled with it a bit in warmer weather because of my super oily eyelids. It transferred a bit towards the end of the day because apparently, I sweat from my eyeballs. However, it is a nice opaque black, is easy to apply and lasts well so I would highly recommend.

Illamasqua Precision Ink Liquid Liner in Abyss - £21 - I first tried this in a You Beauty Box many years ago and I fell in love. Considering it isn't a felt tip pen I absolutely adore the application. I can apply this easily and be on my way pretty sharpish. You can also get a nice sharp wing ready to stab your enemies. Abyss is as black as my soul and is opaque in one swipe. I also did the horrendously long wear test on this one by wearing it on an extremely long day with an overnight ferry to France. So, I can confirm that this also wears for 24+ hours, not that I recommend. It also doesn't transfer at all.  I did have to stop wearing this for a bit because my eyes were getting irritated by something but I've recently gone back to it and it's fine. However, my NYX baby obviously wins against this solely on price.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - £17 for Full Size - I honestly do not understand the hype about this at all. I think the only thing I like about it is the packaging. I can't seem to get a smooth line. It applies patchy. It isn't that black and it isn't opaque. I would definitely recommend getting the Stila one instead. It's cheaper and is way better in every way.

So that is what is knocking about in my dressing table at the moment. What is your go-to liquid liner? Any that I should be trying?

To round up my top 3 are

1. NYX Epic Ink Liner
2. Illamasqua Precision Ink
3. Stila Stay All Day Liner

If you are desperate for an amazing yet affordable liner I highly recommend you pick up the NYX Epic Ink one. 


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