The Best, No-Fuss Pencil Eyeliners

The Best, No-Fuss Pencil Eyeliners - Smashbox Always On Gel Liner, Models Prefer Infinite Eye Colour Pencil, Australis Stay Put Eye Liner, Rimmel Scandaleyes, Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil

Anyone who knows me or is a regular reader would know that I’m not a big eyeliner wearer. So who would’ve thought I’d have so many favourites hidden away in my drawers? Today I wanted to touch on the pencil eyeliner formulas that never let me down. I primarily use liners to add a bit of definition to an eye look or to tight line, giving the appearance of thicker lashes. I like them creamy, I like them pigmented and I normally like them in an array of bronze-y neutrals. But sometimes I step out of my comfort zone, too. Although I don’t have many eyeliners that I keep on rotation, these are my favourite formulas.

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner*

First up, the pricier option. But in my opinion, well worth it if you find your perfect shade in the mix. These simply glide on. The formula is incredibly soft and intensely pigmented – one swipe and you are sorted. You have a little bit of time to blend out the colour a little before they set down and stay put all day. I’ve been so impressed with the range. Obviously, Brewed has been getting a workout, as the standard deep, rich brown in the range but I’ve also been loving Bubbly on the inner corner or the eye. The brighter shades in the range are all stunning too, Baller, the deep teal-green in the range, has me feeling all kinds of inspired.

Swatches of Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Blank, Bubbly, Moody, Shark, Brewed, Fishnet, Private, Bouncer, Nymph, Baller

Swatched: Blank, Bubbly, Moody, Shark, Brewed, Fishnet, Private, Bouncer, Nymph, Baller

Models Prefer Infinite Colour Eye Pencil

I’ve raved about this formula countless times but I’m not done yet. One day, I just stumbled upon these beauties while checking out the Models Prefer stand, but these pencils have quickly gone on to become favourites. The formula is very comparable to the pricier Smashbox option. They’re also super soft and will not budge when set down. For a cheaper option, I can’t recommend these ones enough. I picked up Teal Maybe first, as a bit of a statement colour, but Brown Suede is my go-to for tight-lining the eyes when I don’t want something as intense as a black.

Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil*

It’s another of your standard gel liners but it’s a little stiffer than I’m used to. And subsequently, it does take a little more building up. But once you’ve warmed up the pencil a little, it’s much easier to work with. I have been very impressed with the staying power, however. They stick around really well, particularly on the waterline. And the price just can’t be beaten. Rockin’ Taupe is actually quite a complex shade, it’s a taupe with quite a warm undertone, but I’ve been loving it.

Australis Stay Put Eye Liner

This one’s not a pencil, it’s a retractable one but I thought it was still worth throwing in because I’ve been loving it for years. Chocolate is another long-wearing, super creamy pencil that I love tight-lining with and using on the lower lash line to add a bit of definition. It’s a matte shade, as opposed to the MP favourite, which has a bit of a metallic sheen to it. And what I really like is that it is really pigmented but it can also be applied sparingly for slightly less intensity. And the name says it all, this formula stays put all day long.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner

I used to have just about every shade in the Rimmel Scandaleyes line-up because for ages, they were my one and only, but now I only keep a couple of shades on hand. From what I can see, I think these might’ve been superseded now but they’re still favourites in my collection. I used to use the Nude a lot on the waterline to brighten up the eyes but if used too intensely, it can be a little too warm for me. Silver is a stunning, metallic shade that I love pulling out for special occasions. The Bronze in the range is awesome too.

Swatches of Models Prefer Infinite Eye Colour Pencil in Brown Suede, Teal Maybe, Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil in Rockin' Taupe, Australis Stay Put Eye Liner in Chocolate, Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude, Silver

Swatched: MP Brown Suede, MP Teal Maybe, Essence Rockin’ Taupe, Australis Chocolate, Rimmel Nude, Rimmel Silver

What are your favourite pencil eyeliner formulas?

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  • I’ve never really gotten into pencil eyeliners , I’ve always been a black, liquid eyeliner kind of girl, but seeing all these beautiful colours makes me want to delve into them a bit more 🙂

    Amy //

    • haha I wish that I could make liquid eyeliners work for me! But yes, you’re right – pencil eyeliners are a great way of experimenting with colour!

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Smashbox Bubbly eyeliner shade is very nice,..