For years, I have avoided liquid liner like the plague. Why? Because in 1998, a makeup artist at a pageant used liquid liner to make me look like Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. It took days, and a chisel, to remove the liner, not to mention how weird it looked on a 16-year-old girl.
Since 2005, I’ve been using Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21) and applying it with a thin angle brush. It’s easy to apply and I love the look. The only trouble is, I never use all of the liner before it dries out, and that just feels wasteful to me.
I explained my dilemma to a woman at the Nordstrom makeup counter, and she recommended Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner. Her exact words were, “If you can draw with a marker, you can use this product.” And she was right.
The product is mush easier to use than I expected, though it does take one or two uses before you get the hang of it. And this product is especially good for those women who like a really thin line of eyeliner. I, however, prefer something a bit thicker, so I need to layer it on, which takes a bit of skill.
While I like the product, the reason that I have kept using it is simply this: It takes less time to apply. With the Bobbi Brown, getting the perfect line took 2-3 minutes. With the Stila marker, it takes 1 minute or less.
Also, I love that it doesn’t flake or run. With the Bobbi Brown, sometimes, after an 18-hour day it would start to flake or rub onto my lower lids. This no bueno. But the Stila doesn’t rub off or flake off even after a long day.
As for removal, it’s not as tough as I thought it would be. My regular makeup wipes get most of it, and what they leave behind is easily removed with soap and water.
So if you’re looking for an easy to apply, long-wearing liquid liner, this is the product for you. It has turned me into a liquid liner convert, and that is something that I never thought I would be.