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15 Best Gel Eyeliners

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15 Best Gel Eyeliners November 24, 2017

When it comes to eyeliners, a gel eyeliner is a sure winner when compared to its conventional alternatives. They are versatile, easier to use, and they give you a more natural look sans the dreaded raccoon eyes. Whether you’re going for a winged cat-eye or a subtle look, the gel kind of eyeliner gives you the perfect-crisp look, without smudging. And yes, it lasts all day long! This is your handy guide to the best gel eyeliners out there – we’ve listed the ones that fit every kind of budget!  

Best Gel Eyeliners That You Must Try

  1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
  2. Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner
  3. MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline
  4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Gel Eyeliner
  5. Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner
  6. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner
  7. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Darkside Waterproof Gel Liner
  9. Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
  10. MUA Professional Intense Color Gel Eyeliner
  11. NYX Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner and Smudger
  12. L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner
  13. Revlon Colorstay Creme Gel Eyeliner
  14. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
  15. Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

A true original. This award-winning, long-wearing eyeliner offers the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula – all with 12 hours of waterproof, sweat, and humidity-resistant wear. This is available in a range of 14 shades.

Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Long-wearing
  • Does not smudge or fade
  • Comes in 14 stunning shades
  • Waterproof
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes

Cons

  • Expensive
  • You’ll have to purchase the brush separately
  • Slightly difficult to remove

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Review

The Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in ‘Black Ink’  is a cult favorite! It’s creamy, incredibly pigmented and so easy to apply. You can create any look with this eyeliner with much precision and perfection, be it a smokey eye or a subtle daytime look. It comes in a glass pot with a screw cap with 3 grams of product, and you need the smallest amount for application. This pot would last you for a good five months. It does not smudge, streak, and stays put all day long until you remove it with an oil-based makeup remover. There’s nothing more we could ask for!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $27*

Purchase Link: www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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2. Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner

Makeup artists are always looking for products that deliver a big visual impact in a short time. This waterproof, crease-resistant, gel eyeliner is the answer – it glides on quickly and easily. Don’t worry; it doesn’t tug or pull on the delicate skin around your eyes. With this product, you can create smudge-proof lines and precisely defined eyes in 60 seconds flat. Ready, Jet Set, Go!

Pros

  • Incredibly pigmented
  • Glides smoothly and easily
  • Creates lines with precision
  • Long-wearing
  • Waterproof and smudge-proof
  • Cruelty-free and paraben free

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side
  • The product in the pot may dry out rather quickly (keep the lid on tightly)

Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner Review

If you want an eyeliner that won’t even budge slightly all day long, this jet black liner by Smashbox is your holy grail. It applies beautifully, and you don’t have to worry about this moving or smudging around your lid or lower lashline. You don’t get a brush with this eyeliner, but you can use an arched liner brush for precision. It’s also suitable for contact lens wearers and those with sensitive eyes. Highly recommended!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $22*

Purchase Link: www.smashbox.com

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3. MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline

Ultra-smooth, Fluidline’s gel formula provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish. Goes on foolproof with a brush in an easy dip-and-stroke action. Long-wearing up to 16 hours and smudge-proof. Lines up in a rich array of colors and finishes. Available in 14 shades.

Pros

  • Long-wearing
  • Highly pigmented
  • Very creamy consistency
  • Smooth and easy application
  • Smudge-proof and waterproof
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Dermatologist tested

Cons

  • No applicator provided
  • You need to seal the cap tightly after each use, or there is a risk of the product in the pot drying out

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline Review

This gel eyeliner by MAC is a winner for those of you with oily eyelids. Its impressive staying power will make this your go-to eyeliner. It’s extremely pigmented and glides on smoothly, making application so forgiving and easy, unlike a liquid liner! Make sure you use an angled or slanted brush for precision.There are 14 stunning shades to choose from, and at $17, this one’s a steal-deal!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $17.50

Purchase Link: www.maccosmetics.com

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4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Gel Eyeliner

Long-wear gel formula. As precise as a liquid liner. 15-hour wear. Silky smooth color that lasts all day. Its gel-based formula creates a precise line every time with a soft satin finish. For a smudged effect, blend before it sets. Brush included. Available in two shades.

Pros

  • Super pigmented
  • Glides on very easily
  • Long-wearing
  • Comes with a brush
  • Pretty packaging
  • Does not smudge, fade or smear

Cons

  • Expensive
  • The brush which comes along with it isn’t great for thin lines

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Eyeliner Review

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-In-Place Gel Eyeliner goes on evenly and smoothly to give you the most precise eyeliner application. This comes in a glass pot with a golden cap, and the packaging looks super classy and is accompanied by a tiny brush. Its staying power is excellent, and it lasts all day long without fading or moving – without having to be touched up. Also, we can’t stress enough upon how beautiful its finish is! It’s worth investing in!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $26*

Purchase Link: www.esteelauder.com

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5. Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner

Iconic budge-proof gel eyeliner that can double as a creamy eyeshadow. With classic liner shades, this cream-gel formula creates a crisp lined, artistic cat-eye. You can also blend it out to create a creaseless, opaque eyeshadow. Amazonian clay and mineral pigments deliver even, long-wearing payoff without the icky bad stuff. Available in 5 shades.

Pros

  • Long wearing
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Easy application
  • Very pigmented
  • Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
  • Dermatologist tested

Cons

  • Does not come with an applicator
  • The product in the pot may dry out if you don’t close it properly

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner Review

This product by Tarte works in two ways and does a fantastic job as a gel eyeliner and also as an eyeshadow. It comes in a glass pot jar in gorgeous shades like cobalt and mint. The formula of these clay pots is really creamy, and you can create a thick or a thin line with precision. Its staying power is excellent, and once you put it, it just stays there without smudging or moving, until you remove it with a makeup remover! We love its finish!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $21*

Purchase Link: tartecosmetics.com

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6. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner. Like a gel pot eyeliner encase within a crayon, this breakthrough formula is exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty. Gives you a flawless, precise application and sets in place for all-day wear. Available in 26 shades.

Pros

  • Beautifully pigmented shades
  • Extremely long wearing
  • Waterproof, smudge-proof and rub-proof
  • Stunning packaging with built-in sharpener
  • Easy application
  • No harmful chemicals

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Very hard to remove

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner Review

This gel eyeliner comes in a silver, metallic retractable pencil packaging with an in-built sharpener; so, packaging wise, this one’s super convenient. Its texture is smooth, velvety and gel-like, and it so effortlessly glides onto your lids without pulling or tugging. It has a wide range of 26 shades to choose from, and each shade is intensely pigmented. This sure is one of the best gel crayon eyeliners out there!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $25*

Purchase Link: www.marcjacobsbeauty.com

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7. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

This waterproof eyeliner has a long-lasting gel formula that achieves dramatic eye looks. Achieve winged drama with this smudge-free formula that sets instantly and glides on easily to deliver intense color for up to 24 hours. Available in 4 shades.

Pros

  • Long wearing
  • Intensely pigmented
  • Smudge-proof and waterproof
  • Glides like velvet
  • Comes with a brush
  • Value for money

Cons

  • The cap needs to be closed tightly after application, or else the formula will dry out.
  • Tested on animals

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Review

This gel liner comes in a jar with a very professional eyeliner brush, which works with precision and ease. The bristles of the brush are soft and make the formula glide smoothly. The color is highly pigmented and has a creamy texture that does not irritate the eyes. It stays on all day without smudging or smearing. This is a great option to create any kind of look – from a cat-eye to a wing – with much ease. For $9, this one’s super reasonable and efficient for a gel liner. Read more about this product in its review article.

Rating: 4.9/5

Price: $9.99*

Purchase Link: www.maybelline.com

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8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Darkside Waterproof Gel Liner

Ultra-pigmented gel cream pencil with a slim, retractable tip. The waterproof formula is long-wearing and provides intense, liquid-like results.

Pros

  • Long wearing
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Very pigmented
  • Doesn’t fade or run
  • Smudge-proof and waterproof

Cons

  • Available in one shade
  • Feels a little heavy
  • Pricey

Anastasia Beverly Hills Darkside Waterproof Gel Liner Review

This one’s popular among YouTube beauty vloggers. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Darkside Waterproof Gel Liner comes in a retractable pencil packaging, which is classy and convenient. It goes on smooth and provides a bold color payoff. The staying power is impressive, and it lasts all day long without smudging or fading. This one’s great even for hot summer days as its formula is very durable.

Rating: 4.9/5

Price: $18*

Purchase Link: www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com

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9. Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

The unique formula poured into a slim mechanical component has the malleability, intensity, and staying power of a traditional gel eyeliner. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. The waterproof, transfer-proof, and long-lasting formula delivers extended wear. The precision 1.5 MM tip ensures effortless control and allows for tightlining in between lashes. Available in 3 shades.

Pros

  • Applies with precision
  • Pigmented
  • Long wearing
  • Waterproof and smudge-proof
  • Perfect for tightlining
  • Formulated without harmful ingredients
  • Not tested on animals

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Limited shades
  • Less amount of product for the price
  • Non-retractable pencil

Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner Review

This gel eyeliner by Hourglass comes in a mechanical pencil packaging that does not retract. Only dispense the product as needed and replace cap after use to prevent drying. Its skinny 1.5 MM twist-up tip allows for utmost precision. The formula is incredibly pigmented, and it does not wear off all day until you make an effort to get it off with a makeup remover!

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $8*

Purchase Link: www.hourglasscosmetics.com

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10. MUA Professional Intense Color Gel Eyeliner

Use this expert-tested shade for eye definition that lasts. Vibrant, intense color payoff is delivered in a velvety-soft glide-on formula that sets to prevent smudging and smearing. For best results, sharpen with an MUA Double-Ended Sharpener. Comes in 6 shades.

Pros

  • Attractive packaging and comes with a sharpener
  • Pigmented
  • Soft texture makes for easy application
  • Produces well-defined and precise lines
  • Long wearing
  • Budget-friendly
  • Does not smudge or bleed until you rub your eyes

Cons

  • Contains parabens
  • Its cap does not close tightly
  • Its tip breaks easily due to its creamy texture

MUA Professional Intense Color Gel Eyeliner Review

This eyeliner pencil by Makeup Academy comes in a regular pencil packaging with a cap that includes a sharpener, making it convenient and handy. It’s very soft and creamy in texture, and one swipe delivers a decent color payoff, making application really simple. It does not sting or irritate the eyes and is also waterproof. The longevity of this liner is a good 5-6 hours on the upper lash line, and eventually, it fades evenly. You need to sharpen each time you go in with this liner to achieve crisp and precise lines. Overall, this is worth a try for a budget-friendly gel eyeliner.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: $8*

Purchase Link: muapro.com

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11. NYX Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner and Smudger

NYX’s Gel Liner and Smudger deliver a bold color that won’t quit. Whether you’re after a perfectly defined line or a smokey eye, these silky shades blend easily and don’t crease or fade. This pigmented formula is now available in 7 shades.

Pros

  • Very pigmented
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Easy to apply
  • Long wearing
  • Bold color
  • Doesn’t smudge or move

Cons

  • Hard to remove
  • Fades as the day goes on

NYX Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner and Smudger Review

This eyeliner by NYX comes in a clear glass pot with a black screw on the lid with the NYX logo on it. You need to store this upside down to prevent the product from drying out quickly. The packaging is heavy duty and looks great. It has a smooth texture and feels gel-like. The color payoff is rich and dark, just like in the pot. The wear-time is decent too, giving you an average of 8 hours. It’s similar to MAC’s Fluidline eyeliner, but for $9, this is a more economical option.

Rating: 4.7/5

Price: $9*

Purchase Link: www.nyxcosmetics.com

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12. L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner

High-shine lacquer finish. Smooth application. Lasts up to 24 hours. A glossy, lacquered eye is now easier than ever to create. Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner glides on smoothly for a clean, precise line that provides an intense, high-shine finish from dawn to dusk. Available in 5 rich, luminous shades.

Pros

  • Great pigmentation
  • Creamy gel-like texture which makes it easy to apply
  • Long wearing
  • Sturdy and convenient packaging
  • Comes with a brush
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Takes a little time to fully dry
  • Slightly smudges on lower lashline

L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner Review

L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner comes in a thick glass pot with a golden cap. It is accompanied with a thin applicator brush with a cap. It is decent for creating thick or winged lines, but it’s difficult to get a thin line with the brush. Its formula is smooth and creamy, and it glides on like butter. It’s incredibly pigmented in one swipe and you don’t need to build the color by layering it. It takes a little time to dry, but this gives you a window to work with it and correct any mistakes that you made. The staying power is great – it stays on for a good 12-14 hours with a primer underneath. Do give this a shot!

Rating: 4.6/5

Price: $9.95*

Purchase Link: www.lorealparisusa.com

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13. Revlon Colorstay Creme Gel Eyeliner

Love a soft look for the day or a dramatically bold line for an opulent evening out? Colorstay Creme Gel Eyeliner has you covered. Always bold and completely smudge-proof, it’s your go-to liner no matter what your look. Available in two colors.

Pros

  • Bold and smudge-proof
  • Waterproof
  • Glides smoothly to create delicate to dramatic lines
  • Decently pigmented
  • Affordable

Cons

  • A single swipe doesn’t do a great job, so you need to build up the color
  • Slightly fades through the day

Revlon Colorstay Creme Gel Eyeliner Review

This gel eyeliner by Revlon comes in really convenient packaging. The brush is placed strategically in the upper half of the cap, which makes it very handy to use. Its texture is soft and creamy and is completely opaque, but swiping twice helps you build the color for a bolder look. This one’s completely user-friendly and is great for beginners because you just can’t go overboard with this product. Give this a shot if you’re new to eyeliners and want to go in for a natural look.

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: $7.97*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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14. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Draw the line with Scandalous eye-looks! Up to 24 hours of rich, intense color that doesn’t flake, smudge, smear or run. It’s easy to apply and glides smoothly. Comes with a professional brush for complete control to draw the lines you want.

Pros

  • Long wearing
  • Convenient packaging
  • Smudge-proof
  • Nonfading color
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Isn’t quite waterproof but it needs a makeup remover to take off
  • The applicator brush does not work very efficiently

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Review

The Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner comes in a regular plastic tub packaging accompanied with a brush. Its texture is slightly dry and gritty and it’s difficult to pick the amount of product required due to this texture. Its pigmentation is medium and can be built up with a minimum of two swipes required to get a full, vibrant look. Its long staying power makes up for a lot of its cons and for $5, this one’s a great deal!

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: $5.49*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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15. Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Ulta’s Gel Eyeliner Pencil is a super creamy, pigmented gel eyeliner pencil that provides effortless, smooth application and lasting pigmented coverage. Available in 20 shades.

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Long wearing
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Bold and pigmented color
  • Easy removal

Cons

  • Slightly tends to smudge on hot days
  • Evenly fades through the day

Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil Review

At $8, this gel eyeliner by Ulta is a great option. It is super creamy, smooth, and pigmented. It doesn’t transfer and gives you a decent staying power, even in the waterline. Also, you have a variety of shades to choose from, which is a bonus. These are a great dupe for Urban Decay’s 24/7 eyeliner pencils that cost a double of this. Give this a try; you won’t be sorry!

Rating: 4.4/5

Price: $8*

Purchase Link: www.ulta.com

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 (*Product prices may vary) 

Gel eyeliners may seem intimidating as they are not the usual liquid eyeliner that we’re so accustomed to. But, if you tend to do a lot of cat eyes, these are worth trying as you can quickly get a clean, precise line owing to the thicker formula. Once you’ve mastered the techniques, a gel eyeliner is a cakewalk! Besides this, to choose the right eyeliner color for you, you have to factor in things like your eye color, your skin tone, and your age. There are so many eyeliner colors that would work amazingly for your features, so don’t be afraid to try different shades.

That was our pick of the 15 best gel eyeliners from department stores to drugstores! We hope you find your perfect fit and if you have one that you absolutely adore, do share with us in the comments!

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