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Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Highlighted Features, Style & Taste |




By: Holly Pearson (

As a makeup artist, I’m always searching for the best products to carry in my kit. New products are constantly hitting the market, and choosing the wrong one can be an inconvenient and expensive mistake. I’m here to help you take the guesswork out!

Today I'll review and rate a staple: black eye liner.

tartebmTarte's Tartelist Day Paint Liner

A new release, Tartelist only comes in one colour:­ black. Similar to a gel/crème formula, this liner comes with a thin angled brush. What I like about this product is that you have total control: you squeeze the product from the tube, determining how much product you use. Because the liner will dry quickly, I recommend squeezing just enough product out to line one eye at a time. Tartelist dries to a beautiful matte black colour, and the waterproof formula will stay on all day. Don’t be too light handed with it, otherwise your line will not be uniform. Available at Sephora, $29.00

Formula: 4/5

Application: 5/5

Longevity: 5/5

Value: 4.5/5

Kat Von D's Ink Liner in "Trooper"

This product has been creating a buzz since Kat Von D introduced her makeup line. I've recently started using her ink liner in Trooper, a rich black, and it hasn't disappointed. Another waterproof formula, the hard tip provides control over the thickness of the lines youkatvonbm can make. The formula is smooth and long lasting. Available at Sephora, $23.00 

Formula: 4.5/5

Application: 5/5

Longevity: 5/5

Value: 5/5

L'Oreal Paris' Telescopic Waterproof Liner in "Black"

If your peepers tend to tear up like mine, you fear raccoon eyes. This is my go-­to drugstore waterproof liquid liner – it has not let me lorealbmdown! For the price, this product is hard to beat: it has a long shelf-life, and does not dry out. Be sure not to apply too much product, or it may crack and peel. Available at drugstores, $14.99 

Formula: 4/5

Application: 4/5

Longevity: 4/5

Value: 4/5

M∙A∙C's Penultimate Eye Liner in "RapidBlack"

M∙A∙C was the first to come out with this sharpie­style of liquid liner, providing incredible application control. The tip allows for precise lines; however the formula has room for improvement: the product tends to bleed into any crack or crease in your skin. While I love a lot of M∙A∙C products, there are better eyeliners out there than this particular one. Available at M∙A∙C, $24.00 macbm

Formula: 2/5

Application: 5/5

Longevity: 1/5

Value: 2/5