7 Drugstore Liquid Liners That Absolutely Do Not Budge

Updated 06/13/18

Sean Fennessey of the Ringer wrote an interesting article about the power of Rotten Tomato ratings and how it effectively persuades people to see a movie or skip it. It's got us thinking that this is pretty true in life, even in beauty. If something is highly rated, it has to be at least somewhat legitimately good, right? 

When it comes to finding the perfect liquid liner, all we care about is longevity, and even the most expensive liners can let us down. If the luxe liners let us down, the perfect drugstore liquid eyeliner seems like a myth. Can something be both economical and fully functional?

Yes. And we scoured through the pages of our favorite drugstore retailers to see what you, the people, have to say about what liquid eyeliners out right now are the favorites. As beauty experts, we have to say that these are pretty spot-on. Click through to see which are the top-rated drugstore liquid liners. 

Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner - best drugstore liquid liner
Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner $10

Rating: 5 stars 

Commenters say that they gave this liquid liner a five-star rating because of its ability to make a really thin line and it's so easy to use. It also lasts all day and you get two of them. 

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner $8

Rating: 5 Stars

One commenter loves this liner because of how precise it is. It has a grip on the applicator so that you can keep it steady when making fine lines—ideal for doing a winged or cat eye. 

Maybelline Line Stilletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner $8

Rating: 4 Stars

With 446 votes, coming in with a four-star rating is pretty incredible. Commenters say that pros include that it's super easy to use and highly pigmented for an intense eye look. Only some claim that it will start to fade during the day. 

E.L.F. Cosmetics Expert Liquid Liner - best drugstore liquid liner
E.L.F. Cosmetics Expert Liquid Liner $2

Rating: 4 Stars

Commenters love that the liner gives great color and it's at a price that you really can't beat. However, some do comment that it does smudge easily.

NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Liner - best drugstore liquid liner
NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Liner $7

Rating: 4.7 Stars 

While some people were hesitant to buy a matte liner, they were not disappointed after trying it. Many (and by many, we say 155 commenters) say that it really does have a matte finish. The only minor con is that some people wished it was waterproof. 

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner $8

Rating: 5

All commenters say that it really does stay on all day. They also love the fine tip that makes it so easy to create that definition across the lashline. 

Essence Dip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner - best drugstore liquid eyeliner
Essence Dip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $3

Rating: 4.5 stars

This liner does not run. According to commenters, they love that it stays on. It has a dip applicator instead of a convention fine tip, so depending on preference this can be a con or pro for you when it comes to application.

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