8 Gel Eyeliners for When You Can't Decide Between Liquid and Pencil

Updated 01/31/19

The moment I discovered gel eyeliner pencils was similar, I imagine, to how Edison felt when he discovered the lightbulb. Exhilaration and wonder? Check and check. Finally, a solution to all the streaky, draggy, smudgy liners that would either melt down my face or disappear halfway throughout the day.

Do those problems sound familiar? If so, it's high time to try one of the eight options below. They're the crème de la crème of gel eyeliner pencils—long-lasting, easy to apply, and incredibly pigmented. 

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $25
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This liner has amassed a cult-like following, and for good reason. It goes on incredibly smooth, comes in pretty much every color and finish you could imagine, and once it dries, it will not budge.

Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eye Liner $18
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The teeny tiny point of this gel liner makes it possible—nay, easy—to create precise, thin lines. You can even whip out a cat eye, should you be so inclined.

It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner $22
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This liner comes in a range of neutral shades that deliver in the pigment department. And this product actually lives up to its name: When you apply it, it truly doesn't tug the delicate skin around your eye and create that weird uneven line. A gift from the makeup gods.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner Pitch Black 0.012 oz/ 0.28 g
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner Pitch Black 0.012 oz/ 0.28 g $27
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This saturated, creamy pencil is perfect for creating both defined lines and smudged-out looks that last all day. Six shades ranging from deep purple to midnight blue to jet black add impact without being OTT.

ULTA Gel Eyeliner Pencil
ULTA Gel Eyeliner Pencil $8
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You can snag this easy-to-apply liner—with over 1,800 five-star reviews—for less than $10. Which means you have full financial permission to buy both the neutral color you'll wear everyday, and the fun bright green you've had your eye on.

Wander Beauty Slide Liner Automatic Gel Eyeliner
Wander Beauty Slide Liner Automatic Gel Eyeliner $23
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A built-in sharpener ensures that the tip of this liner is always—had to do it—on point. And even though the color wears all day, it easily comes off with your standard makeup remover.

Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner
Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner $20
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If eyeliner tends to irritate your eyes, you may want to give this one a go. It's gentle but long-lasting, and was designed to be worn along the waterline (though it also works as a standard liner).

Milk Long Wear Gel Eyeliner
Milk Long Wear Gel Eyeliner $22
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This eyeliner had us at avocado. It's infused with avo oil and hyaluronic acid, which translates into a super smooth application. Plus it comes in a really fun holographic shade, in addition to classics like navy, brown, and black.

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