LBQ's Top 3: Black Eyeliners

Another new feature I want to start bring to the site - my top three picks. When individually reviewing and talking about products, sometimes you don't have an opportunity to reflect and really compare performance over a much longer period of time. I always find that no matter how much I love a product initially, if I don't find myself reaching for it over something I regularly use it hasn't really made the cut. One item every girl should have in their makeup bag is a really great black eyeliner; a solid line across the eye can create the illusion of a thicker lashline, as well as enabling you to rock a much stronger lip colour. My favourtie makeup look of the moment is a slick of black eyeliner with a bright pink lipstick - simple, effective, impactful. My three favourite black eyeliners that provide staying power, depth of colour and blendable results have to be from Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay and Bourjois Paris. I've had these in my collection for some time and they always deliver - so much so that I've gone out of my way to re-purchase them again and again, regardless of their price point.

Top 3 eyeliners

1. Bobbi Brown: Long-Wear (£17.50)
This pencil is a cross between a khol and a crayon, providing precision application and the darkest black I've ever used. It stays on all day without any smudging whatsoever, even staying put through my hayfever-induced watery eyes. This is perfect for creating 60's inspired flicks because the formulas is easy to manipulate, while the tip provides precision without being too thin.

2. Urban Decay: 24/7 Glide-On (£14.00)
This has achieved iconic status for a reason - once it's on, it's on. Although this isn't as dark as the Bobbi Brown pencil, it does build up to give a really strong black result that you can also blend to create a smokey eye. I love using this with heaps of eyeshadow and mascara to create a vampish look, particularly as the texture is so malleable.

3. Bourjois Paris: Khol & Contour (£5.00)
I've been using this since it was launched a few years ago, and it continues to be one of my favourites. The handy sharpener in the lid makes this really practical for using on-the-go, popping in your bag or taking away for the weekend. The pencil is very much a khol, so you need to work it well between your fingers for best results, but for a simple line this is the best bargain buy. 

What are your favourite black eyeliners?


  1. love the Urban Decay liners, I use Perversion every day and really like how black it is although it's a bit of a pain having to sharpen it often where its so soft x

  2. I love the Urban Decay liner. Chanel also make a fab one that's always in my makeup bag x

  3. It took me ages to find an eyeliner I loved, the Urban Decay eyeliners have to be my favourite; but I will have to invest in the Bobbi Brown liner!

  4. Anonymous14.7.13

    I used to love using higher end brands for eyeliner until I discovered the local drugstore has cheaper options that turn out even better. I love buying higher-end to luxury foundation and concealer but, since I go through eyeliner so quickly, I would prefer not spending so much money on it. All drugstore: Jordana Color Xtend, N.Y.C.(New York Color) Waterproof, Prestige Waterproof, Prestige Total Intensity, Milani Liquid Eye, Rimme Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal, Palladio Beauty Precision, NYX Slide-On Glide-On, L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Smouldering, and L'Oreal Paris Extra-Intense. Honestly, on me, most of these hold up better than UD's or MUFE's and I love all of them.


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