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Eyeliners that don’t budge can often cost a pretty penny — so when we find the best eyeliner that stays put and costs less than $10, we want to tell the world.
Because we know how long it takes to make sure your liner wings are exactly even and there’s no point in wasting your $50 liner on “practice lines,” we’re bringing you the 10 best drugstore eyeliner pen and pencils that won’t break the bank.
Almay’s Liquid Eyeliner wins top snaps for having a super smooth inky formula that stays put literally all day. Go ahead—re-watch “The Notebook,” we dare you to test it. Your cat-eye will still be just as sharp. We can’t speak to your mascara though. (Almay Liquid Eyeliner, $4.69, Target.com)
For making the finest of lines or perfecting your tightlining, this Essence Super Fine Eyeliner Pen is the skinniest liquid liner you’ll find in your local beauty aisle. You could probably use it as an emergency pen too, but then you’d waste this magnificent waterproof formula. (Essence Super Fine Eyeliner Pen, $2.99, Ulta)
If you’re aiming more for a fatter cat-eye, L’Oreal’s Carbon Black Lineur Intense is dead-easy to draw with, since it combines the best of a felt-tip liner with the dip-able formula in the bottom half. (L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner, $9.99, Ulta)
When you want to go full-on smoky eye, this chunky liner from L’Oreal Paris goes on like butter and blends just as well. You don’t even have to fumble with messy powders, so you can keep this one in your makeup bag for a day-to-night switch. (L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner, $9.99, Ulta)
This gel liner from Maybelline makes doing a precise cat-eye or a smudgy rocker eye super easy with an easily blendable formula that goes on as opaquely as it appears in the pot. You really can’t mess up with this one. (Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, $8.99, Ulta)
A blogger favorite, Milani’s Eye Tech Extreme is your basic felt-tipped liquid liner—what makes it awesome is how it sticks to your eyelids all day (even oily ones!) and has a stellar ink flow, which we all know is a common complaint with liquid liners. (Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner, $7.49, Target.com)
For those who just can’t decide, your prayers are answered… or at least compacted into this dual-ended pencil and liquid liner from NYC. You get their high-performance formulas in a handy two-fer that will downsize your makeup bulk. (NYX Two Timer Eye Liner, $9.99, Target.com)
Not every liner has to be black (or brown, for that matter). Sometimes you want to kick it up with a bit of glitter—that’s when Palladio’s Glitter Eyeliner comes in. It’s pretty much the impulse purchase you’ll forever be glad you made. At this price you can buy all the colors. (Palladio Glitter Eye Liner, $7.18, Walmart.com)
Revlon’s ColorStay liner is an every-woman staple. It has all the qualities you wish your significant other had—dependable formula, great feel, and it sticks around when the tears flow. (Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner, $5.99, Target.com)
Rimmel has the kohl liner game on lock—this gives us that perfectly blurred smoky eye that can get as dramatic as we can on a Saturday night. Or as demure as Sunday morning. Seriously, this one’s a multi-tasker. (Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil, $3.52, Target.com)