Tuesday, 8 December 2015

My Top 5 Pencil Eyeliners

My Top 5 week on Annie Writes Beauty started with mascaras yesterday so I thought I'd continue the eye theme with five of my favourite eyeliners. I only use black or grey eyeliner when I'm going out or feeling more daring than usual for work. My usual everyday liner shade is brown and has been for some years now as it compliments my blue eyes so well plus you can hardly tell it's not black when applied well. I use liners from Collection, Illamasqua, Lord & Berry, Glo & Ray and Smashbox so there's a real mixture of price points for everyone. 

I have used this eyeliner for more years than I want to admit and back then it was called Collection 2000. The Supersoft kohl pencils are one of the best on the high street and I always make sure I have the brown and black shades to hand at all times. They sharpen well, leave intense colour on the lid and last for hours. For £1.99 each, they're a complete bargain and one I recommend to so many people. 

If you're looking for the most intense black eyeliner you will ever use then look no further because Glo & Ray have got you covered. Midnight Black from their Skybreaker eyeliner collection is incredible. It's soft, silky and leaves the darkest of matte lines in a quick stroke of the pencil. I'm currently on my second pencil and it's one I keep in my collection as it does everything an eyeliner should do. Plus it's not bad priced either! 

I haven't used much from Lord & Berry other than a lip liner and I very rarely use any other colour on my eyes other than black or brown. As much as Smoke is quite a dark grey, it's still a little out of my comfort zone but it works. The liner is soft, it doesn't drag on the eyelid and the colour lasts for hours thanks to it being waterproof.

I love Illamasqua and their eye products are some of my favourite. You can't go wrong with an Illamasqua eyeshadow palette and mascara combo so trying their eyeliner was the obvious next step. The eye colouring pencils are creamy and blendable so creating a dramatic or even subtle eye look is really easy. It's long wearing and could also be used across the lid for an all over eye colour. There are eight shades to choose from in total. 

Lastly is my favourite little tool eyeliner, the Always Sharp by Smashbox Cosmetics. The reviews for this isn't great on the website, many have said how the tip falls or the mechanism jams and I will admit the tip did fall off after not even a week or so of using it but the mechanism was fine for me and just twisted straight back up. The liner itself is a bit hard and drags a little upon application but it's a long lasting, waterproof eyeliner that does actually last and that's why it's in my favourites. I also love that you don't have to sharpen it because it does it via a handy little nozzle in the lid. 

What are your favourite eyeliner products? Do we have some of the same favourites?



  1. I'm still in search of the perfect eyeliner that doesn't make me look like a panda (I have quite watery eyes) - I'm not a fan of pencil ones as I find them so harsh on my eyes but love the types that are like the Illamasqua Eye Colouring pencil - may need to take a look at that one! xx


    1. I use to wear liquid all the time but have up after being so crap at it haha Illamasqua do fab eye products xx

  2. That grey shade is so pretty!

    Sophie x

  3. I like the illamasqua ones and also urban decay. I have an avon one too which I wear most of the time x

    Zoe Mountford x

    1. I haven't tried Avon for years! Will have too in the new year xx

  4. I have the Illamasqua pencil in Fidelity. It's such a nice liner and the colour really compliments by green eyes too. I find black can look way too harsh on me so I always tend to avoid it.

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour


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