I've gone through a fair share of trial and error on my search for a decent eyeliner. I've bought felt liners that have no pigmentation at all, or run out after a few applications. I've had liquid liners that take ages to dry and transfer all over my eyelids or a really awkward to apply. Or the worst type - pencils that drag along the skin.
But throughout all my eyeliner testing, I've also found some fantastic products, and here are my top three:
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Carrie was a huge Bobbi Brown fan, so I asked what her #1 favourite product was - and she said this - The Long Wear Gel Eyeliner. And I can see why; an intense jet-black pigment, a silky texture that lends itself to a smooth application, and a 100% budge-proof finish that can even survive a sweaty gym class.
It's taken me a while to get to grips with applying my eyeliner with a brush (I've been using the Look Good Feel Better Detailed Eyeliner Brush, but am keen to get my hands on the new Bobbi Brown Ultra Precise Eyeliner Brush soon, 'cos... why not) and it takes me quite a while to get the shape of my winged liner right. But the overall result is so worth the extra few minutes in front of the mirror!
Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen
Felt liners tend to dry up and lose their pigmentation quite quickly, but I find the Supercat liner lasts longer than most of it's kind. I'd say I replace mine every 4 - 5 months or so - which for a £6 product is pretty good going! The Supercat range also offers a 'fat' jumbo version for getting a thicker line, but I found this much more difficult to use. The original Supercat can just as easily create a thick line on your lid, (it just requires a little bit of colouring in!) and is far better at creating a perfect cat-eye flick.
£6 from Boots
Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eye Liner
I use the Nars eyeliner pencil when I want to line my bottom lashes, add a bit of definition to the outer corner of my eyes, or when I want to go for a smokier look. The Larger Than Life is such a creamy consistency that glides on smoothly - absolutely zero tugging. When you want a smokey eye, it smudges like a dream, but when you want it to remain a sharper line it's totally smudge-proof after a few seconds.
It's probably provides the richest colour pay off I've ever had from an eyeliner pencil - it's almost as an intense black as the Bobbi Brown Gel! And it's practical too, with a twist-up design to release more product, and a tiny built-in sharpener that keeps the tip in a nice soft point.
£19 from lookfantastic
Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments, or tell me what your favourite eyeliner is!