8 Cheap Drugstore Eyeliners With The Best Customer Reviews And Ratings

March 9, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

There's nothing sweeter than knowing you can score one of your favorite makeup products for $10 or less. Drugstore eyeliner is just as worthy of your attention as luxury brands and scores of celebrity makeup artists and beauty vloggers are more than happy to wax poetic about their top cheap choices. But we dug deeper and read through countless reviews on sites like, Ulta and and Walmart to bring you the top 8 drugstore eyeliners that inspired the best reviews.

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FLOWER That's So Kohl! Kohl Eyeliner

Whether you use it to create a thin line inside the waterline to define your eyes or as a créme eyeshadow, customers are raving about Flower That's So Kohl! Kohl Eyeliner because they say it glides on effortlessly and stands apart from a lot of other kohl liners by proving it has staying power (the brand claims it can stay in place for up to 12 hours). It comes in five shades and features an automatic pencil with self-sharpening tip. And you really can't beat the price.

Flower That's So Kohl! Kohl Eyeliner ($6.78)

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Who doesn't love a "high-tech formula" that boasts a "lash boosting complex" designed to help eyelashes grow? Customers say this liquid liner pen doesn't run or smudge and that, after a slight learning curve, it's really easy to apply and the color builds with each layer you apply. As for its miracle lash growing properties--yes, many customers say they really have seen a change in the length and volume of their lashes.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum ($9.69)

Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner

This gel eyeliner--a fave amongst vloggers--is intensely pigmented and stays put for a whopping 24 hours. One user said it "goes on like butter" and that she purchased it after it was recommended by a professional makeup artist. The colors are described as "bold" and "rich" and the thin application brush that comes with the product is considered more than satisfactory (a rarity when you're talking about a drugstore product). The only criticism I came across more than a few times: you may need to wear an eyeshadow primer under the gel liner, as many customers reported it smeared after a short time.

Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner ($9.99)

L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Pro Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner

Looking for the sleekest cat eye in town? This liquid eyeliner, which is water-resistant and features a tapered brush, allows you to create the most dramatic, smudge-free and precise lines possible. Users say the brush allows for a versatile eye look, that the liquid formula goes on so smoothly, that it only takes a few minutes to apply and that this liner can be removed easily with a baby wipe. It may take a bit of practice to perfect your line with this wand, but those who have say it's well worth it.

L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Pro Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner ($9.49)

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil

This waterproof eyeliner promises 16 hours of coverage and has a crayon contour for easy application. Users love that it's a non-sharpening liner that doesn't smudge, but can magically be removed with a little soap and water at the end of the day. They also say they can control the width of the liner point well, which gives them more creative control over their eye look. Even contact lens wearers say this is an ideal liner for sensitive eyes.

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil ($6.79)

Almay Intense I-Color Liquid Eyeliner

We all want to bring out our eye color and Almay takes the guess work out of choosing hues that complement our beautiful brown, hazel, green and baby blues. Intense I-Color Liquid Eyeliner is described as a "high impact liquid eyeliner" with an "easy to use applicator." Fans of the product say it's fantastic for sensitive eyes, isn't waterproof, but stays on all day, and that the pointed felt tip applicator softens quickly to allow for effortless application. Unlike so many other liquid liners on the market, the "Black Pearl" color is a hit precisely because it's softer, more natural and brings out the beauty in a variety of eye colors.

Almay Intense I-Color Liquid Eyeliner ($7.99)

Nyx Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner

With a precision brush tip and a matte finish, Nyx Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner has gained loyal followers who love its extremely thin applicator, which one user says allows you to create any kind of wing you'd like. Fans also love that is stays in place and doesn't smear or fade. The color is hailed as a "highly pigmented" with a "jet black matte finish."

Nyx Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner ($6.99)

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner

This creamy, smooth, waterproof formula is a popular choice because it comes in vivid shades like turquoise, deep blue and purple and is ideal for tight-lining. Customers rave about how awake and alive they look after applying Rimmel's nude pencil to their waterline and most say the kohl liner won't smudge or fade and that the liner is extremely soft and simple to apply.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($4.49)



Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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