Gel eyeliner helps you achieve a perfect-crisp line with minimal effort without smudging. It is foolproof, glides on quicker than a pencil, and it’s easier to control than liquid eyeliner. Gel liners have quick-drying formulas that create a pigmented color that won’t slide off easily. It lasts all day long!
They come either in a pot or pencil form; however, they all deliver color payoff with just one swipe. For those in a pot format, you can use an angled or fine tip brush depending on what look you are going for. Most gel eyeliner formulas have a matte finish, so it’s not as quick to set like a liquid eyeliner.
These are the best gel eyeliners—drugstore and high-end—of the best quality. Some of these offer other colors thank just black for those who want to spice up their makeup looks, yet, their quality is not compromised.
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NARS Eye Paint
These eye paints are a multi-tasking product that you can use as an overall eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. They come in various fun and shimmery shades perfect for any occasion. It is such a simple product to use because you apply it with a brush or your finger and it dries down quickly into long-lasting, long-wearing eyeshadow “paint”. They come in a lightweight gel formula for easy and precise application. Once applied, you have a short window of time to smudge them as you prefer, but once they’ve set they will not budge or smudge off.
Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner
This one is a long-wearing eyeliner that offers the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula. You can do sharp lines with a liner brush for a dramatic look or use your finger to soften the line for a casual look. It goes on very smoothly and does not smear. Even when it dries a bit you have time to work it into a smudged look. You can also apply it in your water line and it will hold up well for a long time.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer Eyeliner
This eyeliner helps you achieve the perfect lacquered eye that dries down to matte. It is pigmented and easy to apply. The brush is well designed as it helps create a perfectly crisp line, and it gives outstanding application control. The texture is soft, goes on smoothly and a little bit goes a long way. This eyeliner doesn't skip when you drag it over the lid, doesn't smug, or go into your crease and the brush is easy to clean.
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner
This eyeliner stays on all day and doesn't smudge or wear off. The texture is extremely smooth, easy to apply and the brush makes it easy to draw straight lines. You have control over intensity so you can make it really dark or less intense for every-day makeup. A little goes a long way with this product and it stays locked on all day. This eyeliner is not as dry as a pencil, which makes it less harsh on the eyelids and generally takes less time to apply.
Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
This is the thinnest, softest, waterproof gel liner. You won’t experience any movement up into the crease or smudging. Perfect for thin, precise tight lining along the lash and water lines or for a liner in the inner and outer corners. Very quick and easy to use, this will not break down despite its thin diameter. The instructions suggest to only click it up two times max. You have total control over the pencil and it has an incredible staying power if you have an active lifestyle.
Julep When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
This is a waterproof color that glides on without tugging and stays put for more than 10 hours. It delivers intense color payoff and smudges beautifully. It's smooth, long-lasting and the color is very opaque. This eyeliner doesn’t smudge, bleed, or dry out whether they're on the eyelid or on the waterline. You can easily achieve a crisp and sharp wing with these pencils. The colored liners are also of amazing quality and so fun!
e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner
This creamy eyeliner goes on smooth with a solid, deep pigment and one layer does the trick. The angled brush makes the perfect cat-eye shape if applied flat at the outer corners of the eye. It's really soft, applies smoothly, and stays on all day. The price is budget-friendly and, the quality is high-end. The finish is not shiny so it gives you a dramatic appearance. Once this liner dries, it will not fade.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Gel Liner & Smudger
This gel liner has a very soft texture that applies smoothly. It dries to a smudge-proof and waterproof layer that stays on all day. This gel liner can be used for a perfectly defined line or a smoky eye. The silky shades blend easily and don't crease or fade. It dries quickly and if you want to build the color for more intensity you can add more layers.