The 10 best eyeliners in Australia

From pencil to gel, we’ve found the best eyeliner to suit every makeup lover’s preference, eye shape and budget.

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The best eyeliners in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the eyeliners on this list based on both real customer reviews and their own personal experiences with the products. For each category, they carefully selected parameters based on research and identified the products with the highest review scores within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below

Best drugstore eyeliner: Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid Liner

Pros

  • Many users claim it's long-lasting and smudgeproof
  • Waterproof formula

Cons

  • Some reviewers said the product dried out unless stored upside down

Price (RRP): $8.97
Amazon pricing: From $17.95

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Why we chose it

To determine our best drugstore pick, we considered eyeliners that are priced at $25 or less. Our winner was Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid Liner, which came in with a 4.6 star rating across more than 170 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.

The budget-friendly liner costs just $8.97 and features a flat wing brush liner that helps to create ultra-sharp lines.

Its formula is also waterproof, smudgeproof and promises 24 hours of wear, making it a makeup bag staple.


Best high-end eyeliner: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

Pros

  • Dual-ended for ultimate precision
  • Quick drying

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some customers claimed it smudged after a while

Price (RRP): $90
Amazon pricing: From $71.92

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Why we chose it

For our best high-end eyeliner, we considered products that are priced at $40 or more. With a massive 4.8 star rating across more than 2,000 reviews sourced from MECCA, Myer and Google Reviews, Tom Ford's Eye Defining Pen easily beat out the competition.

In addition to being long-wearing and quick drying, the dual-ended liner offers two different tip sizes to achieve a spectrum of different looks.

The packaging is also incredibly sleek, making it a nice addition to your vanity or professional makeup kit.


Best waterproof eyeliner: M.A.C Cosmetics Liquidlast 24Hour Waterproof Liner

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Ophthalmologist tested

Cons

  • Some customers say the brush is not precise enough
  • Can be difficult to remove if you make a mistake

Price (RRP): $39

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Why we chose it

With a waterproof, transfer-resistant formula, the M.A.C Cosmetics Liquidlast 24Hour Waterproof Liner is guaranteed to stay put once applied.

M.A.C also claims that the product is zero-smudge and zero-flake, which makes it ideal for makeup artists, major events and sticky summer days.

The jet black liner is accompanied by a flexible applicator that creates barely-there lines every bit as well as it creates defined wings.

It received a 4.6 star rating from over 540 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, MECCA and the US M.A.C Cosmetics site and also made our top pick for the best liquid eyeliner.


Best liquid eyeliner: M.A.C Cosmetics Liquidlast 24Hour Waterproof Liner

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Ophthalmologist tested

Cons

  • Can be difficult to remove if you make a mistake
  • Some customers say the brush is not precise enough

Price (RRP): $39

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Why we chose it

With a 4.6 star rating across more than 540 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, MECCA and the US M.A.C Cosmetics site, M.A.C Cosmetics Liquidlast 24Hour Waterproof Liner offers ultimate precision.

The rich black eyeliner features an ultra-fine, flexible brush that makes it possible to achieve everything from small enhancements to full-on flicks.

The formula is meanwhile waterproof and transfer-resistant, making it ideal for both long working days and nights out on the town.

M.A.C also claims that it doesn't smudge or flake, which means you can apply it and forget about it.


Best pencil eyeliner: Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil

Pros

  • Cruelty-free
  • Smudgeproof, water-resistant formula

Cons

  • Some customers say it wears off quickly on the waterline

Price (RRP): $30
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Why we chose it

Scoring a whopping 4.7 star rating from over 1,300 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty and Google Reviews, Eye of Horus's Goddess Pencil is difficult to fault.

The richly pigmented liner arrives in a creamy, water-resistant formula that stays on for hours. It also contains organic moringa oil, which has soothing properties, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitivities.

The Goddess Pencil is also ethically sourced and 100% cruelty-free, making it a completely guilt-free addition to your makeup bag.


Best gel eyeliner: Stila Smudge Pot

Pros

  • Cruelty-free
  • Many customers say it lasts all day

Cons

  • Some reviewers claim the product can dry up after a while
  • Other customers say you need a very fine brush to make the most of it

Price (RRP): $30
Amazon pricing: From $38.24

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Why we chose it

If you're looking to create a razor-sharp line, Stila's Smudge Pot is a go-to.

The liner/shadow hybrid can be used to achieve both precision lines and blended-out looks, making it one of the most versatile eyeliners you'll own.

Thanks to its creamy, long-lasting nature, the formula is easy for all skill levels to apply, so long as you have an appropriate eyeliner brush.

The product also received a 4.6 star rating from over 280 reviews across Amazon Australia, MECCA and Beauty Bay, making it one to watch.


Best eyeliner pen: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Pros

  • Smudgeproof and waterproof
  • Features a fine tip for precise application

Cons

  • Some customers report fraying on the pen tip after some use
  • Other reviewers say that the product can dry up if it isn't stored upside down

Price (RRP): $33
Amazon pricing: From $33.00

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Why we chose it

With a score of 4.6 stars across 49,500 reviews sourced from MECCA, Google Reviews and Amazon Australia, Stila's Stay All Day Eyeliner is a favourite of both the Finder reviews team and customers all over the world.

The waterproof liquid eyeliner offers easy and precise application thanks to its thin pen tip. Once applied, the liner is completely smudgeproof and lasts all day long.

The flexible nib also makes it easy to create everything from subtle definition to dramatic winged liner, making it a must-have in your makeup routine.


Best eyeliner for wings: The Quick Flick Eyeliner Stamp

Pros

  • Available in four different sizes
  • Smudgeproof and waterproof formula
  • Vegan and cruelty-free

Cons

  • Can be difficult to remove
  • Some customers reported product drying out over time

Price (RRP): $35
Amazon pricing: Check site for current pricing

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Why we chose it

Not only did we review The Quick Flick Eyeliner Stamp for ourselves and love it, but it also received a 4.6 star rating from more than 3,400 reviews across Amazon US and The Quick Flick site.

The ingenious invention is perfect both for the time poor and for those who haven't quite mastered the winged eyeliner technique.

The eyeliners each feature a winged stamp on one end that can be pressed to the edge of the eyelids for perfect matching wings. The other end of the product meanwhile features a regular eyeliner pen that can be used to fill in the rest of the line.

The Quick Flick is available in four different wing sizes to suit any preference and is vegan, cruelty-free and waterproof.


Best eyeliner for waterline: Jane Iredale Eye Pencil Crayon

Pros

  • Many reviewers report that the product stays all day
  • Natural, non-irritating formula

Cons

  • Some users commented that the taupe shade is too light

Price (RRP): $25
Amazon pricing: From $22.50

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Why we chose it

If you're looking for an eyeliner that's great for the waterline, Jane Iredale's Eye Pencil Crayon is it.

Available in multiple colour options, the eye pencil is made from conditioning oils and waxes and is coloured with protective pigments, making it safe to use anywhere on the face.

The soft formula also makes it easy to apply and stops the pencil from pulling at the delicate skin around the eye area.

The eyeliner is easy to smudge and provides long-lasting colour that stays in place, making it no surprise that it received a 4.6 star rating across more than 230 reviews from Adore Beauty, Activeskin and the Jane Iredale site.


Best overall eyeliner: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

Pros

  • Dual-ended for ultimate precision
  • Quick drying

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some customers claimed it smudged after a while

Price (RRP): $90
Amazon pricing: From $71.92

Buy at Myer
Buy at eBay

Why we chose it

Coming in with a 4.8 star rating across more than 2,000 reviews sourced from MECCA, Myer and Google Reviews, Tom Ford's Eye Defining Pen is the highest scoring product we considered.

The dual-ended liner features a fine calligraphy tip on one end and a precision brush on the other to help you achieve your look of choice.

The product is also long-wearing and easy to apply, making it well worth the splurge.


Amazon prices last updated on 23 June, 2021 at 01:01 pm

Methodology

44
Brands considered
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Products compared
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Best products chosen

We compared 44 eyeliner brands and based our picks on real customer reviews sourced from popular beauty stores and reviews sites. We also took into consideration first-hand testing by the Finder reviews team.

The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

How to do winged eyeliner

Winged eyeliner (or cat eyeliner) is one of the most popular eyeliner styles around, though it can take a little while to master.

Exactly how to achieve it depends on your eye shape and size, along with your desired wing shape.

There are currently tons of videos on YouTube that show step-by-step how to create the perfect wing for your eye, making it a great place to start.

If you're still struggling to achieve the perfect wing afterwards, or can't quite get your wings to match, you can also try an eyeliner stamp, like The Quick Flick, or an eyeliner stencil.

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