The Smoothest, Most Budge-Proof Drugstore Eyeliners in the Game

Because we don't settle.

Too often, eyeliners are like failed relationships. It's all blissful smooth sailinguntil it's not. In retrospect, you know things shouldn't have gone past the honeymoon stage, which in makeup terms is the first hour of wear.

While shelling out for a pricey liner seems like a logical way to avoid cracks, smudging, melting, and all the other symptoms of a subpar liner, unicorn formulas do exist...beyond the department store counter, too. In fact, you could walk into any drugstore and find a solid, long-lasting linerwe've done the legwork. From felt-tip pens to gel pots, here are the under-$10 we swear by.

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1 Nyx Retractable Eyeliner

Love us a twist-up pencil, but what really sells us on this liner is the cream-to-powder formula, which stays in place all day whether you're tracing graphic lines or smudging it for a smoked-out effect. And the price—is this real life?!

Nyx Retractable Eyeliner, $4.50; ulta.com.

2 Physicians Formula Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker

A godsend for beginners, this fine-tipped marker will make drawing on your cat eyes feel like less of a burden than ever before. Going on softer as opposed to super-pigmented, it's perfect for sultry bedroom eyes.

Physicians Formula Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker, $7.99; ulta.com.

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3 Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner

If you've got a steady hand, the world is your oyster with this liquid formula. It glides on easy ensuring razor-sharp lines with zero dragging. But its biggest bragging right is no doubt it's staying power. Wear it on its own or layered over a cream formula for extra impact.

Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner, $7.99; ulta.com.

4 Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Liner

If you're a gel devotee, this pot will be your ride or die. The creamy formula smooths on easily, and will go hours on end without fading or smudging. But just note, it's BYOB. (AKA bring your own brush).

Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Liner, $8.99; target.com.

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5 L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Liner Noir Liquid Eyeliner

Like a makeup artist's calligraphy pen, the pitch black ink goes on silky smooth and its ultra-fine 0.1 MM felt tip makes precision easier than ever before. No wonder it's one of Sir John's favorites.

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Liner Noir Liquid Eyeliner, $7.99; target.com.

6 Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer

Another retractable favorite, this waterproof formula is truly budge-proof, plus comes with its own smudging tool for smoky eyes and a sharpener for a bespoke tip every time.

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer, $4.49; target.com.

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