It's true—liquid eyeliner can either be your best friend or worst nightmare. So who wants to spend a ton of money on something you don't even know will work? This is why we've made it our business to put every single drugstore offering to the test, separating the scratchy, leaky, smudgy formulas from the unicorns that deliver the smooth, rich, precise, and stays-put-all-day slashes of your dreams.
If you like to lay your cat eye on thick, this felt tip pen makes an exaggerated wing easy to navigate with its just-slim-enough brush.
Boots No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner, $8.99; ulta.com.
What we love most about this inky, yet gentle formula is its flexible tip applicator. For an easy look, use the tip for a light application. For a bolder line, angle the brush for a more pronounced sweep.
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eyeliner, $8.99; ulta.com.
While its claim of 24 hours without smearing or smudging is a slight exaggeration—we have yet to find a liner that can live up to that—you will still be impressed with this waterproof formula's high-impact, long-lasting power.
Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner, $7; milanicosmetics.com.
The most intense shade of black in the game, this clump-resistant carbon black liquid comes complete with a super-tiny, tapered liquid brush tip that glides on like a dream.
L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner,$9.99; ulta.com.
If you're in the market for razor-thin lines that won't melt or smear, this is the felt-tip pen for you. It's that simple.
Flower Beauty On Your Mark Liquid Eyeliner, $5.17; walmart.com.
If you have sensitive eyes, this rich, ophthalmologist-tested liquid offering is easy on the gaze, as well as a cinch to take off at the end of the day.
Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner, $7.99; ulta.com.
This inkwell-style applicator ensures fresh color every time while the flex tip makes drawing on precise cat-eye wings a cinch.
Almay Liquid Eyeliner, $7.99; ulta.com.