Pencil liner addiction

07 November

A picture of pencil eye liners

I first started wearing eye liner when I was around 14 (I was a very late bloomer makeup wise - or was I?), when a girl on holiday I'd become friends with was doing my makeup for dinner on our last night on holiday. She lined both my upper and lower lash line with a standard black pencil liner, and as a makeup novice I loved it, starting an addiction to eyeliners I still have now, 12 years later. 

I tried most black liners from the brands available in Boots, but it wasn't until years later than I branched out to pencil liners from other brands in any shades other than black. Urban Decay is where my love for different shades of liner started - they're 24-7 Glide-on-Eye Pencil range has a whole plethora of beautiful shades with a workable creamy formula that allows intense, opaque colour. They can be smudged in for a smokey lash line, but you have to be quick as these waterproof beauties dry pretty quickly. Individually, they're £15 which for the quality and how long they last, isn't too bad. But you can also snap up several shades in liners that are a smidgen smaller in length than the standard line, in gift-sets and collections - like the new Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-on-Eye Pencil Set which costs £35 for 10 pencils in a variety of shades (working out at just £3.50 each!!)

If you want a truly waterproof liner, I'm talking won't budge until you get the bi-phase eye makeup remover out, then you have to try the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner range. By far the most waterproof formula I have tried, I really love using some of the paler shades for my lower lash line, the longevity is intense not budging or smudging a single bit throughout the day and the formula is lovely to work with. At £13 each, they're not the most purse-friendly, but like Urban Decay you can also pick up gift sets like the Stila Colour Outside the Lines Smudge Stick Set which costs £36, with a value of £65.

Some newer brands to join my collection have also quickly become favourites that I reach for often, like Bobbi Brown (from £17.50) and Clarins (from £18). I'm also really in love with Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil range which has some of the most beautiful, enchanting shades of teals, emeralds and amethyst shades that work really well to make my brown eyes stand out. A little pricer at £17, but totally worth it.

If you're on a smaller budget but want a pencil that will really last and have great colour pay-off and longevity, then I recommend checking out the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil range which formula wise, is one of my favourites and at just £1.49 they're a real beauty steal. I also love the formula and quality of No7, Rimmel, KIKO and Barry M pencil liners.

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  1. I used to wear eyeliner everyday and then just gradually stopped wearing it. But whenever I go for a night out it's a must have!

  2. Pencil eyeliner was one of the first makeup products I started using. I fall in and out of love with pencil liners but now gel pencil liners are so easily available (and affordable too) I've been wearing them more and more. I love all your mini-reviews/recommendations, there are a lot there that I would love to try out xx

    One Little Vice - UK Beauty Blog

  3. Love your blog! New follower on Bloglovin!
    Great post! Im allergic to all mascara so my eyes are normally so bland. Maybe someday you could do a post showing how to play up eyes without using mascara?

    Renee |

  4. Wow, I sometimes feel guilty for the 7/8 eyeliners that I have! Soap and Glory is where to look for anyone after budget eyeliners! x

  5. Great post! I have been more of a gel liner girl up until recently - I've just started experimenting with different coloured pencil liners. I tend to get a bit stuck for how to wear them, though - they never seem to be 'enough' for my upper lashline, which invariably ends up lined with black gel. Short of wearing them smudged into my lower lashline (where I feel they get a bit lost) I'm kind of out of ideas! Any tips? :) x