There are many brands out there but I have only tried Collection 2000 brand (or are they just called Collection now?). It was my eye liner for a long time until I started experimenting with other kinds of eye liners. It is fairly pigmented and lasts for a moderate amount of time in a day provided you do not rub your eyes.
I think the tip is really good and looks like a little marker which it kind of is. It is best to give it a little shake before application as this brings more product to the top and allows ease of application. I think they are great quality for an affordable price. L'Oreal has its own kind of pen eye liners which I have not tried but I have seen many good reviews about it.
The pen eye liners are very good for winged eye liners because they are precise and easy to use. I am not sure if many of the pen eye liners are water proof; as far as I know, the Collection 2000 one is not. Waterproof eye liners may be good for longevity but a pain to take off completely. All in all, I think the Collection 2000 eye liner pen is a great start for beginners and the pen lasts for a good while even with every day use.
The Felt Tip as the name suggests is made of felt tips which are more like flexible marker tips. It allows moderate control of application. It is wonderful for "cat eye" looks and dramatic looks because they are usually very pigmented. My favourite brand has to be L'Oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss (I have a sinking feeling they are being discontinued) which has different sub groups such as Black Lacquer and Black Crystals which has some gold specks which I don't like.
I got my Super Liner in October of last year and it only got finished last week which is why I got the black gold crystals. Honestly, I do not like the gold crystal brand at all because it has these specks of light gold crystals which are not attractive to me at all. I guess it's perfect for parties. All in all, the felt tip eye liners are my favourite of the lot.
However, after mastering the art of eye liner application with other eye liners from above, I bravely ventured into this category again. I dare say it has been a wonderful experience. They are indeed very precise and I love how sharp and precise the wings look when I apply it especially getting into some corners of my eyes which other eye liners may prove difficult to get into.
With precision skinny tips as I call them, you can have different gradients on your eye for example I prefer to start off with a very thin line from my inner eye lid and gradually thicken the lines towards the end with a nice wing for a finish. I find that with this category of eye liners, it is very easy to achieve this graduated look.
My favourite brand is Urban Decay 24 hr Precision Tip Eye liner. I love this brand because it has quite a pretty long applicator to which the wand is attachedwhich means you have a longer wand to grasp and easy control over application. It is a waterproof eye liner which is heavily pigmented and lasts all day like it implies on its packaging. The only down side is you need to make sure you own an eye make up remover or be prepared to continuously rub this off with a normal make up wipe because it won't budge easily. All in all, I think it is a fantastic product.
The Gel Eye Liner
This is not really a liquid eye liner which is why it is at this little corner. However, it is not a pencil eye liner either. Gel eye liners are made up of gel as the name implies which gives a matte finish when applied to the eyes.
I think a lot of people favour the gel eye liner more because they can pretty much apply as much or as little as they want since it is not liquid. There are so many popular brands out there such as The MAC fluidline eye liner and the Bobbi Brown version which are all very pricey. However, the only brand I have tried is the Maybelline 24H Eye Studio Gel Liner which is a dream.
It is a cream and gel-like consistency which is easily picked up by the applicator brush. It is smudge and waterproof which makes it a very good choice for an eye liner. As common with all water proof eye liners, it is a bit tricky to remove. Other than that, I think it is very pigmented and provides a fluid and smooth application without any apparent creases and the best thing of all, it comes with its own cute little applicator brush.
I am not sure many gel eye liners come with a brush but this Maybelline brand does. I think it also comes in other colours/shades but I have only tried the black one because I think other colours may look a bit silly on me. It also lasts all day, almost 24hr, as the name implies on the bottle. I love this gel liner but I am not very good with applying this as quick as the liquid eye liners which is why I reserve it specifically for weekends when I have more time on my hands.
I am sure you can tell I love Eye Liners be it Liquid or Gel (especially my favourite brand of all time L'Oreal Super Liner) and I think they definitely give my face a very defined and sophisticated look due to how many versatile looks can be created with a quick swipe. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I had so much fun writing it up.. See you in my next post.