The Best Budget Eyeliner

There are plenty of quality budget eyeliners out there to play with.

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Why spend a fortune on eyeliner when you can get a quality eyeliner at a low price? Many drugstore brands are just as color-saturated, long-wearing and smudge-proof as department-store brands. They come in a wide variety of colors, and in liquid and pencil form, so go ahead and buy a bunch of colors for all the looks you like to wear: natural for day and smoky for night. And with the lower prices, you can afford to play with different looks.


The Balm's stubby Pick-Up Liners are affordable, and the easily-portable and the deeply-pigmented colors can be used on eyes or lips. The pencils come in colors Ladies Man, Sugar Daddy and Lover Boy. If you're looking for a good black eyeliner, CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus in Black Onyx, $7.99 at the time of publication, doesn't run or smudge throughout the day. It includes a blender at one end, which gives you the option of creating a fine line or smoky eye along your lids. The color is a really intense black with strong pigment.

Liquid Liners

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner glides on very easily, making it a piece of cake for you to create perfect lines on your lids, thick or thin. It lasts up to eight hours without smudging. It is fragrance-free and won't irritate sensitive eyes. It comes in four colors -- carbon black, black mica, mineral gray and earthen rock brown. This eyeliner is available at most drug stores for under $10, at the time of publication. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen is a no-fuss alternative that creates a defined, sexy line with little effort. This liquid liner lasts longer than many because it comes with a specially designed cap to keep the liner from drying out.


You can't beat the price or the performance of Wet n Wild's Eyeliner at an average cost of $1.50, at time of publication. This extra-long kohl pencil goes on smoothly, and stays in place the entire day. Best of all, it comes in 12 colors, including everyday neutrals and vivid brights, so buy away and play with colors you otherwise might not try. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner is also a bargain. The silicone-based formula comes in three shades and glides on easily, making it easier to create a defined or smoky eye -- whatever you're feeling that day. Added bonus: there is a sharpener attached.

Multipurpose Eyeliner

The creamy pencil is a little bigger than a crayon and glides over skin without dragging; the shade is a sheer, shimmering gold. Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Crème Shadow Pencil is a multipurpose liner. These chubby sticks work as eyeliner and shimmering shadow, so they are easily smudgeable. It's firm enough to work as an eyeliner, and it is silky and easy to blend, so you can easily use it as eyeshadow, a highlighter on cheekbones, brow bones, or the center of the lips. The product costs $1.99, at the time of publication. You sure can't beat the price.

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