Eyeliner pencils may sometimes be seen as the lesser sibling to liquid eyeliners, because they aren’t quite as long-lasting nor saturated. However, we know that we can’t live without them in our stash as well.
They are able to help us achieve a more natural-looking line and invest in one that’s creamy enough and you’ll be on your way to a great smoky eye. Also, they are much easier to use when you want to line your waterline. For makeup novices, it is also a lot more forgiving compared to other eyeliner options out there. Think back to the very first makeup item you’ve ever gotten: it was probably an eyeliner pencil to achieve the coveted cat-eye or an evening, red-carpet-worthy smoky eye.
If you’re looking for one to add to your collection, here are 23 best eyeliner pencils for all your needs. Best part? We have recommendations that fit different budgets too!
1. Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Boasting 25 different eyeliner pencil colours in its collection – this MUFE eyeliner pencil is beloved by the beauty community, with a strong four and a half star rating on Sephora for its smooth gel-like formula, and of course, its versatility.
Get yourself a matte white one on your waterline to achieve a doe-eyed look, a black one if you wanna go classic, and the sparkly, glittery ones for a pop of colour and playfulness.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil retails at SGD36 and is available at Make Up For Ever freestanding outlets, all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
2. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
This is another one for the daring-devils. With a large collection of 31 shades in all, this eyeliner pencil has received a total of 83 reviews, yet a strong rating of 4/5 stars on its Sephora webpage.
Loved for how budge-proof and long-lasting it is even in Singapore’s weather, this eyeliner pencil gives a its smooth application. Stand out with a bright electric-blue eyeliner or bright pink or go with a soft brown for a girl-next-door look.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil retails at SGD33 and is available at all freestanding Urban Decay outlets, Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
3. Sephora Collection 12Hr Contour Eye Pencil
Another strong contender for best eyeliner pencils, with a total of 4/5 stars and 260 whopping reviews in total, this widely approved eyeliner pencil is only SGD14.
Boasting an even larger collection than both MUFE and Urban Decay in terms of colour selection clocking in at 44 in total, it is loved for how pigmented the colours are, and its smooth application.
There are also negative reviews in the mix – not everyone is impressed by it. But if you ask us, for just SGD14, it’s worthwhile to purchase it and try it out for yourself.
Sephora Colleciton 12Hr Contour Eye Pencil retails at SGD14 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
4. NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil
With its most beloved shade being its ‘Milk’ shade, reviewers were quick to give a 5-star rating for how easy it was to apply, and blendability, as well as how well it makes the eyes pop.
It’s also highly raved by other beauty junkies as a great budget option for water-lining, which has to count for something!
NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil retails at SGD12 and is available at all NYX freestanding outlets, Sephora retail outlets, and Sephora.sg.
5. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
Intense, dramatic, and super long-wearing, this NARS eyeliner pencil will have you serving looks when you go out on town. We’re sure the reviewers of Influenster would be quick to agree with us from the raving 5-star reviews many gave!
Want to know what to get? People loved the nude eyeliner, saying that they’ve never had a waterline eyeliner give such a popping, yet natural look to their eyes.
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner retails at SGD40 and is available in all NARS counters and free standing stores, selective Sephora retail outlets, and Sephora.sg.
6. Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
Considered by many reviewers on MakeupAlley to be one of the best eyeliner pencils around, the Clio eyeliner pencil is loved for how smooth it go on the lids, and its high pigmentation. One reviewer even remarked that it lasted on her for the entire day despite not putting on any eye primer before application!
Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner retails at SGD19.90 and is available at selective Watsons retail outlets.
7. K-Palette Real Lasting Eye Pencil
Super-thin for pin-point precision, this is what you need to draw your sharpest, fiercest cat-eye ever. The highly raved about eyeliner pencil is creamy, smudge-proof, beginner-friendly and doesn’t tug on the eyelids – let’s just say you cannot go wrong with this eyeliner pencil.
P.S. It also has a blending tip which makes it super handy if you want to create a smoky eye effect!
K-Palette Real Lasting Eye Pencil retails at SGD19.90 and retails at all Watsons stores.
8. Pretty Vulgar Writing on the Wall Eyeliner Pencil
First of all – that packaging? Absolutely to die for. But apart from that, it’s gotten some pretty rave reviews online too about how it is easily blended, creamy-smooth, yet budge-proof. Get this baby if you want something that lasts the entire day.
Pretty Vulgar Writing on the Wall Eyeliner Pencil retails at SGD37 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets, and Sephora.sg.
9. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner
First impression lasts, and we love how sleek this eyeliner pencil looks. But more importantly, people loved it for most of the things we look for in HG-status eyeliner pencils: budge-proof, stays on the whole day, and strong pigmentation.
But apart from that, other reviewers loved how there is absolutely no need at all to sharpen the pencil due to its smart design.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner retails at SGD38 and is available in all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
10. Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil
Classy and chic, this eyeliner pencil is loved for how utterly budge-proof and waterproof it is. Many reviewers even remarked that their watery eyes remained clean and free of smudges throughout the day. Bonus? It’s also paraben-free.
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil retails at SGD37.34 and is available on Beautylish.com.
11. M.A.C Pro Longwear Eye Liner
Loved by backstage makeup artists, this absolutely had to be on our list of best eyeliner pencils!
Easy to apply, thin and compact, this eyeliner lasts through nearly everything, humid weather and direct contact with water. Only drawback? Some say they find it hard to get off even with some makeup removers.
So if you have a really good makeup remover, you probably would love its longevity. Note that it has a limited selection of colour, though.
M.A.C Pro Longwear Eye Liner retails at SGD38 and is available at all M.A.C. boutiques and counters, selected Sephora retail outlets, and Sephora.sg.
12. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner
You may have heard all about Stila’s liquid liners from your favourite beauty gurus, but its pencil liner isn’t one to be underestimated.
This eyeliner is loved especially for its longevity and ease of application. And if you’re looking for something unique, check out its star shade Lionfish. It has burgundy undertones and gold specks and is raved about for how it brightens brown eyes. Good if you want a bit of pop without having to wear coloured contact lenses!
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner retails at SGD32 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and is available at Sephora.sg.
13. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Eyeliner
While it only has a selection of 10 colours in its collection, what we love about this eyeliner is how all of the shades give a natural look that are suitable for everyday wear. It seems that reviewers agree with our sentiment too!
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Eyeliner retails at SGD18 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
14. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil
Mentioned as many people’s favourite go-to eyeliner, this eyeliner is loved for being smudge-proof and precise. However, note that while it has received a great four and a half stars rating on its Ulta, it only has a rather pathetic one-star rating on Singapore’s Sephora page (from just one reviewer).
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil Retails at SGD38 and is available at all Estée Lauder counters and boutiques, all Sephora retail outlets, and Sephora.sg.
15. Sephora Collection Eye Pencil To Go
This eyeliner pencil is perfect and geared to doing the inner corners of the eyes and creating the finest, sharpest lines, and reviewers love to use it for tight-lining and water-lining and its ease of application.
Also? It’s only SGD10 per pop. Definitely a worthy contender among the best eyeliner pencils in the market!
Sephora Collection Eye Pencil To Go retails at SGD10 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
16. Colourpop Swerve Crème Gel Eyeliner Pencil
Ah, but of course, how could we ever forget budget bae Colourpop? Meh packaging aside, this humble eyeliner has actually been rated as one of the best eyeliner pencils on review platform Influenster, which is a pretty huge feat, if you ask us!
Colourpop Swerve Crème Gel Eyeliner Pencil retails at SGD6.91 (USD5) and is available online only.
17. CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner
Didn’t think you’d see this product here, did you? It is also one of the best eyeliner pencils, according to reviewers on Influenster.
Loyal users say that they have used this eyeliner for a long time and said that this eyeliner pencil gives precision and glides on well on the skin.
However, other reviewers remarked that this eyeliner is not that great on the waterline, and needs to be sharpened every once in a while to maintain its pin-point precision.
CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner retails at SGD7.84 and is available online only.
18. L’Oreal Paris Infaillible Gel Cra Liner
Want a drugstore alternative to your usual MUFE and UD colourful eyeliners because you don’t want to splurge? This is the solution to that.
A pencil liner that stays pigmented, and smudge-proof the whole day, many reviewers mentioned that they have since made this their go-to liner. Check out how beautifully it swatches!
L’Oreal Paris Infaillible Gel Cra Liner retails at SGD18.90 and is available at all Guardian and Watsons retail outlets.
19. Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Love your pencil liners to be super thin for ultra precision? Look no further than the Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Liner.
This gives smooth application, ease of control and is just overall great when you want to pull off thin, sharp lines as fast as possible.
Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner retails at SGD30 and is available at all Hourglass boutiques and counters, selected Sephora retail outlets, and Sephora.sg.
20. ZOEVA Graphic Eyes + Black to Earth Eyeliner
Loved by beauty reviewers for its super dark pigmentation, this eyeliner is what you need if you want to serve super fierce looks. Note that while many reviewers mentioned that this was a good Urban Decay dupe, a few complained that it was not entirely budge-proof.
ZOEVA Graphic Eyes + Black to Earth Eyeliner retails at SGD14 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
21. Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil
Loved by the people on Ulta for its affordability (USD2.99 only!), it has caught many beauty reviewers by surprise, thanks to its smooth application and bold pigments.
While some complained that it didn’t perform as well longevity-wise, we’d say that at only USD2.99, it’s definitely worth trying out on whether this Essence pencil liner is the new HG liner you’ve never known you were looking for. Just remember to wear an eyelid primer!
Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil retails at SGD3.90 (USD2.99) and is available online.
22. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Waterproof Liner
Thin, highly pigmented, versatile and easy to apply for almost any kind of look through the day – be it an everyday thin liner or a smoky evening look – it’s no wonder Bobbi Brown’s eyeliner is considered by many as one of the best eyeliners around.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Waterproof Liner retails at SGD48 and is available at all Bobbi Brown boutiques and counters, selected Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
23. Etude House Play 101 Pencil
This eyeliner comes in an array of more than 50 colours and is waterproof and long-lasting. In different finishes from matte and creamy, to glittery and glossy, this liner can even double up as a lip liner – talk about versatility!
Etude House Play 101 Pencil retails for SGD12 and is available at all Etude House retail outlets.