Eyeliner is a staple in most women’s makeup bags. Any makeup look is practically incomplete without it. Getting your eyeliner on fleek can be a struggle. From hard-to-use applicators to runny formulations that smudge, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Moreover, with an abundance of options out there, it can get awfully hard to pick the right eyeliner. So, it may come as a surprise to you that when it comes to eyeliner, the affordable ones you find in drugstores are your best bet. To help you choose, we’ve put together 17 of the best drugstore eyeliners that you can find for less than $10. Even makeup artists swear by these formulas!
This waterproof eyeliner features an ultra-fine tip that delivers laser-sharp precision for the most defined line. It’s long-wearing and water and smudge-proof, delivering precise definition in just one stroke.
- Easy and precise application
- Water and smudge-proof
- Very pigmented
- Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
- Dries up quickly
- Fades rather easily
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Review
This drugstore liquid eyeliner is one of Maybelline’s most popular products. If you are a beginner and have just started off with liquid eyeliners, this one’s great for a first start, and it’s really easy to use. Even when layered, it doesn’t give the awful patchy look. This one looks just like a calligraphy pen, and its small tip allows for super sharp and precise wings. One of the best drugstore liquid eyeliners!
This intense liquid eyeliner pen adds drama to your eyes and helps create any eyeliner look – soft or dramatic – with its tapered felt tip. The ultra-precise design of the tip makes it perfect for mess-free application. It stays up to 16 hours and is ideal for daily wear.
- Highly pigmented, intense black color
- Tapered felt-tip
- Easy and mess-free application
- Glides on smoothly
- Tends to smudge on rubbing
- Not waterproof
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen Review
This eyeliner by Revlon, named ‘Blackest Black,’ comes in a pen packaging. Its consistency is neither too thick nor too runny, and the felt tip makes it really easy to use. It’s great for everyday wear and will easily stay on for a good 11-12 hours. Coming to the pigmentation, we noticed that we had to go over the line a few times to intensify the black because one stroke didn’t seem enough. However, that did not ruin the look. If you have oily eyelids, you will love this eyeliner as it won’t budge at all!
The party-proof Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner by Milani allows you to create a thin, medium, or thick line just by switching up the angle you hold it. It’s a waterproof, transfer-proof, and non-feathering formula that glides on smoothly in a single stroke and stays right where you put it.
- Ultra-fine tip
- Easy application
- Smooth flow of product
- Glides on smoothly without tugging or leaving gaps
- Its tip is slightly stiff when compared to other pen eyeliners.
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner Review
This eyeliner by Milani comes in a sleek pen-style format. Its fine tip helps create flawless cat eye looks and winged lines. It’s one of the most pigmented liquid liners out in the drugstore market, and if pigmentation is an important criterion for you, you will love this. We were impressed with its staying power as it stayed on for about 12 hours without budging even slightly. This is definitely one of the best eyeliners in the under-$10 range!
Create perfect lines to oomph up your eye game with Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner. Choose your pick from 9 glamorous shades, and smudge out the line with the soft smudger tip. The specially designed tip self-sharpens to ensure you draw perfect lines every single time. This eyeliner is super precise and offers you control and versatility as it glides on smoothly.
- Easy to apply
- Soft smudger tip
- Smooth formula
- Does not tug or pull on the eyelid
- Difficult to remove
- Smudges and smears easily
- Not suitable for application on the waterline
Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner Review
This CoverGirl eyeliner comes packed in a color-coded pencil with a twist-up mechanism. Its creamy, buttery formula glides on smoothly to give you precise lines. The pigmentation intensifies with each swipe. Although it is water-resistant, it fades and smudges throughout the day. It is still worth a buy if you’re looking for something soft and smooth that creates neat lines.
L’oreal Paris presents Voluminous Liner Noir Liquid eyeliner pen in a rich, black formula. You can now create mesmerizing feline looks with its ultra-fine 0.1 MM felt tip for sleek and easy application. Its unique packaging shape provides added control and precision.
- Extremely pigmented black
- Pen applicator for smooth and precise application
- Fine tip
- Does not rub off easily
- Glides on smoothly
- Tends to slightly smudge on hot days
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Liner Noir Liquid Eyeliner Pen Review
If you are looking for a less expensive alternative to Stila’s liquid eyeliner, this one is close enough and way cheaper. It comes in the form of a marker pen that gives you a whole lot of control over the thickness of the line. It helps you achieve the perfect wing without much effort, unlike the traditional liquid liners. The formula is very smooth, and it does not clump. What more can you want from an eyeliner?
The cat-eye liner look is the toughest to achieve. That is why you need to get your hands on NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner. Its ultra-precise tip is so smooth and flexible that you can line your eye with a single stroke. It is extremely fluid and gives you the most dramatic cat-eye finish effortlessly.
- Intensely pigmented
- Matte finish
NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner Review
The super sleek and supple tip of NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner is all you need if you are a beginner who wants to ace the bold cat-eye look. Its fluid formula makes it very easy to put on. It applies evenly without smudging or getting patchy. Though it is slightly difficult to remove, it is a long-wearing eyeliner.
With the new e.l.f Expert Eyeliner, say no more to tugging or pulling with its easy glide formula. This smudge-proof liner is rich in color, creating a long-lasting, defined look.
- Good pigmentation that’s Buildable
- Dries quickly
- Easy and precise application
- Available in five shades
- Smudge-proof and water-proof
- Less quantity
e.l.f Expert Liquid Eyeliner Review
If you like the traditional eyeliner bottle, this one’s a great product that has a thin brush for the perfect winged eyeliner. It’s a solid black that gives a translucent line in one swipe, but the intensity of the black isn’t the best. It gives you a good, satin finish. Coming to its staying power – it’s decent, and it does not flake off or break and stays put till you actually remove it with a makeup remover. Anyway, this $3 eyeliner is definitely worth every penny.