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The Best Drugstore Eyeliner Pencils in 2020

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
The Best Drugstore Eyeliner Pencils in 2020

Line and define with the best drugstore eyeliner pencils

You can’t go wrong with a good pencil eyeliner. Even if you’re a cat eye enthusiast who collects liquid eyeliners like most girls do hair bands - you can still appreciate the precision, pigmentation, and prowess that comes with lining your eyes with a pencil.

It’s likely the first eyeliner formula you tried when experimenting with makeup as a kid, and can be used in adulthood for a variety of precise, ultra-pigmented eyeliner effects - ranging from a casual “upper lid only” look to the graphic liner you’ve seen on your favorite runway models. And you don’t have to spend a fortune for a luxury makeup product, either - as all the best long-wearing, non-smudging, non-creasing, and waterproof pencil eyeliners are just around the corner at the drugstore.

Most of these products are under $10, and deliver the same intense color payoff and flawless smokey eyes that you’re used to from high-end products. Like the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon - which Rimmel has an incredible $5 dupe for. Get ready to line and define your eyes on a budget with the best drugstore eyeliner pencils below!

Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil by Essence, $3

Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil by Essence
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“This eyeliner is really creamy and pigmented, and it lasts on the waterline longer than anything else I’ve tried.” Fun fact: you can buy nine (yes, nine!) of these drugstore eyeliner pencils by Essence for the same price as one Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner from Estée Lauder. And the Essence pencil has the same top ratings on MIRA for staying power, non-smudging, and water resistance as all its luxury makeup counterparts. Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil is ideal for those who live for pencil eyeliner and wear it every day - but don’t want to spend $30 every couple weeks to keep up their signature smokey eye or simple makeup tricks like tightlining. Instead, collect all four shades of this drugstore eyeliner pencil and keep them in your purse for 24/7 touch-ups - not that you’ll need them!

Forever Wear Longwear Eyeliner by Flower Beauty, $9

Forever Wear Longwear Eyeliner by Flower Beauty
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Remember all those years you saw Drew Barrymore’s face staring back at you from a Covergirl ad in the drugstore beauty aisle? She’s now the face of her very own affordable makeup brand, Flower Beauty, and your eyes will always look wide awake and in charge with the Forever Wear Longwear Eyeliner. It really does live up to its name, with 100% of MIRA guests saying that this drugstore eyeliner is long lasting, and 91% agreeing that it doesn’t smudge. Except when you want it to, of course. There’s a reason that rock stars and A-listers like Drew love wearing pencil with their glam makeup looks, as it smudges out in all the right ways to create an edgy, “purposely unkempt” vibe that works for everything from live performances to red carpet events. Or Zoom school, as a smokey eye with your new Flower Beauty pencil will definitely earn you a few compliments from your classmates. Define, line, and look divine with this drugstore eyeliner for petal-perfect looks.

Power Pencil by BH Cosmetics, $8

Power Pencil by BH Cosmetics
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You may know BH Cosmetics for their assortment of colorful eyeshadow palettes, but did you know that the brand also has a Power Pencil to finish off your vibrant eye looks? This highly pigmented formula goes on smooth and delivers the intense pop of color that BH is all about - with shades like gold, teal (both matte and shimmer!), champagne pearl and royal blue to display a vivid spectrum of color as you line your eyes. But don’t worry, they also have more traditional shades like black, brown, and beige! Each of these shades stays on all day without smudging or fading - and it’s the best drugstore eyeliner pencil for those who can’t decide if they’re a neutral makeup or neon liner type of person. You can always be both with Power Pencil!

Nourishing Eye Liner by Neutrogena, $10

Nourishing Eye Liner by Neutrogena
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“Nourishing” is a pretty accurate term for Neutrogena - as the drugstore brand is famous for hybrid makeup-skincare products with top nutrients to care for your skin while creating a major look with eyeshadow, foundation, or blush. And in this case, eyeliner! Like most of Neutrogena’s beauty products, the Nourishing Eye Liner is packed with soothing ingredients like olive oil and shea butter. These not only help the pencil glide with ease along your lids without pulling or tugging, but nourish the delicate skin around your eyes without risk of irritation. Or worse… product sliding off the lid due to excess amounts of the bad kind of oil. Super annoying. Create all types of exquisite looks, from floating double liner to a simple flick on the top lid, with one of the best drugstore eyeliners around - which our community agrees is long lasting, non-smudging, precise and waterproof.

Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner by Rimmel, $5

Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner by Rimmel
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It’s you’re reading this, you’re probably a pencil eyeliner person. But let’s talk about gel - the magical texture that’s pretty much the ideal mix between liquid and pencil to give your eyes a glossy and gorgeous tint. It delivers high intensity color for a mesmerizing look that’s the equivalent of a shiny, black leather jacket for your eyelids - and this $5 pencil from Rimmel is a dreamy gel to help you look flawless in all settings. Even if in 2020, that only means the living room, master bedroom, and back patio for your Zoom meetings if you’re lucky. This creamy formula glides on like a dream and stays in place for hours - without smudging or fading, or looking too matte or shimmery on your lids. A stunning gel texture in one affordable drugstore eyeliner pencil for your most precise, pigmented looks for day and night? We’ll take it.

TattooStudio Eyeliner Pencil by Maybelline, $8

TattooStudio Eyeliner Pencil by Maybelline
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“I thought the Tattoo Liner was awesome. I really loved the pigmented formula. I also really loved how long it lasted. I’ve literally worn this for over 24 hours and did not see it fade. The formula stays in place and doesn’t budge unless you use an oil based remover.” There’s a reason for the “Tattoo” in the name of Maybelline’s beloved TattooStudio line - these products are unbelievably long lasting. And non-smudging. And precise. And basically everything you would ever want in an under $10 drugstore eyeliner pencil. This 100% waterproof formula delivers smooth strokes and intense color from the moment it touches your lids, and lasts for 36 hours without the dreaded inner eye fading or smudging that often happens with liner looks. After you’ve picked up TattooStudio in your staple jet black, you should also purchase this eyeliner in the 7 other shades! Bold Brown is the brown eyeliner you need to add depth and dimension, and Polished White makes your eyes pop by making them brighter and more beautiful.

Glimmersticks Waterproof Eyeliner by Avon, $7

Glimmersticks Waterproof Eyeliner by Avon
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Shimmer enthusiasts, this one’s for you. You deserve a brilliant drugstore eyeliner to go along with your favorite metallic eyeshadow, and Glimmersticks is your new go-to that will never dull your sparkle. It leaves you with 10 hours of shimmery color that you can blend, smudge, and line out to perfection - in colors like brown, deep purple, and midnight blue to fit a variety of makeup looks. Though we’re definitely getting New Year’s Eve vibes from those colors, how about you? MIRA reviews have called Glimmerstick everything from a “holy grail,” the single greatest compliment for any beauty product, to “the best eyeliner I have ever used” and “a glow for your eyes.” No exaggeration there - as you’ll always be ready to glow with this shimmery eyeliner that’s no match for water, accidental eye rubbing, or smudging!

Perfect Blend Eyeliner by Covergirl, $5

Perfect Blend Eyeliner by Covergirl
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Meet this $5 drugstore pencil eyeliner that can do it all - blend, smudge, line, define, and enhance your eyes in a single stroke. Whether you’re looking to do a casual flick on the waterline or a runway-ready graphic liner look. A perfect blend is exactly what you’ll get, as this travel-sized pencil has a sponge on the end that you can use to intricately smudge - while also creating a sleek definition on your waterline for the days you’re in the mood for the ultimate lazy girl hack: tightlining. 94% agree that Perfect Blend is super long lasting, and 88% say it’s non-smudging and waterproof.

Smokey Kohl Water-Resistant Eyeliner by Neutrogena, $7

Smokey Kohl Water-Resistant Eyeliner by Neutrogena
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Take your smokey eye looks to the next level with one of the best drugstore eyeliners for glam makeup lovers. There is no “time and place” to do a sultry and smoldering eye, there is only now… and this Neutrogena favorite will take you there for work days, virtual school, a Google Meet first date or anything in between. Smokey Kohl Water-Resistant Eyeliner is a creamy, mega-pigmented formula that you can build, blend, and smudge for mysterious looks that always make a statement. Besides the fact that it smudges in all the right places for an effortlessly cool smokey eye, this drugstore eyeliner pencil is also infused with Vitamin E to protect your fragile eyelid skin from free radical damage and irritation. Since we all know it may take some time and Q-tips to achieve the smoldering eyes you’ve always wanted. Get this pencil eyeliner in Jet Black, Smokey Gray, Dark Brown, Deep Navy and Rich Plum to mix and match with all your favorite eyeshadows for a colorful or classic smokey eye.

Age Perfect Satin Glide Eyeliner by L’Oreal, $8

Age Perfect Satin Glide Eyeliner by L’Oreal
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Your anti-aging routine often includes the right serums and moisturizers. Pencil eyeliners? Not so much… until now. This drugstore pencil eyeliner is specifically designed for mature women, or those who have stressed skin or sensitive skin around the eyes. The formula is packed with mineral pigments that apply smoothly on your lids, without pulling at your delicate skin, and stay on for hours  without being overly drying. Or smudging, even if you forget you’re wearing it and accidentally rub your eyes… like we all have at least once. 100% of MIRA reviews agree that Age Perfect is long lasting, waterproof, and delivers precise application - and it’s the ideal eyeliner that both you and your mom will love!

Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner by Covergirl, $5

Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner by Covergirl
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“I liked the darkness of the pencil and the very small point. I applied it on the top lid above my lashes and it worked great. It was smooth and very precise. It lasted all day and didn't smear.” It’s surprisingly hard to find a true jet black eyeliner, as many will be a weird ashy-gray or appear a bit lighter once you apply it. But that’s definitely not the case with Ink It! It’s the blackest black you’d ever need from your pencil eyeliner, and delivers all the sharpness for your looks - in more ways than one. You see, using a pencil eyeliner is all fun and games until the tip breaks off, or you sharpen it the wrong way leaving a weird shape. But the Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner by Covergirl has a specially designed self-sharpener inside to take all the work out and keep your pencil looking on-point at all times. This versatile, waterproof drugstore pencil eyeliner is great for everyday looks or minimal makeup - and we’d recommend keeping one in your purse, work desk, and car to guarantee that you’re always covered!

The best drugstore eyeliners aren't just sitting inside your local drugstore - you can find them all on MIRA BEAUTY today!