We all allocate a generous amount of our make-up time particularly for eyes, as we know that what we do to our eyes can have a startling effect on the entire face. Kohl-lined eyes, shimmery eyes with glittery, golden hued eyes, and sometimes copper smokey eyes – we love to flaunt varied styles for different occasions. There’s so much we could do to make our eyes look attractive. The common eye make-up product almost all of us use is Eyeliner. An eyeliner is something which every girl loves in her makeup kitty! It not only opens up the eyes, but also enhances their beauty. From liquid to pencil to gel eyeliners, you get a lot of options to pick from as per your liking to draw your everyday winged eyeliner, cat eyeliner or for simply just lining the eyes. And then there are colored & glitter liners too, that just brighten up your day. I prefer gel eyeliners to liquid ones. First, they smudge less than kohl and liquid eyeliners and secondly, I get a better control with a slant brush in hand, making thick or thin lines as I want. And yes, it lasts all day long! This is your handy guide to the best gel eyeliners out there – we’ve listed the ones that fit every kind of budget!
1. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
The Maybelline gel liner is one of the most loved products from the brand and great option for someone who is just starting off using gel liners. This was the first ever gel liner that I purchased & is one of my all-time favorites. It comes in a small square shaped pot along with an eyeliner brush. The packaging is classy as well as travel friendly. You can get a defined or a dramatic look with this liner. The brush provided is a very good one. The gel is creamy, glides on smooth, does not tug the eyelids. Though the colour is not that intense black, it does not smudge easily and stays put for long hours.
2. L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
This is an extremely user-friendly because of its creamy formula and smudge-free nature. The packaging is perfect and it also comes with a high precision brush that makes your job of drawing lines easier. With its dark and intense color fits, your eyes get a dramatic effect. It has a glossy finish, but it does not come with glitters making it a great candidate for daily use. The attractive copper black shade gives your eyes a defined look. Its super pigmentation makes your work easier because you get a great look in just one swipe, one touch without digging the gel too much.
3. Colorbar All-Day Waterproof Gel Eyeliners
This gel liner from Colorbar comes in a classy pot packaging along with a brush. It has a soft and creamy consistency & feels comfortable on the eyes. It is well pigmented and a single swipe imparts a dark black hue on the lids. It settles into a matte finish and is completely smudge proof and waterproof.
4. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
A true original. This award-winning, long-wearing eyeliner offers the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula – all with 12 hours of waterproof, sweat, and humidity-resistant wear. This is available in a range of 14 shades. The formula is creamy and it glides on your lids like a dream. The eyeliner stays on until you remove, its smudge proof, water proof and stays all day long. After applying, you can smudge it a little to create a soft smudged effect or just draw a fine line with it. The eyeliner doesn’t dry too fast in the pot. The eyeliner is nicely pigmented. It comes out with an oil based cleanser easily without tugging your pulling your eye lids.
5. MAC Fluidline BlackTrack
This list would be incomplete without the mention of our beloved MAC. The mac gel liner comes in a classy pot packaging and has a really creamy texture. It applies with ease without any tugging or pulling. Since it dries rapidly, one needs to be quick in order to smudge it and form a base for a smoky eye. Once set, it settles into a matte finish & becomes smudge proof and waterproof. The color is well pigmented and feels comfortable on the eyes. A great gel liner for oily eye lids.
6. Inglot AMC Matte Gel Eye Liner
The Inglot AMC Gel liner is another strong contender among gel liners & an HG product for many beauty bloggers! It comes in a plastic tub that is easy to carry around. The texture is buttery smooth and glides on beautifully. It dries almost instantly on applying and does not budge. And now comes and the best part! The liner is amazingly pigmented and you get an intense rich color in just one swipe and also available in various shades.
7. Lakme Absolute Gel Addict Eye Liner
As the name suggests, this soft gel is highly addictive. This eyeliner comes with the brush attached to the cap. This darkest of black shade comes with a cream finish. A thicker coat would require two-three swipes to get a complete look. This water resistant eyeliner stays for 6-7 hours and it lightens without making a great mess. This can be such a delight for women with oily eyelids because it lasts long on them. It is highly pigmented and its soft texture makes it a winner. Surprisingly, this gel liner comes in seven amazing well-received shades, ranging from white delight to deep sea with a variety of colors giving you a varied color range to flaunt opulent fiery eyes without much ease.
8. Coloressence Long Wear Gel Eyeliner
This gel liner comes in a standard pot and is accompanied with a brush. The texture is extremely smooth and just glides on the lids. Apart from the classic black color, there are different colored variants available as well. The liner is smudge proof as well as waterproof and easily lasts for a minimum of 7 hours. Since it feels comfortable on the eyes and does not cause any irritation or stinging, it is great for someone with sensitive eyes too!
9. PAC Cosmetics Pro Gel Eye Liner
Now these Gel Eyeliners are not accompanied by a brush so you have to buy one separately. The formula is claimed to be creamy smooth, which is packed with color to give an intense stroke. It gives an easy application and sets to a smudge-free, long lasting and water proof finish.
10. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
Draw the line with Scandalous eye-looks! Up to 24 hours of rich, intense color that doesn’t flake, smudge, smear or run. It’s easy to apply and glides smoothly. It comes with a professional brush for complete control to draw the lines you want. Its texture is slightly dry and gritty and it’s difficult to pick the amount of product required due to this texture. Its pigmentation is medium and can be built up with a minimum of two swipes required to get a full, vibrant look.
11. NYX Gel Liner And Smudger
And finally, NYX was officially launched in India a couple of months back and we all are super excited! This gel liner from the brand comes in a glass jar with the shade name being mentioned at the bottom. The texture is very smooth and creamy and applies easily without any tugging or pulling. It scores full points on the pigmentation front & you get a rich color in just one swipe. It can also be smudged to create a base for your eyeshadow. The liner is long lasting with a wear time of a good 7 plus hours and you get to choose from 7 pretty colors.
12. Essence Gel Eyeliner
Last but not the least on this list is the Essence gel eyeliners. Like most gel liners, this one too comes in a glass pot that is quite sturdy and travel friendly. Being creamy, it is easy to work with & goes on effortlessly on the eyes. It dries quickly and becomes smudge proof and waterproof. The staying power is great & it lasts all day long. The liner comes in colored variants as well and the shades are well pigmented. All in all, a great option. Also its a very budget friendly gel liner in India!
That was our pick of the 12 best gel eyeliners from department stores to drugstores! We hope you find your perfect fit and if you have one that you absolutely adore, do share with us in the comments!