I wear eyeliner a lot and most of the time it’s gel. I love liquid liner too but there’s something about gel liner that gives a less obvious finish. After trying numerous gel eyeliners I have decided to narrow it down to my top 5 after thorough testing. These are not in any particular order, just the 5 best gel eyeliners I have used with my honest feedback.


INGLOT EYELINER GEL – I love how black this gel liner looks. Even when dry it’s super black. It doesn’t dry out as long as you keep the lid on. As with most gel eyeliners, if you keep the lid off while applying your eyeliner it’s obviously going to dry up. This one glides on nicely and lasts all day as well as being waterproof. Downside: Not so easy to take off! Use an oil based eye make up remover.

MAYBELLINE EYESTUDIO LASTING DRAMA GEL LINER – I think this is one of the first gel liners I ever used. This doesn’t seem to dry out even if you leave the lid off! Glides on easily and quite fluid. This comes with an eyeliner brush and it’s actually a really good brush. It’s not shaped like the typical eyeliner brushes but it gives a really nice clean line. Downside: Can look a little faded by end of day and loses it’s strong color.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS WATERPROOF CREME COLOR – I remember buying this when it first came out in the color ‘Jet’ and it only came in the one shade. Its now available in 9 shades! This can be used as a cream eyeshadow or gel but I prefer using it as a gel eyeliner as it dries pretty quick when applied. It’s jet black so the pigment is amazing. It doesn’t crack or fade throughout the day and stays perfect even in heat. Downside: Dries quite quickly once applied.

MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA BLACK – This is actually a cream eyeshadow but I use this a lot on my clients as a gel eyeliner. It’s ultra Black and waterproof so it doesn’t budge and it glides on so easily. What I love about this is that you can also use it to create a smokey eye. It blends so well if you buff out the edges. Downside: It dries quite quick when applied as eyeliner so you just need to speed up the application.

BOBBI BROWN LONGWEAR GEL EYELINER – Another gel liner that glides on easily. It keeps it ultra black finish all day and doesn’t budge. It’s sweat proof and lasts well if it’s a hot and sticky outside. This also doesn’t transfer so if it’s really hot and you’re squinting, you won’t end up with it on your brow bone! Downside: If you leave the lid off too long then it dries up.