9 Eyeliners You Should Avoid

9 Eyeliners You Should Avoid

These products made TotalBeauty.com readers march to the return counter

According to your reviews, these eyeliners -- some of which had potential to be great -- possessed at least one fatal flaw that was undetectable at the store. Read on to find out which product harbored your biggest pet peeve. (Spot one of your favorites? Write a counter review to boost its rating!) No. 9:
Stila Kajal Eye Liner, $16.50

Average rating: 5*
Grand Offense: Too weak. "It is definitely not the liner for oily skin or warm weather. It smudges all over the place. I wish it had better staying power." -- cheapthrills "The liner is very soft and malleable so the tip of the pencil is prone to breaking. (You can lose a lot of product this way!)" -- janedoe

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 8:
Revlon Bedroom Eyes Powder Liner, $9.95

Average rating: 4*
Grand Offense: Messy packaging. "I really dislike this container/application bottle. You pull out the wand and the stuff goes everywhere ... then the wand has a really blunt foam applicator that creates serious fall-out upon application. The actual kohl powder is really lovely. I just wish it wasn't in this type of bottle." -- venus_nouveau

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 7:
LORAC Front Of The Line Waterproof Eyeliner, $20

Average rating: 4*
Grand offense: Dry tip. "The color dries out very quickly, and at certain angles doesn't work at all!" -- lak987

"It is difficult to get the product on. If you can get it to flow from the tube to the felt tip, it still skips and dries out. I bought two and returned them both." -- soonbslim

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 6:
L'Oreal Paris Micro Liner Ultra Fine Lining Pencil, $8.49

Average rating: 4*
Grand offense: No staying power. "It goes on well, but doesn't stay on. I always end up with eyeliner gunked up at the corner of my eyelids and underneath. It's a constant look in the mirror and wipe under the eyes!" -- Jessica_Long

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 5:
CARGO Eye Pencil, $14

Average rating: 4*
Grand offense: Fleeting. "I was disappointed ... it fades quickly and smudges when touched. There are much better eyeliners out there and I would not recommend this product to a friend." -- Elisemarie

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 4:
Guerlain 'Divinora' Eye Liner, $32

Average rating: 3*
Grand offense: Iffy quality. "So expensive and so disappointing. Difficult application: Dries too fast and the texture is too thick. The brush is not refined enough." -- GoyaLL

"I was very disappointed that my eyes would turn red every time I used this. I have used liquid eyeliners of all brands but never had this effect before." -- HannaNYC

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 3:
Physicians Formula Eye Definer Automatic Eye Pencil, $5.50

Average rating: 2*
Grand offense: Smudges. "While this eye liner goes on well, it tends to be a tad heavy and smudges. The color was good, but I needed to set it with powder or it would smudge, even with the lightest application." -- Sherryjbry

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 2:
Lola Liquid Eyeliner, $20

Average rating: 2*
Grand offense: Flaky. "I use liquid liner every day and I have tried a lot of brands, but this one is the worst. As soon as it dried, it started to flake off in big chunks. Don't waste your money." -- cosmo12181

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

No. 1:
Jane Endless Eye Liquid Eye Liner, $3.49

Average rating: 1*
Grand offense: Not sweatproof. "It says it lasts up to 16 hours. I had it on for a half an hour and as soon as I broke a small sweat, it was all under my eyes. I didn't line the bottom but it ended it up there." -- stephlewski

Agree/disagree? Write your review here.

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Appreciate the head's up--I've never tried these and won't.

by GigiSD Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 07:06PM Report as inappropriate

I've never tried these but thanks for letting me know~

by HxCookie Monday, February 11, 2013 at 02:09PM Report as inappropriate

Ooh. Now I know what to avoid.

by NillaButterfly Friday, January 25, 2013 at 06:59PM Report as inappropriate

The Stila Kajal is actually one of my favorites! I have it in topaz (a peachy nude color) and wear it on my waterline quite a bit to open up my eyes and I love it! It probably wouldn't be that good for your upper lash line though so I can see how they might rate it negatively, but I love mine!

by Chris213 Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 07:35PM Report as inappropriate

Just a quick thanks to everyone who takes their time to review! This is Very informative! After losing a lot of money buying things that are total junk (cars, electronics, etc. I buy cosmetics from places with generous return policies, however I'd rather not waste my time with returns), I rely heavily on reviews for purchases. Since I now rely on reviews a lot I'm trying to make the effort to write reviews as well

by cwnash71 Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:20AM Report as inappropriate

Thank you for this information!

by brumzoo Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 08:33AM Report as inappropriate

So many bad liners out there! More bad than good.

by Nicole1021 Friday, March 23, 2012 at 06:05PM Report as inappropriate

Thank you for the new format! This is much easier to navigate. Thank you for telling me which eyeliners to avoid!

by powerwoman033 Monday, March 12, 2012 at 08:40AM Report as inappropriate

thanks for stopping me from making a bad investment in horrible make-up. Plus, love the layout of the article (better than slides)

by janellelora Monday, September 5, 2011 at 08:50PM Report as inappropriate

Excellent

by eatinglipstick Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 09:44AM Report as inappropriate

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