Can Your Eyeliners Take the Heat?

An interesting thing happened last week after while I was preparing for my alternative bridesmaid post.  I had done swatches for the color story, and afterward I jumped in the shower to get cleaned up.  I noticed as I went about washing my face and conditioning my hair that the MAC Blacktrack Fluidline wasn’t coming off – at all.  Surprised, I rubbed at the line, and it stayed intact.  Now, while I make an effort to buy long-wearing eyeliners – as my outer corners are notorious for smudging – I didn’t really think about that when I purchased this one back in April, and I certainly wasn’t aware that it was waterproof.  I just wanted a nice cream liner!  Of course, when I actually washed my body, the liner came off, but it was particularly tenacious throughout the shower until that point.

Of course, being a (beauty-crazed) blogger, my brain started working, and I decided I wanted to put all the liners I own to the test…so I did  >:-)

Eyeliners - Wear Time (3)

The sampling above is not all of my liners, of course (if you recall…), but all the kinds of liners I own, as I have a few different shades in several types of a brand.  You may notice that almost all of these are designed to be long-wearing and/or waterproof (Chanel Waterproof, Urban Decay 24/7, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, etc.), so I was quite interested to see just how well they’d hold up in the shower test.  YES I swatched each of these on my arm and then hopped in the shower (though not right after the previous shower, I waited until the next day…otherwise that would be a little crazy-town).

Eyeliners - Wear Time (4)Left to right: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir Intense, Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Violet, Illamasqua Precision Ink in Havoc, MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella, NARS Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia, Clinique Cream Shaper in Egyptian, Make Up For Ever Khol Pencil in 4K, Milani Liquif-EYE Eyeliner in Aqua, MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner in Petrol Blue, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 21L, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #14.

So.  Jumped in the shower and did my usual – conditioned my hair first, then washed my face.  Looked down at my arm – all swatches still intact.  Swiped a hand across the liners with medium pressure, to some very slight smudging of a few shades (which I will detail in a moment).  I continued to clean everywhere else but my arm to see if the water would eventually break down the product(s), fully expecting the warm water plus the humid conditions in my bathroom to do a bit of damage.  Nada.  The most effect I found was that the same few liners that smudged a bit from a pass-over with my hand had faded somewhat, as if they lost some of their pigment – however, none had smeared or ran any more from the longer duration in the shower.  Color me surprised!

However, the moment I took soap and shower pouf to the area, the liners washed away quite quickly, with only 2-3 clinging for dear life before finally getting overcome.  These hangers-on have been consistently the longest wearing off all my liners, so I was unsurprised to see them make the best showing.

Can you guess which were the ‘losers’ of the bunch, and which came out on top???

The key is in the wording (duh!).  Though I didn’t expect them to power through a shower and come out as champions, every single liner I own that is a kohl pencil failed to last (that being: MAC’s Eye Kohl, MUFE’s Kohl Eyeliner, and Laura Mercier’s Kohl Eye Pencil).  This makes sense as kohl pencils are generally designed to be soft and smudgy around the eye (though some wear well on the waterline – go figure).  I sort of knew this, yet without fail I’m frustrated when I wear these and by the end of the day they have migrated under my eyes.  Lesson REALLY learned this time (I swear)!

On the opposite side of things, the cream of the crop were the same two liners that in my experience power through pretty much everything – Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liners, and Illamasqua’s Precision Liner, which actually edged out MUFE by clinging just that much longer.  Both of these are liquid liners and they absolutely DO NOT COME OFF until you wash them off.  At times I find that Illamasqua’s requires even more elbow grease to get every last bit – though I found that because my skin had been wet for a period of time, it was much easier than usual (when washing it off my face).

Overall, it was a bit of an eye-opening experience for me, mostly to really *get* that different types of liners are designed for different things.  While the majority of my liners are stellar when it comes to long-wear, especially throughout the warmer months, I must take note that kohls are NOT to be used for crisp lines or as a traditional liner – at least if I’m expecting them to stay put.  I think I’ll reserve these for nights out or short trips in which I don’t need something to last hours and hours.  When I need to pull out the big guns, I’ll opt for the various other liners I have in my collection.

Eyeliners - Wear Time

What types of liners are your favorite? 

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  1. #1 by plainjanemcgough on June 17, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    I love all of those colors. I have had a huge problem with getting an eyeliner that will hold up. Looks like I have something new to try. Always a great excuse to buy more makeup 🙂

    • #2 by Latoya on June 18, 2013 - 9:30 pm

      Haha, isn’t there always? 😉 I hope you find a great liner, either in these or in your own experiments! It drives me nuts when they smear and smudge everywhere :S

  2. #3 by My Lucite Dreams on June 17, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Such a fun post! I love waterproof eye makeup and adore the MUFE Aqua Line, and yay for the Aqua line! I am certainly intrigued now by Illamasqua!

  3. #4 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on June 18, 2013 - 12:25 am

    I NEED to try some of those Illamasqua liners. They have such GORGEOUS colors and I remember you raving about the liners before. If they hold out better than my beloved MUFE Aqua liners then MINE MINE MINE!!! 😀 😛

  4. #5 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on June 18, 2013 - 3:21 am

    LOL you are amazing haha. Like a MYTHBUSTER. 🙂

  5. #6 by Sarah on June 18, 2013 - 9:36 am

    I love this! Great idea for a post. I can’t get the hang of eyeliner, but at least now I know where to go for a long-wearing one.

  6. #7 by Makeup Morsels on June 18, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    You know when I saw the title, I thought you were going to take a lighter to all your liners and see which ones came out alive. Not really sure why I thought that…

    Anyways, your way is much more useful! I’m all for liquid liners in the summer, even gel liners sometimes smudge on me when the weather heats up. And I’m with you on that Illamasqua liner, it doesn’t go ANYWHERE.

  7. #8 by Debbie on June 18, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    Love the color of the green eyeliner pencil!

  8. #9 by Larie on June 19, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    That’s a fun experiment! LOL at MM’s version.

  9. #10 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 20, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    LOL @ Tracy

    Ugh, I gave up on eyeliners a while back. (I knooooowwwwwww.) I’ve swatched some things on my arms to test and found that although they stay put on the arm, they won’t stay on the eyes. Liquids do last on both but there’s no point in accentuating my totally asymmetrical eyes, so I’ve just done away with this category completely!

  10. #11 by Denise on June 22, 2013 - 2:09 am

    LOL, I love that you actually showered with liner swatches all up your arm. What you do in the name of beauty!

    I use MAC’s Boot Black Liquid Eyeliner everyday and while it’s not waterproof, that shit does not budge or transfer. Like, it wears all day and I have totally slept in it before (and slept over at other people’s places before) and it looks EXACTLY the same the next day. It’s also the most matte and most black liquid liner I’ve used, and has thusly been my staple for almost eight years now! Although I think the most stubborn liquid liner I’ve ever used is MAC’s Liquidlast. I swear, it would last through a typhoon. I know people that love it in the summer because they can swim in it.

    I actually don’t use kohl liners for the sole reason that it smudges like crazy (because, as you said, it is meant to smudge). I haven’t found a kohl liner that actually stays really well on the waterline, but kohls are generally safe for the waterline, which is why people use it there. In terms of pencil liners, though, I have found that MAC’s Pearlglide and Pro Longwear Eye Pencils stay on exceptionally well. Really a moot point for me, though, since I rarely wear pencil liner. 😛

    • #12 by Latoya on June 25, 2013 - 7:16 am

      I only really like pencil liner for my bottom lash line, yet I seem to have SO MANY. Whyyyyyy? I prefer liquid too Denise. I actually find the MAC Pearlglides don’t wear well on me at all 😦 Stupid runny eyes! I’ll have to check out the Liquidlast liners, sounds right up my alley!

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #13 by Amy on June 22, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    Um, I need MUFE #14. Yes. Now. I don’t really wear eyeliner because it’s an extra step I’m usually too lazy to do, and I actually really hate having any residual eye makeup after washing my face, so things that are super-tenacious can annoy me, but I really should try some more! Because, yeesh, pretty! And long-lasting! And PRETTY!

    • #14 by Latoya on June 25, 2013 - 7:11 am

      #14 IS gorgeous Amy – you definitely should get on that, tenacity be damned! (Actually it comes off well with cleanser so you should be good 😉

      Sent from my iPhone

  12. #15 by Eugenia on June 25, 2013 - 8:57 am

    “Crazy-town”….LOLOLOL!! I know that folks out there already believe that beauty bloggers are a loony species, but knowing your grit & determination, I would not have been surprised if you actually HAD jumped right back in the shower to test these babies out!! Good to know how they fared (and you just saved me from having to try the same experiment — I’ll just take your word for it, thank you very much!)….and now I must get that MAC!

  13. #16 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on June 27, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    Kohl pencils are like the linen pants of makeup – you gotta just commit to the smudginess and wear it with aplomb! Not an everyday look, but for a rock-n-roll vibe, nothing beats it. I usually go nuts on the waterline, let it smudge out, clean up the excess, and then do powder overtop. It doesn’t lock it in exactly, but it keeps it looking sexily undone instead of Pig Pen messy.

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