Pencil vs. Kohl vs. Cream vs. Liquid

Eyeliner is an essential item when it comes to eye make-up. Which sparks the question, “What type of eyeliner should I use?” Well, the answer is it depends on what look you are trying to achieve.


If you want to go for a natural look, go for the eye pencil or kohl eyeliners. If you want a dramatic look, go for cream (gel, as some people call it) or liquid eyeliner.


Pencil. (usually used on the water-line)



NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

$23.00 Sephora.


Pencil eyeliner is the best if you want to achieve a natural look. It’s easy to apply, and small enough to store in a small bag. The NARS Larger Than Life eyeliner is my favorite high-end pencil liner because it’s smooth, and it comes in so many colours. Since this eyeliner is so pricey, I try to preserve it for when I really want to use it for a special occasion. (Or Fancy Friday) Pencil eyeliner is build-able, but to a point until it gets cakey and messy. Which is why it’s recommended to use it for natural looks. You can also use pencil eyeliner as a guide for cream or liquid eyeliner.



E.L.F Essentials Shimmer Eyeliner

$1.00 Eyeslipsface.


As we move to the drug-store products, the quality of most pencils can be chalky, dry, or cakey. You get what you pay for right? Don’t get me wrong, some drug store pencils work very well, but I don’t prefer them. My favorite drug-store brand is the E.L.F shimmer eyeliner, it isn’t chalky, it doesn’t smudge, and it some-what creamy. A great buy for someone on a budget.




Kohl (Used in water-line and upper)



Hello Kitty Charmmy Kohl Kit

$28 Sephora.



Kohl liner is the best eyeliner for your water-line (in my opinion) it’s very smooth, isn’t as cakey, and it makes your eyes pop. The down-fall is it tends to be tougher to apply if stored in a very cool compartment, (For example, a chilly room) if this happens, DON’T PUT A LIGHTER TO IT! All it will do is ruin it. When you put a lighter to it, yes, it does make it creamy. But not for long, when the liner dries it becomes even more difficult to apply. You will constantly have to put a lighter to it each use. Kohl eyeliner tends to be on the more expensive side also, but it lasts a good amount of time. The Hello Kitty kit (shown above) is the best high end in my book, they’re creamy, they don’t cake up if you try to build it up, and the colours are subtle and beautiful. I just wish they are sold individually because some colours I don’t use as often.



SEPHORA COLLECTION Smokey Kohl eyeliner

$12 Sephora.


As I mentioned before, kohl liners can be on the expensive side. Although there are drug-store brands that carry kohl, they don’t seem to satisfy me. The Smokey Kohl eyeliner form Sephora is less expensive then the Hello Kitty, but this is eyeliner is full sized. This eyeliner is also creamy, but there isn’t a wide range of colours. (only 6 colours available) You can actually achieve a dramatic look without it looking messy. Another product worth the money.


Cream (Gel) (used for the upper lid)




Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

$21.00 Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.


Cream eyeliner is the easiest to use. (using a brush) It is a lot harder to mess up, and it won’t smudge. It does not run, and you don’t have to set it with a powder. The Bobbi Brown Gel liner is long lasting, appears as liquid eyeliner, and it’s very smooth on the brush (not clumpy) it’s a little pricey, and requires a brush to use. You can use any eyeliner brush it doesn’t have to be expensive.




Studio Cream Eyeliner

$3.00 Eyeslipsface.


You would think as the price gets lower, the quality goes down as well. Believe it or not, there are some surprising cream eyeliners that work as well as high-end ones. The E.L.F Cream eyeliner is very creamy, it stays for a good amount of time, and it comes with it’s own brush. The down fall is, over time (about a year and a half) it will start to dry out.




Liquid (upper eyelid)




Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof liquid eyeliner

$18.00 each. Urban Decay



Last, but not least. We have the most feared type of eyeliner, you guessed it. The liquid eyeliner. You need a steady hand for this one, because if you make a mistake, there’s no going back. On the bright side, if done right, it looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The thing is, if you have droopy eyelids, like me. You would have to set it with a powder, and that might not even help if you have oily eyelids. This is the only liquid eyeliner I use (Shown above) I don’t need to set it with a powder, and it comes in so many wonderful colours.




Hopefully, this helped you with identifying the differences of each eyeliner.