If you are a frequenter of my blog and watch my youtube videos, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They are smooth, glide on lids without tugging, have wonderful color payoff, and are waterproof once set so they are perfect for using on the waterline. I seem to have gathered quite the collection, most of which I've gotten through sales here and there. At $17.00 apiece they are rather pricey but the quality of these liners is much better compared to most drugstore (and even non-drugstore) pencils. Recently, a couple drugstore brands have come up with improved offerings, but I'll talk about that in a moment.
What stands out the most about Urban Decay's pencils is the color selection. They currently have 23 permanent shades which you can find at Sephora, Ulta, or online at urbandecay.com and they are just dreamy. There are super bright blues, iridescent purples, and of course more wearable colors like brown, black, copper, plum, and olive. Just look at the prettiness!
But don't be fooled by just good looks, these pencils mean serious business! If you let the pencil set for a minute after applying, it will not budge. I'm talking, if you rub your finger on these once it's set it won't rub off (which I did with these swatches, and they did. not. move.) I also scrubbed these with soap and water and it still wouldn't come off completely. To get these off easily, I needed an oil-based eye makeup remover. Holy grail stuff for those with oily lids, or for anyone with monolids or sok ssangkapul if you hate panda eyes!
So here are my swatches. I also included a few other liners I've gotten recently that are actually very similar in terms of quality and texture. The L'Oreal HIP Chrome liners have really been impressing me since they feel pretty much identical to my UD 24/7s and seem to wear as well. There is also one Styli-Style pencil that is also really nice although I haven't used it much (probably because I'm so enamored by my other 23/7s!) By the way, is it really obvious I like putting things in color-order? lol.
Click the image to see it larger. In natural light.
My all-time favorites are Lucky (bright copper), Ransom (purple with blue iridescence), Zero (matte black), and Yeyo (shimmery white). They are actually the only ones I have full-sized versions of since I use them so often. I do think I need a full-sized Binge but I'll wait until my mini is gone first.
Can you see how my sweet tooth is makeup and 24/7's are my candy? Definitely eye candy for sure. Love, love, love. I really felt like a crazy rainbow zebra with all these multi-colored stripes on my arm. XD
I did notice as I was labeling them that I was missing the swatch of 1999, so here is a previous swatch that includes it. Honestly, this color is one of my least favorites anyway since it's not as opaque and nice as the others. :P
I do want to mention, for the record, that not all pencils are created equal. MOST pencil liners both high and low end are either too hard, don't draw an opaque line, or smudge everywhere like crazy! I avoid "kohl" pencils with all my might since they always migrate like crazy within 10 minutes on me. I understand they are meant to be smokey but you can smudge out these pencils just as easily right after it's applied, then the smokiness will last all day.
Basically I back UD 24/7 and L'Oreal HIP Chrome pencils. (Styli-style is just this one, since I've tried others and I didn't think they were as soft or opaque.) In fact, I wish the HIP line had more colors since they are so comparable and are almost half the price of Urban Decay's pencils and go on sale often. I only saw black, gold, silver, and purple in stores. I bought my blue one on ebay and saw others in green on ebay as well. I might pick up the black and gold during a future BOGO sale just to see if the quality lives up to the rest but so far they've been excellent.
I've heard that Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes (tons of beautiful colors!) and Smashbox Limitless Eye Liners are just as good as well, but I don't personally own any. If you do love those brands though you shouldn't be afraid to try them out. Just avoid Covergirl and Maybelline pencils unless you like the raccoon look. ;)
Hope these swatches were helpful if you are in the market for some new or better pencil liners! They aren't as failproof with smudging as MAC fluidline but for the ease of use and being head and shoulders above other pencils on the market, I 100% recommend them especially for the lower lash line + waterline. Let me know in the comments what your favorite pencil eyeliner is.
PS- I noticed a lot of you in the comments said the liner smudged for you and I will say that I nearly always use a primer on my lids, every single time I wear makeup. I can't speak for how long any liner lasts with no primer but these last well with primer. I make sure to have it especially on the lower lash line and those pesky outer corners. ;)