best gel eyeliner

The Best Gel Eyeliners For Your Makeup Look

It’s super common to find applying liquid or pencil liners a bit of a challenge. That’s where gel eyeliners come in.

Unlike traditional liquid or pencil formulas, gel eyeliners are much easier to apply in a smooth line or to get the perfect wing or cat-eye look.

Gel eyeliners use silicon-based compounds to provide highly pigmented colors.

They are easy to apply, coming in a variety of applicators, depending on your preference. They are known for being long-lasting and very difficult to smudge, if at all.

All of these qualities make gel eyeliners a great option if you’re new to makeup, or just like an easier life!

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Best Gel Eyeliners

We’ve created this list of the 10 best gel eyeliners, so read on to discover which products make the cut.

Black Radiance Continuous Black Cream Gel Eyeliner

Black Radiance Continuous Creme Eyeliner

This gel eyeliner pot is super affordable but also really easy to apply, that’s why we had to include it on our list because we know that applying the perfect eyeliner can take some practice, but this product is very user-friendly. 

The formula is very creamy and includes a mini angled brush for perfect application. It’s also very long-lasting and quick-drying, so you don’t have to worry about any embarrassing smudges!

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

This gel eyeliner by Marc Jacobs combines the benefits of a gel eyeliner in that it’s absolutely smudge-proof, with the precision of a pencil eyeliner.

This eyeliner is also waterproof and has an intense color payoff. 

No matter what kind of eye look you’re trying to achieve, you’ll be able to do it with this versatile product. You can create precise lines or a softer smudged look and even a smoky eye. Not only this, but this gel eyeliner even works well on the waterline.

It comes in a variety of different shades and is free from oil, alcohol, and parabens.

This product is also cruelty-free

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil

Pencil Eyeliner by Revlon, ColorStay Eye Makeup with Built-in Sharpener, Waterproof, Smudgeproof, Longwearing with Ultra-Fine Tip

This drugstore eyeliner pencil by Revlon will help you easily achieve the perfect cat-eye.

The formula is very creamy and easy to work with, so it’s good for beginners or those with a bit of a shaky hand!

It goes on incredibly smoothly and doesn’t pull the skin of your eyelid.

It also contains a built-in blender so you can make the most of this affordable eyeliner by getting smoky or smudge looks, as well as a strong statement eyeliner.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer Eyeliner

This L’Oréal Paris gel eyeliner has a unique lacquer finish that will last you all day and night, making it perfect for nights out as you don’t have to worry about touching up your eyeliner.

It is very easy to apply thanks to the smooth formula and brush.

Although this product has a lower price tag, it has the same quality as more expensive products and you can get the same effects, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re not looking to splash the cash.

Although this product only comes in one shade, the formula is free from alcohol, oil, and parabens.

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner

Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner

This is another product that lets you get the best of both worlds.

With this product by Tarte, you can experience the benefits of both a gel and a liquid eyeliner.

The double-ended product allows you to create versatile looks, by using gel, liquid, or a mixture of both. 

You’re guaranteed to get the perfect wing thanks to this eyeliner, as not only is it easy to apply but you also get a strong color payoff, thanks to the soft flex-tip of the applicator.

This product is also cruelty-free

Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Eye Pencil

Pat Mcgrath Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil

This eyeliner by Pat McGrath is soft, waterproof, and guaranteed to last all day.

This range features a fun variety of shades, so if you feel like switching things up instead of going for the traditional black, this product is a great choice for you. The stunning shades are highly pigmented and provide depth and drama to any makeup look.

This gel eyeliner pencil has also been created without any oil, alcohol, or parabens but still applies incredibly smoothly.

Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

This is the choice for you if you love sharp, precise eyeliner looks.

This creamy gel eyeliner is more like a super-thin mechanical pencil.

The 1.5mm tip allows you to create extremely precise and neat lines, which can be used to line your lash line or you can layer it up for a more dramatic, bold look. 

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown LongWear Gel Eyeliner

The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is so easy to apply, it is a long-lasting eyeliner gel that provides an intense, highly pigmented application.

This eyeliner lasts all day and goes on much smoother than a traditional eyeliner pencil. 

This potted eyeliner is not as easy to apply as some of the other gel eyeliner products on our list, but if you already have some practice in applying eyeliner with a soft angled brush, you’ll get absolutely beautiful results from this product.

Morphe Gel Liner


The Morphe Gel Liner is the eyeliner for you if you’re looking for a liner that won’t budge.

No matter how many tears you shed or how much it rains, your eyeliner will remain intact and completely flawless.

This gel eyeliner glides on super easily, thanks to its incredibly creamy formula. It is also highly pigmented, so whether you want a soft, subtle look, or a bold and dramatic look, you’ll be able to achieve amazing results with this eyeliner.

This product is also cruelty-free, which is great.

Stila Smudge Pot

stila Smudge Pot

This highly versatile gel eyeliner by Stila is an absolute must-have if you like to keep your makeup kit small.

Not only is this a beautiful gel eyeliner, but you can also use it as an eyeshadow.

So, with this one product, you can create so many different results. This product is really easy to blend, and so easy to apply. 

The creamy and smooth formula of this multipurpose eyeliner stays on all day and looks as fresh as the moment that you applied it.

The product is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain any oil, alcohol, or parabens. 

To apply this eyeliner, you can use an angled brush for a neater, more precise look, or you can simply apply with your finger.