Battle of the Brush eyeliners

Recently, I realised the 3 eyeliners I’ve been rotating between have all been from different countries; Japan, Korea and America. Seeing as liquid eyeliners are very vital to my make up collection, I thought it would be fun to compare them all in the “Battle of the brush eyeliners”. After much experimentation over the years using pen-tip eyeliners, the eyeliners that come as a pot and the applicator, gel eyeliners and a brush, I always go back to using the brush-tip eyeliners. I prefer these over any other type because these help provide that precise line I’m after, especially with my winged eyeliner. I also find that these tend to last longer throughout the day and always give a solid black application. The brush-tip applicator is what I find easiest to use and I feel like I’ve been able to master the wing eyeliner thanks to these products.


Swatches Top to Bottom: KOJI - Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Clio Water Proof Brush liner in Kill Black & Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

KOJI Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner

This eyeliner has been by my side for many, many years now. I remember purchasing this eyeliner back when it used to be the packaging with the purple dots and cute bow. What I love most about this eyeliner compared to the others, is that the brush tip is very fine which is perfect for me when I only want a small precise wing. The longevity varies; sometimes it’ll last all day but sometimes parts of it would’ve faded. Overall, I will always continue to purchase this eyeliner since it does make applying it in the morning so much easier and quicker.

Clio Water Proof Brush liner

I saw that this eyeliner was a better alternative to the dolly wink eyeliner, so I became very curious and wanted to try it out. I wasn’t disappointed. In my opinion, this is definitely a deeper black than dolly wink and it lasts a lot longer as well. The only downside is that it can be a pain to remove and I don’t think the tip is as fine. But, considering that this is the cheapest eyeliner out of the three, I definitely think you get your money’s worth.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

This eyeliner is highly raved about by American beauty gurus, so I had quite high hopes for it. In my opinion, this really doesn’t live up to Asian eyeliners. The only thing I actually love about it, is that it’s very black. You might be able to notice in the images, but for me the packaging seemed very cheap and has begun peeling. I might’ve received a duff item since I’ve never heard about this happening to anyone else. This doesn’t lasts nearly as long as the Clio liner and the Dolly wink liner lasts a lot long than this too. The brush tip is pretty good but not as good a dolly wink. For the price, I don’t think it’s worth it and there’s definitely cheaper alternatives that are better.

In conclusion, I do like all 3 of these eyeliners but the only ones I’d repurchase would be Clio and Dolly Wink. This is purely because I don’t think the Kat Von D liner is worth the price and I’m getting my moneys worth from the other liners perfectly fine. For ease of application, I’d definitely go for Dolly wink, even though I still find the brush tip, in general, makes application easier than other types of liquid eyeliners. If I wanted the eyeliner to last me all day and all night, I’d go for Clio but I’d have a good oil cleanser at hand to remove every bit.

Have you used any of these eyeliners? What are you opinions? Do you have any recommendations for brush-tip eyeliners?

Sophie Bond

Sophie Bond

I'm a 23 year old aspiring UX designer, coffee addict, cat lover and beauty enthusiast from the UK. My blog hopes to share with you my beauty secrets, lifestyle habits and a variety of my experiences.

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