Ask Around: Are You Team Pencil, Liquid or Gel?

Check out the tutorial for this look here.

I want to know what team you are on when it comes to eyeliner! Some like to create their feline flicks using a liquid, others go for gel. And then there’s that group that ditches the word “wing” in its entirety and go for that smudged in pencil-y look (no worries, I get you!).

I love using eyeliners. To me they all fit different purposes: Pencils work great as a base and for sketching out a daring cut crease. Liquids can really give you that perfect winged line and with gels the possibilities are simply endless. No really, you can use it for so many things.

But which team are you on, girl? I think when it comes down to it, I’m #TeamLiquid.

Buuut, that doesn’t mean I don’t love using my pencils and gels though. In fact, here are my top five favorite liners right now…

  1. Catrice Liquid Liner “Dating Joe Black” (liquid) — One of the deepest black liners you’ll ever run into. Heavenly matte and has an awesome staying power, too. Best thing about it is, is that’s super duper affordable!
  2. Sigma Gel Eye Liner “Wicked” (gel) — Sigma only recently came out with this gem. But let me tell you, it truly is, like the name implies, wicked. Intensely pigmented and very easy to use! Plus, they come in a bunch of other fun colors too!
  3. Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil “Black Fever” (pencil) — For the price, these are dominating my pencil eyeliner world. Their color payoff and staying power are something rarely seen for long-lasting pencils at their price point!
  4. Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner “Raven” (pencil) — I see this as Essence’s Long-Lasting Pencil’s older, more experienced brother. It is more intense and smooth than the Essence one, and I lope the always sharp concept. But because this has a heftier retail price, it lands just a spot below Essence’s Black Fever.
  5. Illamasqua Precision Ink “Abyss” (liquid) — Before Catrice’s Dating Joe Black came in my life, this was my liquid liner staple for months! It stays on like a champ and has a pretty glossy finish to it.
How about you? Are you #TeamPencil, #TeamLiquid or #TeamGel? What are your favorite eyeliners to use?  Share in the comments below!

❥ Nikkie

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28 Responses to Ask Around: Are You Team Pencil, Liquid or Gel?

  1. Ann says:

    I am one of those girls that uses all three, but the gel is my favorite, bit easier to alter if i make a mistake.

  2. Lauren says:

    Pencil all the way! I absolutely love the smudged out grungy look :)

  3. Zainab Haji says:

    For me, I’m a liquid girl. The intensity and staying power is amazing. Plus, it gives me the perfect wing that I want. I feel like I’m more of a grown up woman when I use my liquid liner. Dont ask why though its just a feeling I have.
    I also love pencils as well, especially for a Smokey eye or pop of color in thw lower lash line. Gel liners are too much work especially if you are on the go or in a hurry.

  4. Natalia says:

    #TeamGel now but few years ago I was #TeamLiquid

  5. Silke says:

    I used to be #TeamGel all the way, but now it’s 50/50 with #TeamLiquid!

  6. Benay says:

    Ligt eraan. Maar vooral de liquid liner van catrice!! Mijn favoriet en lekker betaalbaar.

  7. Mil says:

    Definitely gel but I also really like liquid but I just find it a bit hard to work with.. :))

  8. Elisa says:

    I’m gonna say none of the above, since i’m team wet eyeshadow ;)

    • roos says:

      im there with you girl! far more choices in colour. still need to find THE gel eyeliner with THE brown colour. anyone has suggestion

  9. Amber says:

    I use all three but gel is definitely easier to use.

  10. Sara says:

    Pencil! I love the kinda smokey and smudged eyeliner look.

  11. Ilona says:

    Ik gebruik het liefst of dating joe black(op jouw aanraden) of de kat von d eyelinerstift in de kleur trooper. Die is zo goed gepigmenteerd! Echt een aanrader!


  12. Suzanne says:

    I actually prefer pencil lately. Mostly because I fail soooo bad when I try to apply liquid eyeliner. I prefer to use a brown eye pencil these days.

  13. Jolene says:

    i love gel eyeliner because it’s so easy to work with and stays on so long. i use maybelline eye studio gel liner, its amazing and affordable

  14. priscilla says:

    none of these. where is the cake eyeliner i love that. You should tried it out

  15. Elena says:

    I’m #TeamLiquid… But when I feel like trying a colourful eyeliner, I’m #TeamPencil :)

  16. Annie says:

    I think it depends on how I’m feeling on the day or where I’m going. If it’s just casual then I’ll be #TeamPencil but if I’m going out somewhere nice then #TeamLiquid. Can’t figure out gel haha.. :)

  17. Shaunne says:

    Gurrrrl, #TeamGel all the way! I can’t deal with liquid liners just cause I don’t like the feel on my lids. Wouldn’t trade gel liners for anything in the world. That and a good angled brush. My all time faves are MAC Blacktrack and the ones from Maybelline and essence. Paired with a good primer, they last all dayyy. :) Greetings from the Philippines! <3

  18. #teamgel as you can make it really intense or smudge it out, although I’m still on the lookout for one that stays on my eyes.

  19. Lucinda says:

    I can not, for the life of me, figure out how to properly use gel eyeliner. It is just a mess. So I am #TeamLiquid all the way honey. It is just easier to work with, even though I still suck. The liquid makes me suck a little less. I use the Dating Joe Black from Catrice and one from L’oreal. xxx Lucinda

  20. Angelina @AngiGer says:

    Daily – wet black shadows.
    Occasions/clients – liquid eyeliner (used to be gel, but it dried off)

  21. Mulaty says:

    Def. Gel liners MAC and MUG.

  22. nenacecilia says:

    Liquid! En af en toe gel ^^

  23. Merel says:

    #TeamPencil all the way! I can’t handle liquid or gel, too clumsy haha!

  24. Hannah says:

    #TeamLiquid for everyday liner. I use Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. But if I want something I can smudge, or to use colour, I use a MAC gel.

  25. Julie says:

    I love the brown miss sporty liquid liner! (Super cheap and only available in The Netherlands).

  26. Joëlle says:

    Mostly Team Gel! I work best with it on my eyes. Also lately I really do love black eyeshadow instead of gelliner: somewhat softer and easier to play with.

  27. Cora Mulhall says:

    I’m #Teamliquid

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