NYC Liquid Eyeliner Review


I’d recently reviewed the pen style liquid liner from NYC, which only made me more intrigued to try the original. The NYC Liquid Eyeliner is an item I’ve heard good things about many times, but I just prefer the pen style liners better. But I was actually pleasantly surprised with their liner pen, so I figured I needed to see for myself if this was worth the raves.

Packaging. Again, I’m not a fan of this bottle and brush type liquid liner, but I will say that compared to others I’ve tried in the past I do like this more. It’s a brush instead of a felt tip applicator and the brush is small thin enough to get a more precise line. Rating: 4/5

Performance. I have to say I love the formula in that it’s very black and almost creamy in consistency. It dries matte and is so opaque. On the other hand, it’s not waterproof so if your eyes tend to tear you wanna be careful with this one. Although it’s not waterproof, it doesn’t smudge into my crease and lasts until the end of the day. I’ve been using artificial tears like crazy lately and I noticed some of my wing rubbed off when I dried my eyes. It also doesn’t get watery like the liners you have to shake, it just stays the same consistency all the time.

If they could instill the formula into a pen I’d like this so much more. For me, I just have a harder time using it. I always end up bumping the brush against my lashes and getting a whole lotta product all over them. And I take for granted not having the load the brush, get off the excess, apply and repeat as needed when I use a pen. It’s just not as neat and clean of a process as with a pen liner. But I can still get a good result with it despite those difficulties. Rating: 3/5

Price: This was $2.82 at Target and definitely worth the money. I like it better than any the drugstore version I’ve tried. Rating: 5/5

Overall rating: 4/5

I’d definitely recommend this liquid liner to anyone looking for an affordable drugstore option. If the formula was waterproof and came in a pen I think it would be perfect. I noticed a few more drugstore brands that I want to try before I’d repurchase this, but I would repurchase.


NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner Review

My Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is starting to dry out, so I decided to pick up the NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner on the recommendation of Harivain (thank you!). I’d planned to get the liquid liner in the brush and bottle style I’ve seen before, but was happy to see they came out with a new pen style version. I just find using a pen easier so I decided to choose that one.

Packaging. It’s the standard pen style with a felt tip, but the felt tip is very stiff. I was expecting it to be finer, it’s not as small as shown on the outer package. I wish the felt tip was more flexible as well. Rating: 2/5

Performance. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did, but I was actually pleasantly surprised! I was able to get a good wing with this, although it doesn’t glide as smoothly as a brush tip. The firmness of the felt tip actually gave me more control when drawing the wing. Again, in comparison to the KVD Tattoo Liner it’s not as deep black on the first swipe, you’ll need to build it up to get it as dark as you want. It actually does last pretty much all day without smudging into my crease. Rating: 4/5


Comparison with the KVD Tattoo Liner.


Price. This was $3.62 at Target and for the price I think it’s totally worth it. I do have to work with it a little more to get the results I want, but overall it does the job. I’ll definitely be using this up and I’d even repurchase. Although it’s not perfect, it’s an easy alternative to buying the KVD liner all the time, which does run out kind of fast if you’re using it daily. I can save it more for special occasions. Rating: 5/5

Total rating: 3.6/5


I think the NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner is definitely worth a try. I still prefer the brush tip pen liners better, but for the price I don’t mind working a little harder. I’m still curious to try the original liquid liner from the brand to see how that stacks up. I’m thinking the pigmentation might be even better. If you have any thoughts on it, let me know!