Psst, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to spend the amount of an inner-city house deposit on beauty products to get great results.
Yes, some high-end products do the trick better than pharmacy versions ever could, I’ll own that. But a low price doesn’t necessarily equal low quality. In fact, the truth can be the complete opposite.
Enter the first eyeliner I ever owned and recently fell in love with again: Designer Brands Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Brown. Yes yes it’s that el cheapo beauty brand you’ve seen displayed in pharmacies all around Australia. And yes, it’s not to be underestimated.
At just $5.99 - which, think about it, is essentially the cost of a large double shot soy cappuccino these days - this product is everything you need in a hard-working eyeliner.
It distributes evenly and smooooothly so you don’t feel like you’re stabbing and dragging at your eyelid while attempting to get the colour on.
Plus, it has a gorgeous creamy consistency and strong pigment, like a lot of the fancy brands do.
After a full day of use there’s a little smudging going on but it doesn’t end up transferring under my eyebrows and it doesn’t bleed. Tick, tick.
Given that I often leave about 33 seconds to do my eye makeup in the mornings, I need an eyeliner that will last but isn’t so stoic that if I hastily draw an accidental exaggerated Adele-esque wing, I can easily smudge it into submission with my finger. (Post continues after gallery.)