I’m a liquid eyeliner addict, so I’ve pretty much tried everything. This is one that can always be found in my makeup drawer, but I won’t say it’s the best. Maybelline Ultra-Liner is a liquid eyeliner that has one amazing feature – it is pretty insanely waterproof. I mean really. Jump in the pool, take a shower, it’s not going anywhere.
Ultra Liner has a thick brush tip that’s a little hard to manage if you’re new to liquid liner, but easy and quick to slide on once you know what you’re doing. It’s hard to get a thin, sleek line with it, so I’d only use it on my upper lid (unless you’re going for a gothy look or want insanely smoky eyes for a night on the town).
The finish is like a plastic shell of liner, which is great for being waterproof and doesn’t smudge at all, but bad for a couple of reasons: since the normal method of lining your eyes is to pull your lid straight, it can crinkle and crack at the sides; also, the finish is kind of shiny and can kill the ultra-black effect, especially in photos.
I would never use this when having a picture taken of me. Be careful when removing it; I have a habit of picking it off due to how it dries, and if you’re still wearing mascara that can pull at your lashes and damage them. The price is definitely right, and it cleans off easily (just peel!), so I’d say this is a good practice item for someone beginning with liner.
The verdict: 7/10 – great to have around and do your makeup quickly, but not by any means perfect.
Maybelline Ultra Ultra-Liner Liquid Waterproof Liquid Liner sells at Drugstore.com for only $5.89.