A reliable, enduring liner for teary eyes.
Some companies market "waterproof" eyeliners that are composed mostly of water, and are not really waterproof. If they remove easily with water and light rubbing, then they won't be tear-proof on your eyes. I have learned this the hard way. I have been disappointed by so many eyeliners that I've lost count. To me an eyeliner is only waterproof if it withstands tears and wiping the eyes without fading, crumbling, smudging, smearing or transferring.
I bought Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner in the color Everlast, which is Milani's black. I did a side-by-side comparison with the amazing MAC Liquidlast Liner. Both MAC Liquidlast and Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner are both truly waterproof. As you can see below, the formulas are similar:
Ingredients of Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner:
Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Tristearate Propylene Carbonate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hexylene Glycol, BHT, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). +/- May Contain: Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Ingredients of MAC Liquidlast Liquid Eyeliner:
Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Disteardimonium hectorite, Sorbitan tristearate, Ascorbyl palmitate, Caprylyl glycol, Hexylene glycol, Propylene carbonate, Hydrogenated palm kernel glycerides, Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Phytosteryl isostearate, BHT, Phenoxyethanol [ /- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)]
On my eyelids, MAC's "Point Black" ink appeared to be slightly cooler and blacker (blue black as opposed to brown black) than Milani's ink, but the difference was negligible. When I wore Milani on the left eye and MAC on the right eye, no one could tell that I was wearing two different liquid eyeliners. They're both very dark and black.
I prefer MAC's brush applicator to Milani's. However, Milani's eyeliner is $7.99 and MAC's is $21. I don't know if I like MAC's brush thirteen dollars better, if you know what I mean. So I use my own eyelining brush, Shu Uemura 2R, with Milani's liquid.
Milani's Infinite Liquid does have a thick, somewhat "goopy" consistency as others have noted. That's because it doesn't contain any water, and that's one of the extraordinary things about the formula, which is truly waterproof. I personally don't find it harder to work with than a gel, and I will happily tolerate a thick texture in order to ensure that once it sets, it won't move.
1. Once the ink has dried, it does not smear, move, transfer, smudge, flake, split, or bleed. It really is waterproof. Can be worn in the rain, to the beach, or when you might cry a lot.
2. Milani is a cruelty free brand, which probably matters to you if you are vegan or just don't like the idea of animal testing.
3. A cheaper alternative to MAC Liquidlast.
4. Safe for sensitive eyes.
If you don't like the brush applicator, which I don't, use your own brush. I use Shu Uemura 2R but the cheaper Real Techniques eyelining brush works very well and has synthetic bristles that are easy to clean.
Paula's Choice Gentle Eye Makeup Remover on a cotton round takes this off. Or you can use Josie Maran's Argan Oil, which works even better. Or coconut oil, if you have it in the kitchen. Or baby oil, if you can't find any of those. Also, Sephora makes Targeted Eye Makeup Remover Swabs, 20 for $5, if you travel a lot and don't want to pack a bottle of eye makeup remover and a separate pack of Q-tips. A Sephora Swab is great for a quick fix if your application isn't flawless.
I apply this eyeliner carefully and let it dry before I finish my creasework and final blending. That way if I blob some onto my eyelid I don't have to wipe off all my eye shadow and start again. Once this is completely dry, it won't budge.
1. Not ideal for beginners who lack skill or patience.
2. The brush applicator could be improved.
3. Because it's waterproof, you need to keep oil or makeup remover handy. But that's a small price to pay for how well this lasts.
Yes, I absolutely would buy this again for the reasonable price and Olympic level performance. This is actually waterproof. It doesn't just call itself that. It passed my eye drop test, my shower test, and lasts all day and all night even on my watery eyes where so many others have failed.