Take an eyeliner wheel for a spin — just be sure it's a good one.
Admission: My standard eyeliner application is pretty much a straight line. Even something as common as a cat-eye is enough to make me nervous.
But part of my job is testing new products and makeup innovations, and even if I’m skeptical of a product — like the new Revlon eyeliner roller that recently landed on my desk — my interest is still undeniably piqued.
To see if the trend was all hype, I tested out Revlon’s roller as well as the MAC and Nudestix iterations. Here’s what I found.
Nudestix Rock N’ Roller Easy Eyeliner Ink ($24 at nudestix.com). Initially, I was skeptical because this liner is fairly expensive, but I fell under its spell almost immediately.
Not only was the color a super-saturated shade of black, it also applied as smooth as velvet. My liner looked crisp and clean, two adjectives I never thought possible while using the rolling liner method.
I also found the design made it easier to create curves and swoops. And the formula dried matte, stayed put all day and didn’t irritate my eyes. Overall, I’m hooked and this will be a regular in my product arsenal.
Rating: 5 out of 5
MAC Rollerwheel Liquid Liner ($21 at maccosmetics.com). Although some reviewers say that the rolling method is difficult to maneuver, I found this version as easy to use as the Nudestix product. The basic design of all of the eyeliner rollers I tested is practically identical. It’s the actual formula, color and durability of the formulas that differ.
And that’s where this version lacks. I tried the bold royal blue hue and wished the color had a little more depth and staying power. The formula isn’t waterproof, and as with some of the other liquid liners I’ve tried from the brand, I was left underwhelmed by the end of the day. The color is gorgeous and the design is innovative, but this one wasn’t my favorite.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Revlon Colorstay Exactify Liquid Liner ($12 at drugstores). Last, but certainly not least, Revlon’s version came in as a super-close second to Nudestix. Overall, I was incredibly impressed. Plus, thanks to the budget-friendly price, I could buy another shade — a sparkly black — for a night out.
Unlike the other two, Revlon’s eyeliner roller dries to a glossy vinyl-esque finish. Typically, I only wear matte liner, but I found myself drawn to the intensity of the lacquer look and was impressed that it stayed put throughout the day. The formula is waterproof, and even when I accidentally rubbed my eye midday, the application stayed 100 percent intact.
If you’re new to the trend and don’t want to invest a lot in a product that might be tricky to master, I recommend trying Revlon’s formula.
Rating: 4 out of 5