Maintaining the perfect cat eye can be tough, especially in the summer heat. If you’re living (or should I say existing) in New York City during the month of August, it’s even tougher. It’s during this time that long-lasting and waterproof formulas are here to come to the rescue and to stay intact no matter how much sweat you’re up against (spoiler alert: in NYC, it’s a lot).
However, while tons of products—from drugstore to luxury brands—claim they’ll stay on through the heat, sweat, rain, and the like, few actually live up to their promises. I was tired of trusting a liner to get me through the day (or a workout), only to end up raccoon-eyed and disappointed. It was time to put them the test, and find out who the real winners are.
We tried out a ton of waterproof and long-lasting liquid eyeliners, from the newest fall releases to the classics that have been around for some time, to see which ones could actually make it through a hot, sweaty day.
To be honest, it wasn’t very hard to “test” these liners. Most of the time, all you had to do was take a walk around the corner before you were reduced to a puddle of sweat, and there would be the answer. It was in the mid-90s all week—sweatstache city and prime time to see if liquid liners that promised to be long-wear actually were. Not all passed the test, unfortunately, but the ones that did are truly gems—it’s as if they were made for sticky, humid NYC disgustingness.
We picked out the top ten in every price point. Click through the gallery below to check ’em out.