Comparing the pros and cons of black gel liner, versus black pencil liner. The photos used in this review were the E.L.F pencil liner in black, and E.L.F gel liner in black.
– Smooth application.
Some pencils can be harsh on the eyes due to how firm they are. Gel liners go on smooth.
While pencil liners can also be quite precice in application, they don’t compare to gel liners. Because of the wide variety of brushes available (thick and thin angled, pencil style, synethic shader) gel liners give you a more precise application.
Gel liners will last longer than pencil liners because of the way they dry, and thus won’t sweat as easilly with the eye. Gel liners also last longer in the water-line.
Gel liners will 9 times out of 10 have better color payoff that (specifically in the colour black) of pencil liner.
Some think the price of gel liners can be a bit expensive for an eyeliner ($8 and up for drug store brands, and sometimes over $20 for high-end brands.) Some could combat this argument by saying that gel liners last longer than pencil liners do, since you don’t require that much application, and they come in a pot-form.
Improperly stored gel liners will, I repeat will, dry up. You can try to revive the liner after it has dried and cracked by putting a pin-sized dollop of unscented moisturizer (such as Cetaphil) in the pot, heating it up with a blow dryer, and then mixing up the gel with a pin or makeup brush.
-Difficult to apply
Some find gel liners to be difficult to apply, especially those who are not used to using makeup brushes.
– Easy portability.
Pencil liner has a pro over gel liner, since you don’t have to carry two items (applicator brush and gel liner container)
– Easy Application
Pencil liner makes for quick, easy application and dries quickly. Especially for those just starting to apply makeup, pencil liner makes for easy application, since it’s essentially just your hand with a pencil. Brushing on gel liner can be difficult for newbies. Pencil liners are also generally safer for tight-lining.
– Easy to remove.
On the whole, I have found that pencil liners are easier to remove than gel liners, since they don’t stain the eye area as hard. Check out the slideshow to compare both styles of liners after having been wiped with a makeup remover.
– Questionable quality from brand to brand.
While pencil liners like Urban Decay’s 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in Zero are high quality in pigment, other liners, such as Wet N Wild, are hard tipped and rough on the eyes, sometimes with little colour payoff.
Pencil liner is prone to fading quicker than gel liners. This is especially true of creamy, smooth liners.
– Pencil Sharpeners.
While there are some pencil liners that come in a “twist-up” applicator, most still require having a pencil sharpener on hand. For those on the go who just want to throw their liner in their purse and be done with it, this can get quite annoying.