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Smudgey Sponge-Topped Eyeliners

One of my biggest pet peeves are pencil eyeliners that don't have with those firm little sponges at one end. It's a real shame that so many brands don't bother adding them to their packaging. I find myself carrying around an old liner (I know, yuck) that is almost gone, but has a tip topped with a sponge. One of the best ways to create an easy smoky eye is by blending and smudging an eye pencil. Here are a few of my top picks for sponge accessorized pencil eye liners.

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil ($16) is a long-wearing eyeliner pencil that creates a really soft, yet defined look. To use it, just line your eyes and then use the spongey smudge tip to "smokify" your look. It's available in six colors, but I find that basic black and Espresso (a deep, blackish brown) are the best for everyday use.

For three more smudgy sponge-topped eyeliners

Trish McEvoy Classic Eye Pencil ($20) is a silky soft eye pencil that allows for easy application. It can be used for subtle definition or for a more intensified look. Available in black, brown or cream, which can be used for the inner rims of your eyes.

Estee Lauder Artists' Eye Pencil ($18.50) is a creamy and long-wearing eyeliner pencil that glides on easily and allows for precise application. Also, I find that this brand blends really easily with the sponge tool. Available in seven shades.

Finally, a budget-friendly option is
Cover Girl Perfect Blend
($4.49). It comes in six shades including neutrals, but there's also a not-so-basic cobalt blue. When it comes to unusual colors like that, I often go with the drugstore version. If you're not going to wear it every day, why spend lots of cash, right?

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nariyal nariyal 9 years
If any of you'll live (or visit) Europe, I'd recommend Nivea's Eye Line & Design for a budget friendly option The link only shows black, but I've seen blue, green and purple at the store so perhaps it just hasn't been updated.
xoxoxx xoxoxx 9 years
I like the CG retractable one with the smudger. its super dark, glides on beautifully, and to make sure I get a nice flick at the end of my liner, all I have to do is line my eyes halfway, and then use the smudger to bring the line out. Great buy...worth the 7 bucks my beau spent on it for me. ;]
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
Lancome has really nice ones that come with the sponge tips.
kimmbot kimmbot 9 years
The Origins one is really nice too... they have a great colour called, appropriately, "Smoke" which is gorgeous.
Sarah16 Sarah16 9 years
I love this product. The Benefit one is nice, but trust me, this one works wonders and the shade range is much more complementary. You will fall in love with this!
bluesmile bluesmile 9 years
i have the covergirl one, it's great
trace-face62028 trace-face62028 9 years
My favorite is the Stila Convertible Eye Color. It has an awesome retractable liner, a smudgy thing, AND a really pretty eyeshadow in the middle - it rocks! Mine is "Berry". It's the best.
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
Gonna get one as soon as I can!! Love that!!!
vivelamour vivelamour 9 years
Also, there is Revlon's Luxurious Color Liners. AWESOME stuff. I have the Blackened Sapphire, and it's absolutely GORGEOUS!
Mikaela81 Mikaela81 9 years
Bellasugar, Japonesque makes a smudger brush that is fantastic, they also make it in travel size which I carry in my touch-up bag in my purse.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I live for the sponge!
Skelly1029 Skelly1029 9 years
What about the beauty classic Clinique Quickliners? Absolutely fabulous.
emalove emalove 9 years
Love this type of eyeliner, my faves are Clinique's QuickLiners for Eyes.
smugirl smugirl 9 years
I love the Covergirl one. I've been using it for years.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I might have to try the Benefit liners soon!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have used it before too and it works WONDERS!
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
you took the words right out of my mouth megln! Benefit eyeliners last FOREVER and I use mine in onyx almost every single day. Plus they glide on easily without hurting delicate eyelid skin.
mlen mlen 9 years
i have the benefit eyeliners and they have the smudgy tips- and i love them! they go on super easy
hurricanekimmie hurricanekimmie 9 years
i have that!! and i love it but i like the ones that are retractable much easier and they dont hurt when it gets too low@!! i suggest maybelline define-a-line in ebony black its super pretty
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