The Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner Is Probably Not For Oily Eyelids


Sometimes in life, you’d be happy you gave some people or things a second chance. Other times, you just want to hit yourself for not having learnt from the adage ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’.

One such product that makes me wanna hit myself hard is the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner.

Not Black Enough!

I must sound like a broken record by now, but I like my eyeliner black – VERY BLACK.

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black is clearly not too black for me.

My favorite black eyeliner is Kate Gel Liner in BK-1, which is the most pigmented gel eyeliner I’ve ever. It is not the easiest to handle – Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink wins hands down in terms of ease of use – but ohmy, one coat of Kate is all you need to get the blackest of black.

I believe, over time, that the color intensity of the Revlon Liquid Liner depreciates too. I know because I went to Watsons today to do a swatch and when I shook it, I mostly heard only the ball bearing, meaning most of the product was gone.

Empty vessels make the most noise, my teachers always said.

When I applied it, the color was so light it reminded me of my Chinese calligraphy lessons I took as a child. I’d dip the inked brush into a cup of clear water just to see the clear water hungrily engulf the black ink. Or the other way round.

Felt Tip Applicator

I’m sitting on the fence regarding the felt tip applicator. I like that the felt tip is not as flimsy as the MAC Liquidlast Liner in Inky nor as rounded as the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner, so getting a precise winged eyeliner is easy as pie. Get it thin or thick in the blink of an eye.

However, getting a nice winged eyeliner doesn’t come without a cost! It actually hurts to apply on the delicate eyelids! Especially towards the inner corner of the eye! >.<” The brush can easily draw on a nice line at the inner corner of the eye due to its sharp tip but it hurts to go there.

HAHA! I think this picture captured my fear of the applicator very well! There’s FEAR in my eyes! I didn’t even do it on purpose. The fear is real. =O


Bun Bun’s Makeup Tip: If you have this eyeliner and can’t bear to throw it away, I’d suggest using it to only outline the wing of the eyeline. Its inability to follow the contour of the eye causes too much unnecessary pain.



Like so:

Outline it with the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner, then use another eyeliner that does not murder the delicate lid to fill in the blank. It may seem silly to use two types of eyeliners, but using different types of products can actually save you more time! For example, to apply gel liner, I use both MAC 263 and Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush.

Please do not use the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner to tightline your eyes (Tightlining tutorial). You’re seriously going to injure yourself.

You’ve Got Only One Shot, Babe

As mentioned, when I was using my first tube, I was still quite a noob at eyeliner. Its lack of pigmentation meant that I had to go over the line a few more times to get the intensity I wanted.

Once it dries, and you try and go over it, it becomes flakey and removes the previously drawn line. What the…?

Definitely not motivating for eyeliner amateurs.

What’s worse is that over time, the felt tip produces these funny fur-like strips that get in the way and the eyeliner lands on places you don’t want to.

Transfers Onto Skin Above Fold

Yes, the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner transfers onto the skin above my fold. This can only mean that the formula is too wet and needs more than a couple of minutes for it to dry completely. You’ll have to close your eyes and waste your time waiting.

And then, even if you think you’ve waited long enough and the eyeliner has dried, it sneakily leaves a horrifying line at the top of the fold some time during the day!

This attribute is by itself enough to warrant a ‘Never Buy This Again’ summon. But ahem, yea, I still went to get it a second time because when I was using my first tube, I’d barely started onto the whole makeup fixation so I thought it was my technique that caused the transfer.

So now I know it’s not me, it’s IT.

Not Resistant To Anything

The Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner is not smudge-proof, waterproof, oil-resistant. In other words, this is the kind of liquid eyeliner that will give you racoon eyes. Yikes!

I have extremely oily eyelids and this would smudge like there’s no tomorrow by mid-day. No matter how I prime my lids (with UDPP) or set powder on the lower lash line to mattify the area, the Revlon eyeliner would just smudge away, despite drying to a matte finish.

Some people say the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner is long lasting. Some swear it’s their HG eyeliner. I can only say different products work for you and me. Maybe it works wonderfully on people with dry skin because maybe then the transfering on the skin won’t occur at all.

Click to get the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner?

I should start a tutorial series on how to apply eyeliner.

Bun Bun rates the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner:

This is quite a commonly owned eyeliner, so do share what you like or dislike about it.

What do you do with eyeliners that you just can’t bear to use anymore?


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • samuraistripper

    Wow, that looks really messy and just by looking at the brush, that’s painful. I don’t think I would let that touch my face. I never have any luck with eyeliner too, and I have to agree, I like my liner super black. But judging from the photos… That doesn’t look super black to me.

    I have this eyeliner that I swear by it ever since they launched. It is Maybelline Stiletto eyeliner. It gives so much precision and I love the eyeliner brush because it’s very small. What’s great about it, that it last all day and it’s super black. Blackest black indeed.

    • Bun Bun

      Oh! The applicator looks very much like the Lancome Artliner, doesn’t it? I’m glad you found an eyeliner that works for you!

      Have you tried gel eyeliners before? Which one’s your favorite?

      • samuraistripper

        I haven’t tried gel eyeliners before because I have worst experience with gel eye make-up. It just comes out super oily, sticky and doesn’t sit well. I know it’s another great alternative for eyeliner but I think I just have to give it another shot.

        • Bun Bun

          ‘give it another shot’ meaning you’re give the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner a shot? Or do you mean you’re gonna give gel eyeliners a shot? Haha sorry didn’t quite catch it.

  • Kathy L.

    What a thorough review thanks! I’m looking for better liquid eye liners right now, tried gel liners from MAC, stila, asian felt tip liners like k-palatte 24 hr long lasting eye line and a japanese brand recommended by a sa, loreal lineur intended black liquid eye liner but I’m just too picky? They either aren’t black enough, smudge on my hooded oily lids, aren’t sharp enough to draw fine lines or do that flaking thing u talked about (the loreal one does that to me over and over again when ever I try to use it-I’m guilty of not learning my lessons the first time either!). I want to like my stila smudge pot gel liner but transfers onto my hooded eye lids! And my mac did that too before (the formula dried out alrrady due to poor storing). So my hunt continues…thanks again for the review! You have such pretty eyes!

    • Bun Bun

      Sigh, we all make the same mistakes, don’t we? Haha.

      Have you tried the Kate gel liners? I think they stay on pretty well and don’t transfer. They’re my favorite brand of gel liners. I think Bobbi Brown is good either, but it costs twice as much and isn’t as black as Kate’s. Its formula is drier though, so it might help with the reduction of transfer.

      Thank you for reading and commenting Kathy! =D

  • Sarah

    I have this liner and I actually like it. But then my eyelids are only a little oily and I’m not that particular about how black it is. :B I usually rotate between this and the Milani Liquifeye pencil and I find that the Revlon smudges on me less but like you said, this isn’t good for tightlining. I agree, the little fuzz that starts to come off of the tip is a huge pain. I finally decided to pull it off and it hasn’t happened again though.

    • Bun Bun

      Pull it off as in pull the fuzz strip off? That’s all? Mine sort of ‘grows back’. Lol. Like there will always be those the next time round even when I clean it with a tissue previously. =S

  • CeeKay

    Not only the liquid liner, but the automatic pencil version too! I have oily monolids, which means its easy to get both smudging on the upper and lower lids. The pencil revlon colorstay was my very first eyeliner and gave me a horrible experience. Not only did it give me the most horrible raccoon eyes, it was super hard to remove!! I tried using Cetaphil cleanser, then a Neutrogena MU remover, then a clinique one. Not the darkest of blacks either. Worst. Eyeliner. Ever.

    Even Bobbi Brown in Black Ink and Sepia Ink have smudged a teeny bit on me. So far, the winner for me has been Milani Liquif’Eyes. This pencil liner has been compared to the UD 24 liners for smoothness, pigmentation, and long wear. I highly recommend this for those who have been underwowed by drugstore and high-end liners. I wear this liner without any primer or powder to set it, just let it dry for three seconds and I’m good to go!

    • Bun Bun

      Gawd, sounds terrible! Doesn’t give the black you want, yet so hard to remove! So how did you manage to remove it eventually?

      The UD 24/7 doesn’t work its charm on me. I have Zero and it smudges like mad when I apply it on the upper lashline. I only use it for tightlining becoz it doesn’t smudge there. Haha.

      The Milani one sounds like a good bet! I must look into it. Thanks Ceekay! =D

  • MereMakeupManiac

    i’ve never really been a fan of liquid eyeliners… i got curious with Kate gel liner, i must try that! i’ve used Maybelline before but it dries out easily. currently, my HG is MAC Blacktrack.

    • Bun Bun

      Ooooh Blacktrack was good. It was my very first gel eyeliner. It’s all dried up now but I’ll always remember it fondly. Haha. Please do give the Kate gel liner a chance to impress you. You will LOVE it!

      • MereMakeupManiac

        yeah mine’s nearing that stage too. (T_T) definitely will, thanks for the reco!

  • Meiying

    I love dark dark eyeliners as well. My HG liner is Mac Liquid Last in Point Black. I know some people say its hard to apply and they don’t like the brush tip, but I have gotten used to it. And its the darkest eyeliner and the most long lasting that I have ever found. Most eyeliners (even waterproof, liquid ones) tend to smear on me. I have extremely oily lids. But Liquid Last stays put. You should try Milani’s Liquify in Everest. I heard its pretty good.

    • Bun Bun

      Ooooh, wow. Seems like Milani’s eyeliners have a strong following! You’re the third to recommend it already. I must take a look at it. Only thing is that, we don’t have it readily on the shelves here. =(

  • 4myWong

    I’ve used this eyeliner, and I agree with you with some points. I don’t know if you’ve tried this, but I tried tightlining with this ‘horizontally’. Like instead of facing the tip directly onto your upper waterline, you position the tip horizontally, so it’ll cover as much base, without hurting yourself. 
    I’ve sorta mastered it on my right eye, but can’t do the same for my left. T_T