Smooth move, Shiseido. Judges loved how easily this pencil glided across lashlines and blended out into shadow, too. Marianna Hewitt used the sponge tip on the end to smoke out her eyes, and she also found it doubled as an eraser when needed. Plus, said smudge tip also pops off and contains a sharpener. The 10 shades of this kajal include bold green, turquoise, pink, and red, as well as standards like brown, black, and navy.
This Hollywood-based brand has a new black liquid liner with an easy-to-control felt tip and extra black ink, so your cat eye can be HD-level perfect. “This one did not budge at all once applied,” Nina Park told us. Fun fact: This beauty house is run by third-generation Hollywood makeup artists—dating back to clients like Marilyn Monroe.
All five shades of this skinny liner are light reflective. This gives the classic black a little twist and led Marianna to create a “wake up makeup” look by using the bronze shade in her waterlines. “I’m for sure adding this to my daily makeup bag,” she told us. Being a drugstore find also won these pencils major sparkly bonus points.