Essence makes some very affordable makeup and a few of their recent eyeliner launches are very impressive, especially considering the fabulous under $5 price tag. The Gel Eye Pencils (Waterproof) ($2.99; ulta.com) come in a few intense shades and a smooth, easy to use formula that glides on the lash lines. I haven’t tried them on my very sensitive waterline though, but on the lash line, they are great! The colors are pigmented, intense and remind me of a cheaper, affordable version of the Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on pencils.
The Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen ($2.99; ulta.com) and the Easy to Use Jumbo Eyeliner Pen ($2.99; ulta.com) are both basic black liquid liners. They’re both not waterproof, but quite easy to use even for a beginner. I found the Superfine Eyeliner Pen a tad easier though and the line more precise, but the Jumbo Eyeliner Pen isn’t all that difficult as well and is good for a slightly thicker line. My only qualm is that they can both bleed a little, but the intensity is buildable, so shorter strokes make the job easier.
Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Gunmetal, Blue Lagoon, Around Midnight, Superfine Eyeliner Pen, Easy to Use Jumbo Eyeliner Pen Swatches