My favorite eyeliner for the waterline is the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner. I love to tell the story about the first time I used it: I put it on in my waterline before a 5k and it lasted without budging. Yes, I love to tell that story because I’m proud that I exercised…but I also love that I found an eyeliner that kicks butt too. Marc Jacobs recently released his new Fineliner, “an ultra-skinny eyeliner with the same smooth glide and payoff as Marc Jacobs’ award-winning Highliner Gel Eye Crayon.”
When I was in a Sephora a few weeks ago, I picked up a 100 pt perk of the Fineliner in Blacquer to compare with my well-loved Highliner, and hopefully use for tightlining.
Both liners twist up, but the Fineliner clicks as it goes up and cannot be twisted back down. The Highliner quietly twists up and back down.
The Fineliner is much thinner than the Highliner, as shown below.
As expected, the thinner Fineliner makes a finer line than the Highliner (swatch below).
The formula appears to be quite comparable. I have some issues with both tugging my eyelid a bit when I try to apply to my upper lash line, such that the end result is a bit patchy and uneven. Both apply very well to the waterline and last incredibly well. The Blacquer shade is also the same, a rich satin black.
The Fineliner retails for $24 for 0.0038 oz, while the Highliner is $25 for 0.01 oz. So, the Fineliner is a lot more expensive for essentially the product. To me, the point of the Fineliner would be to get a tight line against the lash lines, not just in the waterline. However, the formula doesn’t glide very easily unless it’s in the waterline for me, where the line thickness isn’t an issue.
I really love the idea of the Fineliner. However, it’s much more expensive for the same product as the Highliner, and it still doesn’t allow for easy tightlining for me. I’ll be happy to have samples, but I will not pay full price for the Fineliner.