Top 30 Best Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 30 Best Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners to Buy Online 2019

We had flurries of snow in Tokyo this week, but it doesn’t change the fact that spring and summer aren’t too far off. That means warmer weather, singing birds, blooming flowers, allergies, streaming eyes, and sweat. When the seasons change, your eyeliner needs to as well. (This holds doubly true in Japan, where pollen runs rampant in April and humidity is unbelievable in August.)

In order to make sure we look good 24/7, 365 days a year, cosmetics companies have come out with tons of waterproof eyeliners. So much that it’s near impossible to decide between them. That’s why we ordered the 30 most popular waterproof eyeliners from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) and tested for the following:

  1. Smudge Resistance
  2. Removal
  3. Finish
  4. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese waterproof eyeliners.

Table of Contents

How to Choose Japanese Waterproof Eyeliner – Buying Guide

We’ll get into how we tested and compared all the eyeliners, but before that, we want to introduce three things you should look out for when picking out Japanese waterproof eyeliner.

① Think about What Kind of Finish You Want and How Long-Wearing You Want It to Be. Then Pick a Type of Eyeliner

Broadly speaking, eyeliners are either liquid※1, pencil※2, or gel※3. They might all be waterproof, but the form an eyeliner takes will have a big effect on its longevity and finish.

※1 リキッド: liquid

※2 ペンシル: pencil

※3 ジェル: gel

If You Want to Draw Attention to Your Eyes or are Planning to Hit the Beach this Summer: Liquid and Gel

If You Want to Draw Attention to Your Eyes or are Planning to Hit the Beach or Pool this Summer: Liquid and Gel

If you need something that’s not going to budge, look for liquid or gel eyeliner. Liquid and gel liners adhere closely to skin, so they’re perfect for hitting the waves or the sheer humidity of summer.

Both types are vivid in color and throw your eyes into sharp relief. However, you can achieve thinner lines with liquid eyeliner, which is what you want if you’re going for a more natural look.

This longevity is also somewhat of a double-edged sword. If you make a mistake during application, it’s difficult to go back and fix it. You want some skill and experience before picking up these super long-lasting eyeliners, at least to a certain extent.

Use This on a Day-to-Day Basis to Save Yourself Some Fuss. Comes out to a Natural Finish: Pencil

Use This on a Day-to-Day Basis to Save Yourself Some Fuss. Comes out to a Natural Finish: Pencil

Even in the world of waterproof eyeliners, pencil eyeliners are a bit more prone to smudging than gel and liquid. However, they’re still more than enough for a day out in the city or at work; if you want something to use on a day-to-day basis, go pencil.

There’s eyeliners that you have to sharpen, like a traditional No2 pencil; others have refillable cores you can twist out. Pencil liners are relatively easy to use, which makes them more beginner-friendly. Even if you mess up, you can blur, erase, and adjust the line to a certain extent. They also come out to a softer, more natural finish.

② Looking for Eyeliner that Will Resist Oil as Well? See if It’s Been Identified as Smudge-Proof

Looking for Eyeliner that Will Resist Oil as Well? See if It's Been Identified as Smudge-Proof

You can be sure waterproof eyeliner will be, well, water- and sweat-resistant. We can’t say the same about oil, however. Therefore, if you secrete a lot of sebum around your eyes or are physically active, you want an eyeliner that is both waterproof and smudge-proof※4.

These will likely last you all day, saving you the hassle of constant touch-ups.

※4 スマッジプルーフ: smudge-proof

③ Eyeliners that Come off with Warm Water are Gentler on the Skin; Ones that Don’t Last Longer

Eyeliners that Come off with Warm Water are Gentler on the Skin; Ones that Don't Last Longer

You might be worrying that waterproof eyeliner will be a pain to remove. Well, not always. Generally speaking, there are two ways you can remove waterproof eyeliners (which, of course, depends on the particular formula): with warm water or with eye makeup remover.

In Japan, we call eyeliner that comes off with warm water “film type※5.” It doesn’t react to sweat or lukewarm water; as soon as it comes into contact with warm water (around 100℉), however, it slides right off. Everything else, you probably have to take off with eye makeup remover. These tend to be the most long-wearing, but they can be rough on sensitive skin.

When choosing between eyeliner that comes off with warm water and eyeliner that doesn’t, first think of how much your skin can take. Consider too how much time you’re willing to put in at night to take off your makeup and how long you need your eyeliner to last.

※5 フィルムタイプ: products that come off with warm water (lit. film type)

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

Now to introduce the 30 most popular Japanese waterproof eyeliners that we ordered and the process by which we tested them.

{The Products We Tested: Liquid}

  1. Flowfushi Mote Liner Liquid (フローフシ モテライナー リキッド)
  2. Heroine Make SP Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep (ヒロインメイクSP スムースリキッドアイライナースーパーキープ)
  3. Love Liner Liquid Eyeliner (ラブライナー リキッド アイライナー)
  4. AVANCÉ Joli et Joli et Waterproof (アヴァンセ ジョリエ ジョリエ ウォータープルーフ)
  5. KATE Eyeliner Super Sharp Liner EX (ケイト アイライナー スーパーシャープライナーEX)
  6. Daiso Espoleur Eyeliner (ダイソー エスポルールアイライナー)
  7. LB Power of Eyeliner Liquid (LB パワーオブアイライナーリキッド )
  8. K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h WP (K-パレットリアルラスティングアイライナー24h WP)
  9. Love Caution Liquid Eyeliner (ラブコーション リキッドアイライナー)
  10. D-UP Silky Liquid Eyeliner WP (D-UP シルキーリキッドアイライナーWP)
  11. kingdom Liquid Eyeliner S (キングダム リキッドアイライナーS)
  12. Maikohan Liquid Eyeliner (舞妓はん リキッドアイライナー)

{The Products We Tested: Pencil}

  1. dejavu Lasting Fine a Cream Pencil (デジャヴュ ラスティンファインa クリームペンシル)
  2. Addiction Eyeliner Pencil (アディクション アイライナーペンシル)
  3. THREE Mesmerizing Performance Eyeliner (THREE メズモライジング パフォーマンス アイライナー)
  4. dejavu Lasting Fine S Pencil (デジャヴュラスティンファインS ペンシル)
  5. Love Liner Pencil (ラブライナー ペンシル)
  6. Visee Crayon Eyecolor (ヴィセ リシェ クレヨン アイカラー)
  7. Ettusais Cream Eyeliner Waterproof (エテュセ クリームアイライナー ウォータープルーフ)
  8. Spring Heart Long Lasting Eyeliner (スプリングハート ロングラスティングアイライナー)

{The Products We Tested: Gel}

  1. Majolica Majorca Line Mania (マジョリカ マジョルカ ラインマニア)
  2. Integrate Snipe Gel Liner (インテグレート スナイプジェルライナー)
  3. D-UP Super Fit Gel Liner (D-UP スーパーフィット ジェルライナー )
  4. Super Quick Melty Gel Liner EX (スーパークイック メルティジェルライナーEX )
  5. Fasio Powerful Stay Gel Liner (ファシオ パワフルステイ ジェルライナー)
  6. kingdom Gel Eyeliner (キングダム ジェルアイライナー)
  7. Cezanne Gel Eyeliner (セザンヌ ジェルアイライナー)
  8. Canmake Creamy Touch Liner (キャンメイク クリーミータッチライナー)
  9. La Rose de Versailles Gel Pencil Eyeliner (ベルサイユのばら ジェルペンシルアイライナー)
  10. exel Color Lasting Gel Liner (エクセル カラーラスティング ジェルライナー)

We then tested for each of the following things:

Test ①: Smudge Resistance
Test ②: Removal
Test ③: Finish
Test ④: Application

Test ①: Smudge Resistance

Test ①: Smudge Resistance

First, we made sure all the eyeliners were actually water- (and smudge-) proof.

We swatched the eyeliners onto a board meant to simulate human skin. We then ran the board under a shower for 10 seconds and looked at how much each eyeliner faded. We also sprayed the samples with artificial sebum and rubbed at each with a cotton swab to test for oil- and friction-resistance. We then graded each eyeliner on a five-step scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Heroine Make Does Not Budge in the Face of Water or Oil. Other Products Can’t Even Compare

The Big Takeaway: Heroine Make Does Not Budge in the Face of Water or Oil. Other Products Can't Even Compare

Heroine Make is known for being long-wearing, and now we can see why. We sprayed it with water and drizzled it with oil, but it stayed a deep black. It showed us that smudge-proof products really do resist oils.

However, there were quite a few products that didn’t make any claims about being smudge-proof but didn’t fade with sebum. Labeling can be helpful, but just remember to take everything with a grain of salt.

Test ②: Removal

Removal

Next, members of our editing department looked at how easy each eyeliner was to remove.

We applied all the products onto our arms and then wiped them off with a makeup remover sheet. We considered how easily each eyeliner came off and the amount of stress removal put on our skin. We then graded everything on a scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: You Can’t Beat Eyeliners that Were Formulated to Come off with Hot Water. It’s Like Shedding Snake Skin

The Big Takeaway: You Can't Beat Eyeliners that Were Formulated to Come off with Hot Water. Like Shedding Snake Skin

Seems like the claims were true. Film eyeliner, the kind meant to come off with warm water, really was easier to remove. It peeled off just like an old sticker, reducing stress on the skin and the risk of hyperpigmentation.

In particular, Flowfushi’s Mote Liner and Heroine Make SP’s Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep came off only after a stroke with the makeup remover wipe, so you don’t need to worry about irritating the sensitive skin around your eyes. It’s also perfect for those days where you just want your makeup off so you can climb into bed and go to sleep.

Test ③: Finish

Finish

Next, we had a makeup artist apply the waterproof eyeliners on a volunteer from our editing department. We looked at how vivid the color was and how smooth the line was and then graded each product on a scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Eyeliners that Dried Quickly Didn’t Crease or Smear, Leading to a Crisp Finish

The Big Takeaway: Eyeliners that Dried Quickly Didn't Crease or Smear, Leading to a Crisp Finish

Eyeliners that dried immediately–we could blink right after application and there would be no smearing–earned on A+ on this test. Now, gel and pencil eyeliners usually take a while to set. However, if you go out of your way to find a quick-drying formula, it’ll be far easier to get a nice, clean line out of them.

In particular, KATE’s Super Sharp Liner EX stood out because of its finish. It took less than three seconds to dry, and there were no creases, gaps, or smudges.

Test ④: Application

Application

Finally, we looked at application.

Specifically, we checked whether the eyeliners applied smoothly, whether there was any pain upon application, or whether it was more suited for use by a professional or an amateur. We then rated each product on a scale from D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: We Liked Eyeliners with Tips that Let Us Change the Thickness of Our Strokes

The Big Takeaway: We Liked Eyeliners with Tips that Let Us Change the Thickness of Our Strokes

If it had a flexible tip and could produce lines of varying thicknesses depending on how much pressure we were putting on the barrel, the eyeliner did well on this test–no matter if it was liquid, gel, or pencil.

As for liquid eyeliners, we liked tips that had resilience to them, but were still flexible enough to bend, shrink, and expand at will. (In addition, shorter brushes made for a steadier barrel and easier application.) For pencils and gel liners, we liked elliptical tips. Less product came into contact with our skin, which made for a smoother application and thinner line.

The Final Verdict: Top 12 Best Japanese Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners to Buy Online

Now to introduce the 12 best Japanese waterproof liquid eyeliners available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from D to A+.

12. kingdom Liquid Eyeliner S

kingdom Liquid Eyeliner S

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Price: $34.30

Smudges So Much You’d Never Believe It’s Waterproof… Not the Easiest to Use, Either

We had a hard time believing kingdom’s Liquid Eyeliner was actually waterproof. It couldn’t stand up to water, oil, or friction and smeared immediately. The formula was also watery and took a long time to dry, and when we blinked, product transferred onto other parts of our eyelids.

This eyeliner skipped on our skin, leaving behind gaps. It was difficult to work with, so we can’t recommend it.

Smudge Resistance C Removal B
Finish B Application C
Overall Score C

11. D-UP Silky Liquid Eyeliner WP

D-UP Silky Liquid Eyeliner WP

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Price: $18.00

The Line Disappears before It Can Even Smear…

We wouldn’t say this eyeliner smears; it just… disappears. It’s great that you won’t look like a panda and all, but think about all the touching-up you’ll have to do.

A good amount of product came out of the tip and the finish was dewy. However, the brush was quite soft; you have to pay close attention during application, or you may end up with an uneven line. This is a popular eyeliner, but we weren’t impressed by its performance.

Smudge Resistance C Removal B
Finish B Application B
Overall Score B

10. Daiso Espoleur Eyeliner

Daiso Espoleur Eyeliner

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Price: $1.98

Has a Nice Finish, but Not Very Water-Resistant

The colors were vivid and the brush easy to use; this product gave us way more than what you’d expect from a 216 yen (~$2) product. However, don’t expect it to repel water.

It’s not like this product won’t perform in a pinch. But if you’re looking for a waterproof eyeliner in particular, then it’s best not to pick the Espoleur up.

Smudge Resistance C Removal B
Finish A Application A
Overall Score C

9. Flowfushi Mote Liner Liquid

Flowfushi Mote Liner Liquid

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Price: $19.00

Strong against Water and Oil, but Weak to Friction

This didn’t smudge when we splashed it with water or when we sprayed it with oil. However, when we wiped the eyeliner with a tissue and rubbed it with a cotton swab, it started coming off in flakes. It also took a long time to dry, so color will likely transfer onto hooded and monolids.

It was easy to remove and gentle on the skin. However, there’s no point in using an eyeliner that doesn’t stay on your face, so it ended with a low final score.

Smudge Resistance B Removal B
Finish B Application A+
Overall Score B

8. K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h WP

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h WP

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Price: $16.00

Bits Start Flaking off after Exposure to Water and Oil… The Formula is Also a Bit Too Wet

It didn’t matter whether we sprayed it with oil or water–this eyeliner started fading, leaving its surface full of cracks and gaps. The formula was also watery and took a long time to dry.

We liked the thin line we got out of this eyeliner and that we could remove it with gentle cleansing. However, we wouldn’t call it waterproof.

Smudge Resistance B Removal A+
Finish B Application A
Overall Score B

7. Love Caution Liquid Eyeliner

Love Caution Liquid Eyeliner

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Price: $17.01

Long-Wearing! The Only Thing Keeping this Eyeliner Back is How Impossible It is to Remove

This liner says it lasts for 24 hours, and we aren’t going to question that claim. We sprayed it with water; we rubbed at it hard; still, it didn’t smear or fade. It had a bright, strong color to it and really brought out our eyes.

The only thing we didn’t love about this eyeliner was how hard it was to remove. It was supposed to come off with hot water; it didn’t come off even when we scrubbed at it with a makeup remover wipe. If you were to use it every day, you might end up damaging your skin.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal C
Finish B Application A
Overall Score B

6. AVANCÉ Joli et Joli et Waterproof

AVANCÉ Joli et Joli et Waterproof

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Price: $9.93

Got Pretty High Scores across the Board. Only Thing is that It Bleeds during Application

After it had dried, it was both water- and oil-resistant and didn’t smudge. However, the formula was a bit thin. If you aren’t careful during application, it actually trickles into creases and pools around hills. It’s not the best product for busy mornings.

It wasn’t too obvious and made our eyes larger in a very natural way. It also came off easily, leaving behind no residue. As long as you have time to spare in the morning, you’ll like AVANCÉ’s Joli et Joli et.

Smudge Resistance C Removal A+
Finish A+ Application A+
Overall Score A

5. Maikohan Liquid Eyeliner

Maikohan Liquid Eyeliner

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Price: $11.91

Not for You if You Have Sensitive Skin. Doesn’t Budge, even at the End of the Day

This got high scores for everything but removal. In a nutshell, Maikohan’s Liquid Eyeliner was easy to use. The brush was stable and drew beautifully even in clumsy hands. We had no complains about its resistance to water; you could use it in the pool or at the beach, and it wouldn’t lose any of its color.

However, this one also stood out for how difficult it was to remove. It will most likely irritate sensitive skin. If you want to give Maikohan a go, reserve it only for occasions where anything but a particularly long-lasting eyeliner would smear.

Smudge Resistance A Removal D
Finish A Application A+
Overall Score A

4. Love Liner Liquid Eyeliner

Love Liner Liquid Eyeliner

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Price: $15.88

Sometimes Makes for an Uneven Finish… However, a Pretty Good Eyeliner Once You Look at the Big Picture

Let’s get the bad out of the way first. The Love Liner was watery so product splurted out a bit. As long as you warm up the eyeliner on the back of your hand to get the ink flowing and consistent, you shouldn’t have a problem. However, you can see how this would be a problem on busy mornings.

It did resist water, sweat, and friction. It was also easy to apply, even for unsteady hands. We don’t think the Love Liner is a product you’ll regret buying. And, while this has nothing to do with quality, we also liked the design–and good design does wonders for your mood.

Smudge Resistance A Removal A+
Finish B Application A
Overall Score A

3. LB Power of Eyeliner Liquid

LB Power of Eyeliner Liquid

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Price: $17.96

Doesn’t Budge even in the Face of Water, Oil, and Friction. On top of That, It’s Quick-Drying

It didn’t matter how much water we sprayed on it or how strongly we rubbed at it–this eyeliner did not budge. It was so long-lasting, it was like a tattoo. It also dried quickly, so you don’t need to worry about it smearing on hooded or monolids. Not only will this serve you well at the beach or the pool, it’ll stand up to all the sweat and oil that flows during exercise.

The bristles were on the firmer side, so the brush was easy for beginners to control. However, if you use too much pressure during application, the line can get quite thick, so keep that in mind.

Furthermore, this didn’t smear, but it was also somewhat difficult to remove. We recommend LB’s eyeliner if you prize longevity over everything else.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal C
Finish A+ Application A+
Overall Score A

2. KATE Super Sharp Liner EX

KATE Super Sharp Liner EX

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Price: $10.92

Incredibly Easy to Use. If You’re Looking to Draw a Super Thin Line, No Eyeliner Will Suit Your Purposes Better

The bristles were just flexible enough; we were able to get a super fine line out of this eyeliner with no effort at all. Even our hair and makeup artist said it was the first time she’s achieved such a thin, flawless stroke. And as long as you don’t scrub at your eyes too hard, you won’t have to worry about smudging.

The barrel of the eyeliner was chiseled, which kept it steady and from sliding in our hands. We drew a straight line, no bumps or creases, in pretty much one stroke. This is an eyeliner we want you to pick up if you are a) clumsy and can never seem to get a crisp finish out of your eyeliner or b) want to fill in the gaps between your lashes without missing a spot.

Smudge Resistance A Removal A
Finish A+ Application A+
Overall Score A+

1. Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep

Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Super Keep

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Price: $9.93

Blew Us Away on All Fronts! An Eyeliner that Doesn’t Know the Meaning of “Smudge”

When it came to smudge-resistance, there wasn’t another eyeliner that could even compare. It didn’t budge in the face of water, oil, or friction. It doesn’t matter what you’ll be doing–this eyeliner will last through it all. And yet, all it took was one gentle swipe with the cleansing wipe to rid our eyelids of all residue.

The tip had just the right amount of flexibility to it. All we had to do was adjust the amount of pressure we put on the brush to go from a thin, natural line to a bold, dramatic one.

It’s also not expensive at all. Once you try this waterproof eyeliner once, there’s a good chance you’ll be hooked for life.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal A
Finish A+ Application A
Overall Score A+

The Final Verdict: Top 8 Best Japanese Waterproof Pencil Eyeliners

Now to talk about the best waterproof pencil eyeliners.

8. THREE Mesmerizing Performance Eyeliner Pencil

THREE Mesmerizing Performance Eyeliner Pencil

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Price: $35.00

Has Staying Power. However, It’ll Take a While to Get Used to the Brush–Until Then, Expect Gaps in Your Eyeliner

It felt like crayon, and we were worried it was going to smudge. However, we were making much ado about nothing. Even when we sprayed it with water and scrubbed at it, it didn’t budge.

What we didn’t like was how difficult it was to use. When we tried to blend it out with the included brush, we ended up erasing the eyeliner altogether. Until you get over that learning curve, you’ll probably end up with odd gaps in your makeup.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal C
Finish B Application D
Overall Score C

7. dejavu Lasting Fine a Cream Pencil

dejavu Lasting Fine a Cream Pencil

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Price: $11.91

An Eyeliner that Wears off at the Slightest Bit of Scrubbing. Doesn’t Really Set on the Skin

It went on smoothly, so it was a simple task to get a nice, even line. However, it faded when all we did was gently touch it with our fingers, which means it wasn’t much of an eyeliner. With that kind of staying power, you’ll be stuck touching up your makeup all day.

And even though this eyeliner fades so easily, it’s hard to wash off the final dregs. Even though it said on that packet that it comes off with normal facial cleanser, it didn’t; we had to use an eye makeup remover.

Smudge Resistance C Removal D
Finish C Application A
Overall Score C

6. Addiction Eyeliner Pencil

Addiction Eyeliner Pencil

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Price: $23.95

Applies Smoothly, but Smudges Horribly. Don’t Use This Near Your Waterline

It went on smoothly, and the deep, vivid black it came out to was not bad at all. However, it smeared in the worst way possible. It wouldn’t be so bad if it just faded as it smudged, but it didn’t. It stayed jet black the entire time. Use it on your waterline and you’ll end up not a panda, but a zombie

Furthermore, while the tip was fine, it was as soft as a crayon. You won’t be able to get a thin line out of it.

Smudge Resistance C Removal B
Finish C Application B
Overall Score C

5. Love Liner Pencil

Love Liner Pencil

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Price: $11.91

Barely Passed Our Smudge Resistance Test. Be Gentle with It, as the Core Snaps Easily

This didn’t smudge when we rubbed at our eyes. However, it was a bit weak to sebum; if you have oily skin, there’s a chance that this eyeliner will turn you into a panda. We liked the elliptical tip; by changing the angle at which we applied the eyeliner, we could go from a thin line to a thick one and vice versa. It was also perfect for the point at the end of a cat eye.

The only thing was the tip would snap at the slightest bit of pressure. Make sure you don’t extend the core too far out of the barrel.

Smudge Resistance B Removal C
Finish B Application A
Overall Score B

4. Ettusais Cream Eyeliner

Ettusais Cream Eyeliner

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Price: $14.69

Even the Clumsy can Draw in Smooth, Even Strokes with This Eyeliner! Remarkable for How Easy It is to Use

This was by far the easiest pencil eyeliner to use. The creamy core transferred onto our lids with the slightest bit of pressure. It gave off the same intense color as a liquid eyeliner, accentuating our eyes.

It was only somewhat resistant to smudging; if you were to use it during the dog days of summer, for example, it might not last until nightfall. But you’ll like this eyeliner if you prize application and finish above all else.

Smudge Resistance B Removal B
Finish A Application A+
Overall Score B

3. dejavu Lasting Fine S Pencil

dejavu Lasting Fine S Pencil

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Price: $14.85

Sets Incredibly Quickly. Doesn’t Smear, but Also Requires Some Rough Cleansing

Because most pencil eyeliners are made to be blended out, they’re weak to friction. However, this eyeliner set and didn’t budge within three seconds of application. It was both water- and sebum-resistant, so you can use it wherever and whenever.

Even though this eyeliner was labeled as super fine, it didn’t give us a sharp, thin line. It was also difficult to remove–we had to resort to eye makeup remover. We wouldn’t recommend this one to people with sensitive skin, so dejavu’s Fine S Pencil dropped down to third place.

Smudge Resistance A Removal C
Finish A Application A
Overall Score A

2. Spring Heart Long Lasting Eyeliner

Spring Heart Long Lasting Eyeliner

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Price: $3.30

Comes out to a Smooth, Consistent Line that Lasts for Hours. The Most Cost-Effective Eyeliner

This felt more like a gel liner than a pencil liner, with how closely it adhered to skin. It did clump slightly, but it came out to a consistent line, so we didn’t have any complaints about the finish. It also didn’t crease, despite how stiff the core was. When we rubbed it, it didn’t budge and lasted the entire day.

It’s just a cheap drugstore eyeliner in Japan–available for less than 500 yen (~$5). You can get it for a reasonable price in the States as well, so if you’re looking to save on cosmetics where you can, this is the eyeliner for you.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal A
Finish B Application A
Overall Score A

1. Visee Crayon Eyecolor

Visee Crayon Eyecolor

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Price: $10.72

A Versatile Eyeliner You Can Use in Any Number of Ways. Perfect for Dewy, Expressive Eyes

This came in paler colors. However, because of the glitter, it gave us those large, dewy eyes that are all the rage in East Asian makeup nowadays. It added both dimension and expression. This eyeliner gently cloaked our lids, but it didn’t budge in the face of either water or sebum. It won’t turn you into a panda.

It’s a bit thick for an eyeliner. However, you can use it in a bunch of different ways–as an eyeshadow, for instance, or to add a highlight on your waterline.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal A
Finish A Application A
Overall Score A

The Final Verdict: Top 10 Best Japanese Waterproof Gel Eyeliners to Buy Online

Finally, we have the best Japanese waterproof gel eyeliners.

10. Cezanne Gel Eyeliner

Cezanne Gel Eyeliner

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Price: $8.95

Felt Wet and Sticky. Smudges with both Friction and Oil

This felt wet and sticky as it was going on. It was weak to both friction and oil, smudging when we barely touched it. It will probably transfer onto hooded and monolids.

The vivid color of this eyeliner worked against it, at well. It made smudging that much more obvious. This is another eyeliner that’s destined to turn you into a panda.

Smudge Resistance C Removal C
Finish C Application B
Overall Score C

9. excel Color Lasting Gel Liner

excel Color Lasting Gel Liner

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Price: $18.95

Leaves Behind Gaps in Your Eyeliner. Also Difficult to Remove

excel’s Lasting Gel Liner skipped over skin, leaving behind creases and gaps. It was difficult to use. It was also not resistant to water, leaving us with very little to praise.

But what bothered us the most was how difficult it was to remove. You shouldn’t use this eyeliner if you have sensitive skin.

Smudge Resistance C Removal D
Finish B Application C
Overall Score C

8. kingdom Gel Eyeliner

kingdom Gel Eyeliner

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Price: $11.91

Getting an Even Line is Smooth Sailing. However, It All Peels off by the End of the Day

This eyeliner started peeling as soon as we blinked. It was also weak to friction; all we had to do was brush our eyelids with our fingers for it to start smearing. If you don’t want to become a panda, it might be best not to fill in your lashes with this one.

We were able to get a smooth line, however, with no creases or gaps. But what’s the point of getting a waterproof eyeliner that doesn’t last?

Smudge Resistance C Removal C
Finish B Application A
Overall Score C

7. La Rose de Versailles Gel Pencil Eyeliner

La Rose de Versailles Gel Pencil Eyeliner

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Price: $15.95

Water- and Sebum-Resistance is Spot on! We Just Wish It were Easier to Remove

We’d say this is among the three most smudgeproof eyeliners. It might also be among the most difficult to remove. We had to rub our arms raw before we rid ourselves of residue. We could see this doing damage to our skin in the long run.

The tip of the eyeliner was thin and, in a way, easy to control. However, it left behind gaps and pale areas, so we had to go over it with another layer for an even finish.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal C
Finish B Application B
Overall Score B

6. Super Quick Melty Gel Liner EX

Super Quick Melty Gel Liner EX

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Price: $7.71

Adds Dimensions to Your Eyes. If Only It Didn’t Fade So Easily

By layering this eyeliner, we could add a gradient to the color. It would be perfect if you want to do some shading and add dimension to your makeup. However, it faded with water and friction, so we can’t say that nice finish will last. We were pretty disappointed, as the core was creamy but didn’t snap easily, and the eyeliner itself was so easy to use.

At least it didn’t smear and turn us into pandas. If you’re looking for a more natural lash line, then this may be the product for you.

Smudge Resistance B Removal C
Finish A Application A
Overall Score B

5. Canmake Creamy Touch Liner

Canmake Creamy Touch Liner

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Price: $6.45

This One is Certainly Waterproof. Initially, Though, It’s Wet and Sticky and Takes Time to Dry

This was wet and sticky; it felt like we were applying gel onto our skin. When we layered it on, it took even longer to dry, so we wouldn’t recommend it for busy mornings. However, once it did set, it withstood water, sweat, and friction. You can take it to the beach or the pool.

It’s a pretty good eyeliner as long as you have the time for it.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal B
Finish B Application B
Overall Score B

4. Fasio Powerful Stay Gel Liner

Fasio Powerful Stay Gel Liner

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Price: $9.73

Another One that’s Impossible to Remove. In Return, You Get an Eyeliner that Sets the Second It’s Applied

This really clung to our skin; even when we rubbed at it, it didn’t smear. It set as soon as we laid it down, so it won’t transfer onto hooded or monolids. The core was both soft and thin, so it applied smoothly in fine areas–think the gaps between your lashes and the flick at the corner of the eye.

The only thing is it doesn’t come off when you want it to come off. We needed time and a good eye makeup remover. We recommend using this one only when you need it, such as when swimming or on rainy days.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal D
Finish A Application A
Overall Score A

3. Majolica Majorca Line Mania

Majolica Majorca Line Mania

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Price: $8.48

For Those that Want to Look Wide- and Bright-Eyed. Great for Going over Your Lash Line

This made filling in our lashes a breeze. It’s not like the tip was that thin–it was just firm enough to make working in fine areas easy. However, it didn’t dry immediately; make sure you don’t touch it when it hasn’t set yet because it will crease. Once it has though, it stands up to both water and oil.

We’re especially obsessed with the finish. If you’re going for that cute, innocent, bright-eyed look, then this eyeliner’s your magic wand.

Smudge Resistance B Removal A+
Finish A+ Application A
Overall Score A

2. D-UP Super Fit Gel Liner

D-UP Super Fit Gel Liner

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Price: $18.00

We See Why It’s Been Getting Such High Reviews. Comes out in a Vivid Color that Lasts All Day

You’re going to want this eyeliner in summer, when sweat and oil is flowing. We rubbed at it hard; we drenched it in water; still, the eyeliner stayed a jet black and did not budge.

It transferred onto our lids with hardly any pressure at all and didn’t tug on our skin. It’s versatile enough for any look; you can use it just to fill in your lash line or go for a more dramatic cat eye. It also set quickly; as long as you don’t touch it for about three seconds after application, you’re good to go.

Smudge Resistance A+ Removal B
Finish A Application A+
Overall Score A+

1. Integrate Snipe Gel Liner

Integrate Snipe Gel Liner

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Price: $7.70

Can’t Go Wrong with This One! Easy to Use for Pros and Butterfingers Alike

Integrate’s eyeliner came out smooth and steady even in clumsy hands, which earned it full scores for both its finish and application. It was more of a matte black, so we’d say it’s better for bolder, more dramatic looks.

It was completely waterproof, so you could use it at the pool or the beach. Even when we applied quite a bit of pressure on the barrel, the tip didn’t snap, and we liked that it came with a sharpener for when the core goes dull. If you were to take all the strengths of gel eyeliner and put them in one product, this is what’d you get.

Smudge Resistance A Removal B
Finish A+ Application A+
Overall Score A+

Summary

We rounded up experts and members of our editing department, purchased the 30 most popular Japanese waterproof eyeliners, and tested them all.

Waterproof eyeliner really shines in spring and summer, which call for a little extra staying power. And, as we grow more conscious of what makeup does to our skin over time, more and more cosmetics companies are coming out with products that give us beautiful, smudge-proof finishes, but are also gentle.

Next time you’re out looking for an eyeliner that’ll get you through the heat waves of summer, make sure you keep us in the back of your mind.

Original by Rio Sasaki; Translation by Jasmine Li

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