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Top 30 Best Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

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.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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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 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

② 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

③ 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

Test ②: 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. It’s 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

Test ③: 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

Test ④: 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 1

12. kingdom Liquid Eyeliner S

$34.30

Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalB
FinishB
ApplicationC
Overall ScoreC
Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalB
FinishB
ApplicationB
Overall ScoreB
10. Daiso Espoleur Eyeliner 1

10. Daiso Espoleur Eyeliner

$1.98

Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalB
FinishA
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreC
Smudge ResistanceB
RemovalB
FinishB
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreB
8. K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h WP 1

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

$16.00

Smudge ResistanceB
RemovalA+
FinishB
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreB
7. Love Caution Liquid Eyeliner 1

7. Love Caution Liquid Eyeliner

$17.01

Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalC
FinishB
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreB
Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalA+
FinishA+
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreA
Smudge ResistanceA
RemovalD
FinishA
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreA
Smudge ResistanceA
RemovalA+
FinishB
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreA
3. LB Power of Eyeliner Liquid 1

3. LB Power of Eyeliner Liquid

$17.96

Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalC
FinishA+
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreA
Smudge ResistanceA
RemovalA
FinishA+
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreA+
Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalA
FinishA+
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreA+

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 1

8. THREE Mesmerizing Performance Eyeliner Pencil

$35.00

Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalC
FinishB
ApplicationD
Overall ScoreC
Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalD
FinishC
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreC
Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalB
FinishC
ApplicationB
Overall ScoreC
Smudge ResistanceB
RemovalC
FinishB
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreB
Smudge ResistanceB
RemovalB
FinishA
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreB
Smudge ResistanceA
RemovalC
FinishA
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreA
Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalA
FinishB
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreA
Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalA
FinishA
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreA

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

Finally, we have the best Japanese waterproof gel eyeliners.
Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalC
FinishC
ApplicationB
Overall ScoreC
Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalD
FinishB
ApplicationC
Overall ScoreC
8. kingdom Gel Eyeliner 1

8. kingdom Gel Eyeliner

$11.91

Smudge ResistanceC
RemovalC
FinishB
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreC
7. La Rose de Versailles Gel Pencil Eyeliner 1

7. La Rose de Versailles Gel Pencil Eyeliner

$15.95

Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalC
FinishB
ApplicationB
Overall ScoreB
Smudge ResistanceB
RemovalC
FinishA
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreB
Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalB
FinishB
ApplicationB
Overall ScoreB
Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalD
FinishA
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreA
Smudge ResistanceB
RemovalA+
FinishA+
ApplicationA
Overall ScoreA
Smudge ResistanceA+
RemovalB
FinishA
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreA+
Smudge ResistanceA
RemovalB
FinishA+
ApplicationA+
Overall ScoreA+

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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