A friend of mine posed the question:
How many black eyeliners does one really "need"?
Being that she is a makeup junkie, like myself, she has like minded friends and they justified owning a ton of black eyeliners because of the type (Pencil, Liquid, Gel, etc.) and Finish (Matte, Shiny, Shimmery, etc.) I like these people!
I believe that one can own multiple types of liners. One liner is not going to do the job for different looks. Black liner is the most basic and necessary of all the liners. A building block, if you will.
The first eyeliner I ever purchased was a black liner. It was actually one of those red Maybelline brow and eye pencils in black, but I loved the red casing of the pencil and it was the 80's everyone wore black liner...even the guys.
I used pencil liners forever, but quickly found that I was skilled enough in liquid liners to use those on a daily basis. My current favorite liquid liner (I use it almost every day) is the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner. It's a deep black color with a micro fine brush. It's perfection.
I never got the hang of gel liners. I think my eyelids are too saggy to keep the brush from dragging and making me look like a clown. But I admire other people's handy work when it comes to gel liners. I still have a MAC Blacktrack gel liner from years ago. I keep it stored upside down and tightly sealed. So far it hasn't dried out or turned.
I did have a brief love affair with cake liners at one time. My most favorite being the Chanel La Linge de Chanel in Nior Lame. I love the deep black and ease of application, but then I had a kid and time was precious so mixing a liquid with the cake liner took up too much time. Sacrifices had to be made. I sill have that liner, and I use it on special occasions.
So if anyone questions how many [insert makeup item here] is too many? Just point them in a makeup addict's direction. We're here to justify your purchases as well as your collection!
Do you have a favorite black liner? Let me know in the comments section.