NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner Review & Swatches

nyc high definition liquid felt tip eyeliner

I have several NYC products to review – I was looking at the new NYC display at CVS, checking out the new products, and some of the new as well as some of the older products just jumped into my shopping basket! These will be brief reviews.

First up, the NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner, which is a felt-tip eyeliner pen.   It has a fairly fine point, though not quite as fine as the Dollywink liner (which I have not reviewed, but is swatched in this post). It applies quite smoothly, even over eyeshadow, and though it’s not waterproof, it lasted all day for me.  The major downside – and it’s quite a problem for me – is that it’s not black enough for me. Instead, it’s sheer black that looks quite gray.

nyc high definition liquid felt tip eyeliner swatch

one swipe // built up swatch

As you can see, even going over the line multiple times doesn’t make it a dark black.  Thus, unless you prefer a sheer black (and I’m not sure that anyone does), this eyeliner is miss. My favorite drugstore eyeliner pen was – by far! – Milani’s limited edition Color Play liner from last summer, but unfortunately mine is on its last legs.

What’s your favorite pen-style eyeliner?


  • Icequeen81

    it looks like copper color, indeed it doesnt look black, but if the staying power is good maybe , try another shade maybe that shade will look like the color it has supposed to be .

  • I love the Physician’s Formula one with the serum. I don’t know if it’s made my eyelashes longer but I have noticed a marked difference in how strong they are. I used to lose eyelashes so so so easily and would even have bald patches if I wasn’t super careful. Since I started using this product that has stopped. Plus it’s easy to make a thin or thick line and is super black. Love it!

    • I like this one too! I don’t use it often enough to notice the serum effect, but it’s definitely a nice eyeliner.

  • Kelly Prince

    That’s terrible how gray it is! I need my eyeliner to be super black. My favorite of all time is Stila Liquid Liner in Jet Black…but it’s a bit pricey.