“Eye” am going to get real with you….lol. Alright, alright, I’ll stop. Seriously, though, it’s very hard to find eyeliners that don’t irritate your eyes even more when you have Sjogren’s Syndrome.
I cannot count how many eyeliners I have tried over the years.
Some have been good; some have been bad. Many of them have been black.
And, then it became increasingly more difficult to find eyeliners that I could stand to wear. This was devastating as a former makeup artist who absolutely loves makeup.
Shopping for Eyeliners When You Have Sjogren’s:
The last 5-10 years it has been harder than ever to find eyeliners that I can stand to wear all day.
I have very sensitive eyes, allergies, and have two autoimmune diseases, including Sjogren’s Syndrome.
If you have Sjogren’s, then you know the awful, constant eye frustrations. This makes it even more difficult to rub things around my eyes that don’t make my eyes feel like sandpaper.
Even some of the eyeliners marked for sensitive skin can cause so much irritation it’s rolling down my face by the time I’ve finished breakfast.
Not cool, guys. Not cool.
The Best Eyeliners if You Have Sjogren’s or Sensitive Eyes:
After trying many, many eyeliners, I feel very confident that the following 5 suggestions will guide you in the right direction.
Let’s talk about each of them:
Listen, I was surprised, too.I really only thought about Burt’s Bees as the baby, body wash brand. It didn’t really occur to me that their makeup line might actually be good. Like, really, really good.
But, it’s not just their eyeliner, folks. They are getting mega-props for some of their other products, too.
The eyeliner is very smooth, sharpens very well, hangs on tight all day, barely smudges, survives a little water, and comes off clean at night. I really like the black, but I also really, really like the gray and reach for that on a lot of summer days for a more subtle look.
I’ve never see this one in stores, but it’s easily available Amazon.
Thank you Jesus for Amazon!
I first tried this liquid eyeliner in Chromate when it came in my monthly Allure Beauty Box, which I highly, highly recommend. Every month you get an assortment of products for just $15 (your first box is only $10). Some are full-size, some are deluxe samples.
Every, single, month I learn about new products that are amazing and go into my regular rotation – all from the comfort of my home in my yoga pants.
I got a full-size Art-ki-Tekt waterproof liquid eyeliner in one box months ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.
This is SO easy to apply, if you’re nervous about liquid liners. It almost does the work for you. The color is a saturated, rich black and it doesn’t budge until you wash it off later – and then it comes off very easily.
This is probably my absolute favorite eyeliner of all time.
The marketing is a bit dramatic, but I get a very fine line, cat-like look with it – nothing as dramatic as the pictures by the brand (although you are welcome to do that look, too).
I recently tried this eyeliner from 100% Pure for the first time and I had no idea what I was missing.
I’ve always loved 100% Pure, but found their products a bit expensive. But, now that I don’t wear makeup every day and I really need it to be as clean and gentle as possible, I am feeling like it’s worth it to splurge a bit on higher quality products.
This one is absolute gold. I am obsessed with it.
Their shampoo and conditioner are killer, too, and I mention that because I’m not sure if it’s just me, but when I get flares, my hair just goes nuts. It gets so frizzy and my head gets those little burning sensations from peripheral neuropathy.
I find their scalp revitalizing shampoo and conditioner SO soothing.
Anyway, the eyeliner is incredible and if it’s in your price range at $26, it’s really well worth it.
Probably no surprise here. MAC’s makeup game is always tight. But, that’s not always enough when it comes close to your eyes.
On this, MAC gets it right. This one does hang on longer than Burt’s Bees and takes more effort to get off. Most of my gentle face washes struggle to get it all off the first time, so be aware of that.
However, if you’re going to be sweating, around water, or going to a special event then this is what you’ll want to reach for.
Price: Cha-Chings at $18 dollars.
I’m such a fangirl of Colorscience. Everything they touch is gold. I’ll write more about some of their other products that I cannot live without very soon.
It’s absolutely infallible. It’s also a splurge at $29. Use sparingly. I haven’t had any issues with it drying up on me before finishing it, and I don’t apply it anywhere close to once a day. #kids #lazy #life
This is also the eyeliner that gets me the most compliments when I wear it. Big win.
Put head-to-head, these three eyeliners have a similar pigment, meaning they have a nice saturated hue that doesn’t require lots of application.
This is imperative when you have sensitive eyes, as simply applying the eyeliner can become problematic.
If you have SUPER sensitive eyes, stay away from the kohl eyeliners and go straight for the liquids and gels. They are going to have less chance of flaking during application.
Finally, the Eyeliner Splash Test:
You need to know that you’re eyeliner is not going to melt off of your face when a little moisture hits.
Although this sounds counterintuitive with a dry eye condition like Sjogren’s, I find that my tear ducts will suddenly decide to be operational and spring into action. I’ll have this sudden onslaught of waterworks.
Regardless, I want you to know that all of these have been splash tested.
I splashed water on them three times on my arm here to test how they handle some water.
I’m happy to report that all five of these eyeliners will hold up nicely with some water.
Easy Ways To Save $$ On Purchases You’re Already Making:
Remember you can order all of these eyeliners online to save spoons and not have to even leave the house. Woo woo!
And, if you haven’t already checked out the savings site Ebates, you can sign up for free and start saving on every purchase you make online.
This site is not a gimmick.
I genuinely use Ebates all the time and the money I save helps me to pay for a lot of the products I use for chronic pain and the supplements I take regularly to fight inflammation.
How To Use Ebates:
Once you sign up for Ebates, you can set it to open up automatically in Chrome, or the browser that you use. Then, just search for the store you’re going to – Amazon, Sephora, wherever – and Ebates will automatically track your purchases and give you a percentage back in cash.
Ebates is similar to using coupons in the store. It’s essentially an automatic coupon site.
You can save on anything you buy online from any store that is signed up with Ebates.
You can grab a free account here to start saving on one of these eyeliners 😉
I hope one of these eyeliners helps you if you’ve been struggling to find one that works if you have dry eyes, eye pain, an autoimmune disease like sjogren’s, or just bad allergies.
I know I feel better when I am a little bit put together and every bit helps us as we fight for our wellness.
Do you have a favorite eyeliner? I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
To our health,