Are Milani’s Infinite Liquid Eye Liners Drugstore Duping MAC?

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Product Reviews

When it comes to long-lasting brush-on liquid liners, MAC’s Liquidlast Liners pretty much set the bar for me, combining rich color AND awesome extended wear time. Once I even left a swatch of it on the back of a hand, you know, to see how long it would last? No joke — TWO DAYS!


Yup, and that includes showering and washing my hands. πŸ™‚

Liquidlast has rockin’ wear time and comes in a bunch of fun colors … but they’re not exactly cheap ($18.50 each).

Enter Milani. Their five new Infinite Liquid Eye Liners fluid liners have a lot in common with the MAC Liquidlasts (similar thin texture, brush applicator and rich pigmentation), but one way they REALLY differ is price.

Cost: just $6.

And they’re pretty easy to apply and blend, too. I’ve been smudging ’em on my lids as a base for Milani’s Crystal Eyez Glitters (my St. Paddy’s Day FOTD).

Do I think they last as long as MAC’s Liquidlasts?

Almost. Just for fun I tried the same unscientific back-of-the-hand swatch test I did for MAC Liquidlast… Infinite lasted a full 24 hours or so, not quite measuring up to MAC’s 2-day wear time but pretty respectable nevertheless. Considering their colors, quality and price (!), I gotta give big props to Milani.

One item of note: they aren’t exactly quick-dry material and can take up to five minutes to dry. Might be something to think about when you’re in a hurry. I haven’t minded waiting because the extra time’s allowed me to manipulate the liner. All in all, these are darn good for the price, and I hope to see Milani bust ’em out in more colors. πŸ™‚ Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A



Ugh, I sure can’t par-tay like I used to. I only had one St. Paddy’s beer last night and got home by 10:30, but I’m still tired as all hell, ma!

Expect plenty of nonsense typing like tjlaurieob uio3bv i;doiuc as the day wears on… I believe I just fell asleep at the keyboard.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Before you jet, beauty lover, check out the home page for more makeup reviews. πŸ™‚


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  1. Devs says:

    Ooooh! Those look gorgeous! So pigmented and colorful!

  2. Sophie says:

    Ah those colors look so pretty! I don’t think they sell this brand over in Europe though.. but I really love the purple and if it lasts as long as you say I will try to find them online somewhere. Too cute!

  3. Scientific Housewife says:

    Great colors, I’ll have to check those out!

  4. heyhey says:

    And now I know where I’m going after work. Score!

  5. I have the black one and I love it…I mean LOVE!!
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  6. Fabienne says:

    I’m curious about the black. When it dries, how is the finish? (I am searching for an absolute black that dries black, with none of that bluish sheen!)

  7. Sharon says:

    Those look excellent… I usually wash off my makeup when I get home from work, so if the Milani eyeliners last long enough to get through a work day that would make me very happy. Wanting the bronze, purple and black. The other day I saw some Milani products in the grocery store; if they carry the eyeliners I’ll definitely pick up the purple. πŸ™‚

  8. I like the blue and green,I have never used a liquid liner! I’m pretty new to makeup.I’m using Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner by bobbi brown.
    .-= The Crochet Queenn’s last blog post… Pinkalicious-Hand Crocheted Scarf, If Pink is your color this is the scarf for you made with many shades and textures of pink throughout,Winter Sale Ready to Ship =-.

  9. These look so gorgeous! Such pretty colours and so pigmented!
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  10. Julianne says:

    omg – LOVE! thank you for posting these, Karen! you should totally do more dupes/comparisons like this – great for poor college students like me!

  11. Marce says:

    LOL I went to sleep at 3am! I wasn’t going to do anything but in the end me and a friend did last minute plans. These are awesome, I’d love to see all those great drugstore brands like NYX, Milani, L’Oreal Hip arriving here. What I don’t like about MAC’s Liquidlasts is that they can be quite difficult to take off, does that happen with these too?
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… FOTD – St Paddy’s Day Green Eye Makeup =-.

  12. Ashley says:

    A Canadian grocery store here in my province finally carries Milani but a very limited stock. If you’re going to bring over amazing cosmetics from the U.S. could you please bring it ALL over??!

  13. whoaa i love the black liner, it’s such a nice deep color!! the blue and green are calling out to me as well…must visit cvs soon
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  14. Melissa says:

    these look awesome, but the packaging makes them look a little cheap and dated but the colors are great! they should consider updating their packaging!

  15. Rebecca says:

    Me likey the golden-brown one πŸ™‚ And I think Milani might be on sale at CVS this week!
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Quick Take: Shu Uemura purifying cleansing oil =-.

  16. Nina says:

    Oh wow those look so pigmented and beautiful.

    I think imma grab some — if you have a CVS Extra Care Card, you can print an instore coupon for BOGO on Milani products – I was going to use that to grab their perfectly red lipstick thingamajooo … but I think id rather get those liners. Or both. πŸ˜›

    Have a good evening, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Ooh, good to know! Thanks for sharing the BOGO info with us, girl!

      You have a good evening too… right now I’m trying to get psyched for a three mile run (I’d really rather just take a nap).

      • NINA says:

        I crashed pretty soon after that … I have a bit of a cold because the weather here is going bananas. Its cold again – and will get into the high 30s overnight. Were also expecting thunderstorms for Saturday! πŸ˜€

  17. Cas says:

    I’ve always been a fan of Milani! Their eyeshadows are awesome and so affordable!
    .-= Cas’s last blog post… Toilet Manners =-.

  18. marisol says:

    Those look like some amazing colors but my hand is shaky when applying liners so I could never use these without making a big ole mess.

  19. Citrine says:

    I have the purple one but I always made a huge mess because my (hooded?) eyelid as the liner takes forever to dry…

    Anyway, I think Milani is a bit hit-or-miss for me, I love many of their limited edition lip/nail products but I am not always happy with their eye makeup.

    • Karen says:

      Aww, that’s too bad Citrine. The long dry time is one thing I actually like about these…

      Have you tried MAC Liquidlast? Those might work better for you.

  20. Rica says:

    Thses look so nice… I would love to have them… How come they’re not here in Canada?
    .-= Rica’s last blog post… FOTD with minerals… =-.

  21. C.K. says:

    Hi Karen! Love your blog.

    Are those hard to apply? I’ve only tried liquid eyeliners a couple of times, but failed so am hesitant to try again. But these look so pretty! Is the brush very thin?

    Also, are the colors a little sparkly? I love black eyeliner, but it would be fun if it wasn’t entirely just plain black.

    • Karen says:

      Hi C.K.,

      I’m pretty clumsy but didn’t find these too hard. One trick that you can try that might help: apply a little to the back of your hand first. Then, dip a brush with a thin pointed tip into the liner (Sonia Kashuk makes a fab one called the Bent Liner brush, and it’s only $6) and then use that to apply it to your eyes.

      And yup, some of the colors do have sparkle. The black shade is just plain ol’ black, unfortch, but it’s still very pretty.

  22. anhimals says:

    Why did I have to read this post and know that CVS is having a BOGO sale?? Damn there goes my budget! LOLThanks for the informative info, Karen! πŸ˜€

  23. Pinch says:

    These look really gorgeous! I would probably get these if they were available to me πŸ™‚
    .-= Pinch’s last blog post… Amber Lights. Given up. =-.

  24. Stef says:

    Karen, how close is that blue to the one Estee Lauder just released in Bronze Goddess? From memory, they’re very similar. You think you could get away with using this all over the lid, like a cream shadow?
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… MUD Lip Glaze Giveaway =-.

    • DIANA says:

      I was thinking the same thing about the blue one! Its such a pretty color and if its similar to the Estee lauder one, I want it!

  25. lexi says:

    Interesting – I’m still on the hunt for an inexpensive Teal liner….

  26. Amalee says:

    Oooh! These look delightful. I’ve actually been trying to find something to dupe my MAC Liquidlast because that’s all that lasts on my upper lash line 😐 But I’m glad they came out with these! πŸ™‚

  27. Catherine says:

    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… First Konad NOTW! Purple on purple. πŸ˜€ =-.

  28. Simone says:

    ooh! How well do you think these would work on the waterline, Karen?

  29. Savannah says:

    I actually bought a Milani (I think) it was a kohl pencil eyeliner in black, and it very quickly became my favorite, go to eyeliner. The only place I can find this brand though is at grocery stores. It was like $2.50 or so and I love it! I’m think I might have to buy one to keep in my makeup bag in my purse. It has great pigmentation and lasts all day. But you are right it does need a good makeup remover to get it off, I use Ponds Cold Cream makeup remover.

    Thanks Karen(=

  30. Mel says:

    Oh man oh man. i think i fell in love with these.. i’m getting tham all!

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