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Magnetic Eyeliner vs. Adhesive Eyeliner

Magnetic Eyeliner vs. Adhesive Eyeliner

So you might be wondering, what the heck is the difference between magnetic eyeliner and adhesive eyeliner besides the obvious. Like clearly, one is magnetic and one is adhesive but what's the real difference when it comes to application and longevity?


Bali Lash Adhesive Eyeliner is the new kid on the block these days. What is all the hype about? I thought magnetic eyeliner was the thing?

We know, we know, you have tons of questions and we have tons of answers. We're going to break down the pros and cons of both, so let's dive right in!


First thing's first...

What is Magnetic Eyeliner?

liquid magnetic eyeliner

Magnetic eyeliner is a thicker version of liquid eyeliner that contains iron oxides which give it the magnetic capability. This eyeliner is made for use only with magnetic lashes, it is re-stickable unlike glue. The iron oxides in the eyeliner grasp the magnet pieces on the lashes to hold the lash to your eyelid. It is marked safe by the FDA for use on the eye area, so long as you don't get the eyeliner flakes in your eye.


What is Adhesive Eyeliner?

black liquid adhesive eyeliner lash glue

Adhesive eyeliner is made with a Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer which creates a pressure sensitive adhesive. This is different from glue in that it forms a bond when light pressure is applied to its surface. Pressure sensitive adhesives are viscous and elastic, which allows you to re-stick your lash on should you improperly place it.

Switching from magnetic eyeliner to adhesive eyeliner may sound intimidating, but we promise you it's easier than ever. Bali Lash's revolutionary formula cuts application drying time by 90% - so you can finally just line, apply lashes, and go. I know, I know you're thinking "if it ain't broke don't fix it." We promise you'll be so much happier you made the switch.

Magnetic Eyeliner

magnetic eyeliner application

Let's chat about one of the OG lash application disrupters for a moment. There's no doubt about it, magnetic eyeliner has changed the game when it comes to lash routines.

This product has made it possible to finally use something other than glue! And for that, we applaud. Let's dig into some of the pros and cons so we can really get a good gauge on the product.


  • Able to re-stick lashes if applied improperly
  • Doesn't melt or get tacky in hot weather
  • Waterproof once dry



  • Takes several minutes to dry
  • Cannot apply lashes until fully dry
  • Flakes after long wear
  • Not as pigmented as normal eyeliner due to the iron oxides
  • Heavy, bulky feeling
  • Pulls eyelashes out during removal if you accidentally get it on your natural lashes 
  • Difficult to remove due to thickness
  • Expensive


Adhesive Eyeliner

bali lash adhesive eyeliner application

Bringing it back to the new kid on the block


  • Requires zero drying time
  • Can apply lashes immediately 
  • Lightweight and feels like regular eyeliner
  • Waterproof and smudgeproof in seconds
  • Able to re-stick lashes if applied improperly
  • Less expensive than magnetic eyeliner
  • No product flaking in eye
  • Highly pigmented
  • Easy to remove


  • More expensive than lash glue
  • Lightly tacky once dry, which may bother some wearers



Overall, you can see who the clear winner is! Bali Lash Adhesive Eyeliner is the perfect 2-in-1 product that allows you to get ready quickly and omit an excessive amount of products. Now, instead of having to buy a pigmented eyeliner and add lash glue or magnetic eyeliner on top - you're able to use only one product to get the job done.


Want to try our Adhesive Eyeliner? As always, we have a 30 day money back guarantee!

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