Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner

Product:  Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner.  This simple beauty staple never lets me down.

Overall Rating = 4 stars4 Stars – Excellent.

Cost:  $6.74 (.10 oz.) ($67.40 per ounce)  Price Category: Inexpensive

Sold By:  Almay; Target; Ulta; Walgreen’s; Walmart; Retailers everywhere.

Container:  Plastic tube, automatic twist-up pencil, built-in sharpener; snap cap.

Description:  Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner is an automatic retractable eyeliner pencil.  Depending upon your facial cleanser you may or may not need to use an eye makeup remover.

Formula:  This is a semi-creamy formula.  It can be smudged a little.  To avoid smudging for long-term wear, it should be set with powder.

Sensitivity:  Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and is suitable for those with sensitive eyes or contacts.

Company Claims:

“Define your eyes with beautiful color that lasts up to 16 hours. Water-resistant, long-lasting, smudge-proof formula stays true and stays put. Formulated with vitamin E to nourish and protect your delicate eye area. Built-in sharpener keeps point sharp for precise definition.”

Discussion:  Almay was invented in 1931 when chemist Alfred Woititz began making cosmetics for his wife, Fanny May, who was allergic to makeup.  I have been using Almay products my entire life.  I have severe fragrance allergies and Almay was the first entirely fragrance-free cosmetics line.  For many years this was the only brand of eye makeup I could wear.

An eyeliner pencil may seem like a boring product, but if someone told me I could only have one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be an eyeliner pencil.  With a brown eyeliner pencil I could define my eyebrows, line my eyes and even add color to my lips.

Colors:  Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner comes in three matte colors: Black, Black/Brown, and Brown.  There are four additional pearlescent colors that are sold under the name Almay Intense i-Color Eyeliner.  Those colors are: Purple Amethyst, Brown Topaz, Black Pearl and Raisin Quartz.  (Try a black on the upper lashes and a color on the lowers.)

Please Note:  If you have hypersensitive eyes, you may need to stay away from the Almay Intense i-Color Eyeliner in the colors Purple Amethyst or Raisin Quartz as they contain Carmine and some people are sensitive to Carmine.  (I have worn both of these colors with no ill effects and Carmine does not bother me at all, but there are reports of sensitivity to these two colors by some users.)

Morning Review:  I apply pencil eyeliner after curling lashes, primer and before any other eye makeup.  The Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner is a retractable pencil so you just twist up what you need.  Unlike some pencils that cannot be twisted back down, this one can.  The pencil is a medium to thick diameter so if you want a thinner line you will need to use the little pull-out sharpener that is in the bottom of the pencil.

As far as the formula goes, the pencil is semi-creamy and glides on easily without tugging.  This is a good eyeliner for a classic everyday look.  I use this eyeliner on the upper lash line as well as the lower lash line.  If you are going for a heavy smoky, smudged look, you can layer with this pencil.  If you are going for an extreme winged cat-eye look, this will not make fine lines at the corner and you will get better results with a marker or gel eyeliner.  I also prefer a waterproof gel for tightlining or using on the waterline.

Helpful Tips/Tricks:

  • Do not twist the pencil up too far when you sharpen it or you will break it.
  • To avoid smudging, always set your pencil eyeliner with a powdered eye shadow in the same color as the eyeliner. This is especially important if you have oily skin.

Evening Review:  Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner stays on well.  After many hours there was no smudging.  This did not come off with my regular facial cleanser, but it did come off easily with eye makeup remover or my makeup wipes.

Overall Review:  Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner is easy to use, long lasting and does not irritate my hypersensitive eyes.


  • Deep rich color
  • Applies quickly and easily
  • Stays on for many hours without smudging
  • Does not require a separate sharpener
  • Hypoallergenic formula does not cause any irritation
  • Readily available at local retailers
  • Inexpensive


  • Sometimes the outer cap cracks (I have had this happen twice recently.)

Suitability:  Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner is suitable for the following users:

  • All users


Morning Rating = 4 stars4 Stars;

Evening Rating = 4 stars4 Stars;

Average from Other Testers = 4 stars4 Stars;

Value Rating = 4 stars4 Stars;

Overall Rating = 4 stars4 Stars = Excellent.

Would Buy Again?  Yes, definitely.

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Ingredients:  Cyclomethicone, Synthetic Beeswax, Arachidyl Behenate, Microcrystalline Wax, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Mineral Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Bronze Powder, Carmine, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Copper Powder, Manganese Violet, Zinc Oxide.

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6 thoughts on “Almay 16 Hr Crayon Contour Eyeliner

  1. Cindy says:

    The packaging recently changed and the 2 eyeliner pencils I recently purchased are not the same makeup. Did Almay change the formula or do they have a mistake product out there?

    This stuff is some of the absolute worst eyeliner I have ever used. It is soft and leaves clumps of makeup stuck to the base of my eyebrows. When I use a brush to try and blend it in, it flakes off and leaves clumps of makeup on my face.

    I have been using this Almay eyeliner for over 30 years!! I have occasionally tried other eyeliners and have always come back to my very faithful product.

    I need to know if this product has changed. Because, I don’t want to spend more money buying more eyeliners if Almay changed the formula. I will need to start buying other products hoping to find another product that is at minimum, very close, to my once very faithful standby.

    Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem and if you what the cause of the problem is.

    Very sincerely hoping to find the answers.

  2. L A Rose says:

    Hi Cindy, thank you for your question.

    I haven’t purchased the eyeliner recently so I’m unaware of a formula change, but that is a possibility. I went to the Almay website to review the current eyeliners for sale, and they have removed the ingredients from their website, so I was unable to compare the formulas.

    I, too, will be very upset if this product has changed, as it has been a staple for me personally and in my professional kit for a very long time.

    I will look into this and if there has been a reformulation, I may need to update my review.

    Thanks again for bringing this to my attention. If there is a new inferior formula, I’ll try and find a suitable replacement product.

    Best regards,
    L. A. Rose

    • L A Rose says:

      Hi Pam, I’m sorry to say that it looks like the Almay eyeliner that millions of us loved for decades is no longer available. The company has received lots of complaints from loyal customers asking for the old formula to be brought back and the reviews for the new formula are terrible. I have reached out to the company to get an official statement from them, but so far I haven’t received any new information. Thanks for your question. I need to post a review with suitable alternatives.

    • L A Rose says:

      The product we reviewed here is no longer available. I’m sorry your eyeliner did not last; perhaps you just got a defective unit. The current Almay eyeliner is not the same as the one they made several years ago. Companies are constantly changing their formulas and items offered. Sadly, many times the replacements are inferior to the prior products. I hope you find a brand you like better.

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