Both dry down to a nice, matte finish; the blue is very vibrant (the same color as my Sally Hansen nails!), and the black is, well, black. They are nice and dry after roughly half a minute - I didn't have any problem with immediate smudging when I was putting liner on (though some did end up on the tips of my eyelashes, and it was actually really pretty!)
A note: I do have a special place in my heart for UD's 24/7 pencil liners, but sometimes they still smudge ever-so-slightly, even with a primer. And there's also no beating liquid liners for clean, precise lines - especially if I want a winged eye. Also, confession: I had a fear of liquid liners for a very long time, because they seemed so...wet. And permanent - the possibility for disaster seemed huge. But I got over that fear, so you can too! (If you're plagued by things like that. If your fear is earthworms and slugs - like mine - then I'm afraid I can't help you. Let me know if you find a good remedy for that, though. Slugs. Are. Gross.).
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