Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Although this pencil needs sharpening, it has the interesting feature of being a pencil that, true to its name, goes on with the intensity of liquid eyeliner. The effect is startling due to its ease of application; indeed, making a mistake with this pencil would be tough. It sets quickly to a long-wearing finish that resists smudging or fading. Note that all of the shades have a sparkling shine.

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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I disagree

Not only did this eyeliner NOT make raccoon eyes on me, it was very easy to sharpen using the correct size sharpener

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smears as the day goes on

When I first applied this eyeliner I was really happy. It goes on very dark and easily. But when I got home from work I saw that it didn't stay in place and left me with dark circles underneath my eyes and the line on top looked more like dark shadow over my whole eyelid. I wore it 3 days and it was the same each time. Another eyeliner for the trashcan.

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Lisa C.
doesn't sharpen

Great liner ( went on smooth and didn't smear)UNTIL it had to be sharpened! It does NOT sharpen... I tried 3 different sharpeners- I really liked the eyeliner but what good is it if you can't sharpen it. A waste of money.

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Can't sharpen

This review is incorrect. The liquid pencil (which is like a magic marker) can't be sharpened. After reading this review I thought I was throwing away the pencial prematurely, but I don't see where any of it can be advanced. Although I really like it, it wears down quickly especially the point.

Reviewed by
Barb G
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