Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof
Category:Makeup > Eyeliners > Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof is outfitted with the same excellent slanted-tip brush as the original version, and that makes it relatively easy to draw an even line following the curvature of the eye. The formula dries quickly, and once it sets, does not budge—not for water, not for tears, or for any other liquid, except makeup remover. That means you’ve got a truly waterproof eyeliner, but it also means that if you make a mistake, you’ve got to start all over (blending is not an option). Another deciding factor is that, although it lacks shimmer, this eyeliner dries to a noticeably glossy finish. That said, this is not for novice liquid eyeliner users, but if you’ve got a skilled hand and like the drama of a liquid liner, this is most definitely worth a try.

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 the daytime moisturizers with sunscreen and SPF-rated foundations don't provide sufficient UVA protection; lacking in effective anti-acne and skin-lightening products; boring to problematic toners.

Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.

An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.

Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. 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. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The 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!

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.

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

L’Oreal Paris Makeup

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best 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 they exist at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to 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. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.

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Great eyeliner, still searching for my Holy Grail

I used this eyeliner exclusively for years! For awhile, all was well - I thought I had found the best eyeliner in the world. Then for some reason (perhaps I had started wearing makeup for longer hours) - my cat eye started flaking. Both along the eye line and along the flick. I started using the Maybelline Ultra Liner - which I was once thought was THE BEST....until a couple of years later, again began to flake.

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Best liquid eyeliner & waterproof!

I tried this product in Nov 2012 in dark brown (also available in black). I saw this product at Bed Bath & Beyond, , Meijer, Target, Walgreens & Wal-Mart. This is my favorite liquid liner so far & it’s waterproof YIPPEE. The product is designed like an ink well & the applicator is a marker like fine tip design. I have 38 yr old slightly oily, wrinkly eyelids, crowsfeet w/sensitive eyes that don’t water. Product dries to a slightly glossy finish that does not move or flake for 12 hrs unless applied in waterline (which I don’t recommend). If I did apply in the inner rim-waterline it burned like the fires of Hades. Until you can personally find an liquid eyeliner of your dreams TRY THIS ONE & don’t apply in waterline. During application if it accidentally found it’s way onto eyelashes it dried into a stiff unattractive finish which required removal before curling & applying mascara which seems to be typical of all liquid eyeliners. If you absolutely love the look of liquid eyeliner & an lined waterline for special occasions try this combo. Line your eyes with this product & after it completely dries apply Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof eye definer in your inner rim-waterline area as this product received an Paula’s rating of BEST. If you can’t find Rimmel (Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart, Ulta) try Maybelline’s Unstoppable Smudgeproof Waterproof eyeliner in either black or espresso (not Cinnabar as it’s too light for the inner rim-waterline & I am fair skinned) as this product received an Paula’s rating of BEST. Both are retractable eyeliners that when applied to the inner rim-waterline didn’t burn but provided the desired effect.

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