Voluminous Mistake-Proof Marker Eyeliner
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Voluminous Mistake-Proof Marker Eyeliner has an applicator that delivers an even, steady flow of liquid color. It works quite well, and allows better precision than you’ll get from a standard, thin liquid eyeliner brush. The versatility of the slanted tip is supposed to let you draw a thin or thick line, but we couldn’t get the line as thin as L’Oreal’s illustration, regardless of how we held the tip or how much pressure we applied (or didn’t apply, which we also tried). Still, unless you insist on a thin line, this eyeliner is definitely recommended. Application is easier than most, the formula dries quickly and doesn’t smear or flake, and it removes with a water-soluble cleanser.

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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This is just another letdown in my unending search

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Lisa C.
worst eyeliner ever

bought the color black brown, very light ,faded color , just like to use a eyeliner diluded with a lot of water. The line is very thick, and the marker-like shape makes it very hard to reach the lash lines. Total disaster...

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It reminds me of a calligraphy marker tip.

I tried this product in Nov 2012 in black-brown. The product is designed like an pen & the applicator is a marker like design with a 90 degree slant tip. It reminds me of a calligraphy marker tip. It also unfortunately smells like a marker, once it dries you can’t smell anything. I cannot get a thin line drawn to save my life with this design, yet once applied it stays on. If you have unsteady hands this marker tip design could help in application however, if you have a really unsteady hand this is not going to help you apply like it’s advertised in the photos.

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