Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H

by L'Oreal Paris  Infallible
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$9.95 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyeliners > Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake
Last Updated:
6/19/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This jar-packaged gel eyeliner offers a smooth stroke of color that is easy to apply with the included brush, although this brush isn't ideal if you're looking for ultra-thin application (nonetheless, it's a free brush and of decent quality).

L'Oreal advertises this as leaving a glossy, lacquered look, but it's actually more of a dull, matte finish, which is fine unless you're looking for a lacquered finish. Shades include attractive hues of black, gray, brown, and dark blue. All in all, this is a nice, flake-free liner that stays put once set (but you must give it time to dry). Forget the 24-hour claim; it doesn't last that long—you shouldn't wear eyeliner for that long anyway!

Pros:
  • Color goes on smoothly and is easy to apply.
  • Attractive shades.
  • Doesn't flake or smudge once set.
Cons:
  • Doesn't have a glossy, lacquer finish as claimed (but that's not necessarily a bad thing).

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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  1. Lauren S
    Reviewed on Friday, February 14, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Excellent gel eyeliner
    • This gel eyeliner is just as good as the offerings from Bobbi Brown and Clinique but at a fraction of the cost! This applies well (the included brush is just ok, not the best or the worst) and stays on all day until it washes off easily with face wash. I agree that it does not leave a lacquered finish but a completely matte finish. I wear the darkest black color to line my upper lash line only and I can do the little cat-eye wing and it stays all day.

  2. MsHiss
    Reviewed on Friday, December 06, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Great gel liner at a great price
    • I use gel liner for lining my waterline. Bought the espresso for the top, and bronze for the bottom. Espresso is EXCELLENT for this purpose, the bronze seems "translucent" and ends up looking sloppy. So I highly recommend espresso and of course black for waterlining, but beware the "shiny" offerings.

  3. Brianne S
    Reviewed on Monday, August 12, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Not all it's cracked up to be.
    • This went on easily, just as others have said, but I've not had any luck with it staying in place. After applying & letting it set, I still ended up with black eyeliner all over my eye lids. I cleaned up my eye lids w/ QTips, but now keep finding black smudges under my eyes despite the fact that I've been specifically hands-off today. Now, about 7 hours after having applied the eye liner, only about half of it remains on my eyes, and the wings of my winged-look have disappeared.

  4. Mary F
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 23, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Nice
    • This is a lovely, lovely gel eyeliner. It is very soft so it goes on easily and then dries to a long wearing finish. Easy to "tight line" on the inside of eye. The included brush works well (much better than the one that came with the "hip") but also works with other brushes if you want a thinner line. Over all a great eye liner.

  5. JENNETTE S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Best gel eyeliner I've tried!
    • Best gel eyeliner I've tried! I like this gel eyeliner even better than Bobbi Brown's. With one easy stroke, you get rich, intense color, and it lasts all day. The shade selection is really nice too. Highly recommended!

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