Infallible® Black Velvet Liquid Eyeliner
L'Oreal's Infallible® line of long-wearing makeup products definitely has some hits among its offerings, but there are also some misses—unfortunately, this eyeliner is in the latter category!
Infallible® Black Velvet Liquid Eyeliner comes in pen-style packaging with a pop-off cap. The applicator is this product's most intriguing aspect—a wedge-shaped felt tip.
Although the tip is supposed to make application easier, it actually presents a challenge; it's wider and bulkier than the usual pen-style brush, which means it's almost impossible to achieve a precise line (to say nothing of a thin line or shaping a cat's-eye look!). It's best for slightly thick lines, and in this regard it does apply smoothly with no tugging.
The other issues with this liner present themselves soon after application: It transfers easily, resulting in the liner going where you don't want it to be. This also fades noticeably throughout the day and smudges, despite the claims that this has a 14-hour wear time.
For the above reasons, it's not a liner we recommend. For superior options (including a number from L'Oreal), see our list of Best Eyeliners.
- Wedge-shaped sponge applicator is inconvenient and makes lining challenging.
- Transfers to other areas of the eye.
- Smudges a couple of hours into its wear time.
- Fades noticeably throughout the day.
Black Velvet by Infallible is our first plush velvet eyeliner for the ultimate bold, slick line in one stroke. This intensely vibrant black liner has an easy application felt tip to deliver supreme softness with a satin-like finish.
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 minorif 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'Oreals 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 drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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