Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner
Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner lives up to its promises offering solid, long-lasting wear. The fragrance-free formula even stays put on the waterline (the inner rim where some people line for a dramatic effect) without smudging!
Perhaps most impressive is how smoothly this creamy pencil goes on, yet it dries down to a tenacious, matte finish that lasts day to night. We also appreciate that there's ample time to correct any mistakes before it fully sets, but once it does, you can expect waterproof wear as promised. (FYI: You'll need an oil-based makeup remover to get this off.)
There's no tugging, skipping, flaking, smudging or fading—well, with one exception. If you apply this over freshly moisturized or very oily skin—then it may smudge or fade, but that's true of many eyeliners.
L'Oreal offers a bevy of shades ranging from purple and blue to classic grey, brown, and black. There's also a light beige shade that you can use on the lower inner rim to make eyes stand out even more.
The one inconvenient factor from this otherwise perfect eyeliner pencil is that it requires manual sharpening, rather than featuring a retractable design. We found ourselves whittling the tip with every use (which is a little wasteful), but if that doesn't bother you, this is an excellent waterproof pencil eyeliner to consider.
- Lives up to the promise of offering solid, long-lasting, waterproof wear.
- Goes on creamy-smooth, yet dries down to a tenacious matte finish.
- Ample time to correct mistakes before it fully sets.
- Versatile range of shades.
- Fragrance free formula.
- Requires manual sharpening.
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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