Infallible Smokissime Powder Pen Eyeliner
Infallible Smokissime Powder Pen Eyeliner promises smoky eye perfection in one easy stroke with its "revolutionary foam tip applicator." Those who struggle with creating a smoky eye on their own their own may find this somewhat helpful, but the cumbersome applicator won't suit everyone. In addition, this doesn't rival the results attainable by using regular powder shadows.
So how does it work? The idea is that you swipe the applicator along the lash line, and as L'Oreal puts it, "The gel-like powder formula housed in the product cap glides on easily, for a smoky finish that lasts up to 14 hours." The fragrance-free powder has a smooth, almost gel-like feel on skin as the teardrop shaped applicator imparts a thick line of color. You can use the tapered point of the applicator for a thinner line, but if you have a smaller eye shape, this likely still won't be precise enough for you.
Part of what makes this workable for a smoky eye is that the shades apply richly pigmented, but can be smudged out. L'Oreal claims there's no smudging needed, but for a smooth, smoky eye you'll want to do so with either your fingertips or a brush. Just don't count on this for 14 solid hours of wear as advertised—we noticed the color began fading just a few hours in, far short of expectations.
For a more dramatic smoky eye, you'll likely need to enlist another powder eyeshadow to create a gradient, smoothed out effect, but if a simple smoky eye is what you're after, Infallible Smokissime Powder Pen Eyeliner fills that need in shades of brown, black, taupe and purple.
With a product like this, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you're already adept at creating a smoky eye, you can skip this as the results won't rival what you can do with your regular powder eyeshadows. If, on the other hand, you like the idea of a smoky eye but find it difficult to do, this is worth checking out for quicker (though not foolproof application) with just one shade.
See our top-rated eyeshadows here if you'd like to try those instead.
- If a simpler, monotone smoky eye is what you're after, this fits the bill.
- Applies richly pigmented, but is smudgeable.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Applicator doesn't allow for precise application for smaller eye shapes.
- Despite claims, this isn't as easy as 'swipe and go'this takes some blending/smudging.
- You can get more professional looking results using a combination of regular powder shadows.
- Doesn't live up to 14 hour wear claim; fades just a few hours in.
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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