Infallible Super Slim Liner
We're big fans of L'Oreal Infallible Super Slim Liner. The ultra-fine tip creates smooth, thin, deeply pigmented lines that layer easily for bolder looks. And lines dry quickly, despite the (welcome) fact that the ingredients list doesn't contain skin-irritating SD- or denatured alcohol. Once set, your look will be long-wearing, and reluctant to smudge. (If you're wondering about the staying power of this non-waterproof eyeliner, we'll say this: if you draw a design on the back of your hand with this liner, it'll still be intact after a hot bath.)
We've read customer reviews complaining that their products dried out within a few days, but our experience has been the opposite. Weeks into use, ours is going strong—and the tip is maintaining its thin, tapered shape.
The one drawback we noted had to do with packaging: the lid doesn't snap or click shut, so it's not always obvious when it closes completely. But that's a minor quibble given that this is an affordable, dependable, easy-to-apply eyeliner. Best of all, it comes in three colors, so you can mix things up when black feels a little too basic.
- Dries quickly, but doesn't contain alcohol.
- Creates fine, even lines that layer easily.
- Several shades to choose from.
- Long-lasting wear that resists smudging.
- Thin tip retains its shape over time.
- The lid doesn't click shut; sometimes hard to know if it's closed.
Create sleek, sophisticated and super slim eye designs with the 0.4mm ultra-fine felt tip of Infallible The Super Slim. The longwear ultra-fine tip liquid eyeliner gives you total control for precise lines that last up to twelve hours. Glides on smoothly with continuous and even flow. Skip-proof, drag-proof and smudge-proof.
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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