Le Liner Signature Smooth Glide Mechanical Eyeliner
L’Oreal’s Le Liner Signature Smooth Glide Mechanical Eyeliner impressed us in terms of its durability (particularly when applied along the waterline), but a few factors hold it back from greatness.
This standard twist-up eyeliner pencil goes on fairly smoothly for the most part. We say “for the most part” because when angling this liner (say, to attempt a cat-eye look), it slightly drags instead of moving in a fluid motion.
The tip itself isn’t overly wide or thick, but it also isn’t as thin as some other popular eyeliners we’ve tested. In other words, if it you want something that allows for ultra-thin lines or precise detail, this isn’t it.
The fragrance-free formula is waterproof as claimed and as mentioned, when we tested in the waterline, it held up well. In fact, the formula is resilient enough that you’ll need a good makeup remover to get it off.
While we weren’t able to test all of the colors offered, we noticed that we had to apply a bit more pressure than the average pencil eyeliner to get rich matte opacity in the Taupe Grey Weed shade. The Noir Cashmere (black) shade gets better reviews for its intense pigmentation. There are some metallic shades available as well (let us know if you’ve tried those by leaving your thoughts in the Community Reviews section).
Overall, Le Liner Signature Smooth Glide Mechanical Eyeliner is a decent option… but it didn’t leave us overly excited.
- Waterproof formula holds up impressively well in the waterline.
- Mix of classic and trendy shade options.
- Fragrance free.
- Not the best if you want ultra-thin lines or precise detail for a winged/cat-eye look.
- Drags slightly upon application when doing angled work.
- May require applying more pressure than you’re used to.
L’Oreal Paris’s Le Liner Signature mechanical eyeliner glides easily across lids to deliver a flake-proof, smooth line that lasts up to 24 hours. Our first ink-like eyeliner formula comes in 6 stunning shades, providing long-lasting, fade-resistant, high-impact color for your best look. No need to sharpen this eyeliner, just twist up the mechanical eye pencil as needed.
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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