The ubiquitous black eyeliner, or as I like to call it, the ‘LBD’ (Little Black Dress) of the cosmetic world, is basically a staple in many a makeup drawer. From a simple waterline swipe (inner lower lash line) for instant oomph, to a thicker line bordering the eyes, or even as a base for eyeshadow, there’s very little that this indispensable pencil can’t do. That being said, not all black liners are created equal and for that matter, not all shades of black are, in fact, black.
L’Oréal Paris recently released 2 new pencils into the fray, aimed at giving you ‘couture eyes’ and changing the way you use eyeliner. Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner CAN $11.99 (seriously … who comes up with these names?), a velvety-smooth and extremely long wearing liner and Color Riche Le Kajal CAN $10.99, a modern take on traditional khol – both in truly exceptional formulas as well as wallet-friendly pricing.
L’Oréal Paris – Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner & Color Riche Le Kajal
Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner #200 Black (available in Black, Plum, and Petal) claims to offer 16 hours of wear – which I can’t vouch for, as I refuse to wear makeup for that long a span, but I can honestly say it’s by far THE longest wearing black liner I’ve worn to date. With its breakthrough ‘Light Flex Polymer & oil based’ technology, this gel-like texture glides buttery-soft along the skin, thereby reducing any tugging/friction (which we all know leads to early signs of wrinkling – ugh). Highly pigmented and very intense, the formula is almost completely smudge/budge proof once it sets – which it does very fast; any blending needs to be done immediately and I recommend working on one eye at a time for optimum results.
L’Oréal Paris – Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
Color Riche Le Kajal #501 Black (available in Black, Brown, and Purple) an intensely pigmented eyeliner bearing an ultra-smooth texture that provides effortless blendability. The chubby format of this pencil means that you can deposit more colour and quicker along the eye by applying it along its width, while the pointed tip is great for more precision work. The traditional method of applying kajal liners (whose use was once thought to help protect against bad luck), is to place the tip along your inner lash line, squeeze your eyes tightly shut & then run the tip along the line – works like a charm every time.
Swatches of both liners in direct sunlight
Swatches of both liners in natural lighting
Comparisons of black liner to Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner #200 Black: (above swatches are in direct sunlight)
- shu uemura lasting soft gel pencil 01 Black – similarly long wearing, a softer shade of black (not as deep)
- Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil #4 Black – glossier finish, less pigmentation, softly textured but not long wearing
- CHANEL Stylo Yeux Waterproof Ébène – looks like it has dark green undertones in the base, good wear but shows some smudging
- Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – lightest in tone, non long-wearing, can smudge
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner & comparison swatches (natural light)
L’Oréal Paris Infalible Silkissime Eyeliner & comparison swatches (natural light), smudged to show wear
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner & comparison swatches, smudged to show wear
The advantage to a long wearing eyeliner, in particular a black shade, means that you can apply it & forget about it – no need for constant checking to see if it has migrated, faded, or pooled anywhere it shouldn’t have – but previous black liner versions were usually dry & stiff to work with. The über-creamy feel of the Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner makes application ridiculously easy and given its budge-proof wear time, the best investment you’re likely to make. The rich and lustrous hue of the Color Riche Le Kajal pencil makes creating a smokey eye almost child’s play – no specific skill set required, or any tools for that matter either – your finger is all that you need (and a napkin to wipe it after).
Available now at all mass market retailers of L’Oréal Paris products. Find more information via:
*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration