L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner & Color Riche Le Kajal

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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.

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L’Oréal Paris – Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner & Color Riche Le Kajal

L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

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'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ingredients

L’Oréal Paris – Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L'Oreal Color Riche Le Kajal

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.

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Swatches of both liners in direct sunlight

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Swatches of both liners in natural lighting

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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

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner & comparison swatches (natural light)

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L’Oréal Paris Infalible Silkissime Eyeliner & comparison swatches (natural light), smudged to show wear

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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:

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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

20 Responses to L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner & Color Riche Le Kajal

  1. tashasface says:

    Thanks for the kajal application tip!

  2. Catarina says:

    I have used eye pencils from several high end brands and never got a perfect black line.. and the faint grey line I got just washed away in 30 min!!! Could this be the one?

    • Eugenia says:

      Could very well be! It has seriously got to be the most pigmented pencil I’ve ever come across – not to mention how long-wearing AND smooth it is!

  3. It totally is the LBD of the cosmetic world! Cute post.

  4. I think I’ve been convinced to try that Silkissime liner because I love to use black eyeliner and the ones I have are starting to run out!

  5. Linda says:

    Hi there! I literally just got off Sephora’s site searching eyeliners. I’m surprised to hear Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner is not longwearing as some others think it’s ‘the bomb’! I haven’t tried it yet but maybe I’ll try this first!

    Also, what colour would ‘petal’ be? I always associate that with pink but perhaps in ‘Silkissime’ language it is a more eyeliner-y colour, lol!

    • Eugenia says:

      I had heard to much about the Urban Decay liner as well, and while I never actually bought one (all my ‘Zero’ pencils have been included in UD palettes), I was stunned to see that how much better the L’Oréal liner was. As to ‘Petal’ – I went with the info that was given to me by the company, but I searched both the US & Canadian sites and can’t find reference to it – there’s one that’s supposed to be a ‘Highlighter’ shade – sort of a nude; wonder if that’s what they meant? I’ll find out!

  6. aoyv says:

    Definitely want to try both. I’m becoming an eyeliner fiend lately after going years without buying ’em. Both are gorgeous. And lol at the Silkkissme (?) – what is that supposed to mean? Great review with fabulous pictures – very comprehensive too! x

  7. Melissa says:

    The Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner looks like it’s worth looking into! Thanks for another great review and comparison!

    • Eugenia says:

      Awww…thanks for the kind words, Melissa! This is a totally amazing Eyeliner and the quality far beats out the price!

      • Melissa says:

        I tossed the package without reading it! How do you sharpen it? I tried but realized its a plastic housing and can’t sharpen it… I feel clueless!

      • Eugenia says:

        If you’re referring to the thinner Silkissime liner, all I used was a regular pencil eyeliner sharpener – I had no issue or obstructions. Did you try that? Don’t feel bad – it’s better to ask first, and not ruin the product!

      • Melissa says:

        Thanks! It wouldn’t sharpen with my eyeliner sharpener, so I brought home my pencil sharpener and cleaned it, then tried. It seemed like there was a plastic like covering on the end because once I got it going, I was able to use my eyeliner sharpener!

      • Eugenia says:

        Happy to hear that! Thanks for letting me know!

  8. Great post, thanks! I’m always on the lookout for a good black liner, and these both look great. I’ll definitely check them out the next time I’m out shopping

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