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I do like my eyeliners and they are definitely an essential part of my makeup bag! Although I tend to use different colours depending on my mood or the occasion, the colours I tend to use most frequently are black or brown. As I have dark brown eyes and olive skin, I have to use quite dark shades of brown for them to work on me - if they are too pale they can look a bit insipid - so I bought the Dark Chocolate version of this L'Oreal eyeliner in the hope that it would work well for me.
This eyeliner is widely available online and tends to be around the £4 mark - although at the time of writing the Dark Chocolate version is available for £2.40 if you shop around. Other colours in the range include Jet Black, Indigo Blue and Iced Chestnut.
Using the eyeliner
In terms of the look of this product, it is pretty standard as eyeliners go - a simple pencil with a plastic lid. The body of the pencil is dark brown to reflect the shade of the eyeliner, and it has simple lettering on it too.
The colour of the pencil is a lovely, rich shade of brown - slightly darker than milk chocolate. The lead has a lovely soft texture - I hate eyeliners with hard lead - and it feels slightly crayon-like.
This goes onto my eyes very easily. I tend to apply eyeliner to my lashline rather than the waterline, and this glides on smoothly without dragging or irritating my eyes. The texture, for me, is perfect. I like quite a smudgy line so the softness is ideal for this as it has less defined look than you would get with a harder pencil. I can also use this easily on my upper lid - again the soft texture means this glides on easily and makes it easier to blend into my eyeshadow too.
The colour is also just what I am looking for in a brown eyeliner. It is a nice dark brown - not too dark to look black but not too light to just disappear. It is perfect to blend into more neutral, brown-toned eyeshadows, and for me the colour is perfect.
The only complaint I would have about this eye pencil is that I find it needs reapplying once or twice throughout the day. The colour does seem to fade slightly and it also rubs off easily too. However this isn't a massive problem for me and the pros definitely outweigh the cons with this eyeliner!
This is a really good eyeliner and I use it a lot. It is the perfect texture for me and it is comfortable to use. The shade of brown is also spot on. Recommended!
I have recently being trying different brands of make up to try to find some budget alternatives that I think give me the same results as the high end market brands. This L'Oreal contour Kohl is one such buy and one that I have been very pleased with and will continue to use.
The packaging is simple a silver plastic top and the pencil it self is the colour of the liner you have in my case black with silver writing. The shade I choose was jet black as I prefer a smoky eye finish on occasion and others a definite line. I personally prefer to use black for this but it is also available in other shades including chocolate, blue and white.
The kohl is made from a blend of wax and oil which makes it very soft to touch I think. When applying this to my eyes I notice very little by way of dragging and on my sensitive eyes it feels very smooth as it glides along the lid or inside my eyelid. As well as going on smoothly I find that it takes very little by way of pressure as I apply it to get a nice black line unlike some eyeliners where you feel you need to press down hard and it then hurts my eyes causing them to water and the liner to run. The other thing I have been impressed with when applying the eyeliner is how it never seems to leave clumps of the kohl as I apply it which is what I found with the Bourjois kohl.
One I have applied it I generally leave a couple of minutes before applying any thing else such as mascara to my eyes as I find this almost seems to help it set as it were because if I don't it can then become easily smudged. On the times I want to achieve a smoky eye look the blending of the lines either with my finger tip or a brush is very easy to create. I find that this for me is a huge benefit for this liner as this is the look I prefer the majority of the time when I wear eye make up.
How long it lasts is amazing I think normally I would need to re apply my liner after a couple of hours as it sinks into my skin. With this liner however I have found it seems to stay put all day or evening if I am out and only comes off when I apply some eye make up remover. This for me is a real bonus as it is one less thing to carry around when out on an evening with a tiny bag!
As it is so soft when sharpening it you do have to be really careful as it is easy to get carried away and lose to much of the product. I find that by just giving it a slight turn in the sharper that this often enough to get a nice point on it without doing a full turn meaning it lasts a lot longer.
L'Oreal also claim that the product has been ophthalmically tested, as a contact lens wearer this is very important for me as I find that a lot of product either make my eyes itch or water which produces an un-lady like panda effect. With this liner I have had no such reactions and would definitely agree that it is suitable for sensitive eyes.
The only down side as with all L'Oreal products is their animal testing policy and though they no longer test on animals I believe some of the ingredients may have been tested on animals and this may put some people off.
I would definitely recommend this eye liner it is lovely and smooth to the touch and produces lovely clean lines as needed. It can also be smudged to produce lovely smoky eye effects. The liner lasts all day and at around £4 from Boots it is a great buy I think
Ingredients for those with allergies
Triethylhexanoin, Ricinus communis/castor seed oil, Ozokerite, carnauba/carnauba wax, Cera alba/beeswax, Dipentaerythrityl tetrahydroxystearate/tetraisostearate, polymethyl methacrylate, Dicalcium phosphate, Propylparaben, lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl palmitate, citric acid.
I'm definetly addicted to eyeliners so when I saw this in Superdrug reduced from £4.39 to £2 I decided to pick it up. I am trying to ease my way out of been such a makeup addict but because L'oreal are so well known for their good quality products I decided to pick it up - I can't resist a bargain. Their was only one colour left in my local Superdrug, which was Aquatic Blue however it is also available in numerous other colours including brown, green, white purple etc meaning their will be a shade to suit everyone. The eyeliner is very similar physically to other eye pencils - around the same size and length. The colour of the pencil will very depending on the shade you choose - mine is a dark blue and it has 'Countour Kohl' written on the side in silver writing and then "L'oreal Paris" written slightly further away. The pencil comes with a plastic silver coloured lid to keep the nib of your pencil protected. Unfortunetly this pencil does not come with a smudger on the end like alot of eyeliners do but this isn't a huge issue.
L'oreal claim on their website that this pencil "softly glides over the eyelid allowing you to achieve a long-lasting and intense colour result" so I was dissapointed to find that it does none of this.. firstly, it drags on my eyelid and waterline and the nib itself doesn't have the texture of kohl eyeliner in the slightest, it's almost as hard as a led pencil! I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and tried warming it up by swatching it on my hand hoping it would soften it up a little but had no luck. Application is also quite awkward as the nib is so pointed, yet once it's flattened down a bit it is almost impossible to get even coverage. Once I had actually gotten the eyeliner onto my waterline and upper lid (which took longer than usual as I had to be careful not to poke my eye out due to how hard the nib is) it looked okay but not very pigmented, however after another 4 or 5 layers I admit it looked gorgeous - very intense, a well pigmented, matte colour, with the blue almost able to pass as black as it was so striking and it really made my eyes look big and bold.
The lasting and staying power is awful though. Because of the hard, waxy texture it seems to warm up once it's on the skin and start to smudge and slightly melt, causing it to bleed, which definetly is not a good look and it looked quite patchy and streaky within a few hours. It is also not waterproof and I highly doubt it would last for more than a few seconds in the rain - even when I sneezed when wearing this it looked to be bleeding slightly. I decided in the end to take it off as it wasn't worth fiddling about putting it back on again. It came off fine with a couple of makeup wipes. I would definetly not do a cat-eye with this as the company advertise it to be used due to the smudginess, rubbish staying power and inaccurate application. Overall I wouldn't particullary reccomend this as I found the texture to be too hard and although the colour looked good after a few layers it didn't last. I feel that L'oreal have let themselves down with this - it's awful quality and overpriced, no wonder Superdrug had reduced them!
L'Oreal Contour Khol
Eyeliner is something that I use on a pretty daily basis, when I have time I will apply an eye shadow but more often than not it is just a hint of eyeliner some mascara and off I go out the door. I have tried my fair share of eyeliners to date and there is by far a large difference in quality. This L'Oreal contour Khol in my opinion is a pretty middle of the road eyeliner, good but not great.
This is a very easy to apply eyeliner, it is quite soft so it just glides on without having to pull at the delicate skin around your eyelid. L'Oreal do say that they use an unique formula that combines oil and waxes to give this effect and in that respect this is a good eyeliner. However, I find that because it is quite soft it is hard to get a good precision line if you want a specific look, this is an eyeliner in my opinion more suited for a slightly smudged or blended look.
L'Oreal also markets this eyeliner as being long lasting with intense results. In my experience this does last for quite a while but I do find that it smudges or rubs off to other areas of my eye if I apply this quite boldly. For example I often find that this transfers a bit through blinking so that I have a darker smudge at the top of my eye lid. However, this happens to me when using a lot of eyeliners and it really isn't all that noticeable, more just a slight nuisance. The eyeliner looks nice applied either by itself or over the top of eye shadows, because it is soft does make this easier to apply when the rest of your eye make- up is already looking perfect.
Personally, I tend not to buy many cheaper eyeliners because they can irritate my eyes and make them water, which is never an attractive look. However, this is one that has never bothered me even when I have worn it from morning until late night.
The L'Oreal Kohl eyeliner pencil looks pretty much like it does above and I would say that the only thing that this eyeliner is really missing is a smudger brush at the bottom, which is just doesn't have. I find that I only use this eyeliner at home and never take it out with me preferring an eyeliner that has everything I need and so that I don't need to carry an extra brush. Again because this is a soft kohl eyeliner it really is easy to blend with a smudger brush to get the look you want.
I find that this is easiest to remove with an eye removal cream or lotion as it can be a little tough to get off with regular face wash. The pencil is also easy to sharpen and I find that it is best to use when it is somewhere in the middle, not too sharp but not to blunt either.
When I purchased this last year it cost somewhere around about £4 and for your money you do get rather a large amount of eyeliner. I have been using mine occasionally (as I have quite a few different eyeliners) for a few months now and there is still more than half left. I am sure that this is available in more than one colour but I own this in the Jet Black shade, which admittedly is a lovely and rich black.
This gets a pretty average three out of five stars from me, I would hesitate to recommend this as I have stopped buying so many L'Oreal products instead preferring to buy from brands that are more ethically sound and no longer use any current animal testing in either their ingredients or finished products.
As part of a make up set my friend made up for me as a Christmas present, I received one of these L'Oreal Contour Kohl eye liner pencils, which in the interests of reviewing it, I found out usually costs around £4 depending on where you buy it. There are cheaper ones online, so shop around if you're after one of these.
The liner pencil is very simple looking, being pretty plain and black in colour with nothing to really make it stand out from any other eye khol pencil aside from it's silver lid. The pencil comes in a range of colours, from blues, a green, purple and brown, but my friend knew I'd rather have a black one, so thankfully that's the shade I have!
When it comes to applying this eye pencil, I found it to be fairly soft and easy to draw onto my eyelids, along my eyelash lines on both upper and lower lids. I line my lower lids on the outside of the lashes, because I find that otherwise my eyes can become a little irritated if I line them on the inner lid - in the interests of reviewing, I lined both inner and outer, and again found outer lining to be much less irritating, with my eyes becoming red if I used this on the inner lids.
I found that it was easy to apply and that the khol formula came off onto my lids pretty easily - it wasn't hard to draw a straight line, although I did have to go over it a few times to get it to the darkness I wanted, as it's bad to press on your lids too much (can cause wrinkles by pulling on the skin).
I found that the liner on my upper lashes stayed put for the whole day without requiring a top up, but the liner on my lower lashes had magically disappeared by lunchtime, leaving me with a little black blob of gunk in the corner of my eyes as residue.
When it comes to taking this eye liner off, it's fairly easy to do with a decent eye make up remover, but I had to scrub a little to get rid of the last traces in the depths of my eyelashes.
Overall, I'd say this is a decent enough product, it does what it's meant to do but I'm not sure I'd have bought it for over £4 myself given I can get £2 liners that aren't significantly worse, and have them last longer overall. A decent product, but a little overpriced for what it is.
I've never been a big makeup wearer, but on days when I feel like making a bit more of an effort, the first thing I do is reach for the eyeliner. Most of my friends use liquid liner, but I've never really mastered the technique, so I prefer to stick to good old khol- it seems much easier to apply, and also gives the more subtle look that I go for. One of these pencils lasts me so long that I've only had to buy about two in my whole life, one of which was this L'Oreal Contour Khol pencil.
I opted for L'Oreal because it's a brand I've used in the past, and found to be of reasonable quality, with prices to match. This pencil cost me around £4, and it's still available for this price from many online chemists. Considering this will probably last me for a good few years, it's a real bargain! (I should probably mention at this point that it's recommended that you replace any items of eye makeup every few months, to avoid infection. Personally, I've never experienced any ill effects from completely ignoring this advice, but maybe one day I'll come down with a ghastly eye disease and regret my foolhardiness!).
Available in several different colours, I own the good old jet black- not particularly adventurous, but black eyeliner is perfect for emphasising your eyes while blending in with your mascara. The black pencil comes with a silver top which ensures that the pencil tip is kept clean and protected when not in use. The printing on the pencil is also in silver, contrasting nicely with the black to give a clean, elegant look.
The pencil itself is easier to sharpen than some I've come across- I'm not sure why, but it's great to have a pencil that doesn't crumble and break every time it meets the sharpener. Most importantly, it glides smoothly and gently onto the skin, leaving a defined line without the need to force it, unlike some other pencils I've used in the past, which refuse to leave a mark on the skin, however much pressure I apply! Once on, it's easy to smudge it if you want a hazier look, but also stays put throughout the evening if not.
As with all eyeliners, this can be a bit tricky to remove, and tends to linger for a day or two, even after attacking it with makeup remover! But I quite like the subtly defined look it gives to my eyes when it's half gone, so this really isn't a problem. Overall, this little pencil from L'Oreal is an excellent buy that I will certainly be replacing when I finally get to the end of it!
~Line em up!~
Having just reviewed the L'Oreal Super Liner which I feel is a very good way to achieve a neat and sleek eye liner look with the minimum of effort, I thought it would be a good comparison to offer up my thoughts on the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liners which are an alternative way to define your eyes. The liners come not only in traditional black kohl, there is also a nice range of colours made by L'Oreal that will suit a good number of both day time and evening looks.
I will say that I do rather favour the lovely grey black tone of my L'Oreal Super Liner for those smokey eye effect looks, rather than a deep black kohl pencil, as you really cannot beat the Super Liner with the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner for a neat and well applied line of defining colour. Where I feel the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner wins is in the way some of the coloured liner pencils, along with the white liner pencil, can be used to good effect for day time make up looks in ways that really enhance a wide range of pretty eye shadow effects.
~Luxury liner or budget beauty?~
L'Oreal say that the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner has a 'new innovative formula combining oil and wax', which may have some bearing on the longevity or wear time of the product when on the skin. Although I cannot say I have noticed much of a difference in staying power I do feel that the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liners don't end up looking too claggy or flaky when they are applied in a subtle way, which may be down to the oil and wax formula as that may certainly help to keep the liner from drying out too much once applied.
L'Oreal also say that the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liners are able to 'glide over the eyelid allowing you to achieve a long lasting and intense colour result' and whilst I do agree with the part that mentions the long lasting colour effect, I feel that the 'gliding over the eyelid' part really does depend on how nifty you are with an eye liner pencil. I feel that whilst I am able to get a fairly clean look with the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner I wouldn't want to use the 'Jet Black' shaded pencil as I don't feel quite as able to strike as clean and precise a line with the pencil as I am with the Super Liner applicator.
When using the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner I have been able to direct it towards the outer eye area on both the top and lower part of my eye as well as on the inside, although I personally prefer the former look as I feel it gives a less enclosed and more 'wide eyed' kind of finished make up look, unless using the "White' coloured liner pencil. In which case I have found that applying the white pencil to the inner part of the eye area carefully will enhance that wide eyed look, giving my eyes a nicely highlighted and brightened appearance. When using the white liner I have also tried blending my eye colour and eye pencil both above and below the eye to give a soft fresh day time look that works well.
~Colour me up~
The L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liners come in a number of colours with each outer colour being in the same shade as the eye liner colour, this does make it easier to find the colour that you want if you have more than 1 liner pencil rolling about in your make up bag. The colours that are still on sale at the moment are Jet Black, White, Indigo Blue, Golden Green, Iced Chestnut and Blue Lagoon (my favorite has to be the white one) which means there are plenty of options available to suit. Last time I bought one of the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liners it was priced at £4.09 which is about average for one of these in most of the stores that I have seen them on sale at.
~Summary, and rating~
The main downside of using a product such as the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner is the fact that you do need to keep on top of maintaining the pencil tip so that it is neither too sharp and pointy or too blunt and flat. No one wants to end up stabbing their eyes out with an over sharpened eye pencil, which is why I do like the L'Oreal pencils that twist up as they don't need sharpening yet manage to retain a fairly easy to use pointy tip. Another thing that I seem to fall foul of is that I always seem to make a mess when sharpening these, no matter how hard I try to be careful when disposing of the pencil shavings, I seem to end up with bits of smudged pencil here and there.
In summary I feel that whilst the L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner can be a very useful eye liner product I do prefer the twist up pencils from the range as I find them a little easier to use due to them not needing to be sharpened. I have found that the white L'Oreal Contour Khol Pencil Liner is a useful colour option to go for as it can help to give you a nice wide awake look that adds a certain freshness to many day wear make up looks. Over all I feel that a 3 star product rating is about right as I prefer the twist up liner pencils just a little more.
My daughter asked for this L'oreal contour Kohl eyeliner in her Christmas stocking as she had read a lot of good things about it. Like a dutiful slave I went out and bought it in Superdrug for about £4.39, when it came time to fill up her stocking I was devastated to find that I had mislaid this item. One miffed daughter and a few days later I purchased another liner and within 24 hours of that had found the original one, and that is how I became the proud owner of this brilliant liner.
This liner is very plain in appearance and looks pretty much like any other reasonably priced kohl liner, the outside of the pencil matches the colour of the liner with silver writing, and the lid is a dull silver plastic. The colour I have is the jet black; it is also sold in other colours but I have only seen the black and brown for sale in the high street so far. The choices given on L'Oreal's web site are blue lagoon, golden green, white, iced chestnut, inky violet, and indigo blue, all of which look very nice from the representations I have seen there.
The eyeliner really does glide on much more smoothly than any other eye pencil/kohl I have tried, and although it is smudgeable to give a softer or smoky look, once your favoured look is achieved it lasts for ages! I was surprised when looking in the mirror towards the end of a night out to find that the liner didn't need touching up at all. Normally by that point in the proceedings I would have found half of the liner had evaporated or migrated well out of place leaving me looking like my granny after an attack of the sherry monster, but that's another story. This had stayed put and hardly faded at all. I don't believe the liner claims to be water proof, but my eyes can get a bit teary as I have allergies, and so far it has not made the eyeliner run or disappear.
I don't tend to line my inner rims with black anymore as I think it can look a little harsh on my pasty old face, so I normally line with a flesh colour liner there (not white). I did give it a try it on the moist inner rim in the interests of a thorough review though, and found that it gave a nice dense black line without having to go back and forth over the line to build it up. It did last longer than average but due to the nature of the teary surface it did wear from there more quickly than on the outer lid.
I also don't tend to line my upper lid as I've never been nifty enough with a liner to find the shape to suit me, but again I gave it a go in the interests of a 'proper' review and again it went on like a dream without dragging at all. If you'd like to define your upper lid but like me can't handle the complexities of drawing a controlled line, or think a solid line doesn't suit you, the liner can be worked in between the lashes very close along the lash line, which doesn't give a 'line' as such, but darkens the lash line making it look fuller. To get a smooth line I've also seen dotting liner across the lid close to the lashes and joining it up like dot to dot recommended, but I feel with this pencil the flow is so effortless that it is quite easy to get a nice smooth even line without employing such 'sophisticated' techniques
The pencil is soft so keeping the tip fine at all times is not really economical due to the amount of wastage from each sharpening. Finding a lining technique that suits you (perhaps use the side of the nib) to achieve the right thickness of line will solve that minor problem. Also the old trick of chilling the pencil helps to give a nice point when you do sharpen it. However after emphasising how well this slips on and that the tip is soft I have to say that it is not unfeasibly soft, and on touching feels no different to any other eye liner.
I have to add a little bit from my daughters experience of this product as she has very sensitive skin, and has trouble finding eye products that she can wear for any length of time, some products appear to be ok, but have had to be removed within a an hour or two of applying. This product has been 'opthalmologically' tested but she still gets reactions to other products that claim this, she doesn't however react to this liner and can happily wear it until it is time to remove it. It comes off quite easily with an oil based or creamy eye make up remover
Another of L'Oreal's eyeliners called 'Infallible' sells itself on the fact that it lasts all day. I drew a line on the back of my hand with this and the Kohl liner I am reviewing while in the shop, as my daughter wanted 'the long lasting one' (she wasn't positive of the name but this was one of the properties people had 'raved' about) and gave the lines a rub then left them for a while to see how they fared. The Kohl lasted better than the Infallible, and smeared less when I rubbed at them initially. I would like to see how this translates into normal daily wear, but I was impressed with the cheaper Kohl's staying power in this little ad hoc test.
The only down side I can see with this product, and it's a big one, is that L'Oreal still use products that contain ingredients that have been tested on animals, though the final products are not tested on animals. L'Oreal do plan on becoming cruelty free by 2013 (not soon enough) in line with the EU ban on selling cosmetics tested on animals coming into force then.
All in all this is a super liner, I think I might have chosen a different colour if I had been buying it for myself, but am very impressed with the density of colour in the richly pigmented black, and with its staying power. I would recommend this to my friends, but after looking into L'Oreal's animal testing credentials I don't think I'll be buying anything from them again until after 2013. I have given it 5 stars despite the animal testing things because the product itself is excellent.
Haven't written a reveiw in a while as i've been busy starting my 2nd year at uni but thought it was about time i got started on my product suggestions before they run out. So heres the 1st one :)
I got this L'oreal contour khol eyeliner in a L'Oreal gift set which also contained 2 L'Oreal telescopic mascaras and if i'm honest the mascara was the reason i bought the set and i just threw the eyeliner on with the rest of my make up and forgot about it. Then about 2 weeks ago my trusty rimmel khol eyeliner (which i have being using since i was about 15) snapped :O. So i thought i'd gove this one a go and i've got to say i was quite impressed, those of you that have read my other reveiws will know that i dont really try new products i tend to find a product that works and stick to it , but i was so impressed i would be tempted to buy this again.
Places To Buy:Superdrug, Boots etc
~What I Thought~
The eyeliner looks pretty average its just a black pencil with silver writing on it. The colour is really deep black and show up really easiliy on the eyes, unlike other eyeliners where you have to go over it a few times. The eyeliner is a good consistency to be able to smudge if like me you love the smoky eyed look. I have worn this eyeliner several times now, mainly on nights out where its been a bit hot and sweaty LOL, but i've got to say the eyeliner does last pretty much all night without smudging or rubbing off. The only thing is you do need a decent eye make up remover to get it off but if it means it lasts all night then that doesn't bother me too much. Overall, i would definitley reccomend it as its a great eyeliner and for a reasonable price.