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Liquid eyeliner is something that I started wearing around a year ago and now it is 'my must have' cosmetics item. Lots of women say they feel naked when they leave the house without mascara on, well my nakedness would come from no liquid eyeliner. I tried using a black kohl pencil eyeliner the other day when I run out of my liquid eyeliner. The kohl pencil looked more natural but I found it really hard to get the line I wanted and it felt much harsher at applying it around the eyes compared to liquid eyeliner.
I have tried liquid eyeliners in the past and have got into such a mess applying them that I kept being put off by them. But the first liquid eyeliner that I could apply easily was a black L'Oréal one which retailed at approximately £5.99 called L' Oreal Paris Super Liner Carbon Gloss. I loved how easy it was to apply and how I could make it quite natural looking by just soaking a cotton bud in eye makeup remover and taking away some of the line so you cannot see where the line starts and finishes. I wear the liquid eyeliner only on the bottom of my eyes in the daytime and on the top and bottom of my eyes at night-time.
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I ventured out from my L'Oréal eyeliner just to see if any of the premium cosmetic brands like Clinique and Estee Lauder did anything similar at a similar price. Clinique's liquid eyeliner was the best value at £11.50 however it felt a lot harsher when I tried it on my hand next to the L'Oréal one. It was then that I looked at the Lancôme section of cosmetics. Lancôme is not a brand I buy anything from but when I looked at their eyeliners I instantly fell in love with the liquid eyeliner called Artliner. They had it in black, brown and a limited edition dark blue shade.
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The applicator to Artliner has a soft foam tip which glides so easily which is similar to the L'Oréal one. However the price tag is at the extreme next to my £5.99 L'Oréal eyeliner. It retails at £19.50 which I have to admit I gulped at the price. But my heart had already fallen in love with it, so I couldn't stop myself buying it... it was like giving an ice cream to a child then instantly taking it away after they've had one lick.
So I naughtily spent £19.50 on one eyeliner when I could have bought nearly four eyeliners for that price. However something I did not realise until the other day though was that L'Oréal owns Lancôme. So I wondered to myself whether that was why the two eyeliners were quite similar with the style and tip used to make them. This made me think that perhaps I ought to stay with the L'Oréal one and save myself some pennies if they are both such good quality products and one probably influenced the manufacture of the other.
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This is the other factor that I love about the Artliner that it stays on all day long from the moment I apply it to the moment I take it off. It does not smudge or drop. It stays put 100%. I can't ask for anymore from the eyeliner.
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The colours of the Artliners are so intense due to enriched pigments and it gives a slightly luminous look from the eyeliner. But the intense colour doesn't mean that you cannot make it look natural for daytime wear. That is why I love the Artliner so much because of its versatility for a natural day time look and a dramatic night time look.
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The downside to the L'Oréal eyeliner is that it doesn't last a particularly long time (I do not mean on the eyes - but the amount in the pot applicator). That was the good thing about kohl pencils that they last forever. But since I am still at the beginning of using my Lancôme one I cannot compare it on this factor, but they look like they are the exact same size so I reckon they will last the same amount over time which is about 2 months for me.
----------------- Verdict --------------------
This eyeliner is perfect for somebody new to liquid eyeliner. It is not half as difficult to apply as I originally thought liquid eyeliner would be. I now find it difficult to go back to applying the kohl pencil but I still occasionally use the kohl pencil for an ultra natural look.
A definite recommendation!
Lancome Artliner / Gentle Felt Eyeliner Intense Line / Create a winged eye look or intense lines with Lancome's liquid eyeliner / Artliner / With a soft foam tip / Artliner helps you apply eyeliner with precision / The combination of our formula of rich colour pigments and clever technology makes every eye look last / Precise & easy application / defines eyes / long lasting / Shake gently prior to use / Dab onto the base of the upper eyelashes / Apply gently for a fine line / Apply extra pressure for thicker line.