L’Oreal launched Color Riche Le Smokey range of eyeliner pencils last year in 8 shades and I am reviewing a beautiful purple color- Purple Dream 211 in this post.
L’Oreal has another great eyeliner in gel form. Check it HERE
Price: Rs 650 for 1.2 g
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Smokey eyeliner Purple Dream review
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Smokey eye pencil is a double ended wooden pencil with eyeliner at one end and the smudger at the other end. Both the ends of the pencil are fitted with transparent, plastic caps which can be interchanged. The color of the eyeliner pencil is coordinated with the eyeliner shade making it easier to sort if you have multiple shades from this range. The design and gold detailing gives a classy touch to the packaging, but the gold detailing starts to fade after sometime.
Purple Dream is a blackish purple color which looks amazing on brown eyes. I can’t get enough of purple eyeliners. I feel green and purple look best on brown eyes. (I have reviewed my fav green eyeliner HERE ). L’Oreal Color Riche Le Smokey eye pencils are soft and creamy and glides easily. It does not tug or pull on the eyelids. These are intensely pigmented and one need not swipe multiple times for better color. One swipe gives full coverage. These are matte eyeliners. When I apply this on waterline as kohl, it does not sting or makes my eyes dry.
The smudger has dome shaped sponge tip which is decent and does an excellent job in smudging to create a smokey look. However, these eyeliners are not smudge proof and do smudge when rubbed. At the end of the day half the pigmentation fades off, whether worn as eyeliner or kohl. The smudging is more if you have hooded eyes or oily eyelids.
This is a long pencil and quantity is sufficient. But it needs to be sharpened which leads to product wastage.
Overall, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Smokey eyeliner pencil Purple Dreams is a beautiful blackish purple eyeliner with a smudger at the other end. It is highly pigmented and easy to apply but it is not smudge proof. Also, this needs to be sharpened which leads to product wastage. This is not smudge proof and it will smudge especially if you have hooded eyes and oily eyelids. I will probably not repurchase this as I like retractable eyeliners with smudge proof finish.
L’Oreal Paris nailed it this time in the eye makeup department. Every year L’Oreal Paris introduces new products in their Cannes collection, and this time they launched beautiful limited edition lipsticks, new shades of lipglosses and gorgeous Gel Intenza eyeliners. I couldn’t have been happier with the shades they have launched in their eyeliner. Blue is my favorite color and there are two super pretty blue shades in this launch. I am reviewing the shade ‘Sapphire Blue‘ here.
Price: Rs 875
L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza eyeliner comes in a glass tub packaging with a gold screw cap. The gold accents makes it look pretty and high end. The tub is small and cute and looks sturdy even though it is made of glass. The bottom part of the tub has a sticker indicating the shade name and details for easier identification. The eyeliner comes with its own brush. The brush is okayish. It is decent but not that great. I can make thick lines with it but not thin lines. Also, the brush doesn’t have a proper cap. I prefer the Maybelline gel eyeliner brush over this.
The texture of L’Oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza eyeliner is buttery smooth and creamy. So creamy that one cannot apply full color on the eye in one stroke as the product itself gets swiped with brush stroke. Other than that, it applies like a breeze. There is absolutely no tugging or pulling at all. The pigmentation is great. But due to the soft formulation, the brush somehow doesn’t pick up the product properly so you have to keep dipping it in the tub to take more of it. The brush either picks up very less or too much amount of the product. 2-3 applications are needed for full color intensity. The eyeliner dries pretty quickly into a smudge proof, water resistant finish.
The shade Sapphire Blue is dark navy blue in color. It looks almost blackish with blue shimmer. It appears black only from far and under certain lights. The shimmer is subdued and doesn’t make it OTT. This is a great everyday wear shade and such a nice alternative to plain black eyeliners.
I have mixed feelings for the longevity. It definitely will NOT stay 36 hours, as it claims. This product is not as long lasting as it claims to be. It claims to be waterproof but its not fully waterproof. Vigorous rubbing with a moist cloth or finger causes it to come off. It does not smudge or crease, but it tends to fade after about 8 hours especially near the inner corner of eyes. I remove the eyeliner with my Natio eye makeup remover. You can use any makeup remover or oil/vaseline to remove this.
Another thing I noticed is the wrong color coding of both the blue Gel Intenza eyeliners- Royal blue and Sapphire blue. It seems that the colors on its packaging, even the names have been swapped. ‘Sapphire blue’ eyeliner is actually dark navy blue in color and ‘Royal blue’ is jewel toned blue in color. The color code of Sapphire blue shade on its cardboard packaging, as well as below the tub packaging is actually jewel toned blue and not navy blue which is the actual color of the product in the tub. This confusion led me to buy the wrong shade actually!
Overall, this is a beautiful everyday wear color and such a fun alternative to boring blacks. The product is buttery smooth and application is such a breeze, even for a novice. The brush could have been better though. And I am not impressed with the longevity either. Even though it is bit pricey and the longevity issues aside, I am probably going to repurchase it once it gets over, mainly because of its gorgeous dark navy blue color.