Not to get all Real World confessional on you, but can you keep a secret…?
I’ve been holding it in so long that I’m going to explode if I don’t tell someone!
Here goes… Deep breath, Karen.
I’ve been cheating on the love of my life, and I don’t plan to stop any time soon.
Wait — did you think I was talking about El Hub? Oh, gawd no. I’m stuck on that man like cheese on macaroni. I’m referring to my other love, my favorite black gel liner in the whole wide world, also known as MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.
I don’t know why I did it… Boredom, perhaps. Blacktrack and I have been rolling deep since 2007, and despite dalliances with many other gel liners along the way, I’ve always, always come home to Blacktrack. I think it’s just the smoothest, longest-wearing, darkest black gel liner around.
But then my eyes wandered to a new gel liner last week called L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black ($9.95), looking all mysterious in its little pot, and I couldn’t restrain myself.
It actually reminds me of Fluidline in some ways. Both of them deliver smooth, dark lines, either sharp or smudgy, on my lash and water lines in just a swipe or two.
L’Oréal claims Blackest Black is able to last 24 hours, but after spending time with it for a while, I sense a bit of beauty bravado there. I get more like 6 hours along my water lines and 9-12 along my lash lines when I wear it without a primer on my combination dry/oily lids.
Not too shabby, cocoa tabby, and again, comparable to Blacktrack.
So what’s the attraction? Why haven’t I been picking up one of the five pots of Blacktrack scattered around the house (no, seriously!)?
Two words: glossy finish.
Each pot of Infallible Lacquer Liner comes with a brush, which works surprisingly well!
I find Infallible’s quiet shine irresistible. It’s not as aggressive as a high-shine gloss and not as showy as wet finish lipglosses or nail polish topcoats. It just drives me wild in a softer way than Blacktrack’s matte finish.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not ready to leave Blacktrack. I just want the best of both worlds.
I’m a girl who likes variety and options.
Oh, and if black liner isn’t really your thing, Infallible has four glossy brothers in Navy, Espresso, Bronze and Dark Slate.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores (haven’t seen them yet online)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,