Four-leaf clovers, true love, pink diamonds and double rainbows all seem commonplace compared to eyeliners in dark, true black. The landscape is littered with supposedly black liners that, once they’re applied to skin, turn out to have undertones like green, brown and gray.
To put it mildly…that’s annoying, but it’s not a problem for L’Oreal’s new Extra-Intense Carbon Black Liquid Pencil Eyeliner ($9), an honest-to-goodness true black.
This enchanting ebony eyeliner doesn’t just skip on the funky undertones; it also skims across my lash and water lines with ease, where it lasts 10 straight hours, even through a few tears.
But its claim to fame color may also be its minor Achilles’ heel. It’s so intensely pigmented and soft that it sometimes smears along my lower lash line (when I don’t want it to). Girls just getting into makeup might unintentionally end up with panda eyes and liner all over the place, eek!
When I have enough time to apply it carefully and can wait for it to set, Extra-Intense Carbon Black is a great lil’ liner, especially for smudgy looks. It should also work well as a base for powder eyeshadows and produce some killer smokey eyes.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,