Undertones Don’t Interfere with Long-Lasting L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Carbon Black

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online

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  1. Nina says:

    i love this liner. i have it in black, gray and brown. its comparable to a ud24x7 (my fave!) … and that’s saying a lot!

  2. Crystal says:

    I love this liner, like you said it doesn’t have those funky off color tones to it so it’s a nice long lasting true black! Nice price too!
    Crystal recently posted … TGIF Giveaway: Lauren Luke My Smokey Classics Palette

  3. Jessi says:

    I want to try this! I have a million liners in tons of colors, but I’m always searching for the perfect black. Now that I have UD’s Perversion you would think I’d stop, but I’m compelled to keep searching! Do these come in any funky colors or just the standards brown, black, and maybe navy?
    Jessi recently posted … Physician’s Formula Canyon Classic Matte Eyeshadows

  4. I’m liking the “extra intense” claim! YAY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. marisol says:

    Khal Drogo would so rock this liner.
    marisol recently posted … IMATS & LA trip

  6. Rae says:

    Mmph! Loving how black this looks : )

    I don’t know how I feel about the smudging, though – I’m always on the fence about that one. On one hand, whoo soft eyeliner looks; on the other, panda bear eyes are never a good thing ๐Ÿ˜›
    Rae recently posted … Random Summer product love | Dove Men + Care

  7. Vijaya says:

    Sigh. If only Loreal were cruelty free. I heard they had some plans on going cruelty free, but I’m not sure by when.
    Vijaya recently posted … Final Fantasy Inspired Look: Brother

  8. Josie says:

    It kinda reminds me of the MAC pearlglides but how do they compare?

    And i wonder when these will hit the Canadian market?

  9. Alaina says:

    Looks great! Your written swatch photo made me LOL. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Candace says:

    Thanks for reviewing these! I’ve been glancing at them longingly in recent drugstore tours, glad to hear they passed your test! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Nora says:

    Thanks for reviewing drugstore products! I’d been wondering about trying one of these, but you’ve helped me decide not to since I’m allergic to something in it. Saved me some time, lovely reviewer lady Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Trayceeee says:

    This looks good but I think I’ll stick with HG black-black-black eyeliner…. Milani liquif’eye! They’re smooth like butter and last and last and last.

  13. yio says:

    Ooh I have this! I don’t like wearing it on my waterline though because it doesn’t last. What I do is I take an angled eyeliner brush, rub it on the pencil to get the product on (it’s a pretty soft pencil..) and then I use it as a gel eyeliner! It works perfectly and using it with a brush just gives me a lot more control and it lasts all day without smudging ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Tara says:

    Have you tried this brand but in the liquid liner? If so, what do you think of it?

  15. Barbara says:

    I’m more interested in your top than the liner! Love to see a pic of it!

  16. Barbara says:

    I’m more interested in your top than the liner !! Please show a pic of it!

  17. Rona says:

    How black is this compared to perversion?

  18. Mary says:

    I’m always on the hunt for an intense black pencil liner. Will have to check this out. Thanks for the review and swatch!
    Mary recently posted … KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell Swatches & Review

  19. Jeanie says:

    Wow! I love love this eyeliner. I find it perfect for my lower lash line and waterline. I’ve been using the Milani eyeliner and find this to be a better alternative for me.

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