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Too Much Pain, Not Enough Glory: L’Oreal Paris HIP High Intensity Pigments Kohl Eyeliner


The latest eyeliner from L’Oréal Paris euphorically treads the line between solid pencil liner and liquid, brush-on liner  — but, unfortunately, it falls deep into the abyss lurking below that tight rope. In other words: despite the edgy, futuristic packaging and the promise that comes with all things “new,” the L’Oréal Paris High Intensity Pigments Kohl Eyeliner falls short of expectations, mainly due to its awkward sponge-like applicator tip.

The packaging is simple enough — all you have to do is hold on to the circular handle at the top of the tube and unscrew to reveal the applicator tip. You can then dib the applicator tip into the tube in order to absorb the desire amount of color and glide the applicator along your upper lash line. To get best results, you should tip the applicator to the side and apply at a slanted angle — otherwise, if you hold the applicator in a vertical position, it will feel like you’re stabbing yourself in the eyeball (I’m exaggerating but not that much!). Even while applying at an angle, however, the applicator is so hard that it actually irritates the delicate skin around your eyes, making the whole experience less than savory.

In terms of the color, when applied onto the eye, the hues are not quite as vibrant as they appear to be inside the clear tube. The navy shade, for example, simply looks like a slightly muted black while the gold appears to be a brown shade with a tad of shimmer.

Sure, this product’s packaging would make it a convenient choice for women on the run and, had the applicator not been so harsh, it would have meant a spill-proof liner option. Unfortunately, the packaging is the only area where this product truly attains any type of intensity.

L’Oréal Paris HIP High Intensity Pigments Kohl Eyeliner, $12. Visit L’OrealParisUSA.com for more information. Available at most drugstores and mass retailers. To buy, visit Walgreens.com


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