Recently, I got lost in the land of YouTube, and stumbled upon a video by MakeupbyTiffanyD where she talks about discovering an awesome new liquid liner- L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense. I immediately went to the the drugstore to check it out since the one I currently use is Lancome Artliner and retails at $29.50. I am more than happy to check out a similar product by essentially the same company (L’Oreal owns Lancome) for less than a third of the price! After purchasing it, using it for days and loving it, and comparing the two, I have made many observations on both of these products and want to share them with you.
Oh and BTW- If you are looking for the L’Oreal one in the drugstore I think the one I purchased is in the “older” black packaging- the one in gold has the same exact name, I think it’s just newer packaging.
– Lancome’s Artliner is $29.50 for 0.04 fl oz, and L’Oreal’s Carbon Black Lineur Intense is around $7.99 (give or take depending on where you shop and if you have a coupon) for 0.05 fl oz.
– Both are fast drying although L’Oreal’s formula dried a bit quicker. Lancome’s took around 30 seconds before I was certain it was completely dry.
I brought in my expert, my husband, to try and distinguish which one was cheaper and which one was high end. As always, he guessed it correctly! He claims that when you’re up close and personal you can tell that Lancome dries a bit more matte, and L’Oreal has just a bit of glimmer. Of course he could only tell on the really thick patches that I drew. However, I asked him which formula he thought I had been wearing for the last 8 hours and he guessed high end- but I was wearing L’Oreal. So I am proof that even if they happen to swatch slightly more/less matte that even after a long day you will get the same look and it will be long wearing.
Personally, what I have always loved about Lancome’s formula that has kept me coming back and purchasing it is how fool proof the liner tip is. It is truly the perfect foam tip applicator and is shaped in a way that I feel a newbie can easily handle and a pro can easily handle. I love that the way it is is shaped I can get a thin or a thick line depending on how I hold it. Now that I’ve found a formula that has the exact same foam tip, I no longer feel the need to spend $29.50 on the one that I’ve been using all this time. I truly do like them both the same!
If I am trying to get a free GWP at Lancome and truly can’t find anything else that strikes my fancy, I would consider repurchasing Lancome’s Artliner, but otherwise I am pretty smitten with my new L’Oreal find. No use in spending all that extra cash on a high end purchase when the low end works just as well! What do you think? Have any of our readers tried either of these liners?
Here is an example of some more similar Lancome and Loreal products. The top product is the new Lancome Infinite 24 hour shadow called “Magnetic Teal” which is a mix between a loose pigment which can be pressed together and a cream shadow. The bottom left is a Loreal Infallible shade “Blue Curaco” which has the exact consistency, texture, packaging and design as the “Lancome Magnetic Teal”. The bottom right is a regular Lancome shade “Officially In” which is near identical to the Loreal infallible “Magnetic Teal”.