|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I have never tried Guerlain, but I would never spend $33USD on it when I can get a dupe of it for $12.99USD. The wand is a felt-tip applicator (as opposed to the plastic wand that Guerlain has) but oh my, this stuff is so easy to apply!! I was a faithful Revlon Colorstay eyeliner pencil user for the longest time until I decided to try this, and now I'm hooked - it's even easier than applying the pencil! The color I bought is black, which is a nice, dark, sultry black with some shimmer but nothing over the top. I want to try other colors, particularly the navy one. I took off 1 lippie for packaging and fall out. It helps to sort of "tap" the wand to get rid of some loose product off, but you will get some fall out regardless and it isn't too bad - just brush it off and you're good to go. My vial also wasn't "sealed" so who knows if someone has tampered with it or not? I could tell no one did because the tube where the wand comes out of was clean with no liner residue on the sides, but still - L'Oreal should do something about that. I have never tried this stuff on my waterline because my eyes are very sensitive, so I usually just stick with lining my top lash line. I have VERY oily lids. The Revlon Colorstay was a godsend because that was the only drugstore-brand pencil that would stay on, but I still had to "touch up" a bit in the middle of the day. With the kohl, I don't! It stays put unless I want it to come off and it doesn't smudge or fade. Thanks, L'Oreal! :D
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Hazel
There's no way in this universe that I would spend $30 some odd dollars for the Guerlain when there's a product with EQUAL quality and way more affordability available at my local drug store.
I've used both, granted the Guerlain is easier to apply but that doesn't make it worth the $30 some odd dollars that they're asking for it. The L'Oreal HIP Loose Kohls are of the same quality Kohls...gotta apply it a bit differently since the applicator is kinda crappy, but shoot.....$10....$30....you make your choice, I'll make mine. MUAHAHAHAHA!
It's definitely worth a try, I highly recommend these over the Guerlain..any day.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I wanted to love this product - in fact I'd been stalking the nearby CVS waiting for it to hit the shelves.
Gasping at the price ($13 for an eyeliner!), I still had to pick one up in Navy to try it. I used the eastern method to apply.
Pros: 1) Stays on my waterline like no other liner. Usually liners fade on my waterline within a couple hours. This lasted all day without much fading.
2) I have sensitive eyes and wear contacts, and little powder that fell in my eyes during application did not bother them at all.
Cons: Fallout. While I did not get too much fallout when applying (shake the applicator in the container before application), as the day went on, I had more and more flecks of blue-ish glitter below the eyes. Raccoon eyes are too much of a con compared to the pro of long-lasting deep color on the waterline.
Returned to the store :(
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Wow! I've been looking for the perfect black kohl eyeliner and then L'Oreal made my wish come true....love you! yeah the product tends to let little powder speckles fall on your cheeks just a tiny bit if your applying it correctly....your supposed to put the applicator in between your lids and swipe horizontally. This method is the quickest and cleanest way to apply and you get your top as well :) the color is so pretty ...a true black with an extremely slight shimmer. Soooo pretty and definitely worth the money. Looks like it will last forever and you can also use this as a contour shadow!! You all need to run and get this asap trust me you'll fall in love like it did!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
The drugstore version of Guerlain's loose kohl, L'Oreal's liner fails to impress me. I expected this to live up to the traditional Indian kohl pigment-wise, but this product is just plain cheap and useless. After tapping off excess, I still recieved fallout when swiping on my waterline. If you really must get this, make sure you buy it from a store with fair return policies, and it may be smart to invest in some loose face powder and a fan brush for the fallout. I don't reccomend this to wearers of contacts or people with easily irritated eyes. If you're looking for a loose kohl with good quality, spend your money on Guerlain's version. Their's is worth every penny.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I like these very much, I now have all the colors, save the teal and black ones. I bought the teal, but took it back to walgreens as it just didn't flatter me, and black just always looks harsh on me. I have no problem with eastern method application, but I already had the guerlain in brun, so i was practiced:) now, the gold is really not all that, as it's kind of plain, but I do use it over the other colors for some added sparkle. The colors are true to the name, IMO. I like the burgandy best on my brown eyes, but I kind of just grab the first one I see in the morning. They last on my eyes ALL day long, just like guerlain. But, and this is a big but, after using and liking these for about a month, I can honestly say, they are not in the same league with the guerlain ones. Those are just amazing, color-wise and milling-wise as well. The loreal ones are a tad chunkier, and can irritate the eyes, though for me it's really very mild. Like I have something in my eye for a second then it goes away, and even that only occurs once in awhile. The guerlain, by comparison, have never, even once made my eyes hurt in any way. I use the loreal during the week and my beloved guerlain on weekends, but I will probably keep buying both, as they last a long time and thus are worth it to me. I simply LOVE the look on my eyes, so sultry and eye catching. Bottom line-if your eyes are sensitive try guerlain, otherwise the loreal is a good second and a hell of a lot cheaper.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Interesting idea and I see how the Guerlain liner is popular.. but I'm not sold. Rimmel makes one that's alot cheaper. All these are is basically dark loose shadow for lining. Creates alot of fallout if you don't tap off the excess. The color range is good but ahhh.. Most of the HIP line is not far from the price of MAC. I think it's too expensive for drugstore.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
For the price point, I think L'Oreal did a good job with these kohls. Great colors, readily available and cute pkging. However, I don't feel they compare with Guerlain's kohls like others have suggested. I bought the Brown, Navy, Burgundy and Gold HIP kohls, the formulas just aren't as finely milled and they irritated my contacts. Between the texture of the wand and chunky formula, it picked up too much pigment even when I scraped the excess off on the cap. Overall, for the price it's a great product if it doesn't irritate your eyes but it isn't a substitute for Guerlain, nor should it be.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
bought brown today.... used it, and my eyes automatically started to sting and burn and turn red. color was too dark.... i will not be repurchasing this product.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
ok, before I get to the good parts... *WARNING* -- these made my eyes freak out.
I have really DRY eyes and wear contacts (the contacts themselves are also a special type for drier eyes). I tapped off the excess powder on the applicator, and applied the purple one to my upper and lower lashline... not the "eastern method" but just tapping on a little bit at a time because it was my first time and I wanted to control how much I was putting on, and not get fallout everywhere. Ok, no fallout on my face, good enough... but I got some in my eye (contacts in) even though I was trying to be very careful. Immediately I noticed my eyes felt a lot drier (especially the right one, I got a bit more fallout in it), almost like what happens the morning after if I accidentally fall asleep in my lenses. I didn't have any drops on hand, unfortunately, and my eyes gradually got *really* red by the end of the day-- I was shocked when I got home and looked in a mirror. (note: I normally don't have sensitive eyes at all-- cutting onions, cleaning with ammonia, bleach, etc doesn't even make them water. I also normally don't need drops to be comfortable all day.) The right eye is still quite red and sensitive the next day, even after wearing glasses all day. Adding red-eye relief drops seems to help a lot, but I literally have to do it like 1x an hour, and regular saline drops more like 2x/hour.
So here's my advice for dry eyes/contact wearers: 1) be mindful about getting fallout in your eye, you might not be able to just "blink it out" like some people can 2) put this on before your lenses, if you can 3) add drops if you need to!!! The staying power is good enough that adding drops didn't move it anywhere.
As for the good parts... the colors are absolutely beautiful. The purple one made my brown eyes really pop. It's dark enough that it basically looks black, but the undertones bring out different colors in your eyes. It stays forever-- even on my waterline during a workout (though, again, drier eyes... so it's possible this will last longer than average on me?).
Not sure if I'd buy again. I think I'll try it again-- very very carefully-- in a week or so, and see if it won't irritate my eyes so much. Or maybe I'll just use it on my lashline instead of waterline, which is a shame... Still, even if I get it right, points off for difficult application & high learning curve because doing it wrong can also really irritate your eye. (I wouldn't dock points for slightly difficult application otherwise.)
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Ok, so I found these at my local target. For years I've been lining my waterline with eyeliner pencils...and not getting anywhere. I would have to tote around an extra pencil in my purse to touch it up. Pain in the butt. So I saw all the rave about these on the makeup board and decided to give it a try. I wear a lot of blue eyeshadow so I got this in Navy. Beautiful color. I went back on the boards to see how to apply it. I'll tell you..I was scared! The first couple times it was hard...but as each day goes on it gets a little bit easier. There are tuts on Youtube which really help too.
The price isn't bad when you compare it to other brands. And I can imagine it taking a long time to use up. It literally lasts ALL day. If you get some in your eye its irritating but it eventually gathers in the tear ducts and you can wipe it out with a q-tip or something.
I loved the navy so much I went back and bought Burgundy!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
These are brilliant! I have some Guerlains and some SH versions and these are actually the easiest of the 3 to use, simply because the tip of the wand is a firm tapered sponge that not only grabs the pigment better than slick plastic, but allows you to press and wriggle the colour into your lower lashline (and sweep it over your upper lashline). The Guerlains are fabulous, but the wand is completely slim, sleek plastic. If you want to apply this using the Eastern method (lie the tip on your lower lashline, close your eyes and draw the wand from inner corner to outter corner), then these are the best for that because of it's smoothness. The tiny sponge tip on the SH version and the larger tip on the L'Oreal HiP version may irritate the eyeball.
Regardless of the application, I try to always apply looking down into a magnifying mirror so I can see what I'm doing and so the fallout falls onto the mirror, not my face.
Staying power is great and I've had no irritation at all (I'm a contact lens wearer). I tend to first prime my lower lashline by making sure it's dry and applying a thin film of MAC Paint to the rim. I usually use a pencil (MAC kohl, Prestige w/p pencil or L'Oreal Infallible pencil) first on the inner rim and above my top lashline and then go over it with the loose kohl, but you don't *have* to do that. This stuff says quite well on it's own and has a softer smokiness to it as opposed to the hard line of an intense liquid liner.
I got the Burgundy and the Navy but I'm really tempted to get more (Fred Meyer had a BOGOF plus a $2 off coupon). Hopefully these are not an LE item. I'd love to see more colours, like a blackened green, a deep olive, a deep bronze, a blackened violet (you listening L'Oreal??)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I must say I am pleasantly surprised by this drugstore product. I bought both the gold and the burgundy at first. I fell in LOVE with the burgundy. I have never had an eyeliner that would stay for very long on the waterline. This stays...and stays...and stays. Through a nap, face washing, and into the next day. My eye makeup remover even has a hard time getting it off. I use the eastern method to apply it, so it is quick and easy. Yes, there is fall out, but it isn't anything a quick swish with a fan brush can't handle. It doesn't irritate my contacts either. I love it so much, I went out and bought both black and brown as well. My only complaint is the packing has NO SEAL. None, whatsoever. I purchased it at Walgreens. It didn't appear to be tampered with, but I really wish they would shrink wrap it, as we all know how nasty people can be swatching things in the drugstore.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Green
I have this in burgundy. Its a beautiful deep shimmering color that looks great with my green/blue eyes. I am disappointed that the wand doesn't allow easy application in the eastern method, and because of that it is somewhat messy to put on. However, once its on my waterline it STAYS...seriously, I cried and it didn't budge. After 10 hours it was still there, so that's worth some fallout when I'm applying it. I know some people have said that the package is unsealed so anyone can test it, but honestly mine had me fighting like mike tyson to open it..and it had a white sticker that I had to peel off first. So, I'm pretty sure mine hadn't been tampered with. I like the product, I'm glad I bought it and I think it gives a really sexy smokey look to my eyes. However, there is a lot of fallout...the wand is awkward to use...and I probably won't repurchase because I don't like the extra time it takes to get the look I want. If you're on the limb about it, try it...just not on a morning when you're in a rush!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I absolutely love these eyeliners. I've never tried loose kohl before, but I'm always up for trying something new, especially when it comes to eyeliner (I pretty much can't exist without eyeliner).
The trick with these, I've discovered, is that the eastern method of application doesn't really work. Instead, I've been kind of swatching it, by pulling my waterline away from my eye, and tapping the applicator longwise across the waterline. When I press my eyes shut, some pigment transfers to my upper lashline (I tightline anyway). I've eliminated fallout by simply tapping the loose pigment off the wand, back into the container - kind of like how you'd use any loose, powdery product.
If I've primed my waterline, this eyeliner stays on for 8+ hours. If I apply pencil liner on top (like, say if I wanted to tone down the teal liner), it lasts even longer.
This is definitely a product you have to experiment with. I'm rather glad I first tried loose kohl completely ignorant of the eastern method, thus letting me find an easier, cleaner method of application. In my book, this is a damn good liner!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
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It's funny how fads work; I've never found myself interested in or attracted to the Guerlain loose kohl eyeliners (perhaps because it seems like they've "just always been there"?), but when L'Oreal comes out with a cheaper version, I go crazy over it and can't get enough. My little sister laughed at me about it when we went shopping last night: I told her I wanted them, she asked me, "why don't you get some, then?" ... and I had to explain that I already had a few of each.
And yet I still find myself wanting to take new ones home.
Without further ado:
For each of the six colors, I've drawn a rectangle of color and a thin line of color in order to ensure easy differentiation between the shades and to show how the kohls can be used.
So, what do I think of the kohls? I can't say enough positive things about them. From what I have read, the most common complaints about the L'Oreal H.I.P. kohls are problems with fallout and eye irritation; read on for my thoughts on these issues.
I have occasionally had trouble with getting fallout in my eye (which is especially problematic for contact lens wearers like myself), but have played with the kohls enough now to figure out how I can avoid this problem. I start by applying Urban Decay's Primer Potion (which will henceforth be referred to as UDPP) directly on my waterline using either a finger or a synthetic concealer brush. I then open the kohl and pull the wand out most of the way, such that the applicator on the end is hovering inside the clear plastic stopper on the tube. After jostling it around a little inside that space to knock off most of the excess, I scrape it gently along the sides of the stopper to remove any remaining excess. (There will always be more than enough left on the wand for proper application, so don't worry about "scraping it all off.") I then apply it to my waterline using a soft "tapping" motion (rather than a "dragging" motion, as one might with an eyeliner pencil). I've had no problems with fallout in my eyes after applying the kohls in this manner. I have had problems two or three times with fallout below my lower lash line, but this is easily fixable with a cosmetic wipe. Just in case, though, I wait to apply my undereye concealer until I've finished applying the kohl liner.
I haven't had any problems with eye irritation with the exception of the times I have gotten fallout in my eye, but it seems to me that this is a preventable problem, so don't dismiss these gems right off the bat just because you've heard this. I have sensitive eyes myself (so much so that I have to wear daily disposable contact lenses because the two-week ones hurt my eyes after a few days' worth of buildup, even with regular cleanings), and I've managed to make them work for me just fine.
As for the staying power and color selection: I've tested them all out now, and all six seem to be decently shimmery (but not sparkly or over the top) and long-lasting, though the brown in particular tends to migrate from my waterline to my lash line instead of staying put. On my deep blue eyes, I think I like the teal best because of the fun "pop" of color it creates, but I truly love them all almost equally (except the pesky brown one - I do like it, but it doesn't get quite as much love from me as the other five). My best friend borrowed my burgundy kohl for New Year's Eve, and it looked especially incredible against her brown eyes.
The one true downside to the L'Oreal H.I.P. kohls is their frequent lack of a protective/sanitary seal. I watched an employee unpack these from a sealed shipment box in one store and saw for myself that the ones I purchased came without seals; however, I have heard reports that some shoppers have found their kohls sealed, so I'm at a loss as to what L'Oreal is thinking here.
I have spotted these myself at Walgreens, Target, and Fred Meyer, and I believe others have spotted them at other drugstores as well. Price will vary depending on location, but the MSRP for these is $11.99 each, and so far the retailers seem to be sticking to that. Remember, though, that there are often BOGO sales or BOGO50%, which makes these even more affordable if you're willing to wait for it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Edit: Brought back down to a 3 after my applicator died on all three of these and I ended up having to use a brush to apply.
I am a lover of all things kohl so when I saw these I had to try them out (especially after finding out my beloved Arabian kohl has lead in it!! Yikes!!) I figured for the price (bit pricey for drugstore eyeliner, but I've been desperate since loosing my original kohls) at the very least I'd end up with a pretty loose e/s. I purchased the navy and black and I feel they go on very naturally (for what eyelining I'm used to) and lasted a fair amount of time (through a workout). I layered them over liner and powder and that seemed to give them more staying power and overall impact. Also upped the smokey, smudgey appeal of kohl on the waterline. By themselves they draw a very thin line which I find to be more subtle that what I usually like, but could be good for day wear. Also the lasting power by themselves seems to be good. I'm always touching up my make-up so as long as it can last between trips to the bathroom, then the staying power is just fine for me. I prefer the navy over the black as it seems to brighten up my eyes the way a blue-ish mascara would without looking like I have on bright blue eyeliner. Just that little something that makes your eyes pop. Strange cause I'm usually a strictly pitch-black eyeliner girl. This black was a bit of a letdown, though very understated. If you like to experiment or are looking for something new and fun, I'd give these a shot. One last thing, the applicator is crummy. I'll try again with my applicator from my traditional kohl as that seems to hit more of the waterline. Pros would be that I think it's a relatively simple way of applying e/l while still getting a unique look. Cons would be it's still not as great as the original kohl...sigh :( Would repurchase though as there is no lead.
Edit: I am enjoying these more as time goes by. Unfortunately my navy applicator bent and curled up when it was in the tube, I guess product settled and I was bending it as I closed it in. But I bought another and am more than happy to have a navy in my car for touch ups and a navy in the bathroom for the morning. I also use the Guerlain loose and while these are heavier and more obvious, and hurt waaay more to get into the eye, I prefer my navy loose kohl to my Guerlain noir. Though the Guerlain is easier to use and I have no fall out with the Guerlain, whatsoever. I haven't touched a pencil since using these. That said, there is a pitch-black intensity missing from both brands, so while softer and easier to wear for day, I still love a smudged under-eye look: I'll smudge my MAC blackground with my ringfinger all along the lower lashline, then go over the waterline with MAC blacktrack. Tightline with a pencil, and line the top of the eye with MAC blacktrack and wing out the tip of the liner. This is still by far my favorite look. But waaay more time consuming and takes too much coordination for the morning!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I tried this out of pure curiosity. I had never used anything like it and after viewing the youtube video on how to do the "eastern eyeliner" thing or whatever it is called, me, being ever curious about makeup, decided to give it a try. It's a real love-hate thing. The result is very pretty. It gave me a totally different look than what I usually sport. However, it takes some work and patience and I just don't see me or much of anyone having this much time to spend on eyeliner in the morning. Well, let me take that back, this is probably not a daytime look anyway. It would be great for a party or any high-fashion look. Back to the product:
The fallout is a mess. You must do this first before any other makeup or you will be so sorry. It goes everywhere. Very messy. I have to say I was impressed that it did not burn or sting my eyes - I thought it surely would. After a few blinks, I was fine - and I wear contacts! And it does LAST. So, overall, if you are a makeup fiend and love to experiment, I say try this but if you like an easy, low maintenance, natural look, pass this up.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
If you want a frustrating product with big chunky fallout (even after tapping the wand) that requires more maintenance than it's worth by all means buy it. I shouldn't have to work so hard to make this product usable.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
It was a decent product. Falls in the middle. Not horrible, not great. I am just not used to a powder liner.
One of the cons is fallout. I'm sure the Guerlain formula is superior and finer milled but I can't complain for paying less than a third of the price.
I do however like the unique look it gives to your eyes. It does require practice. I don't however use it quite the same way as the Eastern method. I'm asian and my eye shape makes it very difficult to apply that way. How I apply it is I leave my eyes open and line the bottom slowly and then I close my eyes for about ten seconds so that the color transfers to the top line. It is very long lasting which is another plus. It is a sexy, smokey look.