In this week’s edition of Fab or Flub, we are taking a look at a new product from L’Oreal that claims to help even the most makeup challenged person effortlessly achieve the perfect smoky eye in just one step.
Available at Walgreens for $10, L’Oreal’s Infallible Smokissime powder eyeliner pen contains a gel-like powder formula that is applied with what the brand calls a “revolutionary” foam tip applicator to instantly blend and create a defined smoky eye without requiring any smudging. Essentially, this is smoky eye for dummies.
And by dummies, I mean me. While I’d easily say my makeup skills are above average, I have always had a tough time creating a smoky eye. Somehow, I always end up looking like I have a massive black eye or I’ve gone goth.
If anyone was a good prospect to try this eyeliner to see if it actually worked, it would be me.
While most eyeliner tips are thin and pointed, this eyeliner’s tip is bulbous and pointed. In fact, you might say it resembles a teardrop. Based on the appearance of the foam tip applicator alone, I already had some concerns. I knew using it as an eyeliner was going to be hard since it was so big.
Still, I didn’t want to be too negative so I tried to keep an open mind.
Besides black, the eyeliner pen is also available in brown, gray and purple. I chose to go classic with the Black Smoke shade.
Testing the color onto my hand, the product went on smoothly and evenly. Although L’Oreal describes the eyeliner as gel-like, I’d say it definitely looks like a powder when applied. To test the product, I decided I would try it first as a regular eyeliner. Then, I would try to recreate a smoky eye using the instructions on the package.
Fab or flub?
Flub! After giving the Infallible Smokissime powder eyeliner pen a good go for a month, I just couldn’t get it to work for me.
When I tried to use it as a regular eyeliner, I found that it was difficult to line my eyes because of the size of the sponge applicator. While the gel-like powder formula went on smoothly (a definite plus), it was hard to create a clean line without it ending up too thick or becoming smudged.
On top of that, the eyeliner had no lasting power and caused fallout through the day.
While I normally would have just thrown the product in the trash and been done with it, I reminded myself that this eyeliner is mostly sold on the claim that it makes creating a smoky eye a breeze. So what if it didn’t work as a regular eyeliner, right?
Unfortunately, the smoky eye thing didn’t really work out either.
Maybe I’m just challenged when it comes to creating this particular makeup look, but every time I tried blending the product, I ended up with massive raccoon eyes.
After fooling around with the eyeliner for a while, I concluded that the problems lies in the sponge applicator. It holds so much product that when you try to use it to blend, it just keeps adding more and more color to your eyelid. If you happen to be using Black Smoke. as I was, this means you end up looking odd, with rings of black around your eyes.
At one point, I decided to take matters in my own hands (literally) and blend the color with my fingertips. That helped make things look a little bit better, but it also reaffirmed that this product didn’t work on its own.
After this product bombed hard, I still couldn’t shake the fact that maybe I was the problem so I took to the Internet to find out what others were saying about it.
People seem to be having the most success using it just as an eyeshadow stick rather than an eyeliner (maybe L’Oreal should have called it an eyeshadow pen). I did find a YouTube video of a girl who claimed to achieve a perfect smoky eye with the product, but halfway through the video, she pulled out a makeup brush to blend the color.
Isn’t the whole selling point of the eyeliner pen that you don’t need to use brushes?
All in all, this went down as one messy, unfortunate experience.