Review: L’Oreal Pencil Perfect Self Advancing Eyeliner in Ebony

I bought this eyeliner because one of my favorite bloggers, Ankita , mentioned using it in one of her looks.  The lady knows her black liner, so I figured I would give it a shot.

The packaging is not flimsy or delicate (that is the case with many automatic pencils) and I had no problems with twisting it up or down. Thus far, the twist mechanism still works well and it hasn’t gotten stuck or refused to move the way I want it to. I have been using this product for two months.


The color is a soft matte black. I chose Ebony because I wanted the darkest black available. Sadly, this is the darkest it gets. It’s color is similar to Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Zero. If you’re  a fan of kajals and deep blacks, Ebony is not going to cut it.

I experienced good application with this. It glides on nicely and doesn’t tug or scratch. What disappointed me the most was the lack of staying power. I guess Ebony was in a rush to leave, because she didn’t stick around for more than 3 hours. I tried it on my upper lashline and got better results, but there was fading  after 4 hours. On my lower lashline, it lasted for maybe 2-3 hours. I powdered under my eye (to set the concealer and reduce smudging). Still, the liner didn’t last. I just can’t recommend an eyeliner that doesn’t hold up after 2 hours. What’s the point? It’s completely gone on the lower lashline before lunchtime.

Pros: Packaging is decent, nice application.
Cons:  Color is not jet black, poor staying power.

Grade: D


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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