Chanel has released a new liquid eyeliner, Linge Extreme Liquid Eye Lines ($32). This is an entirely new format for Chanel, using a traditional brush style in a sleek black tube.
I’m used to working with a pen-brush style, having used up two of Chanel’s previously released liquid liners and those of other brands. This style is very simple to use–really, it’s as simple as brushing a line against the lid. To do so, one must have the “courage of one’s convictions” (as Julia Child said) to get the line straight. I go in confident, do the line with even pressure and fill in quickly if I’ve missed a corner.
The ink dries quickly, under 30 seconds. If you go ‘over’ or stagger the line, it comes off easily with an oil cleanser or eye makeup remover (Lancome Bi Facial on a Qtip, for example). Some women use this is short, tiny brushstrokes close together to achieve the solid line; personally, I just go for it in one long, straight line that hugs the lashline.
The formula of Chanel Ligne Extreme is excellent–it’s a rich, deep line that lasts all day without smudging or flaking. As with any liquid liner, the result is sharp and dramatic. Some will not be comfortable with this format, and I do recommend practicing on the back of your hand first if you are not comfortable with liquid liners. Here is a quick swatch next to Hourglass Script (review here).
As you can see, Chanel Liquid Eye Lines gives a strong back liquid line that dries down to a deep black. It’s a serious liner for a seriously sexy eye.