Aug 252011

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.

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  7 Responses to “New Chanel Liquid Eyeliner Review and Swatches”

  1. This product looks great! I hadn’t heard about the debut of this liquid liner before reading this post. Is it currently available at all Chanel counters in the US? Thanks, Amy.

    • I got it online at I haven’t been to a counter in a week or two, so I’m not sure if they’ve arrived in stores yet (or whether this is online only) Perhaps another reader knows?

      • Thank you very much, Amy. I just snapped it up on because it’s listed as a limited edition item and exclusive to the web site. I am really looking forward to using it.

      • Yes, it’s at counters now, at least at the one I went to in VA. It really made my eyes pop!

  2. Found it on!

  3. whoa, it’s so dark and lovely! i’d rock major cat eyes with that!

  4. Many Many Years ago Chanel had liners like these in the same type of tube. I have 2 old ones a deep plum & a deep blue – This was over 20 years ago – I will have to buy one & compare – believe it or not – my old ones are not dried up – not sure if thats good or not – I just never threw them away.

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