Nov 062011

Chanel Holiday 2011 includes a limited edition Liquid Eyelines in Or ($32 / Ligne Extreme Or).  The packaging and formula are very similar to the liquid liner released earlier this year in Onyx (reviewed here).  The packaging is classic Chanel, and the brush pen is fine-tipped.  The formula is sufficiently pigmented to give an opaque finish in a single coat.  If you use this type of pen, you know you need to go in confident.  Little mis-steps show and require correction (a Q-Tip touched in Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover does the trick).

The color does not work for everyone, and certainly doesn’t work for me.  Although called “Or,” (which translates to “gold” in French), the color delivers an intense shimmery deep yellow.  My sense is that this color may work for light carmel-toned skins, and will look magnificent on deep skin tones.  There may be lighter toned skin tones that prefer a dramatic flash.  But Liz and I couldn’t handle this color in any way, shape or form.  Although my returns every year are typically fewer than the number of fingers on one hand, Liquid Eyeliner in Or was returned yesterday.

Great formula.  Great execution.  Like Chanel Eyeshadow in Blazing Gold (reviewed here), Chanel Liquid Eyelines in Or was far too yellow to warrant the label “gold.” The color just does not work for me.

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  7 Responses to “Chanel Liquid Eye Liner Or Review”

  1. I love gold liners this time of year, it’s a shame this shade doesn’t work for you though.

  2. I swatched it in store and it is absolutely gorgeous, I think I’m going to go back and get it. I have the golden liner from Illamasqua from last Winter, but it’s not as intense and more glittery than this one.

  3. I totally agree with you on this one too did not like it at all and passed on it. Thanks for posting!

  4. I love this colour. I have green-brown eyes and dark, bit “yellow” skin. it works great in summer for me.
    i also like to make just a small point on top of my iris… looks like your eyes are sparkling… got many compliments for that. but i’m sure you will find many colours that suit you.maybe silver liner?
    by the way: i’m always disappointed of what they call gold and then it looks like beige.. this is real gold for me 😉 exactly the opposite

  5. You said that the colour is more “yellow”. A few years ago, there was a limited gold shade liquid liner and I used to wear. I wore warm tone shadows and deep brown eye liner and lined the gold liner right above it on upper & lower lids. It didn’t look like I was going out at night and I wore it at the office where you have to look very professional and polished. That shade of gold might have had a hint of bronze to it, but it really worked really good on my very fair skin with blue eyes.

    I will have to take a look at this shade of gold liner and see how “yellow” it really looks.
    There is no mention on how well it last without smearing. The older version did sting my eyes a bit, but perhaps this formulation is better?
    I think you are right that it will be hard to apply on, but perhaps it is meant to blend with another eye pencil colour?

  6. I swatched this at the counter, I found it beautiful… but I’m sure I won’t give it much use, so I passed. I got beige lamé instead, but still thinking about loose powder.

  7. I have the fairest skin with pink and super light blue eyes- while this did not look horrendous, I would not say that it was the best color for me. It is a true yellow gold. I did my makeup the other night like the woman in the Chanel holiday ad- i.e. I used the gold under the eye. My Chanel artist was hesitant to do so because of my coloring but I told him to go for it. I found the color was not the big problem but the actual formula was the real issue. For whatever reason, under the eye, it seems to congeal, ball up, separate and settle into lines. Now, I think this might be due to the fact that the water line from the eyes probably interacts with the formula. Needless to say I was disappointed. We tried it a bunch of different ways to fix it and nothing worked. I believe this is best when used on the lids of the eye and for a dramatic swoop out. I have not tried it that way yet but I too am considering returning this because I was so disappointed. I know Chanel is really going to expand the super successful IllusionD’Ombre line with many more colors. I think a gold color in that line would be far better for lining then this liner.

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