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.