Does the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir Really Make Eyelining Easy?


When the likes of Michelle, Rae and many other beauty gurus use a certain product in many of their videos and list it as one of their favorites, it is hard not to notice and be intrigued by what wonders owning one yourself might do to your life.

Own Lancome Artliner = Happier me? LOL.

Like most people, I started off with pencil and liquid eyeliners and only transited to gel eyeliners after being exposed to them in the makeup community. Gel liners are usually much more expensive, but given their longer lasting power, I’d definitely pay to get those instead of liquid ones.

I’ve had some terrible experiences with liquid eyeliners, like the MAC Liquidlast in Inky which was a disaster even though it IS the best smudgeproof eyeliner ever. Revon Colorstay Liquid Liner doesn’t quite cut it anymore ever since I started gel lining. The only liquid eyeliner I like so far is Bourjois Liner Glitter Fizz – I must do a review soon! It is gorgeous and easy to apply!

It does not come as a surprise that I am far from being ecstatic about the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner.


In a sleek black tube with gold wordings, a cleverly designed cylindical absorbs color from the little jar to allow the user to use it as a pen, a felt-tip pen.

The design of the Artliner Pen is different from typical eyeliners, where the brush is usually too flimsy, or too rigid, or just horrible like the MAC Liquidlast Liners. *shudder*

I don’t know why, or how, but I managed to easily BEND the applicator tip after the third use. I don’t even have mighty strength!

I think I’m the only one who has had this problem since no blog I read has recounted such an unfortunate incident of the applicator bending AFTER THE THIRD USE. @_@

I must be Xena reincarnated into a small Asian body.

Not As Easy To Apply

Not that the bent tip affected the application much, but I didn’t find it exceptionally easy to use even when the tip was still straight. I have steady hands to boot, but the Artliner Pen didn’t perform as well as I expected it to.

Because of its watery (but not diluted) consistency, I find it not as easy to control the Lancome liquid eyeliner as compared to gel liners. It takes some practice to get a beautiful, clean line.

The upside is that the watery consistency is very forgiving, you can easily wipe off a crooked line or a blotch made with a cotton bud (Q-tip).

(In the following photos, I have zero makeup on except for the eyeliners)

It took about 5 layers of the Lancome liquid eyeliner to get this opacity. Waste of time and product, I feel.

You know me, I like my eyeliner lines smooth and defined; I rarely go for the smudged out eye line. =) I love a sharp, winged out eyeliner tip, so SHARP that if it could be used as a weapon if it turned alive. LOL.

A sharp tip is not quite possible with the Lancome Artliner Pen as the tip is slightly rounded. A precise tip is possible only with a separate eyeliner brush like the MAC 263 Small Angle Brush or Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush, which are awesome for applying gel liners.

I love sharp lines!

It took 2 layers of the Kate Gel Liner, done very quickly, to get this opacity. I really luuurrrve the Kate Gel Liners!

Many beauty bloggers/vloggers highly recommend this to eyelining beginners. I’d say the Lancome Artliner Pen definitely trumps many eyeliners out there in the market due to its firm, but flexible-enough applicator but I would recommend gel liners anytime.

The MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is a very good gel liner to start with since it is less slippery than the Kate one, so it gives more control, although it is more expensive.

Not Very Black

Owing to its slightly watery texture, the Lancome Artliner glides smoothly on the eyelid, however, it usually takes more than 3 layers to get it near-opaque.

I suspect I accidentally bent the tip out of desperation when even 3 or 4 coats weren’t enough to get the opacity I like. UGH! + LOL!

The lack of pigmentation in this highly adored black eyeliner is not enough for my dark brown eyes. Super opaque, jet black eyeliners bring out the browns in my dark brown eyes and make them look more awake.

Even the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner wins the Lancome Liquid Liner in terms of pigmentation.

Dries Shiny And Accentuates Lines

Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir is a satin black, meaning it dries to a shiny sheer appearance.

Not that I don’t like some shimma-shimma on my eyeline, but the way it dries to a finish is something like Inky. You know, like you can see cracks on the lids. This liquid eyeliner also accentuates the lines on my eyelids. Not so desirable, in my opinion.

Washes Off Too Easily!

I experimented with three eyeliners, subjecting them to splashes of water and some rubbing.

Left to right: Kate Gel Liner, Lancome Artliner, Revlon Liquid Eyeliner

Splash on some water!

Dear Lancome almost drowns!

After some rubbing, Lancome is completely out of the game. >.<”

I don’t understand why this product has been reviewed as ‘waterproof’.

It ISN’T, at all!

I can’t imagine how I’d look like if I were caught in the rain with the Lancome Artliner Point Eyeliner, or if I had to cry, or get hit by a random flying water bomb.

Smudgeproof, Oil-Resistant Eyeliner

Even though it washes off really easily with water, one thing I like about this eyeliner is that it doesn’t flake nor smudge with my oily eyelids. No smudge marks under the eyes or racoon-like eyes at the end of the day. It also does not transfer to my upper lid, unlike the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner.

Do check out this article for a comparison between ‘waterproof’ and ‘smudgeproof’.

All in all, I think the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir is not a lousy eyeliner (nothing can beat Inky!), I just don’t think it is as fantastic a product as some people rave. But if you like an eyeliner that stays put on oily lids and can be easily removed at the end of the day, give this a try!

Get the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner here:

Bun Bun rates the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner:

What do you do with expensive eyeliners that don’t quite perform as you expected?

And… have you bent the applicator tip of an eyeliner before? LOL!


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Emilie

    I really like your blog and agree with like every review you’ve done, but on this product it seems we disagree. I had never used liquid eyeliner before when I went to the store and asked what they recommended. I got the lancome eyeliner. I went home practised a little and fell in love. It is weird that yours eyeliner needed five layers to get the opacity you wanted. Because I only use one layer and it gives me thrice the opacity than in your picture. Did you remember to shake it before use? Maybe you got a bad one, because I just cant make the one I’m using and the one you’re using to realate. Love your blog <3

    • Bun Bun

      Awww man! I think I may have got a bad one because I do shake the hell out of it before using it every time. I’m sure it’s a genuine product since I got it at an international airport, so I guess I was just unfortunate to get a bad batch. Maybe that’s why everyone loves it except me! BOOOO……… I’ve been keeping it in my makeup drawer, hoping it will age like wine, you know… some things get better as they age haha…

      But thanks for letting me know that the Lancome Artliner doesn’t usually perform the day mine does! Appreciate it, Emilie! =D

      If I didn’t receive my faulty one, I’m sure this review would be all hearts and kisses for the Artliner, judging from how well it has worked for you!

  • Jessica

    It’s so funny that you mentioned your applicator bent because I bent mine too and was afraid to tell anyone! I was afraid people would say I didn’t know how to use a liquid eyeliner properly! But now I know I am not alone.
    Thank you. For bending yours.

    • Bun Bun

      Ermm…. You’re welcome? HAHA you are so cute Jessica! XD

  • Rae // theNotice

    Aww, sorry to hear you didn’t like your Artliner! I have to agree with Emilie on this one – mine sounds nothing like yours. The tip’s not bent, for starters 😛 (and I’ve used it for everything from regular ‘ol eyelining to inking on body art!) Plus, after a flick or two, I can get a really opaque line.

    A bad batch, I suppose? :( My Artliner was the first liner I ever really *loved*, because liner tends to migrate a LOT on my oily lids – and it stayed in place all day long. It’s too bad that Lancome’s quality control for the product is so lax!

    • Bun Bun

      Hi Rae! You guys make me jealous of your good Artliners! Ugh…. unlucky me.

      I totally understand about eyeliner migration on the lids! We both have hooded eyelids! The eyeliner that migrated the worst for me was Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner. What’s yours?

  • Meiying

    I just bought this over the Black Friday weekend on HSN because it was five dollars off. I watch reviews by Raeview as well and she always raves about this product. I had it shipped to home, since I’m studying abroad in Shanghai right now. It’s disappointing that you said the applicator doesn’t give you sharp lines though. I love sharp lines. (Not into smudging effect either).

    • Bun Bun

      Yea, Raeview was one of the people who got me interested in the Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner too. The applicator really doesn’t work for me. But it could be that I got a bad batch. If you read the above comments, other readers seem to love it and they have no problems with the applicator nor getting an intense black! So… don’t give up hope! Haha

  • Sharlynn

    Oh wow…that’s just too bad and it isn’t cheap either! I’ve only tried two liquid liners in pen form and they didn’t work for me. Not waterproof, too dangerous to wear out in the humid weather!

    My very first gel liner was from kate, I loved it so much I went back to get the blue and a brown too! Totally worth the $S20 each! I’m now wearing gel liner almost everyday with my looks…love how they stay on and waterproof and sharp!

    I definitely will be posting a look I did with my kate liner soon! Scotch tape is a gel liners best friend to creating that sharp cat eye! Thanks for sharing!

    • Bun Bun

      YAR! It takes a really strong eyeliner to stand against our crazy humid weather. Oh yes I absolutely love Kate gel liners. The blue is simply gorgeous, exudes such subtle sexiness. Hoho. And the black is the blackest gel liner I’ve tried.

  • Meiying

    I was so disappointed in this eyeliner. I too was convinced to try the artliner, because of how rae raved about it. Unfortunately, I have oily lids and this liner actually disappeared on my waterline in two hours. On the upper eyelid it lasted a bit longer.

    Also, I don’t like how thick the tip is. I like a fine tip that I can easily control and draw a sharp cat eye with.

    $24 thrown away :( I should have tried the Stila’s Waterproof Liquid Liner instead.

    • Bun Bun

      I’m so glad I have you for company! We’re victims of reviews and ravings and probably a bad batch of product. Very sad. The thick tip is not my cup of tea too, I prefer a crisp line, where if it turned into mould, could act as a weapon with its sharp tip. Heh heh. I’m guessing you like well-defined eye lines too? Hi^5, sister! 😀

  • jassy bee

    I can’t express how much I LOVELOVELOVELOVE you site! 😀 I really like the sense of humor you have in all of your posts! Makes it really funny and enjoyable to read :) I’m definitely your new found fan.

    PS/have you tried Kate felt tip liner? It is easy to use and delivers a clean line too!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks so much for appreciating my sense of humor! It takes a fellow great mind to get it. :)

      Nope, I haven’t tried the Kate felt tip liner. I had a really horrible experience with a felt tip liner from Revlon. Check out the review here -> Is it smudgeproof? I’ll go take a look at it when I drop by Watsons next time.

      PS: I’ve removed the random blog link you mentioned. Lol, you’re so funny! 😀

  • memoiselle

    I agree with what you have written above! I don’t like the applicator is not firm enough. I prefer Dolly Wink’s as it’s cheaper and it’s more smudge proof to me.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @memoiselle Definitely not making to my ‘Favorite Eyeliners’ list. The price makes the purchase even more not worth it. Then again, some people didn’t encounter any of those problems! =S

  • adilac123

    oh darn, i have an unopened package of this. i wonder if i should return it D:

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @adilac123 Lol, sorry to sway your vote. But… I would if I could. Singapore doesn’t have such service where we can return makeup easily, not even unopened ones. If it’s more flexible at your end, go ahead.

  • MarianneGordon

    I personally love Stila All Day Waterproof liquid eye liner. I find it melts into my eyelash line perfectly and the applicator tip is perfect and hasn’t changed since I bought it 6 months ago. 6 months it’s lasted me and still going strong! 
    PS – You are so freaking beautiful and I love your blog! xox