Women all over the world have been fascinated by how Arab women do their eye make-up. It is a mystery to many who haven't mastered the art of applying eye make-up; and especially mysterious to those who either can't be bothered taking the time to practice applying it with a brush, or just get too frustrated/lack patience after a few tries. It can take years to perfect your technique - literally.
As any Arab woman will tell you, Lancome black liquid eyeliner is a must-have staple for your cosmetics bag. Yeah yeah yeah... I know there are others who will say that eyeliner pencils or kohl are better or that Mac (etc.) has a better product, yada... whatever.... I haven't been able to live without my Lancome since I was 14 years old (although the local Lyra kohl eye pencils are also a long-time favorite - especially on the inside of the eye rim - like in the picture above). I am an artist with the brush and my eye. It is an art. Amateurs can stick to their pencils and leave the brush applicators to the professionals. (Bien sur, shall I continue, I will probably look like Phylliss Dyller when I'm her age with big black circles around my eyes, but jenegiveashitpas. Besides, that's besides the point..... )
|Loreal - the RIGHT |
package and natural brush
by the competion.
|Lancome smaller tube|
with plastic brush applicator
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!! It happened!!!!
I went to the counter and WABAM! They have switched to the f-ing felt tip pen type which I HATE. You can't even cram another brand's applicator in to the little tube. WTF?!
Lancome, you have gone tooooo far. After a lot of years (not sayin how many 'zactly), you are going to make me switch to another brand!
Why do people always F around with a good thing?
|The felt pen applicator - YUCK!|
Okay, so you are thinking now, "So, Desert Girl, what is the big difference? Who cares?" Well, the difference is that Lancome's formula lasts a long time and goes on smooth without any creases - unlike cheaper competitors. With a natural brush applicator, it goes on smoother and more consistently/evenly than the felt tip applicator. The plastic brush is just bad, bad, bad: It frays and after a few weeks, the plastic frays poke you in the eye or the eyeliner gets in places you aren't trying to put it.
The Lancome reps at the cosmetics counters tell me that EVERYBODY is complaining about the change to the felt tip applicator (and again - even less content). We (the market) don't MIND spending the extra money for more (even if it is retailing at around 11KD in Kuwait = US$40), but give us what we want!
Lancome, why did you let us down??