Review: Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner
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If you caught any of my 30 Days of Makeup posts, you probably noticed that eyeliner isn’t really a huge part of my daily routine. I’m still figuring out how to do a nice wing on my partially hooded eyelids, so liquid liner usually takes more time than I have while I’m getting ready in the morning. Liquid liners are one of those things that take some time and skill to master. I still need a little practice at it, so if the problem is compounded by having to fight to get product out, go over it more than once to make it opaque, etc, it’ll go straight into my trashcan – no reason to make things harder than they need to be. I’d heard good things about this liner, so I picked it up.
Front of the Line Pro comes in a pen format. It’s made of sturdy plastic with a shiny metallic finish. It’s on the short side, but average width, so I find it comfortable to hold and I can still get pretty close to the mirror while I’m using it. The cap snaps on tightly, keeping the liner from drying out. I’ve had mine for at least nine months or so – or maybe longer – and it’s still as fresh as when I bought it.
The applicator is a fine-pointed brush with a wide base. The bristles have kept their shape perfectly, never separating or splaying out, so it behaves a bit like a felt-tip liner. You can vary the width of your line depending on the angle that you hold the brush against your skin and how much pressure you apply. Overall the brush is 8mm long, which gives it a little bit of flexibility.
I purchased the liner in black, but it also comes in brown. It’s extremely dark with a slightly glossy finish. The swatches above are both one swipe with the brush. On the left I just touched the tip of the brush to my skin lightly while drawing the line; on the right, I laid most of the length of the brush against my skin and applied a little bit of pressure. In both cases the line was completely opaque. The brush feels very nice, not stiff or pokey, and never dispenses too much or too little product.
Once it’s on, it only takes a few seconds to set. On one hand that means you should know where you want to put it before you start; on the other hand, you can go about the rest of your business pretty much as soon as it’s on. It doesn’t bleed, and it’s almost completely budge-proof. While wearing it I’ve exercised, used eyedrops, rubbed my eyes, taken naps…. nothing moves it. At least, not until I’m ready to take it off – it removes easily with an oil-based makeup remover.
In Short: This liner is versatile, un-fussy and easy to use – even for those of us with less-than-stellar eyeliner skills.
Lorac Front of the Line Pro ($23) is available at sephora.com and nordstrom.com
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