October 13, 2009

Beauty on a Budget: L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliner Review and Swatches

If you liked the Urban Decay Gift Sets I’ve been featuring the last few days and wanted a cheaper option might I suggest the brand new L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliner?

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 1


Jump for a review and swatches!

You know the Muse, she’s such a picky little thing when it comes to drugstore buys. But I must say I’m feeling the love for L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliner when I got a few to test out this week.

It’s a rather great little find that’s a good value with a solid supporting formula to back it up plus it’s available in some rather festive shades if you want to spice up your holiday look with a splash of metallic liner.

These guys are currently available in four shades and are $8.99-$10 per liner depending on where you shop it. I’m taking into consideration that many drugstores have sales week to week that feature buy 1, get 1 50% Off or buy 1, get 1 free that makes these even more of a super value if you score them during a sale.

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 6

The liners have a metallic finish with a rich, creamy formula that glides onto eyes nicely minus skips or tugs for a smooth application and have a healthy pigmentation for good color pay off.

Shades available are Silver Lightening (Silver), Black Shock (Black), Violet Volt (Royal Purple), and Gold Charge (Gold). Silver Lightening and Black Shock are ideal for a smoky eye and Gold Charge is currently my favorite of the bunch. Silver, Black, and Gold will pair up nicely with sparkling shades of eye shadow for a shimmering Holiday look if you’re so inclined.

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 2

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 7

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 5

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 10

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 4

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 9

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 3

L'Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eye Liner 8

If you’re not wanting to dish it for an expensive liner I definitely recommend checking these out. The formula is excellent, the full size at under $10 in most cases is a great deal, and the interesting shades make for a great little beauty on a budget purchase. Best part about them? They have an incredibly vivid foiled finish as if you applied them wet, gorgeous!

Check ’em, likey alot!

Anyone try?

What are some of your favs from L’Oreal’s HIP Line?

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Fresco Phyrra

    I want Violet Volt and Silver Lightning!
    I really liked the one hip pigment eye shadow I tried, Restless. It’s a yellowish shade with pink reflect.

    • the Muse

      lol i knew you’d say that dd πŸ™‚ you and purple go hand and hand! haven’t tried that shade….I like the new metallic range but not the older shadow range…always felt they blended not so great. I’m trying the mattes right now but you know me and matte!

  • Pau

    Hey Muse, how do these compare to UD 24/7 liners? i’d love it of you could do a swatch “rub” test, to see how they stand to some wear πŸ™‚

    thank you!!

    • the Muse

      hey pau! good wear on these and pretty smudge proof. def can do a rub test….I wore all day yesterday without any probs πŸ˜€ I’ll see about posting some rub pics…just give me a sec little busy the past few days πŸ˜€

    • Felis

      I bought one on vacation, wore it all day and out dancing, and it lasted like iron even when I was a sweaty wreck!

  • Janice

    hi hun! this looks awesomely beautiful. O_O but i wonder does it smudge????

    • the Muse

      so far so good Janice. I wore all day yesterday with no probs but I generally don’t have a problem with smudgey liner πŸ™‚

  • Marilyn

    These look fabulous! How do you feel that they compare to the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners?

    • the Muse

      hey marilyn better color payoff from these…colors seem more vibrant to my eyes but that could be b/c of the metallic finish. They wear well too. I’m surprised as normally I’m not too impressed by DS brands!

  • Marley

    Wow! I did not expect such a gorgeous finish from those pencils- I think Walgreens has BOGO50% on HIP right now, I may have to go grab the gold and the purple.

    • the Muse

      w00t marley awesome didn’t know that walgreens had the sale on! awesomeness good time to try!

  • mary_in_wonder

    oh, I’ve seen swatched only the black, gold and silver before. And they seem to be long-lasting too! No smudging either! yEY!
    Anyway, I like the purple! Too bad there aren’t more colors…I would have like a pink and blue too….
    oh, stupid L’oreal! ring that damned Hip line in soon! please!
    I feel like a cavemen >_>

    • the Muse

      hey mary! so far so good. I wore black yesterday and had no smudges thankfully :_D I’m sure they will release more sooner or later and a pink sounds divine!!!!!!!!!!! Awww πŸ™ maybe check ebay!?

      • mary_in_wonder

        wow cool! I hope they come out with more colors, then I will get a purple-pink set XDD

        • the Muse

          oh ya mary! let’s vote for that pink please! we want pink, we want pink πŸ˜€

  • SephSil

    Oooh! What lovely colours!! I wish we had the LΓ³real HIP things here! I’d love to try more of them! They don’t sell them here in the Netherlands unfortunately πŸ™

    • the Muse

      some items I really like laura but some are a bit meh for me:-D depends!

  • Dao

    Ooh goodie! You make me want ’em all! I’ll wait until the next BOGO event and haul all of them home. They look like expensive liners with non-expensive price. And the best part is I can always find coupons to offset the cost πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      exactly dao! so worthy if you get BOGO offer. 10 bucks is kinda meh but I’d pay $8. They have good pigmentation and work very well πŸ˜€ plus hells coupons are everywheres πŸ˜€

  • Christine

    I looove Silver Lightning! It’s the only one I have, and it’s just pure love. It applies like liquid metal, almost like a liquid liner (it’s that smooth), and dries to a budge-free finish on me. I use this shade all the time as an inner eye highlight. Completely eye-brightening, and I love this even more than my UD 24/7 liners.

    • the Muse

      Christine same experience I was actually liking how much more vibrant these were when compared to my UD liners πŸ˜€ And it really does have a liquid metal effect almost a foil….very very pretty πŸ˜€

      Awesome you’re adoring ’em as much as me πŸ˜€

  • dangster

    I have a confession to make. I saw these eyeliners at Target a few days ago, thinking that they looked like the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners, but I wasn’t sure about the quality. Then I saw your post last night, and I KNEW I HAD TO HAVE THEM. I looked up the Walgreens ad, discovered they were having a buy-one-get-2nd-half-off sale on L’Oreal makeup, so I IMMEDIATELY walked across the street to Walgreens and bought all FOUR eyeliners, lol. All in the span of 15 minutes.

    They really are fantastic!

    • the Muse

      awesome dangster! Don’t feel bad b/c I got them in the mail and I thought oh I’ll swatch and tell people about them but I didn’t expect to like them. I haven’t had fab experiences with drugstore makeup so I am ALWAYS pleasantly surprised when something turns out awesome. The quality really is awesome. They look beautiful on the eye, so foiled and wet looking. I’m SO glad you scored ’em at bogo! Enjoy hun!

  • Theresa

    These are awesome! I bought violet volt and green flash a little while ago. I wear the green one almost on a daily basis. I love how they just glide on and last all day!