I have a number of different pencils in my make up arsenal and all of them do different things I have a couple of eyebrow pencils, some eyeshadow pencils and some lip pencils. I really like using pencils as opposed to liquid eyeliners or liquid lip pencils as I think you get a more precise line and a better look that stays on for much longer. The only thing is with pencils you do need to sharpen them quite regularly to keep the point and to make sure that you get that nice line when you want to use them.
Unfortunately my pencils are all different sizes. Most of the eye brow pencils and lip pencils are normal size but the eye shadow pencils I have which I bought in America are the big thick ones. These give a nice coverage to your eye lid but I did find it incredibly hard to find a sharpener that would deal with them. Then I stumbled upon the Benefit Dual Sharpener. Benefit cosmetics are one of my favourite cosmetic brands and I use a number of their products and their little sharpener is brilliant.
It's called a dual sharpener as it has two places in which to sharpen your pencils, a big hole and a little hole. The big eye shadow pencil fits in perfectly and you only need a couple of turns to get that nice sharp point back to the pencil. The same can be said for the smaller pencils too, you do not need to sharpen it much to get it looking and working nice again.
The sharpener is black and plastic and fairly basic. It has the word Benefit written on it. The blades are well tucked inside the plastic so you will not cut yourself on it if you are fiddling about in your makeup bag trying to find it. The blades are metal and I've had this a few months now and are still as sharp as the day I bought them. The sharpener is priced at only £4 which I think is a really good price and is a great product to always have in your make up bag.
I recently bought this from House of Fraser for £4 and to be honest I think I may as well of got a normal pencil sharpener for 50p. The sharpener is designed to sharpen eyeliners, concealer pencils, lipliners and eyebrow pencils, however I only use mine for my eyeliners as my current lipliners are much too soft in texture to be sharpened.
The sharpener looks like an average sharpener so there's not much to say really - it's black and made of sturdy plastic, with 1 small hole around the size of an average pencil tip and one larger one which is ideal for my Benefit Badgal eye pencil, so I think that the sharpener is probably designed for the own brands eyeliners rather than other brand eyeliners but it works well with my others. On the side of the sharpener it says 'Benefit'. It's quite a sleek looking sharpener but doesn't really look a great deal different to my pencil sharpeners to be honest although the slightly larger hole is a plus as it's much easier to use with my chunky eyeliners, despite it been a little too large even for them. The sharpener isn't very big as you can imagine (around 1-2 inches long) and is compact enough to fit into a makeup bag or purse.
None of my pencils have broken from using this and it is very quick and effective, it usually takes 2-3 turns and my pencil is nice and sharp. It seems to remove big chunks rather than little bits so it's obviously quite sharp. The actual blade is moulded into the sharpener's plastic casing so there is no worries of cutting yourself. The sharpener copes with both my chunky eyeliners and my average eyeliners as I said before, and the larger hole is great for my chunky eyeliners however I don't think it is worth £4, but due to the fact it is an effecient, quick and reasonably stylish eyeliner pencil sharpener, I don't see why I wouldn't reccomend it as long as you don't mind paying that bit extra.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet as lets face it there's not alot to be said about a sharpener. After I received my free various Benefit goodies with Glamour magazine I realised that my Eyebright, Concealer Stick and Eyeliner just wouldn't fit into a regular sized pencil sharpener. I then went out and brought various different ones from everywhere from Boots to Poundland but I still could not find one that fitted. I finally gave in and went to the Benefit counter in Boots. I was only expecting to pay a couple of pounds but when I realised that it was infact £4 I was a little shocked and did contemplate it for a while. After then thinking to myself that the freebies would be infact useless without the sharpener I went ahead and brought it.
As it is a dual sharpener you can sharpen regular sized eyeliners, concealer sticks etc and also slightly thicker ones from the Benefit rage (I should hope so too). It also comes with a little plastic almost cover so you can fit 3 different sized pencils inside. The sharpener is very plain in comparasion to most Benefit products and is just of a black plastic with the white Benefit logo on the side.
I have had this for well over a year now and is still very sharp and doesn't flake the pencils which I have found with cheaper ones, and then having to pick little shards of wood from your eye which lets face it isn't all that appealing. I don't expect I would re-buy another one as my one is still in good working order and I am almost all of of my Benefit goodies.
Benefit dual sharpener is a sharpener for your make-up pencils. It is dual so can sharpen both fat pencils and the normal sized ones. I needed one as I have Benefit's Bad Gal eyeliner and also Benefit's Eye Bright pencil, which could not fit in an ordinary sharpener. I searched around everywhere one day looking for one and couldn't find a cheap one in Boots or Superdrug, I thought that they would have their own branded ones.
In the end I bought this Benefit one from Debenhams online as I received a Debenhams gift card for my birthday and was buying things from their website anyway, and had a few pounds left on the card to use up. It was priced at £4, which is quite expensive for a sharpener, hence why I searched shops before purchasing it to look for cheaper ones.
The sharpener is black with 'Benefit' wrote on it in white.
I have had the sharpener for nearly a year now and it still works perfectly fine, and I use it a lot as I do use eyeliner pencils nearly everyday, so I am always sharpening them. The fat Benefit pencils I own fit in and sharpen perfectly, as you would expect considering it's the same brand! The pencils do not get stuck in the sharpener and the ends don't keep snapping off when you sharpen them, meaning you would have to resharpen them and then end up wasting a lot of your eyeliner.
The Benefit dual sharpener is available from all Benefit counters which can be found in Debenhams, Boots and House of Fraser. It can also be purchased online directly from the listed shops' websites, or directly from the Benefit website itself. I have found these can be a little cheaper if bought from eBay or Amazon though. I have since seen Superdrugs' own branded dual sharpener for only a couple of pounds and so if I still needed one I would opt for the cheaper one, I only purchased this one for £4 as I couldn't find any dual sharpeners at the time when I really needed one.
Benefit Dual Sharpener / The only sharpener you need as it sharpens pencils both thick and thin to give a perfect point for even application.