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I use eyeliner quite often, even if I am having a casual day, as I feel that it really makes my eyes stand out. This is important to me as I wear glasses, and have done for a few years now, and I feel like my eyes tend to not be noticed as much as they used to be. I find that using kohl or standard eyeliners means that they were down quickly. I like to have a point on my eye pencils as I feel that it gives me a better angle and more precision.
A couple of months ago I found myself out without an eye pencil sharpener. As I had a very vivid eyeliner on, that needed touching up I decided to purchase a new pencil sharpener rather than trying to find another way to sharpen the one that I was using that was almost completely blunt.
This pencil sharpener is black and has a glossy finish to it. It can sharpener both thin and thick eye pencils which is ideal for me as I use a variety of different eye pencils and on occasion eyebrow pencils also. This sharpener has a little case that is functional as it prevents the sharpener from opening when rattling around in one of my makeup bags. It is simple to open the section where the sharpenings are held, with a little hinge, and it takes just a few seconds to open it, clean it out and then close it back up again.
I find it very simple to use this sharpener. I am able to use wooden and plastic coated sharpeners, of various sizes, and the two different sized sharpening holes make it easy for me sharpen any pencil in my collection. I find that just a few turns or twists are needed to sharpen any pencil, no matter how blunt it was, and the shavings are compacted quite nicely when it comes to clearing out my sharpener. There is a sharp point on most of my pencils after I have used this sharpener and that is a good enough result for me.
Overall I would say that I am really pleased with this sharpener. The rating that I am giving this is 5/5 and I feel that for just under £5, with buy one get one half price when I made my purchase, this is a really reasonable price. My pencils are sharp and there are no little bits left behind on my pencils which is a necessity for me when I am using something around my eye. I will definitely continue to use this pencil sharpener and overall I am really pleased with the design of it.
I regularly use eye pencils with my favourite being Boots No 7 Amazing Eyes. Unfortunately, with daily use the soft nib wears down fairly quickly and as a result, it needs sharpening every few days. I had previously owned a fairly good sharpener from No 7, which lasted me almost eight years, which is pretty good going considering its constant use. I wanted to replace it like for like, but as I suspected, it had long since been discontinued, so I chose the purchase the No 7's updated version and this review discusses my thoughts.
I experienced a few difficulties in locating the sharpener in the huge Cardiff store, as it was not displayed on the familiar No 7 stand. I eventually discovered it hanging on a hook on an additional No 7 display some twenty yards away, which also contained other No 7 products such as eyelash curlers. Unlike my previous sharpener, which was only suitable for your average sized slim eye pencil, the modernised version offers dual sharpening abilities, so that jumbo sized pencils can also be sharpened.
The design is far superior to the previous model, as the black glossy plastic is considerably sturdy and can withstand knocks from other products contained within my make-up bag. The sharpener is fairly large in size with its measurements of 3 cm in depth, 3½ cm in width and approximately 2½ cm in height. As it is provided in a storage case, which has been manufactured from the same plastic, its overall size is a little larger than the dimensions provided above. However, it perfectly fits into my make up bag.
The updated design is definitely an improvement on the older version, as the collection area would frequently unscrew itself and as a result, was messy to use, as the pencil shavings would disperse into my make up bag. The storage case clips firmly on both the upper and lower sections, so the two sharpening openings are permanently revealed. The lidded section offers a considerably robust hinge and needs to be opened when the sharpener requires emptying and despite the sharpener being repeatedly used, it shows no signs of wear and tear.
Using the sharpener is extremely easy, as it is necessary to turn the pencil only a few times to obtain an almost perfect point although I will gently dab it against the back of my hand to slightly blunt the pencil. The blades fully remove any wood shavings so there is no risk of any tiny particles dispersing into my eyes during application. Whilst the storage case has been designed to collect pencil shavings, I find that very few settle underneath the blades with the majority collecting on the upper section. There is sufficient room for a couple of week's worth of shavings although I tend to empty it after each use.
It is evident that Boots have carefully considered the design of such a small item, as located on the lower side is a small transparent ball of plastic, which is the cleaning device. It is easily removed with a gentle pull to reveal a narrow plastic pin, which enables me to keep the blades free of any debris.
I am extremely happy with my purchase and whilst the sharpener will set you back £4.95 I feel this represents excellent value for money, as it allows me to achieve maximum usage from my eye pencils. At the time of writing, Boots No 7 products are available on a "buy one, get one half price" promotion, which is generally the time that I stock up on my favourite items.
Due to the reasons discussed above, this product receives 5 stars from me together with my recommendation.
I am always losing my eyeliner pencil sharpeners, I use them wherever I am experimenting with my make up and generally put them away somewhere safe, that somewhere safe is anywhere apart from my make up box. It's also the place I tend to put everything somewhere safe that I end up losing everything. For that reason, I've been through lots of different eyeliner pencil sharpeners including this one from Boots.
This pencil sharpener is from the No7 range at Boots, it's quite pricey for a pencil sharpener at £5.75 but I used one of the £5 off vouchers that Boots regularly issue so it bought the cost down a lot.
The sharpener is quite different to other eye liner sharpeners, the actual blade part of the sharpener is hidden by a lid, so it almost looks like a box. On top of the box is No7 written in gorgeous gold writing. The hole to insert the eyeliner is found at one end of the box.
I've had compact sharpeners a little like this before, where the sharpener leaves the sharpening inside the container, they are genius! Ideal for keeping in your handbag so you can use it whenever you like without having to sharpen it in your hand and searching for a bin.
All of the eyeliners I have used in this sharpener have fit inside the hole well including the chunky type. The blade inside works well too, with only taking a couple of turns for my eyeliner to be sharp again. I haven't once experienced any being sharpened so much that the lead inside snaps. The lid of the sharpener is then easy to just pull off from the base so that the contents can be emptied and the lid put back on ready for the next time you want to use it.
At £5.75, I would say it is a little on the expensive side and I probably wouldn't have bought it without having the £5 off voucher. However, the quality of the pencil sharpener is fantastic, it can fit chunky pencils inside and sharpens well. I also love the fact that the sharpening stay inside so you can empty it at your convenience.
Until recently i'd been sharpening my eyeliners with a normal pencil sharpener, but came across this in Boots on my last shopping spree reduced from £5.75 to £3.50. I don't think that i'd of paid full price for it if i'm honest, however for £3.50 i'm happy with my purchase.
The sharpener is quite unusual looking, the best way to describe it is that it's a little black plastic 'box', with a hole in the top where the pencil is inserted. To sharpen the pencil, i simply twist the pencil and check it after a few twists and stop once sharp enough. The top of the box, which has 'No7' in golden writing, pulls off and exposes the sharpener inside, with the pencil trimmings. The box/sharpener can then be emptied into the bin and closed again.
This sharpener is a good idea and it's a great item for when you can't get to a bin straight away after sharpening an eyeliner (at work, on the bus etc) or simply can't be bothered to empty the sharpener straight after sharpening the pencil, and the clever design avoids any messy wood chippings getting everywhere as it can be emptied into the bin without any mess. The sharpener 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 protected by plastic so there is no worries of cutting yourself by mistake upon opening it.
The sharpener copes with both my chunky eyeliners and my average eyeliners as the hole is slightly bigger than the average pencil. It's not very deep however this does not affect the effeciency of the sharpener.
The design is very simple, sleek and overall very compact. It is chunkier than an average sharpener but it does the job well so i'm not going to complain and is still compact enough to fit into a makeup bag or purse. I definetly would not pay full price for this and am glad i got it reduced, however if you are after an effecient, quick and stylish eyeliner pencil sharpener then this is probably one of the best available.
I actually bought this sharpener a few years ago from Boots when they had one of their free £5 vouchers for No.7 things. I think at the time it cost £5.50 (£5.75 now) and I picked it as I didn't have one, and I also didn't have much spare cash to put with my voucher but I wanted to use it to treat myself.
The sharpener is made from seemingly good quality black plastic and it has No7 written on the top in gold lettering. When I bought it it came in a little mini box but of course this is now long gone. The sharpener comes in two pieces, the actual pencil sharpener with the blade on it, and then a hinged outer case which covers both sides, without being too bulky. One side of this outer case snaps on quite securely, but the other one, if you pull it, comes away. This is how you empty the sharpener.
I really like that it does collect the sharpenings as with others I've tried, my make up bag has had to get filled with sharpening due to having nowhere to dispose of the sharpenings. Being able to collect them in the handy section means I can empty it at my leisure (I have just emptied it accidentally all over my laptop!).
Being able to open this side of the sharpener also means that if anything gets blocked in the blade section, it is easy to get to it to unblock it.
The sharpener is suitable for all standard size (quite thin) round eyeliners and I mainly use it to sharpen MAC liners. It does a really good job of sharpening as the blade inside is obviously quite sharp. It would be nice if there was a hole too to sharpen thicker liners i.e. Benefit Badgal Eyeliner but I only have a few of those and many more normal size liners so this is just me being picky I think.
I'm not sure I would shell out £5.75 but if you get one of the promotion vouchers they still do sometimes, then this is a perfect thing to spend it on. Trouble is, I think a lot of people have realised this and sometimes there aren't any in stock!