I will use some sort of eye pencil and also mascara every day even if I don't wear any other make up and have got quite a few different brands in my make up box. I bought this Accessorize chocolate brown eye pencil online and I paid just £2 although I have looked online and you can pay up to £9.50.
There are several colours to choose from but I do wear brown eye pencils the most and I also find that they often double up as eye brow pencils as well so I am getting two in one and saving money. This pencil has a soft sponge tip at one end which you can use as required to blend or smudge the pencil when you have applied it. The pencil end is quite thick so I only need to apply one application and don't have to go over it as you do with some thinner ones and also a thicker end is easier to get right up against your eye.
To apply I will stretch my eye out very gently to the side and start from the inner corner and draw the line outwards on the top eyelid, and for the bottom eyelid I will start the line a little way in as it can make your eyes look smaller if you draw the line right up to the inner corner. If I need to I will then blend the edge of the line in using the sponge at the end of the pencil but I don't always need to do this.
I find this pencil glides smoothly on my eyelids and it does last all day. The only way it will come off is if I happen to rub my eyes for my reason but apart from this it looks as good at the end of the day as when I first applied it. As I said I will also sometimes use this brown pencil for my eyebrows and will just draw small upwards strokes across my brow and then blend them in. This is a lovely product to use and I will definitely buy another one when this one runs out.
Ahhhh Accessorize. The wonderful shop which sells sparkly necklaces, posh fascinators, cute bags and now, Make-up?! At first I have to say I was a little dubious, as what did an accessories company know about the world and the makings of cosmetics? Upon seeing the shades and designs of the eyeshadows in Superdrug, I was actually taken aback at how beautiful and intriguing the ranges were, not to mention how reasonably priced everything seemed too.
Whilst browsing on the Accessorize website, I decided to treat myself to the Chocolate eye pencil. Dame Vivienne Westwood had recently remarked that The Duchess of Cambridge's black eye make-up looked way to harsh, and she should try something softer. Although I wouldn't totally agree, I think sometimes black can be sometimes harsh for everyday wear which is why I chose a brown instead. Although the website states it's called "Chocolate", you may also find it listed as "Dark Chocolate" in Superdrug and also on the crayon itself. I have double checked and there is only 1 brown available so this must be the same shade just listed incorrectly on the Accessorize site.
So onto the crayon itself. It is very intriguing to look at, as it is a double ended pencil. One end is the pencil itself, with a brown cap. The other end has a clear cap to reveal an eyeshadow type sponge, which I assume is for blending the crayon in.
The shade of this pencil is very similar to the packaging, if not a touch darker (but still lighter than a square of Galaxy, in chocolate stakes). When applying it to my undereye and also my hand, I was immediately impressed with how soft it goes on, even when using the point and not the side of the crayon. There is nothing worse than going along your delicate eye area with a horribly stiff crayon, but this pencil couldn't be any different in how incredibly soft it is. This makes gliding along the eye very easy indeed.
Now, the only thing I could possibly find fault with is that occasionally I find the pencil doesn't always stay in place, and seeps down into my fine lines I have under my eyes. I don't know whether this is because I don't use a primer, or if I am applying too much product.. but either way it does give a bit of movement. Perhaps if I use the blending brush on the other end to work the product in it would give less movement. All things considered though, it's so easy to apply and the colour is absolutely gorgeous so I am willing to overlook the odd technical hitch.
As for the price, this pencil costs £3 and is available in 6 truly gorgeous shades, which can be purchased from Accessorize or Superdrug (only some stores). I think that £3 is very reasonable for this product, as some eye crayons on the market can be around the £20 if you went to Mac or another high end brand. The use of gold both for the text and to coat the sponge applicator section, makes it seem much more exquisite at a fraction of the price. I think the lovely thing also, is this particular shade Chocolate, would look good on pretty much any skintone. I am quite pale and this makes for a refreshing change from black, so I am really glad I bought it. The other shades also seem quite weddingy in a sense, as they are very pretty and feminine, but could also be used for everyday wear too.
All in all, if you are yet to check out the Accessorize range of make-up, then I would really recommend you doing so. The colours are gorgeous, the packaging is just as luxe but the prices remain sensitive to the fact we're not all on an endless budget. I know my Chocolate Eyeliner did give a little bit of movement, but in the grand scheme of things I think it's a pretty beautiful purchase. I will *definitely* be buying more make-up from Accessorize!
Accessorize / Chocolate Brown eye pencil from Accessorize