* Prices may differ from that shown
As a former Avon representative, I was often tempted by representative offers to purchase things I wouldn't normally buy.
So Why oh Why did I buy them
These chunky "'Big Colour"' chunky eye pencils were one such product. I do not usually go for a lot of colour when applying eyeshadow, so this was really pushing the boat out for me. I purchased these in the double version, with a complimentary colour at each end, and the colours I chose were; Frozen Ice/Blue Azure, A very outrageously bright electric blue teamed with a silvery white; and Hint of Mint/green dream, a foresty sagey dark green teamed with a minty metallic green.
And how much did I fork out
I know, I know..a moment of madness, but I'm sure I wouldn't have paid much for them. I have just found them on Amazon for 5.50 each so I probably pai around 3 quid for each.
Do I actually use them
Well yes, as it happens I do. Even at the grand old age of 50+, I still like to doll myself up to the nines sometimes. And these extrame colours can add a reall zing to my eyes for a night out. Of course I wouldn't dream of filling in my entire eyelid with such colours, but a thich line under my lower lashes or a highlight in the corner of my lid, can really change a look.
what are they like
They come in the form of a quite chunky pencil, around 1cm wide and 15 cm long. They are a wooden double ended pencil that will need to be sharpened now and again, they fit in the larger hole of my normal No 17 double holes pencil sharpener. they are black witht he word Avon Big Colour in silver writing, and two thin bands of colour detailing which colour they contain at each end. The lids are long and plastic and tight fitting so that they don't fall off easily.
I have managed to snap both of my pencil's in half at some time or other, but they are still quite useable, and seem to have been held together with a plastic sleeve which is where mine have come apart.
The pencil itself is soft and creamy, and goes on very smoothly keeping it's vibrant colour once applied and actually stays put for a whole evening if not rubbed or fiddled with. When it comes to taking it off again at the end of a good night out, there is no problem as it is a soft creamy colour, it comes staright off on the make-up remover pad. I have experienced no irritation to either my skin or my eyes from these pencils, but then I do not suffer from sensitivity
would I recommend them
Well, yes, suprisingly I would. They bright vibrant colours add a zing to your eyes, and they stay put all night. Though I wouldn't wear these eveyday, I use them when I'm in the mood, and generally get comments on how different I look (I think they are complimentary haha).
I used to be an Avon representative and I was pretty sad in the way I would go through everyone's orders and make sure that if anyone hadn't took advantage of any offers then I would and I ended up getting quite a lot of free Avon items this way and this pencil eye shadow was one of my freebies.
I always go for brown eye shadow as I am not very daring with my make up so I selected the chocolate pencil, the pencil is exactly that but it is about 3 times the thickness of a usual drawing pencil. The colour of the pencil is shown at the end of the pencil and then the rest of it is black, the point is covered with a push on see through plastic lid.
To use the pencil you literally draw over your eye lid where you want the colour to be it really is as simple as that, the pencil is really moist so it transfers the colour really well without snagging on your skin but doesn't allow too much colour transfer at once so provides a really even coverage. The colour I have is really dark brown and has a metallic quality to it which is really lovely however I only ever use this if we are going on a night out as it is far too dark for everyday wear.
The only drawback with this product is that because it transfers so easily if you rub your eyes when it is on then you smudge it which can end up a bit of a mess which puts me off as my eyes do get quite itchy when I wear make up. A plus point of the pencil is that it is suitable for carrying around in a little make up bag so you can slip it in and take it with your for reapplying if you do have a transfer problem.
I think this is a decent product and if it wasn't for the transference that you don't want then I would rate this 5 stars however due to the transfer issue I only rate this 4 stars. As it is an Avon product you can only get this from their website or direct from a representative and it costs in the region of £5.
These have to be my favourite Avon product; I was never really into wearing make up until I found these. I was actually unable or was not supposed to wear them up until after my treatment and ended up spending more time playing video games and reading comic books as opposed to playing with Barbie's and wearing make-up, so these were a nice thing to get started with. I have always liked art and bold colouring so I think this product was right up my street.
The product has either been available in strong individual pencils or double ended pencils with two corresponding colours. I own quite a variety of them being a young thing and dressing up to go out and in costume/cosplay to video game and anime conventions. I think they are much more convenient to use on the go than their powder alternative which can just about crumble and get anywhere.
They come in a long black slim box with white silvery writing describing the product and shade, each side has a little lid which can easily be popped on or off which saves you bag getting messed up also which is very convenient.
They initially came in a variety of colours which I have the majority of for instance mint/ice, purple/lavender and brown/gold; I also have an individual turquoise mini one which I also love. There are new shades out now and they seem to have taken the old ones off the market now which I think is a bit of a shame. The new colours include moonshine/starry night, Chocolate/cream and pink/royal velvet (pretty similar to the purple one I have).
Their durability is quite impressive as well There have been times when I have been in costume and sweating pretty heavily and the makeup stayed on, I think I use it an alternative way than the brochure recommends it however, I actually blend the two colours on the top of my eyelid and don't bother doing the under highlight. These are also very useful in that they are not subtle and more shocking than any other eye make-up I have seen which is especially useful as I need it to stand out and grab people's attention at conventions. I also really liked the texture of these, they are creamier than any make up I have ever used and don't dry out my skin as much as any of the powder varieties either. They also seem to last a really long time, I won't have to buy any more for over a year probably.
Their top value for the double ended variety of this product is £8 which I think is pretty reasonable but more often than not it goes for around £4.50 and since Avon prices fluctuate so often I would never think of getting them for their full price.
You can get these through your local Avon representative or online at the Avon UK website. Though I think buying them through the brochure always seems to work out cheaper for some reason and it's nice to keep work local too and help out your neighbours.
As part of my money saving efforts I have started using Avon products and as usual I got sucked into the lovely glossy catalogue and ordered the double ended big colour eye pencil duo. Because of the offer that was on I paid only £4.00 instead of the usual £7.00. I have the Dream Green and Hint of Mint combination. The product is also available in other colour combinations of purples and blue azure/white.
Avon describes this eye pencil as creamy and I would certainly agree with that. It is very smooth and soft in application; it doesn't drag or pull at your eyelids at all. This means it is very easy to blend the two different colours but when you do this you either need to use an additional brush/blender or one end of the colour pencil which then becomes a bit discoloured from the mixing - I personally do not have a problem with this.
One thing you should be aware of is that it is easy to end up looking a bit over done and clown like with this product. Having used this product quite a few times now, I find if I use a bit of the darker shade as the main colour and just highlight near the lash line/inner corner of my eye with the lighter shade it can be very effective. This is a very high impact makeup option and I would never use this product during the day.
A problem I currently have is that I need to find a sharpener large enough to sharpen the pencil as it's very thick and will not fit my standard eyeliner sharpener. I have not yet had a problem with the pencil splitting in the middle between the two colours and it appears very sturdy so far despite being thrown around my various makeup boxes.
Overall I would consider buying this product in another colour if it was on offer again and really like having this as a high impact makeup option.
This product doesn't seem to be sure whether to call itself an eyeliner or an eyeshadow, so it goes for both! It's now available in a duo version, which doubles its duality.
I have this product in Surf (turquoise), Blue Azure/Frosted Ice (bright blue/white), Plum Passion/Angel Mist (medium purple/lilac), and Green Dream/Hint of Mint (darkish green/light minty green). As you may have gathered from the amount I have, I love them!
The colours are vivid, and, for the most part, beautiful. Green Dream is darker than it looks in the catalogue, and a bit murky, but the other colours I have are (unusually for Avon!) exactly like they look on the page. The product goes on very smoothly due to its soft and creamy texture. It's a little too soft in hot weather, so it is wise to put it in the fridge if you want to use it on a warm day. I use it as a chunky and bold eyeliner, which makes for a very striking result. It's a bit more difficult to use as an eyeshadow, as it's hard to cover your whole eyelid without it looking like you've been crayoning! Maybe the colours are a little too bright for a larger area.
It stays on for days if you give it the chance! It often smudges towards the end of a long day, but it doesn't crease, so it just ends up looking like a sheer eyeshadow rather than messed-up eyeliner. Removing it can take a while, as it is inclined to spread across your face if you don't use proper eye make-up remover... and even sometimes if you do!
The casing of the pencil is made of some sort of plastic, so it can be difficult to sharpen. The pencils need frequent sharpening, as their creamy texture means they wear down quite quickly. The duo pencils are joined in the middle, and one of mine has snapped, but that hasn't affected its usability. If anything, it's slightly easier to handle than the duo pencils at full length.
The single Big Colour Eye Pencils are usually £5, and the Duos are £7, which makes the single ones seem expensive. They are well worth it, though, and Avon's frequent special offers generally make price comparisons irrelevant.
The Avon big colour eye pencil now comes with a dual end so when I seen them at an introductory price of £5.00 I couldnt resist them considering I was basically getting 2 eye colours for the price of one. The pencils come in the following colours:
Blue azure and white
Green dream and hint of mint
Copper and golden
Plum passion and angel mist
I decided to go for the plum passion pencil as it was basically 2 colours of purple, one was a darker plum colour and the other was lilac. I have green eyes and I think lilac really makes them stand out. The blues and greens in this pencil are gorgeous but I wanted to opt for something a bit less statement.
The big eye pencil is black in colour with 2 plastic see-through caps on the end, each end contains the colours ordered. I must admit that when ordering Avon products in the past I almost always get the items and they are nothing like the colours in the book but this pencil was practically exact.
I tried the deeper of the purple colours first and I was amazed at how easy the colour was to apply it was just like drawing a line and you were done. I had no smudges or creases just even looking lids. I really didn't like the plum shade however as it made me look like I had 2 black eyes.
When trying the lilac I was really impressed with it again the colour went on so easily that anyone can do it. I loved the lilac colour as it was obvious but very subtle. I find that using both colours together can make the plum look a lot better.
The first problem I have with this pencil is the sharpening. I own a few dual sharpeners which are equipped for smaller and larger pencils; however none of them seem to want to sharpen this. The pencil is too big for the smaller hole yet to small for the bigger hole. Maybe I should try buying the Avon pencil sharpener and see if that works.
The second problem would be the size. Due to the pencil being very long it isn't ideal for taking on a night out for touch ups but it is a good sign for using in the house as it does last a long time.
On a positive note I love using this pencil as it covers my upper lids leaving them crease free all night and it can be used along the lower lids as an eyeliner too so you basically score for both items in one. I am definitely going to try the Avon sharpener with this as I am happy with the easiness of it and hopefully it will work.
I would recommend this to anyone who hasn't got much time to apply make-up and also to anyone who isn't so good with eye shadows.
The price of this pencil is usually £7.00 which i think is a bargain considering the design indicates that this item would be more expensive and you are getting 2 eye colours for this price.
AVON BIG COLOUR EYE PENCIL
A few months ago I ordered the Big Eye Colour Pencil Duo from Avon. I ordered it in 'Blue Azure and Frosted Ice' which is a bright blue shade ad a shimmery white shade. I was slightly disapointed with this when I got it. I've only used it about twice for the simple reason that is I don't really like it.
These are always beautifully advertised in the brochure but when they actually come to your home they never seem to live up to how you expected them to be. They look so nice and then you're tricked into thinking they will be just the same in real life, but the reality is that they don't look anything like they do in the brochure.
There used to be more shades available in the form of a single pencil but for some reason these are no longer sold and the only pencils you are able to get your hands on nowadays are the duo pencils which come in the following shades:
-PLUM PASSION AND ANGEL MIST
-BURNISHED COPPER AND GOLDEN GLAMOUR
-GREEN DREAM AND HINT OF MINT
-BLUE AZURE AND FROSTED ICE
The idea of having two shades is that one is used to shade and the other is supposed to highlight. I have experimented loads with my pencil trying to get it to look, well at least appropriate but I always end up looking like a clown. Friends who have bought the same pencils have told me that they also tend to get the same problems.
This is priced at normally £7 which I wouldn' call too expensive, but I wouldn't pay it for what it is. But there are often some good offers on these eye pencils so they aren't always this costly. And you do sort of get 2 for the price of 1, as there are two on the stick.
Sorry, I couldn't think what else to call it! The stick has snapped unfortunately on my pencil. It has been airbrushed out of the images in the brochure, but there is actually a thing in the middle which holds the two bits of the pencil together (not very well I might add).
As this is very fat you also need to invest in a big pencil sharpener as these need sharpening from time to time
For all the reasons talked about in my review, I just don't see why anyone could be bothered with one of these. They're just not what you expect when you see them in the brochrure. Not recommended
****Big colour eye pencil duo****
I liked the look of the mac shade sticks but when I first tried to buy them my local mac store had run out so I decided to try these from avon as it looked like they were going to be similar.
There are four of these to choose from and each one has two shades.
Plum passion and angel mist-This has a medium purple and a light lilac colour.
Copper and golden glamour-this is a bronze and gold colour.
Azure and frosted ice-This is a frosty blue and and icy white one.
Green dream and hint of mint- A deeper green(like a forest colour) and a lighter*mint* shade.
The colours in each pencil go with each other perfectly so you can wear them on their own or together. I tend to use the darker colour as an eyeliner and the lighter shade as a highlight. These are waterproof so the colours stay on all day. I also use these as a base and wear other brands on top of them. I would describe them as daytime colours although I suppose it depends on how bright you like to wear your eyeshadow. One thing I don't really like about them is that they are jumbo pencils so its harder to get a thin eyeliner line. It would also be better if there was a bigger variety of shades!!
At £7 I think that these are quite expensive for avon especially when the nyx pencils can be picked up quite cheap but I don't mind getting them when they are on offer(i paid 3.50 each). They are currently on 2 for £10.
I purchased the double ended version of this in something like blue azure (but i could have made that up!) while it was on offer in one Avon campaign. I was having a fancy dress party and I would be snow white for the evening so of course I would need some fabulous eye shadow in very bright colours. -enter Avon's big colour eye pencil- I was rather disappointed! The pencil is like an over-sized crayon which looks amazing ... in the brochure! But give to to any mere mortal and it literally looks like you have tried to colour your eyelids in! The pencil itself was quite hard and actually hurt after a while as the colour was quite light so you had to build on it more and more. I tried the blue on my lids and the lighter colour under my eyebrow and wanted to then blend the two in the middle as you would with normal eyeshadow. However when the lighter colour went anywhere near the darker one it literally pulled the colour off and left me with patches of skin showing. It didn't want to blend at all and was really frustrating! If you tried smudging with your finger the colour came away again so you would have to start again each time. Aside from that once it was used for a while the pencil warmed up and the colour became creamy and was therefore used up quickly. Meaning the issue of sharpening arose! I have a large sharpener but it wouldn't work on this pencil as you need to buy the Avon one to use with it! So after battling with it for one attempt I gave up and sent it back.
I'm a sucker for make up and like to buy differently designed products a lot of the time for the quirky aspect and I like it that Avon do come up with some unusual ideas that none of the other make up companies clock onto.
The idea of these Big Colour Eye Pencils is a wicked one but its a shame the pencil does live up to it. They are a chunky pencil that have 2 complimentary colours, one at each end. One end is to be used to highlight your eye area and the other end is your actual eye shadow.
I only brought one and I'm glad I did because they don't do what they're supposed to and it's hard to achieve a well made up look with it. I have got the one where the highlighter is Frosted Ice and the eye shadow is Blue Azure which is very bright.
The highlighter goes on nice but it isn't as sparkly as I wanted it to be. It's a bit thicker than I need for a highlighter and its harder to be be precise with it because of how thick the pencil is. The eye shadow half dragged the skin on my eyes badly and it was hard to build the colour up because it goes on so uneven.
When I finaly got the look I wanted the 2 colours looked proper nice together for a bit but for such a bright colour the blue fades v. quickly and looked washed out after 2 hours and I had to put a bit more back on. That didn't work out very good though because if you try applying more of this one over the top of faded eyeshadow it goes very patchy and looks like I don't know how to put eye shadow on.
The colour dropped into the creases round my eyes as well and that makes it look like I have used cheap eye shadow even though this was £8.00 so wasn't cheap at all.
I'm not going to buy these again and am going to send this one back and get my money back because it's no good for what its made for. I am quite good at doing my eye make up but couldn't get this one right at all because the texture of the pencil is so hard and the colour is so hard to apply tidyly.
I bought the double-ended version of this pencil as I liked the colour options-I have Plum Passion and Angel Mist. Angel Mist is a shimmery lilac colour and the Plum Passion is at the red end of the plum spectrum. My main problem wth this product is that the two colours do not go together as a base and shader! In the brochure it looks fine but try it yourself and you look like you've picked up the wrong colour!
However, waste not want not I have now decided to use the product in a different way which I find infinitely more useful: it is my standby for when I have woken too late in the morning and have very little time to do my make-up. This is due to the product's main virtue-it is very easy to apply. It goes on very quickly and smoothly so is brilliant as a quick fix. I can't bear to go bare-lidded so it's a good contingency plan for me.
Other than that, I wouldn't recommend it as part of your normal make-up kit
I bought this eye pencil from the Avon book because it had some really nice colour options and it looked like it would be handy and easy to use. It cost £5 when I bought it, but they've since repackaged it and it is now £7 for a dual-ended one.
The pencil is just like a big chunky black crayon or pencil crayon, with a see through plastic lid. The lid pulls off and is easy to fasten tightly enough so that it won't come off in a make-up bag. Because the pencil is chucnky you will need a large pencil sharpener to use with it, rather than the normal sized cosmetic sharpeners.
The pencil is very easy to use. The tip is quite rounded, so you can't achieve fine or thin lines with it, but that's not what it's meant for anyway. It's very easy to line the eyes with it, either on top or bottom lids, and this gives a really nice effect. It feels nice on the skin and it goes on smoothly and effortlessly. The colour I have is Surf, which is a teal blue colour, and it give s anice wash of colour with a good shimmer to it, without being too bold or glittery.
The problem with this pencil comes when trying to use it as an eyeshadow. I found it practically impossible to get an even coverage over my lids with it as if you go over an area you've already done, it takes the some of the colour back off, so you can't really do the whole of the eyelid without it looking patchy. You also can't build it up to give a bolder colour as again you'll just take the colour off as you go.
It does stay on well and lasts all through a night out, but it's very easy to remove with just water when you want to take it off.
I do think this is very nice as a chunky eyeliner, and it looks really good used in this way, but it's not the versatile product that Avon make it out to be, and it can't be used as an eyeshadow. I don't think I would buy it again.
In brochure five from Avon for 2009 we see the all new and improved Big Colour Eye Pencils. They are basically the same as before, a dual-ended shadow and highlighter eye pencil, only now they are waterproof and in a different range of shades.
Blue Azure with Frosted Ice (blue and ivory)
Burnished Copper with Golden Glamour (bronze and pale gold)
Plum Passion with Angel Mist (purple and lilac)
Green Dream with Hint of Mint (forest and mint greens)
They each cost £7 although they are presently on offer for £5 each in the current brochure.
I had been disappointed with the previous incarnation of this product, so I did not hold out much hope that I would like the new, improved version very much. I found the new shades very appealing and especially so because this is a convenient handbag product and the new shades are very much suited to evenings out.
Sadly this product is not greatly improved on its predecessor though. It is a very difficult product to apply evenly and the creamy texture makes this an eye colour that does not stay put for very long. The highlighter glides straight into my eye if I attempt to apply it close to the rim, and the shadow quickly slides up into the creases of my eyelids.
I think this is a very clumsy product and one that I would not buy again in the future. The concept is great and the colour choices are very attractive, but the product is hard to use and looks very childish even when applied by the hands of someone with a lot of make-up application experience.
I love make-up. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to explain just how much I love it. I'm not the kind of girl that can't leave the house without a face full of the stuff; I am the kind of girl whose idea of a fun night in is to sit in front of a mirror with my entire make-up collection and systematically try all of it on. To give you a rather worrying insight into life chez louiseypees, around once a fortnight I am to be found in my slobbiest pyjamas, comfiest slippers and a headband over my scraped-back hair... with a full face of make-up, incorporating quite dramatically different looks on each eye (and occasionally each half of my mouth), doing the washing up. As my kitchen sink faces the main road, this can attract some pretty strange looks from passers-by.
Anyway, enough shameful revelations! With this all-consuming passion for make-up, I was predictably thrilled when one of my best friends decided to become an Avon rep. My first order from Avon included pretty much their entire make-up range - and one of the products I was really looking forward to was my Big Colour Eye Pencil. Having used (and loved) Benefit's Bad Gal eyeliner, I craved a similarly chunky eye pencil in a different colour. I love using crazy colours on my eyes, and much as a smokey eye looks good in a traditional black, I longed for a similar effect in a more interesting shade. Big Colour Eye Pencils seemed, then, to fit the bill - a chunky looking pencil, available in a whole host of different colours and claiming to be an eyeliner and eyeshadow in one. I decided to play it fairly safe on my first purchase and plumped for the aubergine.
I must say, these are really rubbish. Application is tricky as the pencil's texture is very waxy, to the point that it's almost sticky. There is no gliding smoothly onto the eyelid here - it's a struggle to draw anything resembling a line onto the eye because it drags and sticks so much, and if you do manage it has the effect of making you look like your make-up was applied by a cack-handed ten year old just before she tied your hair into messy uneven bunches and put blusher on your forehead.
But if I had to pick one positive personality trait of mine, it would have to be my optimism. Thinking maybe the problem was that this isn't necessarily an eyeliner, but instead meant to be used as an eyeshadow, I decided to invest in a lighter, more wearable colour to see whether this would improve matters. Alas, on this occasion my optimism was misplaced. These are horrible to use in any colour. At least in the turquoise I wasn't left looking like I'd gone 10 rounds in the boxing ring as I had been with the aubergine, but that was just about the only positive. Instead I was left looking like I had an unfortunate skin condition.
There isn't a redeeming feature of these for me. They even failed the make-up bag test when the lid managed to fall off - not a huge crime, you'd think, but my make-up bag is tightly packed - it didn't have to withstand much moving around. The lid just didn't fit properly. I now have an attractive turquoise sheen all over the rest of my make-up. Not a good look... or a good thing to get on your hands just before you put your foundation on.
As with all Avon make-up, the price of this isn't all that relevant as they're usually on offer, but "officially" it will set you back £5.
So is this product for you? Well, if you're keen to look like you've had your eye make-up applied by a gibbon in boxing gloves, then I can't imagine a better product to use. Otherwise, I'd probably steer clear.
Waterproof eyeshadow and liner in one pencil!