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Just recently I have managed to get hold of not only an Avon catalogue but a rep too! Trust me it has been a long and rocky road to getting both and an order placed and delivered! However A few months ago I did have a rep and did order regularly and just recently I have ran out of this product which means I at least will be able to order another!
This product comes in a black shiny, long and thinnish pencil with a long lid that securely fits and is easy to remove. Down the side of it we are told what it and who it is by and so on and it looks a nice product and you do get plenty of it.
This comes in 8 shades. I purchased 'Black Ice' but there are light to dark shades in the range though when I go out I always go for black.
This is really nice and very simple to apply. To use the 'stick' you simply twist it and the colour goes up and down. This is a slightly moist colour so goes on a bit creamy and takes a minute to sort of set on the skin once you've used it and it goes a bit matt. it doesn't drag or pull my skin and comes off the stick easily.
My colour was a really highly pigmented black colour with little ingrained speckles of silver glitter within it which are not coarse.
I can define my eyes simple and quickly with this and I'm happy with the colour and bit of sparkle that I get. Being in plastic casing I never have to sharpen it and using it often it takes ages to run out.
It stays put once applied for hours as good as it went on with no flaking of the glitter within it and it doesn't agitate my sensitive eyes one bit and when it comes to removing it, it simply takes only my usual make up removing routine.
This is a brilliant quality and easy to use product. I don't find it to smudge and it is waterproof for a couple of tears, mainly though I like this for glamming up my eyes simply! Recommended from me highly!
Only available from Avon and this usually retails at £6.00 per Glimmerstick though at the moment all colours are on offer at just £2.50 each so maybe its time for me to try another colour as well as black!
Only available from Avon.
Item: Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner
Colour: Black Ice
Price: £2.50 (bought on promotion usually £2.99)
Bought in: From my door to door Avon rep
Design and packaging: This eyeliner comes in a plastic extendable pen like container. It has a lid and when you remove the lid the eyeliner itself extends when you twist the bottom of the plastic casing. It is 12.8cm overall in length, so is slightly shorter than the average length of an ink pen, just to give you an idea of size. The lid is 5cm long and clicks off with quite a hard pull. So no fears that this will snap off or fall off on its own and allow the eye liner to go on to any make up bags/hand bags etc. Once you take the lid off the eyeliner is moved up the tube by holding the rim where the eyeliner comes out and twisting the bottom of the tube. It moves up very easily and can be twisted back downwards if you push it too far up, meaning it can be full retracted after each use. The eyeliner is held securely and when applying it, this does not "fall" back down the tube, it holds its position very well. The tube is black with silver/glittery lettering over it. The lid is plain black, however the main tube has all of the product details on it. It states that it is "Avon, Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner, Black Ice". It is very easy to read this lettering as it is light on a dark background in a clear/bold font. There is also a "diamond" design at the end of the tube which ties in with the name of the product. The tube is light and small enough to fit in my makeup bag and as the lid is secure I would also feel confident to have this in my handbag without it being in a makeup bag. Once you take the lid off, the full tube that is left behind is 12cm in length (before you extend any of the eyeliner) so there is plenty of space to grip the tube when applying the eyeliner.
Application and effect: As you can wind up the eyeliner, the nib (end of the eyeliner) can be as long or short as you want it to be so you can easily alter it dependant on what angle you are trying to apply it at. For example I like to have the eyeliner as short as possible when I am using a magnifying mirror, as I can really see where my eye line is, however if I am using a regular mirror, I need to have it longer to allow me to hold my head back a little to allow my eyes to focus. That's just a personal preference and due to my eyesight but it is good to have that option and I don't have that when using an eye liner that comes in a wooden pencil form. The eye liner itself is 3cm in width and goes on to the eyelid very smoothly. No clumping or dragging. It coats the area in one swipe and if you just want one line that is ample, however if you want to layer it up for a more dramatic, thicker look, you can also layer this up without the newer lines clumping or smudging the first lines. The eyeliner in Black Diamonds is a matt black with glitter though it. The glitter is very light and not thick enough to be rough on your eyelids. The liner wears really well and after a full day of wearing it (8 hours in an office with a walk in the wind and rain to and from my work) it is still on and not smudged at all. The colour stays in place even when applied over eye shadow. It compliments my mascara too, as I wear that in black and the glimmers of glitter catch the light and make my eyes stand out (I checked this by moving my head side to side looking in the mirror haha).
Would I recommend this? Yes. The packaging is well made and durable and easy to use. The colour is exactly as described and it wears well. I am really happy with this and will buy again once this one runs out. So this gets 5 stars from me.
=Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner=
My nice neighbour is an Avon rep and I always look at the books when they come, although I like to search out the bargains, and one of the bargains was this Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner.
This can be purchased direct from your Avon Rep, or direct from Avon, although postage may be charged. I was luckily enough to receive this as part of a promotional deal where I paid £3 for the Glimmerstick, compared to the RRP of £6.
The Glimmersticks eyeliner is a pencil shape but is made from dark plastic. There is a cap that fits the tip end, and this allows the tip to be free from any dirt or dust and keeping it 100% hygienic.
There are 8 colours within the range, with brilliant names such as Twilight Sparkle and Sugar Plum, the colour way I choose was Black Ice, (black colour).
I don't wear eyeliner every time I wear eye-shadow, so I did have a couple of trial runs at home, from getting a feel of the liner, in terms of pressure that I would need or not need to apply.
After a couple of tries, I found this so easy to use the nib was so thin and easy to control, so that I could draw as needed both lower lid and a deeper feel on my top lid.
Once you have removed the lid, you see that the nib has a slightly rounded feel, and this does not need a sharpener, as it has a built in device, that when you twist the end of the liner tube, and this reveals some more of the nib. If you have turned too much out you just rotate in the anti-clockwise direction, and this brings the nib back in.
=Life of product=
Whilst I feel that this has plenty of benefits, I did notice that it does not last as long as some other liners, but to me this is balanced out by the fact that it does not need to be sharpened, ready for use, ease of use. As I don't wear it every day, I would say I get about 25 uses from it , but for £3 that is just over 11p a wear, and broken down to that, it seems very competitive, even at full price, it is good value compared to named brands.
=My Plus Points.
-I really found the ease of application a brilliant plus point, as it was not being dragged across my skin, which is what I have experienced with some liners, hence my reluctance to wear more often.
-The feel that it was like a crayon and was always ready for use.
- As soon as you put it on the skin it dries straight away.
- Good staying power, even 6 hours later, it looked like it had just been applied.
-My colour although it was black it has a sheen to it, which makes it look expensive.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend as I think this liner is excellent, I have had no problems at all with the liner and I have brought other colours in the range.
I'm reviewing Glimmersticks Diamonds eyeliner .
***WHY I BOUGHT IT***
Actually I didn't. It was bought for me by my niece.
I don't wear much make up as a rule and while preparing for a night out with family my niece was horrified at my meager supplies. Her make up bag bulges and her dressing table has a vast collection as well, so I indulged myself and tried out this one from her stash and fell for it .
At Christmas she gave me a few avon items in a bag as my present and this was one of the items.
The shade is "Black Ice".
***WHAT IT IS***
It is an eyeliner ,but not as we know it. There is no need for sharpening this one. It has a system where you twist up a new supply as the tip wears down,just like lipstick.
It is really easy to use and where my old kohl pencils & eyeliners tended to drag at the skin,this one doesn't. It has a nice glide-on texture and getting the effect I wanted (not too much) was easy for me.
Once on it has a light glimmer to it. Not sparkly crazily bling, but more subtle than that,while still looking 'dressy' and like you've made an effort. Combined with a toning eyeshadow it is beautiful. Perfect for a night out for those who don't want to look lit up like a Christmas tree,but yet want a bit of glitz.
There is the usual plastic cap for covering the tip when not in use. This serves to stop the pencil from drying out as well as protecting the tip in the jumble of a make-up bag.
Well I've never worn it for longer than a four/five hour stint on nights out and it was fine when I got home. Not sure how it withstands a day-long usage,but really,it is so small a pencil that carrying it in a bag takes up no room & touching it up would hardly be difficult if it was needed.
I asked my friend who uses Avon a lot & she says it costs about £6 , which shocked me for an eye pencil if I'm honest. But apparently it gets put on special offer sometimes ,so can be had cheaper if you watch out for it.
Mine came away easily enough with basic eye make up remover . Easier than my kohl pencils actually .A few wipes and it was gone.
Nor was there any reaction to my sensitive eyes from using it.Another plus.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. But I'd say it will need replacing more often than basic pencils because I've had to twist up new tips quite a few times since I started using it,yet I can't remember the last time I sharpened ANY of my basic pencils. Also £6 is steep for a pencil in my opinion. Thus I'm removing one star.
Thank you for reading & I hope this was helpful.~~~myloh.
I work part time as an Avon Representative, and as I have always been a fan of the brand's eye make-up items, I will regularly make purchases from the assorted ranges of make-up contained in the Avon brochures, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner."
The Glimmersticks Liner cost me around £3 as part of a promotional deal, but I believe the normal purchase price is around double this amount. You can purchase the product directly from your local Avon Representative, of course, or online at the company's website at www.avonshop.co.uk, where postage costs apply.
The whole range of Glimmersticks Liners - which includes the 'Diamonds' version I am reviewing here, in addition to the basic Glimmersticks Eye Liners and Glimmersticks Brow Definers - are presented in the same packaging, which is basically a sort of oblong-shaped box made of thin cardboard, which houses the liner inside.
The Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner itself is a sort of pencil-shaped liner, but is made of robust dark plastic. There is a little cap on top of the liner which keeps the liner's tip completely covered, allowing it to remain free from dust or dirt, which I quite like as it feels hygienic. I have found too that I have experienced no difficulty with using the product, or with the liner's plastic lid, even though I struggle with the packaging of certain items as a result of having reduced mobility that affects my hands.
The Glimmersticks Diamonds Liners currently have a choice of eight shades available, but this seems to vary from time to time, with less shade options being available in some of the brochures or online. At the present time, the shades include: Golden Diamond, Brown Glow, Twilight Sparkle and Sugar plum, among a few others. I have tried a couple of different shades from the range, but this review will focus on my favourite, which is "Black Ice."
The main difference between the 'normal' or 'plain' Glimmersticks Liners, and this 'Diamonds' Version is that the Diamonds version contains a little sparkle, as described in the Avon brochure: "Gorgeously soft and creamy pencil adds a sparkling line to your eyes."
As I am fairly experienced with using the assorted Glimmersticks Liners, I was able to dive straight in with the Diamond version, not needing much in the way of practice or trials. For those consumers who are more unfamiliar with the products, however, I think it would be wise to have a little practice with the liner at home, to get a 'feel' for the texture of the liner, in addition to the little Glimmersticks 'nib' applicator. To be fair, both are very easy to use, and very little practice will probably be required, but I'd definitely recommend trying it out once or twice before using it for a big night out or special occasion.
To use, I simply need to remove the cap from the Glimmersticks Liner, which will reveal it's slightly rounded 'nib.' This nib is what is used to 'draw' the eyeliner where it is required, whether on the top or bottom eyelid. The nib is very thin - although so is the lead in your average eyeliner 'pencil' I suppose. The main difference between your average eyeliner pencil product and the Avon Glimmersticks is that the Avon product does not require the use of a sharpener. To 'reveal' more of the Stick's nib as it wears down, all I need to do is twist the end of the Glimmersticks Liner 'tube', which will helpfully 'rotate' the Liner from within its thin plastic tube. If too much is turned from the tube, I can rotate the bottom of the Liner pencil to replace it back inside. I really like this aspect of the product, as it means that I am in complete control of how much - or how little - of the Liner is used from the tube. This means that there is literally no wastage, with me being in complete control, only using the amount I need to.
I do find that the end of my Glimmersticks Liner wears down quite quickly, and if I am being honest, I find it does so more quickly than that of one of my 'regular' eye liner pencils, which seem to be much more robust and hard-wearing than the Glimmersticks product. To be fair though, I am still able to obtain perhaps two months or so from each Glimmersticks Liner, with it being worn at least twice a week. This usage equates to a cost of around £3 per month, on average, which I feel is pretty reasonable and economical enough to warrant the continued repurchase of the product - for me, anyway.
The product's best feature, however, is by far its ease of application. Where other eyeliners feel quite dry and will often 'drag' the skin as the line is being drawn, the Glimmersticks just draws a line quite simply, quickly and easily. There is absolutely no uncomfortable 'dragging' present throughout application, nor does the product feel dry or harsh on the sensitive eye area. These positive results are no doubt possible as a result of the agreeable texture of the Glimmersticks Liner itself, which really feels like a very soft 'crayon' type of substance, rather than being a dried pencil or similar. Because of its light and rather more 'creamy' texture, the lines are created much more easily than with a traditional eyeliner pencil.
I find too that the line(s) drawn are very precise. This is partly due, I think, to the neat size of the Glimmersticks Liner's nib, that allows for a neat and clean 'finish' to be witnessed, but the smooth and light consistency of the product really allows it to be fully controlled by my hand during application. The latter point here really makes the Glimmersticks Liners a fantastic choice for those who struggle with creating neat or precise lines using traditional eyeliner pencils, or indeed, liquid eyeliner products. The Glimmersticks just feels much less 'cumbersome' and fiddly than some of its rivals.
The Glimmersticks Liner does not need time to 'dry' in the way that some liquid eyeliner products do; it is dry as soon as it is applied onto the skin. I find too that the product has impressive 'staying power' and is not particularly prone to smudging or running around the eye, remaining where it has been applied for several hours afterwards.
My version of the liner, being "Black Ice" is mainly black in colour, and I find its shade is really dark in its appearance, being what I would describe as Jet Black. At first glance, the lines drawn appear to be plain black, but it soon becomes apparent that a gentle 'sheen' is evident, glinting neatly through the black colour. In the case of the Black Ice pencil, the 'added sparkle' is presented in the form of some miniscule silvery particles, similar to silver-coloured glitter, but much smaller than this, and much more subtle too. Once the lines are applied around the eye, I find that precise definition has been achieved, with a subtle sparkle that doesn't look 'too much' so that I feel over dressed for a trip down the pub, but instead, leaves my eyes feeling - and looking - 'dressed up' a little more than usual. I really like the end result and feel the Black Ice Liner adds a little sparkle to my eye make-up on a night out, but with a subtle effect.
The Diamonds Liner is no more difficult to remove than any other eyeliner product, and I find that a make-up remover wipe is adequate, or a little make-up remover liquid dabbed onto some cotton wool - Both work well at removing the liner quite quickly.
As with all items of eye make-up that I have used from Avon over the years, I have experienced nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity after using the Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner, even though my sensitive skin will flare up aggressively if harsh products are used. For this reason, I do recommend the product for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do not recall having any negative experiences during - or after - the use of the Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Liner, and I really recommend the product, feeling that top marks in the product rating score on Dooyoo are appropriate, on this occasion.
I only ever use black eyeliner but due to never being able to find a pencil sharpener, I have started using either liquid eyeliner or these type that twist up rather than needing to be sharpened. I bought this particular eye pencil in the 'Black Ice' shade as I tend to only use black eye pencils.
The fact this particular shade boasted being a Shimmery black, I thought it would make a nice change from the basic plain black shade I normally use. It looks like any normal eye pencil apart from being made of a plastic type outer covering. The lid comes off and you can see it is not a normal sharpening version. You twist the bottom and the pencil tip moves up. Ingenious really, saves on trying to find sharpeners. Although the actual using of this pencil is fine, it says it doesn't tug or pull the skin, and this is true. I must have got a dud pencil because there is no shimmer in my pencil at all, It is just a normal black eye pencil.
In the respect of being a good black eye liner, it gets ten out of ten, it is a dark shade and a fairly gentle stroke with it will leave a dark line. Some pencils are very hard to get anything out of; this is not one of those pencils. If you require a dark line, just apply a little more pressure and you are on your way. It is also easy to remove at the end of the day, it wears well too, doesn't run or smudge off that easily, unless you rub your eyes badly it pretty much stays put. I have had mine for a little while now, it hasn't snapped while being used either. For being a shimmering pencil...not convinced, I make have got a bad one.
As mentioned before my sister is a new Avon rep so I purchased this Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds eyeliner from the brochure when it was on offer I think for about £2 or so. The price often fluctuates so I always wait for when a product is as cheap as possible. I currently see it retails on avonshop.co.uk for £5 and I am positive theres no way I would have paid this price just for an eyeliner lol!
I purchased it in the shade "Black Ice" which is advertised in the brochure as similar to in the picture, a dark black eyeliner with lots of glimmer and glitter and shimmer for a nice effect and look to the eyes which would give a lot of definition and attention. Hmm that's not what I got!
The eyeliner itself is like a thin pencil shape, in a plastic tube with a removable plastic cap lid. When the lid is removed, there is a long, fine body to the eyeliner casing and at the end a small hole where the eyeliner pops out of, by twisting this section. The eyeliner itself is very tiny, and has a blunt end whereas I prefer if it was rounded or pointed in it's structure as this would make it easier for me to do fine lines and shading but hey ho. The texture of the eyeliner reminds me of a black crayon to be honest.
The colour is the worst aspect in my opinion. It is black, but takes a lot of heavy application for it to even look black, as when I stroke it lightly on my eyes it looks more of a washed out grey. Most irritatingly of all there is no glimmer/glitter whatsoever! Like none! It certainly doesn't look like this picture that's for sure. After fiddling in the mirror, trying with perfection to draw it on my eyes myself (yes I will confess I am no make up expert in the slightest lol!) I literally just look like I have drawn on my lids and under my eyes with a black crayon. Glimmerstick diamonds my big toe! So after all this I just removed it and used my more preferable liquid eyeliner which gives a much nicer look and effect.
So as a result this literally just sits in my make up bag until I can find something productive to do with it. I am sure my daughter may end up using it as a colouring pencil herself at some point or maybe I will have no pen to hand one day and will remember this and will use it to jot down an important number. Basically it has no good purpose as an eyeliner for me personally. Overall I have been extremely disappointed with this product and expected much more...if you are actually hoping your eyes will look glimmery and glittery like in the picture then you may aswell buy a different eyeliner altogether!
If you have read any of my other beauyty reviews, you will know that I love Avon and also have a real obsession with eye make-up.
I have this in emerald glow and sugar plum but plan to also buy the other 2 colours smokey diamond and black ice as i love it so much.
The eyeliner comes in a thin box and is one of the crayon-eyeliners that wind up and down. This is great for two reasons, one, you dont have to sharpen and two, you dont end up chopping off the top when putting the lid on, well, as long as you wind it down properly.
The eyeliner goes on smoothly and neatly without smudging. I wear this on both the upper and lower lids and wear quite thick as the last thing you want to do on a night out is to keep reapplying and so i probably apply about 3 layers and never find the need to top up.
I also sometimes wear a small amount in the day time as it adds a bot of shimmer to my normal makeup.
Plum is my favbourite colour so that was a no brainer when choosing what colours to purchase but the emerald was a bit of a risky purchase. I opted for the emerald as I have so many black and grey liners already and I also had a gorgeous pair of peacock feather ear-rings which I knew would look great together. Both eyeliners can be worn and are visible over eyeshadow and look especially great when you have big thick black lashes in front.
There is a real shimmering sparkle to these eye-liner which is so pretty and feminine and is especially great as none of the glitter drops onto your face, it stays just where it should around your eyes.
Washes off easily and does not hurt or damage eyes.
You can buy this from your Avon rep or online at avonshop.co.uk - at the moment, these are part of a range whereby if you buy 2 or more items you will recieve a free beauty bonus bag. Andif thats not enough, they are currently reduced from £6 to £5.
may also be on ciao
I bought this eye liner from the Avon catalogue a few months ago priced between £5-6.
When received it came in a little slim black box which contained the eyeliner inside.
On opening the eyeliner I saw that you do not need to sharpen it, instead you just twist it from the bottom when it is running low. I really liked this about the eyeliner and found it quite handy.
You can twist it back for the eyeliner to go back inside too, this again is helpful as sometimes when removing the lid of the eyeliner you can end up chipping the pencil.
The eyeliner is quite thin and easy to hold, it fits nicely in between your fingers and when using it, it is quite gentle and so does not pull or tug your skin. The point of the eyeliner is also smooth and not too sharp - yet it still gets applied easily on your eyes.
The eyeliner will last on your eyes for quite a while and so I found myself not needing to reapply it throughout the day which was handy, but it also is easily removed with a makeup wipe.
I give the eyeliner 5 stars as I found it easy to apply and of good quality, one I may purchase again if needed. It does have a nice glimmer effect rather than it being jet black and is available in a range of different shades.
Thanks for reading.
(this review may also be posted on ciao)
I don't wear a lot of Make Up - Usually perhaps a dab of Concealer, perhaps some Foundation and I always wear Mascara, but I do have a little Kit of things for when I need to look a bit more made up, and I have 1 of these in my Make Up bag.
I think the Diamonds range came out quite few months ago. The normal Glimmerstick range has been out for as long as I can remember, but the Diamonds ones just sound a bit more fancy in my view.
This costs £6 normally but this being Avon it is on offer every now and again. When I bought it I got it for £2.99, which was a good price for me.
This comes in a few different shades, but it is just the Black one that I use. Although the other shades do look nice - Plum, Emerald and grey I am just happy with a plain black one.
This comes in a simple slim pen, which is easy to hold and apply. Just take the lid of this and the tip of this glides on easy enough. It doesn't drag the skin at the eye area, and just a light smear of this will shape your eyes.
The colour of this is a Jet black colour and the colour lasts for hours. This doesn't smudge and doesn't budge either, but it wipes straight off with some make up remover.
So what is different to this one compared to the Black in the normal Glimmerstick range? I don't think that there is much difference. I think this one has a slight glossy kind of sheen to it, which is perhaps the Diamond part, but I would say the main difference is the other bolder colours in this range.
A good eyeliner from a good brand. I have used this a few times since buying it and it seems as if this will last a good lenght of time and the tip is still as moist as it was a few months ago when I started using this.
I received one of these in an Avon gift bag that my mum bought me for Christmas.
I received the Black Ice shade but they are available in various different shades.
The best thing about this eyeliner is the fact that it doesn't need sharpening. You just twist the eyeliner up and twist it back down again when you're done with it. The eyeliner is comfortable to apply. The end of the liner isn't too pointed, it's just right. The liner applies easily without tugging and/ or pulling, which is great as the skin around the eyes is very delicate.
The liner defines my eyes really well. I have blue eyes and the black shade really helps to bring the colour out of my eyes. The liner is sparkly, with little light reflecting pigments. This makes the liner great for parties as it adds a little sparkle to your look. You can also get away with wearing the liner for work as the sparkle effect isn't too strong, it's quite subtle and it's actually a nice added touch.
The liner lasts a good while as one coat is more than enough. You don't have to keep drawing this over and over to achive a result. I find that this eyeliner is very long lasting and it's excellent quality too.
A nice creamy eyeliner that's good value even at full price - £6.
I love a good sparkling eyeliner but prefer using pencil liners than the more difficult to control liquid liners and often the pencils just can't get the same kind of bright shimmer that the liquids can. I have a long list of pencil shining liners that I have been disappointed by so when I was flicking through the Avon book and saw a massively sparkling eye decorated with the Glimmersticks Diamond Eye Liner I nearly jumped for joy and filled out my order. I adore glimmersticks, great softness, easy to use, and wide colour range.
Sadly, the Diamonds Eye Liner was just like the Glimmersticks. They are soft, easy to use, and have lots of colours. They are even slightly metallic to the finish. Had I expected a glimmerstick with a slight shimmer I would be overjoyed.
The digitally altered image offers shine and sparkle that looks magnificent. Great big lumps of sparkly, even finish, heavy shine. What a disappointment. Digitally altered images of make up are a real problem for beauty buyers. That beautiful even mascara that looks like false lashes. It IS false lashes. That 'airbrush' foundation that covers every single flaw. It's digitally airbrushed. That anti wrinkle cream? The model used is not only in her early twenties, but she has also had her teeny tiny crow's feet soft focus treated by a talented photo manipulator.
Thank goodness Avon offer a 90 day refund. How many other people are reboxing this up and sending it back to Avon for a refund? This one will land up in the clearance catalogues in six months time. Yet I can't help but wonder whether I would be giving this product a wonderful 4 stars and raving about it had my expectations not been artificially raised. It's a great eyeliner, it just doesn't do what the photo promised it would do. And that's a problem.
I have written a few reviews on Avon products and after using this eyeliner this morning I thought I should do one for this. If you have read any of my other reviews you will know that my mum seemed to have an obsession with Avon for a while. For Christmas last year I received various products and a couple of them were the 'Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner'.
First of all I really like the name, it really appeals to a feminine woman with the diamonds and also gives the impression that it will be really sparkly and quite attractive. I have checked online (www.avon.com) and this item is available for purchase but of course a delivery fee of £3.99 applies so if you know of any representatives in your area (or even if not the website has a search function where you can locate someone who is near to you) then you can look through a catalogue and order therefore deleting the need for a fee to be paid. It shows that regular price is £6.00 however right now (13/08/11) they are on offer for just £2.75 each with a further promotion that if you buy any 2 selected products then you receive a 'Free Beauty Bonus Bag' so they are a very reasonable price if you can get them in a sale or on offer.
The packaging on the outside is quite deceptive. A slim black box with a blue folded top which displays the colour name. It would be helpful if there was a just a sample of the colour inside but then again it is being bought without being seen so I suppose it doesn't really matter. In my opinion it does look pretty boring and bog standard even cheap looking. However as they say 'Beauty is only skin deep' and in this case it is completely true. Once the box is open out slides a sleek slim black pencil that has a nice sheen to it. Unlike a lot of eyeliners instead of this being like a proper pencil this is different in that there is a plastic casing with the pencil inside. In comparison to other brands rather than having to sharpen the end (or risk getting a splinter in your eye) all that is required is for the thin casing to be twisted so there is no need to root around for a sharpner first thing in the morning. I much prefer this style of applicator, not only is it always the perfect shape for applying but it is small and compact without missing lids and the pencil continually getting smaller until it's barely noticable.
The website only seems to show 4 different colours:
Black Ice - Shimmery Black
Emerald Glow - A Deep Green
Smokey Diamond - Smokey Grey
Sugar Plum - A Rich Purple (Shown in the picture above).
I have Sugar Plum which as I said is shown in the picture above. It is a really rich, strong purple. It's actually a lot darker than it looks in the picture. The stick doesn't look too strong. It very easily glides on which is exactly what they advise it will do in the description which states:
'Gorgeously soft and creamy pencil adds a sparkling line to your eyes. Glides on smoothly, won't pull or tug skin.'
I found this statement to be completely true. The pencil was very smooth which I was a little suprised about considering it contained glitter and other liners I have tried with added sparkle have been a little rough. I would say that it is perhaps a little rougher than plain pencils but that is to be expected. It has yet to snap or remould itself into various shapes so is very durable. The cap slots snugly onto the top preventing any stray bits of fluff from the bottom of your bag getting inside or the liner being ruined.
I found the liner easy to apply and 1 sweep provided a very strong, dark colour. Being a blond (In hair colour, not the brain sense!) with pale blue eyes, I found that anymore than one very gentle sweep was just far too dark and made my eyes really small and dull. I stuck to applying it only to the top lid which works well but is still a little dark.
I also have another colour which doesn't seem to be listed on the website. Whether it has been discontinued now or not I'm not sure about but it's called twilight which is a sort of royal blue with the obligatory shimmer. It is a beautiful shade and it suits me much better than the plum one. If I want a darker colour it is easily achieved by being a bit heavier handed and applying 2 or 3 coats but for everyday use just the 1 is plenty. To heighten the colour for a night out and be totally sparkly and shimmery a few coats is required as the shimmer is rather subtle.
I found that both colours had good staying power. Neither ran at any point but I did find that they smudged after a few hours of wear which for the price is not at all bad. I did find that even removing the colour was pretty easy, because of the richness I thought there may be some temporary staining left behind but it came off quickly and effectively. I did notice that my skin was a little dry where the product had been sitting. Whether this was because of the liner or not I'm not sure but apart from that I had no problems with it at all. Definately a great buy when it's cheap although I can't say I would be chuffed having to pay full price for this for me.
I picked up this eyeliner during a promotion in the catalogue, it seemed an offer that was too good to miss. I was looking for a new eyeliner anyway, as my other one had ran out.
I opted for the Black Ice eyeliner, which was a lovely colour, and an eyeliner that was good for creating a smokey eyed look with a bit of sparkle.
The eyeliner felt a bit waxy, but this made it glide on easily to the skin around your lids, creating a well defined line. The product felt a bit sticky at first, but I must say, this goes a way and it the only downfall of the product I can think off (and this is me being really picky).
Application couldn't be easier, as there is no need to sharpen this eyeliner, you simply twist the pencil to get more. This means you haven't got the problem of using a tiny little pencil when you're running out, as well as no longer having to worry about the liner snapping when you sharpen. You simply twist when you need to use. It also makes it easy for you to tell when it's about to run out.
I loved the effect it had on your eyes, a black eyeliner with a bit of glimmer and sparkle which made it something special for that night out. The eyeliner didn't smudge, and stayed in place, which is always a bonus, but blended easily when you wanted it to for the smokey eyed look.
This is one of my favourite eyeliners, and I'd recommend this to anyone looking for something a bit special.
I absolutely love Avon's glimmerstick eyeliners (have written a review on them if interested) and so when they introduced these 'diamonds' glimmerstick eyeliners, I was very keen to try one out!
You can get them on the Avon website in four different shades, these are:
I actually have none of these shades and instead have one called 'twilight' which is a dark blue. I am not sure if they have discontinued this particular shade or if they just have none of this colour left in stock on the website. I do not have an Avon brochure to hand at the moment so cannot check!
These eyeliners are different to their usual glimmersticks because they are sparkly, hence the name 'diamonds'. On the product description on the Avon website it states: "Gorgeously soft and creamy pencil adds a sparkling line to your eyes. Glides on smoothly, won't pull or tug skin."
It does exactly that! I am very pleased with my purchase as just like their original glimmersticks they glide on nicely and do not tug skin, therefore leaving a neat line. I do not need to do a few coats either, unless I want a darker look, but the twilight shade goes on dark enough with just one sweep.
The glimmerstick also twists up and so doesn't need sharpening, which is always a bonus!
They are priced at £5 each at the moment instead of their RRP £6. This is quite cheap but I must add that I have often seen them cheaper than this, as with most of the Avon products their promotions and prices change in every brochure. I paid £3 for mine as it was an Introductory price when the product first came out.
If you like the sound of the colour I own, twilight, then you can still purchase it from eBay if they are not in the Avon brochure. They are also cheap on there priced at around £3 including delivery. I am going to try the Black Ice colour next as it will go with everything I wear, whereas the blue one does not.
If you like Avon's original glimmersticks and would like to add a bit of sparkle to your eyes, then I recommend this eyeliner!
Diamonds version of the poular Avon Glimmersticks eyeliner pencil