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Usually I buy the lipsticks in the Barry M range but after swearing by them for so long I did eventually take the plunge and buy the other products in their range. I'm always intrigued by their girly graphics on the packaging of the products and the colours that they use etc. I always find that the products in their range are affordable too which is always a big bonus especially on a student budget! This glitter eye crayon is a product that I purchased several months ago from my local Boots store using a gift voucher that I received as a thank you gift.
The pencil looks like any other normal pencil but it is a little chunkier than a standard pencil. The body of the pencil is coloured and glittery the colour of the pencil matches with the 'led' in the pencil. In my case I purchased a black glitter pencil as I assumed that it would compliment my kohl eyeliner and go well with a smoky eye look. Also on the body of the pencil is some text, in my case the text was silver/white. The text says 'BLACK GLITTER EYE CRAYON' and has the logo of Barry M emblazoned upon it.
The led itself is super, super soft even to touch it is very soft which I reasoned would be absolutely great as, after all, you do have to use the pencil on a very sensitive area. The pigment of the led also looked very dark which is what I had hoped for. I used the pencil beneath my waterline to create a dramatic, defined look for a night time look. Although the colour was very, very dark the glitter was not very prominent which was quite disappointing. The only time I really saw the glitter was when I scribbled with it on a piece of paper! I tried to use it on my lids to compliment my smoky eye look and this time more of the glitter was visible but not how I would have hoped for.
The crayon was easy to use and apply and did not cause any redness or irritation to my eyes. I also loved the longevity of the product as it stayed put all night with very minimal smudging in fact on occasion I have gone to bed without removing this product before hand and found that in the morning it is still there and not smudged! Overall, I use this product now as more of an intensified eyeliner as it doesn't really work as anything else, if I had another colour then this may work well as an eyeshadow but I don't really want to wear black eyeshadow. I paid around £4 for this product which is quite reasonable but doesn't really do as it says in my opinion.
Whilst I wouldn't say I am terribly experimental with make up products, I can say that I am definitely improving as lately I seem to be trying more and more products, whereas before I would have stuck to just foundation, eye liner and mascara. On the lookout for something new, I decided to try Barry M's Glitter pencils.
Whilst I wouldn't try the smoky look myself - no, ok, I will rephrase that - I wouldn't apply it myself, I wouldn't mind a make-up artist applying it. I just don't know how to do it properly. I thought I would try a simple step and try a pencil.
The Barry M pencils are available in many different colours. The colour I tried was the black one. They cost around £5 from stores such as Superdrug.
The pencil itself is very chunky, which means that you can get a good grip on it - however, some people may prefer a more delicate pencil rather than a big chunky thing which can be difficult to 'move around'.
I applied the pencil by colouring in my eye lids. Simply colour them in as though you were colouring in a picture - simple. The pencil gave a great glittery effect and it looked good when I put it on.
You do have to apply quite a bit of it so that you can see it. I wanted it to really stand out and be black. So you do need to apply quite a bit, otherwise it will just look like shiny glitter.
HOWEVER, as soon as I left the house, the eye pencil had left a very big mess on my eyes. I looked like a panda with glitter around it's eyes. It had smudged everywhere (all up to my eyebrows and under my eyes) as well as 'worn off'. So I was left with a very messy face which I felt very embarrassed about.
The pencil does wear down very quickly and so make sure that you have a correct sized pencil sharpener before you start. I found that as the pencil began to wear down (not right down to the bottom - but where it was left with a not so 'sharp' point, it left my eyelids really sore. Also, because the product contains glitter, it is as though the pencil is scratching your eyelid as you apply it, which I don't like,
This product does give a very bright and glittery effect and so I would say that it best suited for nights out etc and is definitely not something you would wear in the day.
Needless to say I won't be wearing this again and therefore, I wouldn't really recommend this product!
Thanks for reading!
Xd-o-n-z-x / xdonzx
I bought this a few months ago for an 80's Fancy Dress party as I wanted my eye makeup to be very glitzy and over the top to match my sparkly vintage dress. I bought mine from Superdrug and paid around £4.50 for it which I was pleased with, however if I had known how rubbish this was, I definetly wouldn't of paid a quid, let alone almost a fiver. It really is a rip off in my opinion! The eye crayon is also available from a variety of other shops and it's also available online - including the Barry M official website.
The eye crayon is basically an eyeliner, it doesn't have a soft or creamy texture to it at all so I haven't got a clue why it's labelled as an eye crayon but nevermind!! The physical appearence is quite simple, it's not as long as a usual eyeliner and is quite chunky meaning it's easier to grip. I have this in black but it's also available in other colours including vibrant, bold colours such as pink, red, blue etc. Application with this pencil is easy as the nib is a good size however it's quite harsh as it's so sharp and thick - it definetly drags on my waterline and I think it's quite scratchy too because of the glitter particles as the pieces glitter of glitter aren't finely milled - they're chunky. The colour isn't very good. The nib looks very pigmented but when it's on my skin it is actually almost sheer because of the amount of glitter in it. I have only used this a few times and had to put around 5 layers on to get a bold enough look which was time consuming and rather painful due to the scratchiness. The sparkliness is nothing special with just a few speckles of pieces of large glitter.
It has quite a cream, overlly gooey, sticky texture which I hate, it feels like superglue on my waterline and if I fell asleep wearing this my eyes would probably glue together! It feels horrible. Despite how sticky it is, it is useless at using as a primer for glitter or eyeshadow, and the actual glitter in the eyeshadow is really flaky! The texture also makes it awkward to sharpen as it goes gooey in my sharpener and the nib goes mishapen. The only (slight) plus side to the creamy texture is that the product can be easily smuged for a smoky eye look. Overall I am not pleased with this product at all and feel it was a huge waste of 4 odd quid, it's not up to the usual standard of Barry M products and I feel really let down - not one I would reccomend.
I bought a glitter eye crayon a few years. They are chunky, decent sized pencils designed to be used as eyeliners. They are available in a range of colours, not as extensive as for the nail varnishes or sparkle dusts though. There are, however, a variety of colours and I think most people would find at least one or two that they'd like. I personally chose the pink.
The pencils are easy to grip and the colour glides on with little trouble. Embedded in the colour are tiny bits of glitter to create a semi-sparkley effect that's not too over the top. The eyeliner is also easily removed at the end of the day with an eye make-up remover. Attractively packaged and not at all expensive.
I'd tried a lot of the other Barry M products when I bought this and I'd loved the majority of them. I was disappointed with this one though. Despite the colour applying easily and smoothly it isn't very pigmented and fails to stand out in the way that most Barry M products have no problems doing. Even on my pale skin the pink colour was barely visible. The glitter is also a little gimmicky. There's not enough of it for night time glamour and during the day it doesn't stand out or add anything to the colour underneath. Being a large chunky pencil my final gripe is that you need a special chunky pencil sharpener in order to sharpen it. Once sharpened the pencil provides a chunky line so after a little use the line becomes too thick and a sharpen is definitely required. Not a major issue but something you should think about before purchasing; if you don't already have a chunky pencil sharpener you will need to factor in the extra cost.
As the rest of the Barry M range is so good I feel like maybe this is a one of disappointed, limited to the pink version of the eye crayon? I have yet to try another colour and hope that this is the case. From my experiences so far I wouldn't recommend this at all though and a standard, brightly coloured kohl is probably of much more use to you.
I received one of these free with my Barry M order online (using the code LAUREN). I wasn't particularly excited about getting the crayon, but it was free so I was going to take advantage.
I received this in Lilac. I was quite excited at the time, as I thought with the dazzle dusts being a loose powder, i'd be able to use the crayon as a base so the colours would stick to my lid okay. It's very chunky and looks pretty (from the outside).
When you apply this, it's very scratchy. There's glitter in it, but it isn't finely milled and you can feel every little piece as you draw with it. The colour isn't very pigmented, the lilac shade i had basically came out clear with chunks of glitter in. In terms of using as a base, not going to work. The dazzle dusts don't stick to it, even though it feels extremely sticky.
It doesn't last a very long time either, it melts very quickly. I think these retail at about £4, i'm not entirely sure though. They're not good, maybe i just had a bad experience but i can't see the other colours being any better.
I wouldn't recommend this at all. It's quite apalling compared to the rest of the Barry M range.
With so many positive reviews about Barry M products and a positive experience from me regarding a recent purchase in the form of a lipgloss from the range I was inspired into buying a couple of the glitter crayons for the eyes. I've bought some of the glitter dusts but had not tested them (and still haven't) when I came across these and I thought that as the dusts are meant to be so brilliant I'd love to try these as they're very intense in colour when I tested it on the back of my hand in the shop.
The Packaging And What It Is....
It's a chunky pencil with a long clear push on lid. The colour you get is the colour on the outside of the pencil and on it it black writing telling me (in my case) it's a blue glitter crayon by Barry M and on the back also in black writing I'm told the website address (Barrym.com) and their address. It is a pencil that is an eyeshadow that promises to go on creamy and turn into a powder!
Well I was so excited I bought two at once (always a mistake!). I used the one I'm reviewing (the blue one) over my foundation and pressed powder. It went on as as a thick cream. Now you can apply it quite light and the darker you want the more you apply on to the eye lid. Now when I had applied it looked really nice and modern and really opened my eyes up. The glitter was evenly spread and my eyes looked bright I was really impressed with the gorgeous blue I'd achieved however....
I never stopped to think that this was a cream. So once I applied I went out without giving it much thought. Half an hour later I looked in a mirror and was horrified at what had happened to my eyes! The cream had gone into two creases that were dark streaks and the rest was bare! It looked just awful! I smudged it the best I could with my finger and got in a bit of a dirty mess and it didn't look right at all so please note it's hard to correct any mistakes and I'd query if applying it thick it dries into a powder! It didn't for me!
Now it does work if you apply some via the pencil and then smudge it over with your finger but to me that defeats the object of using a pencil in the first place!
Best if you don't use too much and just use a sheer hint of colour and that way you don't get creasing and I would advise to brush a little pressed powder over the top once it's dried (plenty of rubbing in) just to set it. Unfortunately the method I'm advising you to use is the one I'm using and I find that I don't get a fantastic, outstanding trendy shade just something bog standard really and not what I expect from Barry M at all!
Its messy and doesn't give the colour vibrancy you expect from BarryM. Its a right pain! With powder eye-shadows ( I usually use) it just seems easier to apply and this is ok for a sheer hint which is a total shame as the colour on the outside of the pencil is terrific and the glitter does go on really nice and not to thick. The only good thing about it is that it does come off easy with cleanser and toner or wipes.
Another set back that you really do need to sharpen pencils after each use. It goes blunt very fast although not alot of product is used and the pencils will last ages unfortunately for me!).
I really cant recommend this, I'm just not impressed and feel its a waste of money.
Priced at £4.50 per Pencil. Can be found in Boot's and Superdrug.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Let your eyes twinkle, pencil contains extra fine metallic glitter so your eyes will get noticed!