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      25.08.2014 16:38
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      A great kohl pencil for the price

      I was converted to the use of navy eyeliners after a make up demo some time ago. Thankfully Barry M do one, shade no four. It cost me just 2.99GBP from the Superdrug website as I couldn't buy it instore.

      The pencil has a sticker on it saying "new formula". It is a while since I last used a Barry M pencil, and that was in a different colour so I am not sure whether there is much difference between the new and old versions. The pencil has minimum packaging, and there isn't a sharpener included. But really I rarely need to re-apply this during the day and I have a stand alone sharpener at home to use when I apply this first thing in the morning so it's a minor inconvenience.

      The pencil is comfortable to hold, being neither too fat or thin which does make a difference to someone such as myself whose hands are not make up steady. The tip feels nice and comfortable - it's definitely one of the softest I have tried. I can't bear eye pencils that make you press hard to impart the colour. This one needs no effort and doesn't drag. The strong colour means a mistake would look horrible so I like the fact that a steady sweep is enough to complete a smooth line of even colour. We all have our favourite ways of applying kohl, but for me just one sweep minimises the risk of any accidental smudging. I am not one for smokey eyes using blue but for the purposes of this review, I tried to create that effect and yes, the eyeliner can be smudged for a smokey look should you wish. It is quite easy but not so much that you end up with smudging when that wasn't the look you wanted.

      I didn't think the kohl would last that long because of its soft texture, but I have been surprised to find that it does actually stay put. It isn't waterproof but failing runny eyes, I get the colour to last most of the day without re-applying. It is definitely fine for a night out which is when I am most likely to use it. It doesn't travel anywhere around the eyes, but the colour gets a little less intense without completely disappearing, after about five hours.

      I don't have sensitive eyes so I am not surprised to have had no problems with irritation when using this. I have also found it easy enough to remove using my usual basic eye make up remover. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the comfortable feel and staying power of a cheap brand. For me the colour is just what I was looking for and I will be buying again. Barry M products are available from many places, including Amazon and Boots.

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      19.02.2013 17:37
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      A so-so product

      Up until recently I was a bit of a makeup junkie and owned my fair share of different bits and bobs which ultimately were becoming a nightmare to find the storage room for. After doing a complete sort through last weekend I decided in my wisdom that a couple of new eye liners were needed, their predecessors now looking a tad worse for wear and so, spotting this Barry M liner, popped it into my basket to see whether I would like it as much as I have the Barry M nail varnish. Whilst there were a good number of colours to choose from, each identifiable by their corresponding number, I opted for a bright purple or number 18 which I hoped would provide a pop of colour when applied to my green eyes.

      ~The Product~

      Although I have referred to it as an eyeliner, this product is in fact a 'kohl pencil' and it comes in a number of colour ways including blues, browns, blacks, greens and in my case purple. The body colour of each pencil correlates to the colour of the pencil lead within whilst the sharpened tip of the pencil is protected with a clear plastic lid. On the body of the pencil the 'Barry M' logo can be seen clearly in a shiny gold text together with the number of the kohl colour.

      My pencil is purple as previously stated and the exact colour is given as 'bright metallic purple'. Taking the lid off my pencil the colour does look like a deep purple whist upon applying to my hand the colour does have a shimmery hue which I assume is the metallic quality of this pencil. The eye liner lead feels soft to my hand however it does take a bit of pressing in my experience to draw a line of colour.

      A sneaky peak at the Barry M website reveals that this kohl eyeliner provides 'super soft but long lasting eye pencils' which are 'packed with dense colour for precise application'.

      ~Application and Results~

      We all like to do our makeup differently and as I'm not a professional makeup artist I do like to put my makeup on in differing stages depending on my mood. However, I tend to put eyeliner on after applying powder and a touch of eye shadow to my eye socket. Following this, and ensuring that the lead of this pencil is sharpened, I apply a line of eye liner to each eye both one the upper and lower lids. On first use of this kohl pencil I began to softly draw the liner onto each eye and then discovering that the colour was not showing nearly as brightly as I had wanted (nor as the colour of the pencil would have me believe) I did rub a bit harder to get the colour to stick. Finally after much rubbing, and with each eye beginning to feel slightly irritated I finished my look with a sweep of mascara to complete the look.

      The results were nice and I was pleased with the pop of purple against my currently pale skin. However I was put off a touch by the quite harsh application which did mean that the pencil was pushed quite hard onto my delicate eye area. In terms of the lasting qualities of this kohl pencil, I found that the colour stayed for a few hours before it needed touching up and therefore I cannot agree with the long lasting qualities claimed by Barry M. Removing this eye liner was a doddle, and it came off easily after a quick scrub with my usual face wash, in fact testing it on my hand as I write I find that just a rub with my finger removes the majority of colour.

      ~Price and Availability~

      This kohl pencil cost me a couple of quid from my local Superdrug store, however it can also be bought online and from Boots for £2.99. This makes it good value for money especially when you consider the amount of colours that you can choose from. However, in my experience the purple kohl pencil is not worth the money unless you feel that the savings outweigh the sore eyes after applying.

      ~My Summary~

      Overall, although this kohl pencil promised a great deal, I was not overly impressed with the results. Whilst I do like the colour of this pencil as well as the ease with which it comes off my skin, I am not very happy with the amount of pressing I have to do with the pencil to make it outline my eyes effectively. Therefore I am reluctant to recommend this product in the colour way that I chose.

      This product scores an average three stars from me, perhaps I will have more success with another colour option.

      Thanks for reading! x

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        02.12.2012 11:48
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        5/5!

        I got this Barry M kohl eyeliner pencil a while back, but I have about 100 eyeliners some of which I really like, so it wasn't a purchase that I really needed to make and I have only just started to use it in the past week.

        ~ Price and availability ~
        This eyeliner costs just £2.99, which is pretty good for an eyeliner. It is available in over 30 different shades including blues, greens, reds and pinks as well as more usual colours like black, brown, silver and white.
        I have this eyeliner in black, which is more than likely the most popular shade.
        It can be ordered online on the Barry M website www.barrym.com and it is also available in Superdrug and any other stores that have a Barry M counter.

        ~ Appearance ~
        The eyeliner comes in pencil form. It is a black wooden pencil with 'Kohl pencil by Barry M' written on the side in small metallic silver lettering. It also has the number 1 on the side which I think is the number of the shade as many of Barry M's products seem to have numbers instead of names for their colours.
        The pencil has Barry M's web address, which is www.barrym.com and their postal address on the back in very small silver lettering.
        The lid is name of clear plastic and sits nicely over the point of the pencil.

        ~ Use and my thoughts ~
        I have found that when this pencil is sharp it is absolutely brilliant!
        The colour transfers onto your skin really easily and doesn't need to be built upon. It is really easy to apply.
        It looks bold and stands out helping to draw attention to my eyes.
        It is really precise and I love how easy I find it to apply. Even with the best eyeliners I have used I usually need to go over my waterline a few times to get the eyeliner to look even, but I only need one swipe with this eyeliner and it looks great above my lash line as well. I often find I struggle to get a nice defined line on my lash line, but this eyeliner is great and it is also great for flicks.
        As I have said in previous eyeliner reviews I prefer to use a proper kohl eyeliner pencil rather than a crayon or liquid liner as I find pencils are more precise and I feel they are less likely to become smudged or wear off.
        This eyeliner is very long lasting on my lash line and can last an 8 hour day with plenty more hours in it, but I always find with all eyeliners that on my waterline it needs reapplication after a few hours! This is no exception and I do need to top up the eyeliner on my waterline after a few hours as it starts to wear off and look a bit uneven.
        I am happy with the longevity of this eyeliner. I have never really done any better with other eyeliners.

        ~ Conclusion ~
        Overall , I think this eyeliner is brilliant. It is so easy to apply and the colour is bold and stands out.
        I have used much more expensive eyeliners, including liners by MAC and Chanel, which in my opinion don't do the job as well as this one.
        It is long lasting, although does need reapplying to my waterline every few hours, but I do find this with other eyeliners as well.
        On my lash line it does not smudge or wear off and is still looking just as great after 8 long hours.
        I really love this eyeliner and it is my new favourite, just pipping Avon's Color Trend eyeliner pencil to the post!

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        01.12.2012 08:25
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        Great product and great price

        Eyeliner is something that I will wear pretty much anytime I wear any make up. I think that it helps to highlight your eyes and the colour I use most often is black. A few months ago I was thinking that I had had my current pencil a few months (you are meant to change them every so often due to hygiene) so I thought it was about time that I bought something new. When trying to get my Very order over a certain amount (it was something like spend £50 save £20) I decided to have a quick look at the make up. I was very pleased when I saw that they stocked Barry M because I have used various items from the brand in the past (mainly nail varnish) and I have been really pleased with the results.

        As I said I ordered this from Very and it was only available in black - that was the colour I wanted anyway so this was absolutely fine. I believe it cost £4 which I think is very reasonable for an eyeliner pencil.

        The pencil has a black barrel and it does look like a regular pencil with the wooden tip and then the black coloured 'nib'. There is a clear plastic lid to cover the nib of the pencil so it doesnt break or get on anything else.

        Applying the eyeliner is easy. I tend to use eyeliner pencils on my lower eyelid and if I do decide I want a more intense look I apply liquid eyeliner to the upper lid. The pencil is soft and I was really impressed with how comfortable it was to get on - there was no tugging or pulling or the need to go over the line plenty of times, instead a thick, neat, smooth line was achieved first time. The eyeliner is a great colour and it is a real solid black, for the price I was very impressed with the quality of this pencil.

        If you prefer a more 'smudgy' look rather than a thick line then this is an easy eyeliner to achieve a smudged yet neat look. However, I have found that if I have a neat line then the liner does not smudge too much throughout the day like some eyeliners do. Although you do get a slight smudge I find that the line remains neat and tidy and by the end of the day it is still solid and looks good.

        The eyeliner does not irritate my eyes at all. My eyes are very sensitive and I have numerous problems with make up and contact lenses etc but this eyeliner causes no problems at all.

        When you need to sharpen the pencil this is easy to do with a make up sharpener and it does not crumble or snap.

        This eyeliner is brilliant and I would certainly recommend it. It is easy to apply and does not tug or pull on the skin. It is smooth and soft and provides a good, neat line which lasts all day. Great value for money.

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          23.11.2012 21:56
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          a great eyeliner

          I love trying out new makeup products out, at my birthday this year I was bought some Barry M products. One of the presents I got was the Barry M Kohl Pencil in Black. This is now one of my favourite eyeliners and I love the way my eyes look when it has been applied.

          Colours Available
          This eyeliner comes is a really wide range of colours. Some of the colours available include pink, blue, black, silver, copper, green and purple.

          Application
          I found that this eyeliner really easy to apply evenly. When I have applied this eyeliner, I find that it looks really nice if I smudge it just a little bit to blend it. I find that this looks great when I am doing my eye make up in a smokey style.

          Results
          This eyeliner has a really nice soft look to it, it has a really nice texture and it goes onto my eyes really nicely. I find that when I am doing smokey eye styles, this is a fantastic eye pencil. I really like that this eyeliner has versatility it can be use for bolder, sharper looks and also it can be used for smokier sexier looks.

          The colour pigmentation in this eyeliner is really good, the black one is really black and comes out really well on my eyes.

          I really like that this eyeliner does not fall down my face when I am wearing it throughout the day, it has really good staying power and does not irritate my eyes or make them feel itchy.

          Pricing and Availability
          You can buy this eyeliner for around £3 in Superdrug, which I think is a good price for an eyeliner, especially one of this quality. I think that I will definitely repurchase this eyeliner when mine is all used up.

          Overall
          I think that this is a really good eyeliner, it comes out really well on my eyes, is versatile and also isn't too badly priced. Overall I would give this eyeliner 5 out of 5 stars.

          *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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          27.08.2012 12:23
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          soft and well worth the money

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          A few years ago when the Superdrug in my town sold it, Barry M sold lots of different coloured Kohl pencils. They have now limited it right down to around 5 colours.

          I always purchase the black Kohl and the brown from boots when I need more. The brown I usually use as a lid liner and the black for an eye liner.
          I have olive skin so brown suits me pretty well.
          The black pencil is black with a clear lid. When an eyeliner is black, it is much easier to identify it in the shop when it has a black case painted on the wood of the pencil.
          They are very easy to sharpen. I use a boots 17 range sharpener for my pencils as it has a small and large pencil hole and keeps the sharpenings inside. I recommend looking at good sharpeners for you eyeliners as depending on the desired area you want it to go on your eye, a sharp point is always best for it.

          As in the photo, they sold red eyeliner. I remember thinking "why would anyone want red eyeliner? surely you'd look like you were bleeding?" and I don't think I ever saw anyone buy them or wear them. In the store they sell blue, black, brown, white and gold.
          I don't think Barry M sell many colours of the Kohl pencils any more due to a more natural look of make up is more universal than red or purple eyeliner.


          The Barry M eye liner isn't unlike most top range eyeliners. It is soft and easy to apply without having to warm it up or feel like glass is cutting through your eye.
          As it is so soft, I do find it gets used up very quickly and I am constantly sharpening it, but for the price and quality, I don't mind. I have to buy one every 2-3 months which isn't too bad at all.
          I don't think you will ever find a "waterproof" eyeliner. You cry, it's going to come straight off as where it is applied over the tear duct, it is going to wash off.

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          Would I recommend this product?
          Yes definitely. I have tried lots of different up market eye liners and this one definitely comes at the top for me. The price was a big part of that due to it being such of a high quality and yet just £2.99 whereas other top brands have theirs at a whopping £4.99.

          I haven't since bought the brown much as I now prefer to use a gel eye liner which is applied with a brush (Maybeline which I have previously reviewed). Where to buy:
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          Boots, superdrug or even online on the Barry M website which you can find through Google.
          Thanks for reading my review

          Helen190390

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            24.08.2012 09:42
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            Would recommend, but despite the price tag, don't waste your money on certain colours

            I'm traditionally a huge fan of Barry M products, in terms of both price and quality, and the pencils are by far one of my favorite products. Coming in a hugely vast range of colours, the majority prove to be long lasting and easy to apply. The pencils themselves are of a standard size and width, the product itself quite creamy, meaning it glides along skin with ease.

            I have found, through experience, the lighter more theatrical colours aren't brilliant. Colours such as the turquoise, red and yellow aren't as strong as the packaging portrays and give quite a weak finish, used as either lip or eye liner. They also have the tendency to end up giving you beautifully coloured bags under your eyes, the colour sinking into creases quite easily. The darker colours, the browns, black, grey and navy blue, however are much more effective.

            The darker colours give a really solid, dramatic line. Out of preference I use mine on my waterline, and find that it easily lasts me until lunch when I go over it again to carry me through the afternoon and evening. Like most pencil liners, it does have the nasty habit of ending up in the corner of your eye, or in other creases, but this can generally be corrected by using a good primer or using eyeshadow to set the liner.

            Overall it is a pretty good, long lasting product. It is just a shame about the more fun colours of the collection being, for lack of a better word, a bit naff.

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            22.08.2012 09:01
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            A disappointing eye pencil from Barry M, which initially offered favourable results

            For more years than I care to remember I have been purchasing Boots No 7 make up products, as I find they offer high quality as well as superb long lasting results. I'm a huge fan of their black eyeliner pencils and would always stock up when I had vouchers enabling me to receive a £5 reduction. However, in a bid to save a few pennies and due to the fact that I had no vouchers in my possessions I decided to seek out some cheaper brands and having read a number of positive reviews on Barry M's Kohl Pencil, I made a purchase in black with this review discussing my experience with using it.

            I found the product extremely difficult to locate, particularly as the brightly coloured Barry M display stand in Superdrug is huge in addition to the fact that there were a good few different types of eye pencils from which to choose. As I am unfamiliar with the Barry M range with the exception of their nail paints I was unable to decipher the various shades of black, which were depicted by a number on the end of the 11½ cm pencil. Whilst the appearance of the pencils gave a good indication of their colours, I didn't want to be confusing black with grey or nearly black, which has been a mistake I've made with other brands. Unfortunately, requesting assistance from the bubble gum blowing member of staff proved to be fruitless, particularly as she half-heartedly looked at me and muttered something about a colour chart. Containing my fury, I returned to the display and after studying the pencils I eventually came to the conclusion that the golden coloured etched number 1 represented the black shade.

            Whilst I do not intend wittering on about the appearance, the pencil gave me the impression of quality with its dominant colour of black together with the attractive golden writing. My requirement for this type of eye pencil is solely for application on my water line, as I prefer liquid liners for my upper lids, as they offer significant precision for creating a dramatic appearance. The pencil offers a thickness identical to that of a writing pencil, so it was easy to hold where I was able to effortlessly create a solid line from the inner corner of my eye to the outer edges. As I prefer a little more definition, I repeated the application and was more than satisfied with the bold black colour that was dispensed. I must admit that I was initially a little apprehensive about applying, as I was afraid the pencil would drag along my skin and catch my lower lashes during the process, but fortunately, this was not the case.

            A couple of hours later I noticed slight dark patches underneath both eyes and on closer examination, I could see that some of the pencil had melted away. Consequently, a quick fix job was necessary to remove my panda appearance and apply further kohl pencil, as there were a few faded areas along my water line. Despite the initial results being favourable, I found that the coverage wore away every couple of hours where it continued to give me panda eyes and I found myself having to reapply the pencil up to five times during my working day. On a positive note, I was pleased to discover that the transparent plastic lid securely fits over the application section of the pencil so there were no worries of it detaching itself in my make-up bag.

            Whilst repeated application is necessary, the lifetime of the pencil is far greater than those belonging to Boots No 7, particularly as I found that it needed sharpening once every eight or nine days as opposed to every few, which is the case with Boots. I cannot report of suffering any adverse effects when using, such as irritation of discomfort to my eyes. In terms of value for money, I paid £2.99 for my Barry M Kohl Pencil, which has since been placed into my emergency make up bag, particularly as I do not wish to be reapplying every couple of hours and tidying up my panda eyes. As a result, I am back to my trusted pencils from Boots and I cannot see my trying out another brand any time soon. I must admit that I was really disappointed, particularly as my initial impressions were so good. It could well be that if only a soft line of colour is applied, the panda effect would not occur, but this pencil is not for me. Whilst there was never much colour remaining by the time I arrived home from work, it was effortlessly removed with a cotton wool ball and baby lotion.

            In terms of rating this product, which should be used within 24 months of opening, I feel it's worthy of only 2 stars and I cannot recommend

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              11.07.2012 01:53

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              My favourite so far

              This is my regular eye liner that I've been using for about three years, and is by far the best affordable eye liner I have ever used. It does have its problems, but they could just as easily be put down to my own carelessness.

              The pen itself is about the circumference of a drawing pencil but is a bit shorter which makes it feel very natural to hold and use. But obviously the tip is a lot softer than that of an average pencil. Applying it is very similar to drawing with a soft pencil so I'd definitely recommend this as a beginners eye liner. I also love the different range of colours this comes in, as it allows a lot of variety and I often use them for experimental make up projects.

              The eye liner usually lasts me about six hours before I need to re-apply it, which is just about right for my average day, but can be a pain on rainy days as it can run and also smudges quite easily in the heat, but from my experience with other eye liners, this is almost always the case. It annoys me that the "lead" inside can often snap making it impossible to sharpen the pencil if I take it out of the house, so I often leave it at home now which seems to be working fine as my current pencil sharpens fine.

              This is probably the only item in my make up bag that I consistently buy.

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              At such a great price, you'll be impressed with the pigmentation and formulation!

              So I bought this eyeliner in the colour 30 White quite recently because I'd seen tutorials online using this to create an illusion of bigger eyes. It was a pretty impulsive buy, but I wanted to just experiment more with makeup.

              ~~Product Description~~
              (Barry M) Smooth, soft and smudgeable! Super soft, but long lasting eye pencils, packed with dense colour for precision application. Every sweep can emphasise eyes or define eyebrows for devastating effect, all can be smudged for extra sex appeal. Our White Kohl Pencil, applied inside the lower lid will help make your eyes look larger, clearer and brighter. Looking for a more intense black kohl pencil, then why not try our Supersoft Black Eye Crayon, Intense Black Eyeliner Pen or Liquid Eyeliner

              ~~Ingredients~~
              Please note that the ingredients actually vary between eyeliners so check if you're interested. The ingredients list is applicable for: No.s 1 to 10 inclusive, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23 to 30 inclusive.

              HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL GLYCERIDES, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, TALC, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, RHUS SUCCEDANEA CERA, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE [+/- CI77891, MICA, CI77499, CI77007, CI15850, CI77742, CI77491, CI15985, CI77289, CI19140, CI45410, CI77492, CI77288, CI77510, CI42090]


              ~~Current Price & Additional Information
              These pencils currently retail at £2.99 - I purchased mine from Boots for £2.95.
              Packaging: I really like that the cap is see-through since you can better tell what colour the product is. The cap is actually quite long for the pencil; I make the cap out to be between 4-4.5cm, which makes the whole length of the eyeliner 13.5cm including the cap. There isn't much writing on the eyeliner, just a basic product description and manufacture details. The colour of the body of the stick is a nice pearly white/cream colour for my White eyeliner.

              ~~My Thoughts~~
              I previously mentioned that the Rimmel SuperEye makeup had pretty good pigmentation for the price... well, the Rimmel eyeliner is nothing compared to this Barry M eyeliner in terms of pigmentation. With this white eyeliner, I get a really, really pigmented, deep white colour. It's really nice and extremely creamy to apply on. One or two swipes of this and you get a really uniform and true white colour. It's really easy to apply and is so smooth to work with. Unfortunately, as I should have guessed, the lasting power was not great. After about 2-3 hours you start seeing it wear away. If you don't mind reapplying, then these eyeliners are really good. I have the white eyeliner, so even after it wears away, it looks reasonably subtle and I definitely don't have to worry about panda eyes.

              ~~Overall~~
              Excellent, dense pigmentation for a really great price (£2.99!) This experience has made me really interested in trying other Barry M products. I liked the colour payoff so much that I do want to buy a few more of these eyeliners since I've been really impressed by the creamy formulation that makes these eyeliners a dream to apply. I've mentioned that they aren't really long lasting on me, but I really like the positives about this so much that I would probably want to use this eyeliner on the occasions when I don't require long-wear e.g. short trips. I'm really liking the colour range that these come in - there are SO many colours that I'm sure there is something for everybody. On the Barry M website there are 20 different colours available ranging from your good old Black colour to really bright colours such as Kingfisher Blue! 4 out of 5 stars from me!

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              21.11.2011 15:41
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              A decent eyeliner, well worth £2.99!

              When wearing eyeliner I prefer just a thin black line underneath my eye to add definition rather than a more dramatic look so I always opt for a black kohl pencil as I believe this style of eyeliner suits my needs best. The trouble is, I can never find that perfect one I can just stick to! I always seem to find faults with each product (usually about its staying power) and so am constantly buying and trying new and different pencils.

              My most recent purchase in this department was this Barry M Kohl Pencil. I brought this from my local Boots store costing £2.99. Barry M products are also sold at Superdrug. As the picture supplied by dooyoo shows, these pencils come in a lot of different colours. These include black, white, grey, pink, green, blue and orange! So if you are looking for a more colourful look then these pencils may be of use to you also.

              Appearance wise, the pencil just looks like your typical kohl pencil. The main body colour is the colour of the eyeliner, I went for black thus the colour of my pencil is black also. It also has a clear plastic lid which will stop your eyeliner from breaking and smudging in your make-up bag. It's about the same length as a typical biro pen and is thin enough to fit inside most standard eyeliner pencil sharpeners.

              When applying the eyeliner I find I have to apply a couple of coats to get the dark colour I am after however the eyeliner does feel really soft and doesn't irritate my waterline so I don't mind doing this.
              Once applied the eyeliner does look good and gives me that definition I want without looking too over done.

              My main trouble with eyeliner is that it doesn't stay put for very long. Normally I'll catch sight of myself in a mirror a few hours after application to my thin line of eyeliner just below my eyeball is now a 3inch thick line of eyeliner which is very nearly touching my cheeks! Not a good look I think you'll agree.
              Thankfully, I don't have this problem with this eyeliner. It pretty much stays put until I remove it. It doesn't smudge down my face or fade. It certainly has staying power!

              I've had no problems removing the eyeliner with my usual eye make-up remover and, best of all, this product is vegan friendly! No animals were harmed in the making off my defined eyes.

              All in all I would recommend this product, it's definitely one of the better kohl pencils I have tried (and I've tried a lot)! It's cheap, lasts quite a while, is applied and removed easily and has staying power.

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                02.09.2011 11:57
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                So a long while ago, I decided to get a bit experimental with my makeup. As you can see, I'm a dyed red head, and there aren't a whole lot of cosmetic/ beauty products aimed at the flame haired demographic. (I'd kill for some red kirby grips, for example!)

                I went through a faze where I really wanted to pencil by eyebrows to match my hair. However, it would appear that 'red' brow pencils don't exist. I got a bit imaginative and went for the next best thing, Barry M's red Kohl pencil.

                I find it interesting that they call this an eyeliner when it's bright red. I've yet to come across anyone who lines their eyes with red, apart from perhaps on Halloween. I got this from Boots for £4, which is more expensive than the budget brands, but cheaper than some of the more luxury brands.

                It appears to be of quite high quality, though - it's quite highly pigmented, and the consistency of the pencil is such that it's not too soft that it doesn't look defined, and not too harsh as to look obvious. Using the pencil on my brows gives them quite a nice reddish tint, which lasts for ages without the need for touching up.

                Quite recently I found another use for the pencil - as a lip liner. I've never bothered with lip liner before, until someone I know insisted that it was the only way to get 'proper' retro style looking lips. It draws on lips quite well, although it seems to draw quite a thick line, whereas I'd prefer just a ver thin outline I can then cover with my favourite lippy. However, the thick line may just be due to my own inexperience using lip liner. It lasts quite well on lips, too, and being a brihgt red colour, goes well with my choice of lipstick.

                This is a very versatile, good quality makeup pencil, and I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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                14.07.2011 21:52
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                Affordable & Good Quality Eyeliner!

                I am always trying out new eyeliners and i recently bought this Barry M eye pencil from Asos. I paid £3 and got free delivery as Asos don't charge for delivery which was great. This pencil is available on alot of other websites too and is available instore in cosmetic type shops such as Superdrug, Boots etc for around the same price that i paid.

                The pencil is available in 3 colours on the Asos website, and i'm sure it will be available in these colours in high street shops too. The colours available for choice on the Asos site are:

                Grey
                Navy Blue
                Bright Emerald

                I was dissapointed that there was not a black available but i assume that it must of either sold out or it simply is not available in this range. I got a grey pencil as i like to keep my eyeliner basic rather than OTT, and grey is a nice, discreet colour in my opinion. I was expecting quite a marl grey as the Asos catelouge picture shows it to look quite a light shade, but in reality the shade of this particular eyeliner is almost black, which for me was an advantage but for anyone after a silver tinted grey this is not for you.

                The physical appearence of the eyeliner pencil is basic, and just like any other eyeliner. The pencil matches the shade of the product, for example my grey one is a grey pencil, and an emerald green one is a green pencil. There is gold writing on the pencil which reads 'Khol Pencil by Barry M'. The pencil is quite thin but not ridiculously so and the sleek design allows easy and accurate application.

                The texture of the eyeliner is lovely and soft, and glides on with ease. No pressing down is needed. The colour stays on the skin well without melting away and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all. It is a soft and blendable texture, however it does smudge if i'm not careful when applying it and i often have to neaten it up after application because it tends to bleed (very) slightly, but overall i do feel this is a good product and is high quality as well as been an affordable and attractive looking product. It also lasts well throughout the day and doesn't blotch.

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                23.02.2011 21:05
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                would recommend it

                I never seem to have much luck with eyeliners and I go through stages of wearing it before I decide that they are rubbish and stop! They are always pencil eyeliners though as I really can't apply liquid eyeliner! I spotted this on ASOS so thought that I might as well give it a go!

                Barry M has always seemed like really good quality make up to me, so I was surprised when it wasn't actually that expensive compared to most other brands of make up, it was only £3 for a nail varnish or an eyeliner although the prices do increase for other things such as lipstick. The main focus of their brand seems to be the colours which is why their nail varnish range is so varied, the foundation etc isn't really concentrated on. You can buy it in Superdrug, the bigger Boots stores and on ASOS. You can also get it on amazon, but looking now it seems to be quite expensive.

                It looks like your average eyeliner really, a thin average length pencil, and it is the colour of whatever colour you pick. It has a clear lid, you really need to make sure that this is on properly because mine fell off quite a few times in my bag and now I have to replace the kohl because its got really dirty in my bag and snapped loads. It is really easy to apply, but a lot easier when it is sharp! It has good staying power yet also comes off quite easily, a winning combination!

                The range of colours that it comes in is really good, including gold, silver, green, blue and many more. The one that I use is grey and this is really my favourite colour of eyeliner ever, it seems to go with everything! You can make it into smokey eyes, wear a little bit everyday or put a lot on for a special occasion!
                Would definitely recommend this

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                  28.01.2011 11:15
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                  My make up bag must have

                  I first discovered Barry M kohl pencils a few years ago now. I was sick of all my eyeshadows, fed up of how much time it took to blend and apply with those piddly tiny applicators. I'd never had much of a steady hand for eyeliner pencils, but noticed some of the Barry M ones reduced to £1, so thought at that price, I couldnt complain if I only ever used them once. So, I treat myself to a nice silver one, thinking I would start with a nice light colour.

                  Unlike some barnds, the Barry M kohl pencils do not come super sharp. I think this is where my probl;ems had started. I just could not use the pencils if they had a really sharp point to them. The Barry M ones had a nice tip, but instead of pointing, its rounded. As soon as I began applying, I felt the difference, and afterwards, I didnt have bodged up, wobbly lines, so the I could see the difference, too!

                  The first thing I loved, was the feel of the pencil as I applied. It wasnt' a heavy, dragging feeling, but it was super smooth, and glided over my skin like a wax crayon instead. So soft, I could hardly feel it! It applies to the skin so easily that you dont need to add any excessive pressure, so its a nice, gentle product to use too.

                  As I said, my first colour was silver. I applied gently for my first go, and as I had got it straight first time, I decided to go over it again. This soon taught me that I can add a small amount for a nice, simple daytime look, or I can add more and build up the colour to create a great dramatic look too. Another great thing is that even if you add the kohl pencil to build up a really heavy line, you cannot feel a build up on your eyelid, so it doesnt weigh your eyes down.
                  Also no matter how heavy I applied the colour, I have never got any clumpy bits come off, another bonus!

                  The ease of applying has seen me return to the Barry M make up stands many times over the years. I have a huge array of colours now, and they range from nice soft colours, white and brown and pink, to many bright colours, reds, blues, purples, neon pinks plus just about every other colour in between!
                  I love that these products stray away from the 'usual' colours of blacks, browns and whites, and delve into such a colourful world - I have eye pencils in every colour imagineable and can match them to whatever outifit Im wearing!

                  One thing I have found, is that especially when I am wearing a very bright colour, or if I am wearing one quite heavily, I need to 'prime' my eyelids first, or after a while, the colour begins to transfer to the top of my eyelid, and I end up with a ring going round my eyelid, so to porevent this I apply a base coat of a neautral shade of eyeshadow to the lid, and this prevents any colour leaking anywhere!

                  Removing the colour is the only slightly tricky part, especially if applied heavily. I often find my mascara very difficult to remove, yet even when the mascara's gone, I can still see traces of colour on my eye lid, definately around the top of the lash, as if the colours clinging on. Thats the only downside to these colours!

                  I tend to buy my Barry M cosmetics from Superdrug, and have paid various prices for the kohl pencild, ranging from £1 to £2.99 depending on what offers are on. There is a huge variety of shades to choose from.

                  They are worth the money, you get lots of usage out of them. The pencils are a good 3-4 inches long, and the same width as a normal pencil so are easy to sharpen in a normal pencil sharpener - although I do tend to have a little scribble on some loo paper after sharpening to give them back that nice, rounded tip.

                  You can also buy the eyeliners direct from the Barry M website - www.barrym.com

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