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This Barry M Shimmering Eye and Lip Crayon was bought for me as a little gift by a friend. I had not tried a large chunky eye crayon type pencil before so I was very curious to test it out. Barry M is a lovely brand to buy good value and good quality cosmetics from, and I have been buying their make up more and more frequently lately.
Of course, this was a gift, so I'm not sure exactly how much it cost, but my guesses based on other Barry M products I have purchased in the past are that it was not too much of an expensive product; I estimate it to have cost around £4 to $5. Not bad for this kind of product.
This has a rather simple but aesthetically appealing design to it. It is chunkier than a normal eye pencil, with a wider diameter and therefore will not fit into an average sized eye pencil sharpener. I will have to invest in a larger jumbo sharpener soon, but as of yet I have not depleted this crayon to that stage. It lasts quite a long time. The pencil section is more blunt than an eye pencil so you can cover larger sections but with this you sacrifice some precision.
I have this in Shade 1, a shimmery off white colour (heading towards creamy god hues). This is rather nice and it is a neutral colour. You can obviously buy these in other, pastel like colours.
Three principal uses for this:
This light colour is good for highlighting your eyes or just small sections around your eyes. What I like to do is to apply my eyeliner and eyeshadow as normal and then highlight the corners of my eyes using this in order to add emphasis. This glides on your eyes quite easily and has a rather creamy silky texture that stays on for hours and feels nice to wear.
*Helps eye shadow to stay on longer
This creates a good base for your eye shadows. Simply apply it over your eye lids, and then apply your eye shadow over that. I find that it is good for making your eye shadow stay put for a bit longer than it normally would. This is a good technique, I find, especially with those eye shadows which have a tendency to fade after only a few hours.
It is fairly easy to apply this on your lips. Even though I dislike the thought of eye and lip products mixing, I have tried it on my lips once. I liked the effect of the pale shimmering colours, so unlike the normal reds and pinks I am used to wearing. It looks good from far away, but on closer inspection it is obvious that the crayon has clumped up in the little creases on my lips which creates an effect that is not too aesthetically pleasing.
Altogether, this is a good crayon by Barry M with many uses and it is an interesting tool to have handy on you. I would recommend this product with 4 out of 5 stars.
I do like Barry M cosmetics. They are bright and fun, and seem to unashamedly encompass every colour of the rainbow. And recently when I ordered one or two items from the company's website I received this eye pencil as a freebie. I was really looking forward to receiving it as I had just watched one of the excellent tutorials on the website that used this very product.
There are seven different shades available and the freebie I received was in gold. As this is Barry M, the other colours available are varied and include green, blue, pink and silver.
Although this is described as a crayon it really resembles a chunky eyeliner pencil. The outside is a very pale slightly shimmery shade of gold with black writing and there is a clear lid covering the top of the pencil.
As soon as I received this I tried it out on the back of my hand and was pleased with how pretty it looked. Although it is a very pale shade (the 'lead' actually looks white at a glance), it had a really pretty shimmer to it and I was looking forward to seeing how it would look on my eyes.
To apply this I simply used strokes of the pencil over my eyelid. Immediately I felt that this looked weird and patchy on my eyes - the texture of this product has a slight greasiness to it - hence the crayon name - and this really didn't work for me. I had to use a fingertip to smooth this over, but to be honest this left me with very little colour on my lids and the whole look was very underwhelming. Something about the texture of this just didn't work, and I was left with a slightly patchy looking hint of pale gold on my eyelids.
Although I do in fact always use a primer under eyeshadow, I did try this without for the sake of this review and I found that this creased on my eyelids almost instantly! Again this is due to the texture of the crayon.
Now of course this is an eye and lip crayon, but I really didn't want this going anywhere near my lips - a pale gold shade is really not what I want on my lips. But for the sake of this review, I did have a swipe of this on my lips just to see how it performed in terms of feel and texture, if not colour! Again I found the texture did not work for me when applying this to my lips. It looked patchy and unpleasant, and it really didn't feel nice when I rubbed my lips together. Even despite the odd colour, this just looked horrible on the lips and even if the colour had been spot on, I wouldn't let this go near my mouth again!
I feel bad giving this only one star but it really doesn't deliver for me, which is a shame as I usually love Barry M products. But the texture of this crayon is a problem for me. It means application is patchy and a bit tricky, and it just doesn't look very good. I am not really sure if I'll ever use this again which means it may well be heading for the bin sadly.
Where to buy and how much?
The Shimmering Eye and Lip Crayons come in seven shades and cost £4.59 from the Barry M website. There are four shades available on the Boots website - where you will also receive 12 Boots Advantage Card points. The range is also available in branches of Boots, Superdrug, TopShop on Oxford Street and so on.
I'm generally sceptical of pencil products, but these multi-purpose chunky crayons are the kind of fun, intriguing creation I've come to expect from Barry M. A big pencil that you can use on your eyes, lips, even cheeks - basically anywhere you'd want a nice bit of shimmer? All for £4.59? I just had to have a look.
PACKAGING: The crayons resemble big pencils, pretty much, with a coloured core encased by wood, a firm plastic outer layer and a clear plastic cap. The chunky size means you get a lot of product for one pencil, but one drawback is keeping the crayon sharpened. A regular sharpener won't accommodate something of this diameter, but a double sharpener with a hole for larger pencils should be sufficient. (Barry M manufacture their own duo sharpener, though I don't use it.)
COLOUR: There's a range of seven colours, all in the vein of pastel or highlight shimmers. My favourites are Gold (1) and Marshmallow (5), which I chose since they were more nude and versatile - I can't imagine using a green or blue pencil on your lips often! Gold is a gold-white highlight, useful for the brow bone, and Marshmallow more of a versatile peachy nude for the whole eye and face. The pigments are all rich but subtle to apply, and the shimmer can be built up with a few extra strokes.
APPLICATION: I have mixed feelings about how well these crayons apply. On the positive side, they're so convenient and fun to use, producing a refreshing pop of colour in a few seconds; they're creamy and soft, easy to blend, and the shimmer is subtle but makes a big difference if you need a quick way to brighten yourself up. On the negative side, the pencil's tacky texture is a bit uncomfortable on the skin, feeling like something that isn't drying properly; though easy to blend, they're also easy to smudge too much, losing their colour. They also don't really work for some of the advertised functions: they aren't great on the lips, unless you like the lingering woody taste of Crayola shavings, and though they can work as a short-term base for eyeshadow, they ultimately crease too easily.
WEAR: Their longevity is great in un-risky areas like the browbone, where they last me most of the day as a highlight, but as an eyeshadow substitute they aren't hardy enough to last all day (especially on oily lids). I find they're ideal for a brief few hours' wear, on their own as a daytime look, like when I'm rushing out and need to wake my eyes up with a light colour and touch of mascara.
Though not perfect to apply or wear, compromising longevity for versatility, the crayons' ease of use and sheer handiness just tips the scale in their favour. They're great for highlighting or adding a dash of colour and light when you're in a hurry. I don't think they work or deliver on all the levels promised, but they're still very useful to keep around.
Barry M is a make-up brand which I have really come to admire over the last couple of years, Not only does it sell genuinely exciting products in every colour imaginable, but it is also easy on the pocket. My latest purchase, was the shimmering eye and lip crayon, which is available in 7 shades: Gold, Pink, Turquoise/Blue, Marshmellow, Violet, Golden Broze and Green.
I purchased "Marshmellow" for around £4 from Superdrug. All 7 shades are also available on the Barry M website.
The design of the pencil is similar to the Barry M eye crayon I use, which is much chunkier than a standard eye pencil. The crayon itself is the same colour as the pencil, depending on what shade you buy, and contains a clear plastic lid to protect the pencil, and also see what shade you are getting before you buy (although I always try the testers first!).
The crayon is wider than a standard eye pencil. I found that with the width, you can colour in a surface with ease, yet you can still get the precision if you sharpen the pencil first. It is also helpful for application, as sometimes with a thin pencil you can make mistakes because of the awkward angle and how thin the crayon is, but with a slightly bigger width I find it's easy to hold onto.
The colour I chose, Marshmellow is a very soft, pretty 50's esque shade, and suits my pale skin as it adds a hint of pink to my eyes, yet not overly so. The pencil is very workable, as it's not solid in texture as some eye pencils can be, infact it glides beautifully if I have applied foundation first to my eyelids. The overall effect is very subtle, especially as it blends quite easily. I would say the effect it gives makes it look like I have used a highlighter, as it's quite a natural, pretty shade.
The effect is slightly pale metallic, however you can work this in to make it more and more subtle, depending on how much you want it to stand out. I also noticed quite fine iridescent particles when testing this product on my hand, which again is subtle making it suitable for daytime use, and it's certainly not OTT 1970's disco or anything like that!
Perhaps my only qualm with this product, is it states it is for the Eyes and Lips. I tried it on my lips and found it quite awkward and well... like I had tried an eye pencil on my lips. Perhaps they meant as a liner and not on the lip itself? Either way, I think this pencil is best suited to the eye area, perhaps over the cheeks also to highlight them if you were to really work it in so it gave a subtle shimmer.
Also, if I apply foundation to my eyelids before applying this product, although it gives a great base it can also crease a little throughout the day so I occasionally have to blend it in a little more if perhaps I applied too much product, or didn't blend it well enough to begin with.
My overall view of this product, is it's a really fabulous way of adding colour and a sense of warmth around the eye area, especially if you team it with mascara and perhaps a little eyeliner underneath. The shades available seem to be for all skin tones, and are light and workable. If you are after a light shimmery eye crayon, then I would recommend this product.
Barry M is one of my favourite make up brands. It is not too expensive and is vegetarian and not tested on animals. The range and brightness of the colours are also really good. One of the first things I tried was the Shimmering Eye and Lip Crayon number 3 which is a pastel pink colour.
These pencils come in seven colours - gold (1), pink (3), turquoise/blue (4), marshmallow (5), violet (6), golden bronze (7) and green (8). According to the Barry M website (www.barrym.com/shimmering-eye-and-lip-crayon) these pencils can be used on the eyes, lips and face and add a subtle shimmer. The formulation is a soft powder which means the colour can be smudged and the sharpened point means the pencil is easy to handle. The pencils are £4.50 each and can be found in most Superdrug's and Boots as well as online. You need a thick pencil sharpener to be able to sharpen these pencils when they go blunt.
I own four of the pencils, 1,3,7 and 8. I have tried them all but have used the pink one the most often. I find them very easy to apply. They are very soft and so I apply them by colouring in my eyelid and then blending the colour in with my finger. They don't leave a bright colour but leave a lovely shimmer with a hint of pastel colour. They work well as a base for the loose dazzle dusts or for other brands of eye shadow. They can also be used on their own with eyeliner for a simple, summery look. The pencils last a long time and so the £4.50 is quite a good price in my opinion. Although Barry M say that these pencils can be used on eyes and lips, I definitely wouldn't use them on my lips as I don't think they would look good. However, I think some people might use the pink colours on their lips if they like pastel lipsticks. Overall, I love this product. I will probably buy the other colours as well. They are quick and easy to apply when I want a simple look.
These pencils come in a good range of colours and the formulations are excellent.
I think these could be used by anyone, young or old as they are easy enough to use unlike shadow, with which you can expect fallout.
These can be used as brilliant eye bases (for before you apply shadow) as they give eyeshadows something to stick to and you'll notice that your eye make up will look a whole lot better if you use some sort of a base.
They can also be used on their own to offer a light shadow look, which is perfect for daytime and daily use.
They can also be used as highlighters (the white and gold versions) for along your nose, in the corner of your eyes, on your browbone and on your lips (on the cupids bow area only to give the illusion of bigger lips).
The pencils are nice chunky pencils, but not so chunky that you can't apply them properly and the formulations are brilliant, very creamy not rough to apply, very smooth and the colours last long too.
I can't get enough of these, and always have them in my make up bag, as they serve a range of purposes not just one.
BarryM shimmering eye and lip crayon comes in a variety of different colours, with my favourite being the light blue. I have been using quite a few of the different products by BarryM and this one has by far been the best for me.
The actual crayon is very easy to grip onto, as it's so chunky. So you won't find it slipping out of your hand.
The colour is really easy to apply, I use it on my eyes, not my lips probably because I think it could look a little bit strange.
When it is on your eyelids it looks pretty good and it delivers quite an even finish. It doesn't sting your eyes or do anything dodgy like that to you, and the surface area of the crayon is too big to give you a dangerous stab in the eye. What more could you ask of a an eye crayon?
I think I would recommend this crayon to people that want to achieve a nice, smooth and neat finish for their eyes or lips. It lasts a good time and stays on for a good amount of time too.
Thanks for reading.
I was on the barry m website a while back and was happy to see that their products were vegeterian, their eyeliner had also been mentioned in a few magazine of mine at the time and loads of celebs were meant to be using them. The next time I popped into superdrug I bought some (I was happy to see it is avalable in every store I have been to so far as it is hard to get vegeterian products). When I tried the product out I was very happy to see is was super creamy and easy to apply, not like most of the others I have tried which scratch as I apply it inside my lower lid. My eyemake up looked very sophis' and elegant...while it lasted. One disadvantage of the super creamy formula was that it did tend to smudge everywhere...which isn't a bad thing if you want to sport that look, but if you want it to be all neat and tidy, I recomend using something else cos with this product there is no guarantee it will not smudge. If you do want to use this and want it to stay in place, remeber more is less. If you are looking for that smoky look you have found the perfect product. It also lasts AGES, I have had it for well over a year now and it still has a good couple of years left in it. The advantage of this being a pencil is that everytime you sharpen it, the bacteria will have gone, so no more nasty eye infections plus liquid eyeliners are great but you can't wear them inside your lower lid. Comes in 5 colours, my best are: Black: always a classic favourite, plus this is a very dark soft elegant colour. White: when applied inside the lower lid will help make your eyes look larger, clearer and brighter. Go to http://www.barrym.co.uk/eyes.cfm when I bought this eyeliner it was £3.99 but on the website it seems to have gone down to £2.99 plus they now have much more brilliant products. (You don't have to buy of the website, your local superdru store should stock it) Plus this prod is
fantasic when it comes to sensative eyes, I have REALLY sensative eyes, this product is great, the best out of all the leading companys when it comes to sensative eyes. I have tried other of barry m's eye make which are fab and good for sensative eyes like this eyeliner. I hope to write a review about them soon.
Now this is FUN! No spindly little eyepencils that slip about your fingers here, oh noo, they call this a crayon and they ain't kidding! It's big, chunky and perfect for the smoky-eyed look that's especially popular in the party season. I know because I just tested it - it lasted the night very well and hasn't gone all creasy, despite its soft application. It's ideal for the Bardot sort of eyelining - Jennifer Lopez is sporting a similar look lately, all smudgy black-lined eyes and pale lips, as is teen rocker Avril Lavigne for those of you not an old bag like me! Whether you like them or not, if you like makeup then this look is a bonus at parties - you can eat all the cheese puffs you like and not worry about your disappearing lipstick as with eyes lined this seductively, no one will be looking at your lips!! :) This crayon goes on smoothly and you don't need a super steady hand to achieve a super smoky look. This might be a more helpful option if you've not had much joy with eyeliner pens. The skin on your eyelids is much thinner than elsewhere on the face, so a soft eye crayon like this is more preferable to a scratchy sharp eyeliner. Also, no dragging therefore means no new wrinkles, yeeehaaaah! Barry M has been in business for years, but have never been involved in animal testing. They also enjoy a somewhat cult status without exhuberant pricetags. I have never been irritated by their products and can certainly recommend the Super Soft Eye Crayon. It costs £3.95, which I think is reasonable for its application and performance. It's so big and chunky it will last too. The only stumbling block may be actually finding the Barry M range. Some independent chemists and beauty retailers do stock Barry M products, but you might have more luck shopping from your sofa on their website - www.barrym.co.uk - which is very easy to use. They only charge £1.95 for UK delivery and aim to get your goods
to you within 48 hours. Not bad. They also sell glittery Eye Crayons to jazz up your lids if you fancy trying those on their own or to complement this Super Soft Eye Crayon, which as far as I've seen only comes in Black. Now if only I had Vince Vaughn to make bedroom eyes at... :)
Extra soft formulations with a thicker application to help create that smudgy, smoky eyed look /