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I wanted to try a blue eyeliner, and for some reason I am absolutely rubbish at using 'normal' eyeliners, the skinny pencils, so I saw this thicker pencil in the shops and decided to try it. I purchased my favourite colour, the matte blue, which is a rich, bright, cobalt blue shade with no shimmer.
The pencil is fairly small, about the height and thickness of a finger. It comes in the colour of the shade you buy, with a clear plastic lid on top. There is no sharpener provided which is a downside, and you might be hard pressed to find one as the pencil is thick and won't be able to fit into 'normal' sharpeners, however, BarryM do sell one which costs around £2 which is ideal for this.
I got this pencil from Superdrug, however they are sold in boots too, and some supermarkets. A wide range of colours is available from soft and shimmery pale pinks and whites, to more bright blues and greens, and classic black. I imagine you could double up and use this as an eyeshadow too, if you got the more subtle shades, however for me the matte blue is too bright to be used as an eyeshadow.
The texture is gorgeously soft and creamy, the coverage is excellent, the colour is bright and vivid, and it does last most of the day without needing further applications. Just try not to rub your eyes, as if this goes all over your eyes it will look silly! Application is very easy and I usually wear this on my lower lash line with a bit of white eyeshadow on my inner eye corners, however I am sure it would look just as good on the waterline or upper lash line, it is up to you how you wear it. I am unsure if it's suitable to wear if you have contact lenses, however I don't, so I can't comment on this. It doesn't irritate my eyes in any way at all.
Another niggle with this product however, is when you do sharpen it, there can be product wastage which is a pain. However, I bought my blue pencil a good 4 months ago, and there is still 3/4 of it left, so it does last.
Price wise, these are, for me, mid-range when it comes to makeup, and are around the £4 mark. I have seen and tried cheaper eyeliners, however none live up to this.
I will continue to buy this when mine eventually runs out, and I look forward to trying other colours in the range.
Eye to eye
I love creating different looks with eye make-up and recently I have begun buying more and more eyeliners! For many years I tended to use eyeshadow as an eyeliner, but eyeliner pencils are my 'thing' right now and I've been trying out lots of different brands and colours.
I am already quite a fan of Barry M products as they are fun and pretty cheap, and products come in a wide range of colours. The Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayons come in five shimmering shades and five matt shades have also just been launched. They cost £3.99 and are widely available both online and from stores such as Boots and Superdrug. The shade I have is the shimmery blue version - the other shimmery shades available are black, brown, green and purple. Go to the Barry M website (www.barrym.com) to check out all the colours you can get.
This eyeliner is quite a bit thicker than normal eyeliners, which according to the Barry M website is to help create smoky eyed looks. The whole of the body of the pencil is the colour of the eyeliner itself, which in this case is a pale metallic blue shade. The 'lead' section of the pencil is definitely softer than other eyeliners - in fact it is more like a crayon as the name suggests. Also because the pencil is fatter than others, the point of the pencil is rounder and fatter too.
I find that this eye crayon is incredibly easy to apply to the eyes. The soft formulation means it just glides on - it is quite creamy so it goes on really smoothly without dragging the skin or feeling at all uncomfortable. It also goes on really evenly. I generally apply this under the lashline, and the bright metallic blue shade makes it instantly noticeable and it has quite a striking look to it - however it isn't too over-the-top. It looks really nice and it is very easy to apply more if you want to. I also find that if you apply this to the waterline it also goes on very easily and it stays put which is an added bonus.
This is also a lovely liner to apply to the upper lid, just above the lashes, and if you are good at doing little flicks then this would be a great colour to use.
Jazz up your look
I love this eyeliner and I plan to buy several others in the range! It goes on really easily without irritating the eye at all, and the colour looks very fresh and fun. If you want to quickly update your look if you're off out after work, for example, this product would be ideal as you can jazz up your eye makeup in a matter of seconds. And despite the fact that it is blue it isn't too over-the-top, and I think you can get away with this for daytime too quite easily. I would say that over the course of a full day you would definitely need to re-apply this but it's a small issue that doesn't bother me - and isn't enough of a problem for me to knock off a star!
All in all I am a big fan of this product. It glides on easily and looks really lovely on the eyes. For £4 I would say this is a great buy, and look forward to expanding my collection!
I bought this from Asos a few weeks ago and love it! It cost £3.99 which i think is an amazing price for such a high quality and effecient eyeliner! There were plenty of colours to choose from, such as:
I bought the black as i like the 'grungey' look, and this is ideal. I don't think it's the best eyeliner for anyone who wants extremely thin and neat eyeliner, but for anyone who likes thick, bold eyeliner ths is ideal! The eyeliner (or 'crayon') is around half the length of a normal eyeliner pencil and is slightly chunkier/thicker. The pencil is designed to reflect what colour the actual eyeliner is (eg, the green eyeliner has a green pencil), which is quite nice as if buying a couple of these it makes a makeup bag brighter and also makes it easy to see which colour is which. On the side of the pencil it reads in golden writing 'Supersoft eye crayon by Barry M'.
Although the design of the pencil is chunky, the tip of the eyeliner isn't overlly big however the tip is quite flat and has a large surface area which obviously provides the thick, bold look. It's easy to apply and the overall finish is not too heavy but it does leave the eyes looking very glam with minimal effort. The texture is high quality and soft. It does smudge easily which is ideal for anyone who's into the emo type look or just wants to experiment with different looks, so this factor makes the eyeliner versatile. It lasts throughout the day without blotching etc and is easily removeable with makeup wipes. I have sensetive skin and have not experienced any discomfort when using this eyeliner.
The only downside i have found is when it comes to sharpening it it can go really gooey and smudgey unless you're careful.
Overall it is quick and easy to use and looks great, and at £3.99 you can not go wrong!
I absolutely adore Barry M make up and I use a lot of product on my eyes so I love using these products. They're cheap, easy to use, come in a great range of colours and work really well.
They come in small pencils, each the colour of the actual crayon. The packaging isn't anything special but the colours are cute and it looks good in my make up bag.
I've got a few of these from different places and the prices have varied from shop to shop, depending on offers and sales. I believe that usually they are priced around £3 or £4 and are available in all the major high street stores like Boots and Superdrug. A friend got a few of these on Asos during the sale and got them very cheap, though that was a special offer. For what you get, the price is very fair.
I basically own all the darker tones; greys and blacks. It comes in a great range of colours if you use more colourful make up. I use mine by smudging it onto my eyelids before putting black liquid eyeliner over the top. You can fade and mix with other colours which can often be very striking. My only problem is that it often slides and fades over the course of the day. That is my only complaint, as I absolutely love this product.
I'd recommend this to anyone and will continue using and buying this product. A great thing to have in your make up bag to change your look all the time.
I've had the barry M super soft eye crayon in black for a while and have always considered it a great little product. It costs around £4 for 2 grams of product and is available in a number of colours and two different finishes (normal and matt).
The chunky crayon format means it's also quite versatile in the ways you can use it. You can put the product all over your lid directly with the pencil, use an eyeshadow brush to pick up some product from the crayon and then apply it, or use an eyeliner/angle brush to create fine lines with the product (although you may want to wet your brush first so it glides easier). This allows it to be used for many purposes;
As an all over shadow on it's own.
As a base to apply an eyeshadow over to create a more intense, pigmented look. This will also help your eyeshadow stay in place because it will have something to stick to... like a primer.
As an eyeliner along the waterline as well as on the eyelid
To be honest I didn't realise how great this crayon was until I got the famed benefit bad gal smoldering eye pencil which I was REALLY excited to try out. At around £14 for 1.4gs it's almost 4 times more expensive, but is it 4 times better? The short answer is no. I started off doing a look using the bad gal pencil, but it just wasn't working for me. It seemed less pigmented and it glided too easily (in a bad way). I eventually chucked the bad gal pencil to one side and reached for my trusty Barry M eye pencil. It was much more pigmented and when I went to blend it or spread the product with a brush there was less compromise in the pigmentation I lost compared to the bad gal eyeliner.
Swatching these two products side by side the main difference is that the Barry M product goes on thicker, I think this is why it blends and spreads better than the bad gal crayon, it's also slightly more matt. HOWEVER as the barry m crayon does go on thicker you always have to blend it out with a brush/your finger to get a really good smooth consistency. In defense of the bad gal pencil I will say that I think it is a truer black, if you really (and I mean really) examine them side by side the Barry M one does come off slightly more brown, but honestly I'm just nitpicking now.
For £4 you really can't go wrong here though.
I am a HUGE fan of the Barry M range but most of the time Ive stuck to buying the lip glosses or lipsticks from this range and never really dabbled in the many products they sell for your eyes. Having said that though the ones I have tried have been fantastic so I had no issues with trying this "Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon" out a few weeks back - a deal made only sweeter by the fact Asos had a massive sale on and I got the pencils for dirt cheap!
Price: £3 - £4
Stockists: Superdrug, Boots, Asos & Amazon
Shades: Black, Brown, Green, Blue, Purple, Matte Green, Matte Blue, Matte Turquoise, Matte Pink & Matte Purple. I personally own the shades Black - for everyday wear & Matte Blue for when I want something a little more noticeable and something that stands out. They can both be used for any time of day though I reckon.
The only difference between these and your average eyeliner is that these will be much shorter and thicker but apart from that there isnt much change. You apply them in the same way and in the same places - the waterline, just underneath the lower lashes, on the top inside of your eye or on the top of your eye in place of liquid eyeliner and keeping as close to the lash line as possible. This pencil can be used on any or all of those places - with the blue one especially it looks so good when your whole eye is framed with the colour and it really brightens up my whole face.
Another slight difference with these pencils are that they are so much softer on your eye which is a really good thing as no-one wants a sharp pencil poking them in the eye do they. But although the are so soft they do go on really thickly and create a bold line of colour is one smooth drawing across - no stopping and starting as the pencil glides on proper smoothly. The extra thickness rather than making you look proper caked in eyeliner makes for a more dramatic effect overall. Particularly with the black and this has become my new favourite thing to use when Im trying to do my smokey eyes before a night out - its super thick and smudges so well what more could I ask for?! Another great thing is that the colour does last ages on your eyes - at least 6 hours before I need to re-apply and I find that to be very good.
Out of the two its hard to decide which one I like better and would therefore recommend so Im going to say buy them all. I will definitely be going back to try out more shades of this because if they are all as good as the ones Ive tried Ill be a very happy bunny. The black is brilliant for making my smokey eyes look much more dramatic and the blue is brilliant to use on its own to create a wide eyed, bright look. I love them both and I highly recommend them.
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If there's one beauty product I seem to always loose on nights out it is eye liner. I'm not sure why exactly but I seem to loose about one a month so I'm constantly buying new ones! On a recent night out I discovered I'd once again lost my eye liner and so had to resort to borrowing my friends which was a Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon, a much thicker eye liner than what I was used to as I'd always opted for a thin pencil. However after using it that night I knew I had to get my own one and purchased it from my local Boots store last week.
The Super Soft Eye Crayon is about four inches in length and has a clear plastic lid that ensures the crayon end doesn't get damaged at all when it's not in use. The crayon has the brand name and the product name written on it in a gold font about half way down and apart from that there's really nothing special about it at all. My friend actually commented on our night out that she personally thought it looked rather cheap and I suppose it does, it certainly looks like it's from your basic make up range rather than any higher end make up range.
The nib on the crayon is quite thick really, very similar to a Crayola wax crayon in terms of size and thickness and there isn't really a scent to it at all. I apply it in the same way I'd apply any eye liner by drawing a careful line under my lower lid and then another line on my upper lid, as close to my actual lashes as I can get. Now as this is a crayon the line is quite thick so I do find I need to use a cotton bud with a bit of eye make up remover on it to just tidy the line slightly as initially it did look a bit like a seven year old had applied it for me!
I've bought the crayon in black and the end result is a really bold and striking black line which looks really eye catching once it's been tidied with a little eye make up remover! The effect is really noticeable and it's a lot more obvious than the effect I get when using an eye liner pencil. The other positive is that it doesn't run or smudge easily, I normally apply a sealant on top of it and find that it stays in place all night and that I don't need to reapply it at all which I've never found with any other eye liner - I've always been constantly reapplying!
The Barry M Super Soft Crayon currently retails at £3.95 and is available from Boots and Superdrug stores around the country. It comes in five shimmering shades (blue, brown, grown, blue and purple) and five matte shades as well (matt green, matt blue, matt turquoise, matt pink and matt purple). I'm definitely going to be investing in at least one more crayon after falling in love with my black one - it's an absolute bargain price, it produces a great effect and it's long lasting. I just need to make sure I don't loose this one on a night out now!
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