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I like the Benefit range of beauty products and have bought a few of them over the years. I buy new items from Ebay because I find they are much cheaper and worth buying to give them a go. I bought this one from Ebay a while ago.
It comes in a cardboard box, which is black and pink and has the name clearly on the front. It is a chunky pencil and really easy to hold in the hands. It has a removable top which I find really easy to just pull from the pencil with no problems at all.
The pencil is pink and the end of the pencil is a black colour. The tip of the pencil is quite a wide black tip. It is a good idea to keep the tip well sharpened so that it glides across the eyes much better and doesn't scratch the skin. This one needs to be sharpened using a sharpener which can sharpen chunky pencils. I have one which sharpens large and small pencils and this pencil fits well inside it. it sharpens well too.
It is very easy to just glide the pencil over the eye lid near to the lashes. It is a soft feeling on this area and it doesn't scratch. You just need to gently glide it across in one sweep if possible so that the line is even. If you make a mistake, it is very easy to remove from the eyes and then to start again. The very first time I used this pencil I was too heavy handed and the line was too heavy and thick on the lid. So I just removed it and just gently moved it across really slowly and the line was less heavy. With this one in my opinion needs a little bit more practice than when using a thinner pencil. Practice makes perfect and the more you use this one, the more it becomes second nature in my opinion. The less heavy handed you are with it, the thinner the line. If you like a heavy thick line look, then it doesn't matter so much but at my age being in my 50's a thicker line look doesn't suit me too well. A thinner line can be achieved by just gently gliding it across the lid. I do pull my skin slightly and then gently glide the pencil across, that way I can get a more even line and do it in one sweep. I don't have to use it twice and get a broken line. A broken line does show on my lid because the centre is more raised than the outer parts of my eyes and is noticeable but with practice and patience the direct line can be easily achieved.
What I do is after the fine line is on my lid, I blend it with a soft brush, it blends really well and gives that smouldering look it is designed to give on lids. With this pencil I can easily achieve the smoulder look perfectly. It just gives a more natural look to the lid for my age group. Give a little darker colour over my eye shadow near to my top lashes. Used with an eye shadow it does help make the eyes more alive and open, it tends to make my lashes look more longer for some reason. I have very long lashes but this pencil just enhances the lashes and lids a whole lot more. I would say if you have small eye lids this one may close the eyes a little but for my lids being larger, it doesn't tend to make my lids look smaller using a fine line on them.
I use it just under the eyes too, just at the corner of my eyes and not all of the way along the lower lashes. I find using it all the way under my lower lashes doesn't give a good look for my eyes personally but if you are a young person who can get away with using it all the way across, this one is a good one to use but for myself, I don't like the look because it is too heavy.
I love this pencil, it is really easy to use and you can experiment with it and easily achieve the look you want for your eyes. It blends perfectly and doesn't require much effort. The black becomes more of a dark grey when blended and not a dark black colour when not blended.
I don't use this pencil every day but I do use it for both daytime and evening wear, it is suitable for both in my opinion. I initially bought it for evening wear but found I liked the look that much that I then began to wear it for my daytime make up.
It is one which I find does last all day without having to top up, it can last from morning until bedtime from my experience of using this one.
It can easily be removed using a good cleanser, a good quality cleanser will melt it away from the eyes without stinging them.
I think this is ideal for younger people to wear using a thicker line and I think it would look super worn with false eye lashes and for wearing when out clubbing. My days of clubbing stopped a good few years ago lol. But if I was far younger I would most certainly wear this for clubbing that's for sure.
The quality of this pencil is a really good one. I cannot fault the quality of it at all and I bought mine from Ebay for just £5 and I am really pleased I bought it too.
I highly recommend this pencil if you are wanting one which blends well, give the eyes a really nice look and is really easy to remove from the skin.
I will buy another one in the future because it gives my eyes the look I am happy with and I will buy it again new from Ebay. I think this one is priced over £20 and so for £5 I got a real bargain in my opinion. Have had it just over a year and the pencil still has lots of life in it.
Also on Ciao under my username pinky50.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I have no loyalty when it comes to make up brands. I tend to buy what I like and avoid what I don't like. My make up bag is full with a variety of brands one of which is Benefit. I love the Benefit kitsch, retro packaging and the majority of their products I have used have been a massive hit and in this case I don't mind paying their high price tag but then there are some items which are not so great and their cheaper counterparts can do a better job.
The product in question is the Benefit Bad Gal Smoldering Eyeliner. Now, Benefit have discontinued this product and it was given away as a 'freebie' in Glamour magazine last year to basically get rid of stock. I had purchased mine in Boots a while before the give away and paid a good deal more! Benefit if you haven't heard of the brand before is a cosmetics brand which although has gorgeous packaging features also quite a high price tag but most of their products are very good quality.
"This big, BAD, black eye pencil is a beauty addict's dream and a makeup artist's must-have. Dark, smoky, mysterious...being BAD never looked so good!" Benefit certainly do try and make it as appealing as possible and I must admit I was slightly sucked in.
The eyeliner itself is boxed when new and is a bright pink and black chunky pencil, a lot thicker than your average kohl eyeliner but considerably shorter, basically like a chunky crayon. It features the Bad Gal logo on the side together with the Benefit font logo. It comes in a very standard black colour which for me is fine as I only ever use it when I'm going out.
Obviously to apply the eyeliner you need to be careful and use along a torte eyelid, there is really no point in trying to apply when you cannot get an even line across the lid. I find that because it has a thicker nib you obviously get a thicker line across the lid although you can get a thinner line once you angle the nib correctly.
I did find when I first started to use this eyeliner was that it didn't give a bold colour. Now yes, that sounds odd given that it is black in colour but it was almost a faded black once on the eyelid and I needed to re-apply several times to get that real intense black colour I am wanting for an evening look. I also found that it doesn't go across the eyelid as smoothly and softly as other eyeliners I have which was a surprise and a bit disappointing.
However, the one let down is that you can't smudge it easily. If you want to give that smoldering, sext look and you want to blend the eyeliner a little with your eyeshadow then this eyeliner really isn't suitable as it doesn't blend easily. It is almost as if once it is on your eyelid that is where it stays but again another downside is that it doesn't last for that long either and within a few hours that intense look has started to fade and crease. I guess in that case the good thing is that it is removed easily!
Given it's high price tag originally (I think I paid over £15 for it nearly 2 years ago) I found it to be quite poor quality. So much so it is still sitting in my make up bag and is used now and again. I find that I can get the same from a cheaper eyeliner which can produce better results. One that I have regretted buying and certainly won't be buying it again, Benefit did the right thing and discontinued it. Not a recommendation as there are far better alternatives out there.
Price: From £12.00
Availability: EBay, online stores
Unfortunately I didn't get this free with Glamour magazine but I wish I had! Instead I bought it for around £8 from eBay. I cannot see this particular product on the Benefit website now so I imagine it is no longer in production. The closest thing I can see is a waterproof liner for £14.
I jumped on the Benefit bandwagon later than most. My best friend had raved about it for months but I had always thought it very expensive because I am very much an occasional make up wearer and I was fairly happy with my combination of Barry M, Rimmel and Avon.
However one day I decided that I needed to try out Benefit for myself so this is how I ended up with the Bad Gal liner in black.
I really like the packaging of the liner. Once removed from the box you are greeted by a metallic mid pink coloured pencil with bold black writing. The pencil is much chunkier than the regular liners on the market so if you prefer to have a thinner neat line then this probably isn't for you.
Applying the liner is easy, you simply need to pull the skin taut and draw on your line. This can be used on either the top eyelid or the base of the eye.
I tend to use pencil liner on the base of the eye and liquid eyeliner on the lids because I find this has less chance of smudging and smearing.
I really like how easy this is to apply. With some eyeliners I have had to go over the line 3 or 4 times before I achieve the look I want and this can result in slightly sore eyes but this is not a problem with this liner. It has a really soft and creamy formula which glides onto the skin with ease and is not at all uncomfortable.
The line is thicker than most liners but it is not so thick that you end up with panda eyes, instead it just gives a more smudged line than thinner pencils. It doesn't look like you've had it on for hours and have been rubbing your eyes, instead it just gives you the smoky eyes look rather than a thin precise line.
The liner is not blackest black and instead is a lighter black colour or a very dark grey. However if you want a darker line it is easy to apply more. The colour is good for achieving the smoky eye look without ending up with eyes that are too dark.
The liner lasts well and lasts much longer than alternatives I have used in the past. The liner stays on all day and although by the end of a long day it is beginning to look a little tired it still looks good and if you want to freshen up your look it is simple to reapply over the existing liner and it looks good as new again, not like a retouch.
The liner is easy to remove, just a quick wipe with a make up wipe and it is all gone and your skin looks fresh with no black smudges. I have slept in this before (I know, I know, slap my wrists) and I was amazed that in the morning it still looked reasonably ok, there were no panda eyes.
This liner is brilliant and I would definitely recommend it. It is comfortable to apply and looks good. It lasts well and is also easy to remove. Its everything I look for in a liner, recommended.
Like most people on here I got this eyeliner free with a Glamour magazine for only £2, I love the girly packaging and cool name. At first I thought I would never use this eyeliner because it is so chunky but I gave it a go anyway. I used it to define the bottom of my eye and liked the result, because it is so soft it's easy to smudge to create a smokey eye look. I have experimented with using it on top too, mainly to mix with eye shadows as I only use liquid eyeliners on my top lid, I think it the effect here worked much better than it did on the bottom.
A downside to it being so soft is that it gets worn down very quickly and needs to be sharpened every time you use it meaning it gets used a lot, you waste even more when it is sharpened too because it needs to be fairly pointed to create a clean, even line. This also makes your line bigger and messier, which I personally hate but if you love big thick eyeliner it is perfect. I did find it quite useful at Halloween though.
This eyeliner is sold for £14 which I think is very expensive for how quickly it is worn down and I'm not sure I would be willing to pay that much. I would prefer the other Benefit BADgal liner they have to offer which is thinner and more precise and has a smudge stick at one end, this is only a pound or two more so better value in my opinion.
Overall I think this eyeliner doesn't make a great eyeliner but would be great if it were reinvented as an eye shadow stick.
I got this pencil free from a magazine last year. The mag only cost me £2, and as this pencil usually retails around £10, I was quite chuffed as I had never tried it and thought I had snapped a bargain!.... Well you know what thought did (as my mother would say....)
~product and packaging~
The pencil is quite chunky, but is easy to hold and weights 1.4g so is very light. Like most Benefit products, the packaging is bright and colourful, and BAD gal is no different in that respect. The contrasting pink and black pencil is easily found in your makeup bag and looks funky. The pencil has a plastic lid, which is useful to prevent the crayon making a mess in your bag.
The only problem with the chunkiness is that a special eye pencil sharpener is needed to sharpen it - this might just be me, but I usually just use a regular pencil sharpener to sharpen my eye liners!!
I found this quite hard to apply as it's so chunky and a lot of product is applied on the eye in one application. I would not recommend this if you like subtle eye make up and eyeliner! However, it is smooth on the skin, and it doesn't drag as it's quite oily and creamy in consistency. Because of this consistency, it is easy to smudge if you are after a smokey eye look.
It does give a dramatic look to the eye, due the chunkiness. When I have used this I tended to apply the pencil to upper lashes. First results were always fine.................. but when I next looked in the mirror a couple of hours later the kohl had smudged and slipped to the outer corners of my eyes, making me look a mess! I have to say that my eyelids do get a little oily, and I thought on this first occasion that this was why the eyeliner had shifted. So... before I next applied the eyeliner I primed my eyelids by applying a light dusting of powder to try and stop the oil and thus stop the eyeliner running.... This made no absolutely no difference! I still ended up looking like I had badly attempted a smokey eye look after just applying a quick sweep of liner on my eyes!! Quite embarrassing!
I suppose the kohls' oily and slippy nature does help in its removal. I found it easy enough to remove with my regular cleanser, which is good because I couldn't wait to get it off as it was smudged all around my eyes! This, apart from the packaging, is the pencils only redeeming feature!
Unfortunately, BADgal was my first encounter with Benefit cosmetic products and this, rightly or wrongly, put me off buying or using anything from them. Since, I have tried other products from them and thankfully, they are better than this! I had heard a lot of good things from this product prior to trying it and knew it was quite expensive, but I was really disappointed with this pencil. It is not long wearing, is difficult to apply and does not have staying power and is expensive for what it does.
Eyeliners that are easier to apply and are longer wearing are available at much cheaper prices than this! I do not recommend, therefore I sadly award it 1 star.
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"This big, BAD, black eye pencil is a beauty addict's dream and a makeup artist's must-have. Dark, smoky, mysterious...being BAD never looked so good"! - Benefit
Sounds appealing doesn't it?
So when I saw a free sample with a magazine last year I snapped it up! The magazine was around £3.50 and you got a free Benefit Bad Girl pencil - size roughly 10cm. I had wanted to try some of Benefit range and had seen this pencil in a shop and it had been just under £10! This was far too expensive for me to justify and all the other Benefit products were just as pricey, so seeing this free gift was the answer.
The eye liner pencil comes in a pink box, with bold black writing shouting "Bad Girl" at you. The pencil inside it exactly the same and comes with a black lid. It is chunkier than other eye lines I have used and looks more like a crayon then a pencil. The packaging and pencil itself are attractive, and although basic, they're simple design but in bold colours really catches they eye. The fact that the pencil comes in a box, I think highlights the quality you would be paying for if you bought the eyeliner
For my first use I used it as I would any other eyeliner, sweeping a graduated line over the top of my lashes, and adding a little colour to my upper inner lash line as it was a night out. It applied well and gave a sharp line where I wanted. As it was a powdery consistency I was also able to smudge the outer corners. It gave a smooth look an I was very pleased.
After a few uses I noticed that is wasn't performing as well as the first time, the line was far to thick and it was clumpy when applied. I sharpened the pencil again to a sharp point and reapplied and it then worked as good as new.
I have found that for optimum use I do have to sharpen it every time I want to use it. I don't use a lot on my eyes but it goes blunt very quickly. I think this is due to the soft powdery consistency of the pencil. But due to this I got through the product in just over 6 weeks, which if it had paid nearly £10 for the pencil I would not have been happy with!
As it was a free gift I couldn't really complain, but it had put me off every buying the Bad Girl pencil and any other Benefit products. If they all use up so quickly then in my opinion they are not worth the expensive price they ask for!
Price and Packaging: I would say the eyeliner is slightly overpriced for the quality but the packaging is fantastic - usual benefit quality! Pencil sharpens nicely without breakages and splinters, and comes with handy lid.
Application: This eyeliner goes on brilliantly if you are after the smoky look, it did not drag on my skin and the application was smooth and consistent. However, as it is a short, 'chubby' pencil, the line was thick even with a freshly sharpened pencil, so I would not recommend it for use underneath the eyes.
Wear: I applied this eyeliner before a night out and it was still there at the end of the night. It remained black (not a patchy grey) and looked perfect all night long! It did not smudge underneath my eyes like others have before and was very easy to remove with baby wipes.
Overall: I would recommend this product if you could find it for a cheaper price, it is probably not worth the price I paid for it.
I was lucky enough to receive this as a freebie in Glamour magazine a while ago.
The pencil itself looks really cool and funky. It's black and pink and quite chunky. The chunky size of it makes it easy to hold in the hand and you don't end up losing it in the bottom of your make-up bag! Also, it doesn't end up slipping through your fingers, which is another bonus. The pencil is a jet black shade, really dark and defining. It is to be used around the eyes to outline them.
The pencil is really creamy and easy to apply. It glides onto your eyelids perfectly without much effort needed from you. It is ideal for using on the tops of your eyelids and it can be used to create "Amy Winehouse" flicks without the pencil smudging or looking like a five year old has applied your eyeliner! I am pleased to say that the pencil has great staying power. It lasts all day. It is easy to remove though. I simply use a make-up wipe to remove mine at the end of the day. It gives great results without looking too much.
I love this pencil. You can also use it to define your eyebrows if they're dark enough. I dye my eyebrows and I use this when my blonde hairs are starting to re grow. I simply draw this onto my eyebrows and blend in. Simples!
A great chunky eye (and eyebrow!) pencil from Benefit. It's around £14 to buy in the shops.
I've never really bought into the idea of Benefit make up, it always seems very expensive for what it is. However, after buying some cheaply one day, I can see what the fuss is about!
When I first received the package containing 'Bad gal', it's quite a funky design on the box that contains the eye pencil. When I first removed it, it's a large (wide) pencil that is best for creating a smoky effect. If the pencil is well-sharpened, it can create a slightly more defined effect, but I wouldn't recommend doing this as it's quite expensive when you could just buy a cheapy eye-liner instead.
I only tend to use this on the lower lash as I always use liquid on the top lashes.
I wouldn't say that it's the most long lasting pencil liner, but then I'm not sure that a pencil liner is the most effective when it comes to long lasting liner anyway, a liquid liner is probably better for that.
I would continue buying this though as it does last for a long time.
I went through the stage of trialing lots of new make up and this was one of them, I bought them all from ebay brand new in case I didn't like using them or they never worked for me, that way I never wasted to much money finding out. I bought mine for roughly £7 without the box but it was plastic packaged. You can buy this from house of frasher benefit counter for £14 which these days isn't overly bad what with the prices riseing and this being an honest trust worthy brand.
This bad gal eyeliner is powder based, this means it's easier to create more defined thin and thick lines, it also means that you don't need to press down very hard so you don't have to sharpen it so much which mean's it'll last longer. This is perfect I've found to create a smoky eye look as it's very soft and easy to smudge using an eye shadow applicator brush. But with the same eye liner you can do darker eyes too, so instead of swapping and using lots of different eye liners at the same time you can just use this one.
Wiping this off is very easy, and comes off with pretty much the first wipe which i'm happy about because a lot of eye liners are stubborn and take a good rubbing to come off. This stays on all day and over 8 hours sometimes and I've never had to reapply this. The whole eyeliner worn every day last's me a couple of months at least, which is brilliant and money saving.
-- Reasons for buying --
I got this eye pencil free in a magazine offer that was on last year. Benefits products are deemed to be a very high quality brand. I've always wanted to try some of the Benefit products, but never brought myself to do it, as they are fairly expensive and the reviews I had read were either unsatisfactory or satisfactory, none that made me want to go out and buy these supposedly high quality products for a high price. So when I saw this in a magazine that costed no more than £4, I thought it was worth a shot.
-- The claim --
"This big, BAD, black eye pencil is a beauty addict's dream and a makeup artist's must-have. Dark, smoky, mysterious...being BAD never looked so good! The powdery consistency makes this black pencil ideal for smooth, straight lines, and can also be smudged for a smoky, sexy look".
-- Packaging --
The packaging is quite simple yet very cute! It comes in a hot pink box with bold black writing which states 'bad gal' with small white writing above stating the brand name and underneath the name of the product. The pencil itself is hot pink and black, with 'benefit' written in black around the bottom and 'BAD gal' running down the front.
-- Application --
You can apply this to your waterline and to outline your eyes. When you apply it to your lash line, I like to smudge it in to give my eyes a sexy, smoky look. I would recommend buying a separate eye-liner to apply on your top lash line, as this is a very creamy formula and smudges extremely easily! You can apply it to your waterline, but I wouldn't recommend doing this as it doesn't last for very long.
When applying this I use it on my bottom lash line only and like to smudge it in using a cotton bud, to give it a sexy, smoky and smooth finish. You can also use your finger which is just as good, but a little messy!
-- Pros --
This pencil works wonderfully on your bottom lash line and leaves a smooth, great and gorgeous finish. As the formula is very creamy, it smudges extremely easily which is great when your wanting a smoky eyed look. It also works fantastic along with eye shadow, working together they can make some gorgeous night/day time looks. The packaging is very attractive and looks great in my make-up bag. The amount you get is fantastic (2.4 grams) which straight away you think would last quite a long time..
-- Cons --
The thing is it doesn't really last a long time as it is very creamy and if you use on a regular basis, you will end up needing to sharpen this a couple of times a week.. not every month like me and my other eyeliners. The eyeliner is thicker than your usual eyeliners and so you will need to find a sharpener that is wide enough, I ended up having to buy one for usual big colouring pencils as I couldn't find a eyeliner one big enough. The reason you do have to sharpen the pencil so often is because the formula is very creamy and you use quite a fair amount in one use and also to top up during the day, as it wears down quickly. If you only use this on your nights out, your find you won't have to sharpen so often, but if you use this on a regular daily basis.. your find it will be gone before you know it.
-- Price and Availability --
I have only seen this product available online on the Benefit website and some other cosmetic websites. The price is very high £14.00 for 2.4 grams. The price is extremely high for the quality and quantity of the product, especially as there is so many negatives about this product..
-- Conclusion --
In conclusion, I would not recommend this product to anyone if you like to either wear thick black eyeliner on a daily basis, or if you only wear it on your waterline.. I would only recommend this if your not going to wear it regularly and not worried about it smudging or wearing off quickly. I won't be in any rush to buy this product again.. as it does not do a good enough job for me. Also the price is extremely high for the quality of the product and having to pay packaging on top is ridiculous! This product is great for the smoky and sexy look but not so great as it doesn't last very well and smudges extremely easily!
After being recommended by a friend I thought I should try this eye liner. It has lovely packaging in pink and black as usual for benefit, and I have been quite impressed with it.
The pencil is nice and thick giving a good colour and it is easy to apply. It also lasts a long time from the time you apply, not smudging or wearing off easily. You can use it to give a dark, bold look or a more subtle look depending on how hard you press on your eye, or how many strokes. I have also found it is good to use for a smoky effect just by blending it in with a brush. Also, as it is thick, it is simple to get a good straight and even line on your eye.
My only concern with the product is the price, as it costs around £14 from Boots for example. In my opinion this quite expensive compared to other eye liners on the market. However, it is nice quality and I would say it is worth buying to treat yourself.
The eye liner does last a long time as I have had mine for months, and has not broken or split as other eye pencils have done in the past. I would definitely recommend giving this eye liner a try.
I had heard alot of great reviews about Benefits BAD gal eyeliner pencil but had never been able to talk myself into buying an eyeliner with a £14 price tag.
A few months ago when Glamour magazine had a give away with benefit products I was over the moon to see that BAD gal was one of the products on offer and for £2 I could have the eyeliner to try for the price of a magazine so I jumped at the chance!
The eyeliner comes in an eyecatching bright pink and black box which draws you into picking up the product. The outer box matches the thick eyeliner pencils design keeping your eyes drawn to the product.
With 1.4g of product packed into this mini freebie the 2.2g is bound to go alot further for all those eyeliner junkies out there!
The kohl eyeliner enables a thick smoky line to be applied to the lids and water line giving you an ultimate smokey eye or a rock chick grunge look. A thinner line may also be applied with the same pencil when sharpened and applied slightly lighter.
As this eyeliner is the same as a pencil it needs to be sharpened to get to more product as you get through it however this isn't a problem (just make sure you own a pencil sharpner or have extremely good carving skills!)
The plastic lid and bottom to this eye liner make the wood and plastic two different textures to be able to hold onto to ensure that you get a good application.
This eyeliner is extremely creamy and smudges beautifully, the colour is long lasting and it doesn't fade through the day or night which is always handy and eyeliner is one of those things you don't want to be reapplying too often. I think the only negative about this product is that no sharpener is big enough and you have to buy the sharpener from benefit which means you have to spend extra money on one eyeliner. I have used this product as a base and it makes eye shadow pigments really pop, it is a lovely finish to any look and it stays on really well on the water line, which is often hard to find in a pencil liner form. The pink packaging and writing up the side is also extremely cute and a must for any beauty girl's make up bag, overall it is really worthy of a place in your makeup collection because although it is a bit pricy it lasts forever.
I tried out this eye pencil a while ago, I needed a pencil which was a little thicker than an average eye liner pencil, because I wanted one which I could use for a thicker line without it becoming blunt to easily.
I use eye liner all the time, and I love this one for the occasions when I coat my eyelid with it before adding eye shadow for a 'smoky eyes' effect type look. This liner doesn't blunt easily at all, and glides on really well.
I found that this eye liner, once applied, stays on well throughout the whole day, and for me, didn't smudge or fade at all throughout the day, which is a hard quality to find in an eye liner.
I've had this product for a pretty long time now, I use it a lot, and still have plenty of use out of it before it runs out yet!
I also love that this product is so reasonably priced, it is great quality, and I love everything about it!
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