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Some time last year, Glamour magazine ran an offer in which it was possible to get a free Benefit product. The three products available were It Stick concealer, Eye Bright and Bad Gal eyeliner. I managed to go out and buy all three! However, it's only recently that I've been able to use them as I've had other makeup products to use up first (yes, I do have rather a lot!).
Benefit was founded in San Francisco in 1976 by Jean and Jane Ford. Over thirty years later, it is a famous global brand and mixes quality makeup with whimsical retro branding.
Benefit cosmetics can be bought in the UK from Boots, Debenhams, ASOS, individual boutiques and the website, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk. They are quite pricey, with a mascara priced at around £15 and the well-known product Benetint priced at £24.50, but most of their products are great quality and last ages, or so I've found.
The Bad Gal Eyeliner is a popular product but I believe it was given away with Glamour as a way to get rid of this version, since Benefit were about to release a thinner version of the product. I was still happy to be able to try it, however. It comes in a cardboard box which is black with one pink side with the name of the product in black. There is a list of ingredients on the back, which I won't repeat here as it would be far too long! Inside the box is a leaflet with instructions. It looks long, but it is actually written in several languages. Bad Gal Eyeliner is a "smoldering [sic] black eye pencil". This pencil supposedly has 'attitude'. It can go on smooth or be smudged for a smoky look. The instructions state to line your upper eyelid with this eye pencil, which I was intrigued to read as I've never used pencil eyeliner on my upper lid, preferring liquid eyeliner which usually goes on more easily.
I found the liner easy to apply: the larger size actually made it easier to hold, and the pencil didn't drag on the skin like some can. I was able to apply the liner easily to both my upper and my lower eyelid and it looked good. Slightly different looks can be achieved by either leaving a line or smudging the liner slightly. The eyeliner doesn't go down too quickly, but it doesn't last absolutely ages either. You do need a larger pencil sharpener to sharpen this one, but I had one anyway. Having said that, this pencil now comes in a thinner form so if you were to buy it now, a normal pencil sharpener should do.
Where this eyeliner falls down is in its longevity. After applying, it only seems to last between one and five hours. Bizarrely, it doesn't seem to smudge, just disappear from my eyes completely! This is disappointing when I'm on a night out as I can't exactly reapply it when I've had a few drinks - imagine the mess! It's also annoying when I put it on in the morning before work and it's almost vanished when I arrive in the office!
Though this eyeliner goes on easily and looks good, I wouldn't buy it again simply because the longevity is nonexistent. In fairness I have slightly oily skin, and someone with dry skin might find that it lasts longer. For me, though, it's very expensive for what it is and I've had better longevity from £4.99 eyeliners. I'm going to stick to Urban Decay eyeliners which don't budge!
I love to wear a lot of eye make up and this included wearing eyeliner. I like to wear liquid eye liner on a night out because it looks more dramatic but I prefer to wear a pencil eyeliner during the day for a more subtle look. My current eyeliner wasn't performing as well as it once had so I purchased the Bad Gal Eyeliner from Benefit.
What does the product do?
The product promises to add definition to the eyes which will stay put come rain or shine. The product comes in three different shades which include Charcoal, Espresso and Black. A blending tip is including for you to create a smokey effect with the product, or you can wear it as a solid line to make the eyes pop.
How do you use the product?
You need to apply the product by drawing carefully along the lash line. Benefit advise you to dot along the lashes but that takes forever. I use a wet cotton bud to correct any mistakes and to ensure that you have a nice straight line. The blending tip on the other end of the pencil allows you to smudge the line and achieve the smokey eye effect if that it what you are aiming for.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a black and pink box and the product itself is a black pencil which just has a bit of writing on it. The product is a duel ended product with a pencil on one side and the blending tip on the other. The product will cost you around £14 and it can be bought from the Benefit counter at department stores such as Boots and from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
I was suprised by this pencil from the start. I was expecting a very creamy consistency that went on to leave a deep colour. In fact the consistency is somewhere between creamy and dry, which means that it does tug and drag the delicate skin along the lash line as you apply it. It doesn't hurt but I am conscience of not causing wrinkles and fine lines to form before their time!! The product does have a dark colour (I chose black) but it still wasn't as deep as I wanted it to be. The fact that the colour is not as dark as I wanted however does make it more suitable for day wear as it is more subtle and less harsh.
If you want to smudge the liner then the blending tip does work well and you have a short time to work with the product before it becomes too dry to blend. The smokey look with this liner works well. The product hasn't caused any irritations or discomfort on my eyes and I have found this product is fine to use when I am wearing my contact lenses. The product doesn't have a very long lifeline on the eyes. It does fade and smudge after a few hours and it certainly doesn't have the staying power of the cheaper pencils that I have used in the past.
All in all, I was a little disappointed with this product. The colour wasn't as deep as I wanted it to be and it wasn't as easy to apply as I had hoped it would be and this is because of the consistency. It wasn't as long lasting as I had hoped either and with the price in consideration, I have used product which are much better. I will be looking for a different eye liner the next time that I am in the shops but for now, this one will have to do.
Benefit provide consumers with quirky products at high-end prices. Can you really justify the high prices in comparison with the results they provide?
With the smoky-eyed trend having a long-lasting affect on the make-up industry there is a constant demand for products which will give girls a sexy, sultry, smoky-eyed professional look without being to tricky to apply. Most eyeliners provide their users with a fine and precise application which is difficult to smudge - perfect if that's the look you are going for - however this makes it harder to accomplish this signature smoky-eyed look. Benefit were leaders of the industry when it came to big "fat" products which gave their consumers the ability to make a statement with their eyes. They describe their bad gal eyeliner saying "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." So is it a smoky-eyed beauty must have?
Benefit Cosmetics were founded in San Francisco, California in 1976 by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford. They initially founded their business as a beauty boutique, and they then specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. Benefit Cosmetics have been into a global beauty brand and they are now sold in 30 countries. Their first shop was named The Face Place and their first product was a blush and lip tint called "Rose tint" (now renamed "benetint"). Benetint was originally designed for an exotic dancer who was in need of a nipple tint and remains the company's best-selling product. In 1989, they developed their extensive catalogue of products and soon after the original Face Place was re-named Benefit Cosmetics. In 1991 Benefit opened up in its first U.S. department store - Henri Bendel, in New York City. Benefit went international in 1997 with their expansion into Harrods in London. Soon after, the Benefit Cosmetics product website was launched. They have had continued success and they are ever expanding their product range full of fun and innovative products for every girl's beauty dilema.
*What attracted me
Even before smoky, sexy eyes were the trend I loved eyeliner. I was a complete addict and used to layer on eye-liner to achieve the look that I was going for. I would regularly visit the benefit counter and I was informed of their new range of "Bad-gal" products. I loved the whole idea of it and the gorgeous hot pink and black packaging and therefore I decided to give the eyeliner a try. I bought this Bad Gal Kohl Eye Pencil along with the Bad Gal Lashes Mascara and the Benefit Sharpener (as I was advised by the make-up artist that this would be the best one to use with the eye liner). I always put my trust in Benefit Cosmetics and believe that they offer great products even if they do have a rather higher price tag.
The eyeliner is in keeping with the Benefit range and would fall in the mid-high price range as they charge £12.50 for a 1.4g pencil. The great thing about Benefit is that although you do pay a bit more for their product - they do last and therefore in the long run they are a worthwhile investment. I will tend to have my eyeliner for between 3-6 months even though I make regular use of the eyeliner. You can buy Benefit online from their website (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/gp/home.html) and also from ASOS online. Benefit cosmetics are far more readily available on the high street than they used to be and you will now find them in Boots as well as most department stores - for example House of Fraser, Debenhams as well as Harvey Nichols. They are always sold at a benefit counter meaning that you get help and advice with the use of your products and therefore you get a shopping experience far from just making a simple purchase. I would always advise consumers to steer away from buying products from Ebay where I know that they are regularly available because they will not be genuine products (no matter how much they seem to be) instead they will be cheaper products which have been manufactured abroad and then packaged to look like the benefit products you see on the high-street.
The great thing about Benefit is that they always pay extra attention to making their products eye-catching and stand out amongst others. While many cosmetics companies opt for the sleek and subtle approach to their products - Benefit pushes the boundaries and instead they opt for quirky, fun designs for their various different cosmetics. Bad Gal Eyeliner is no different in this sense, as it boasts an eye-catching hot pink, rectangular box with Bad Gal written across the front in big, bold, black letters. I love that their products come in their own little boxes and they always contain a care leaflet which notes the ingredients, directions for use and some great hints and tips about making the most of your product. The pencil itself is lightweight and wooden with a pink outer coating and a black plastic tip at the end which you can slot the corresponding black plastic lid onto during use. The pencil is much wider than a standard eyeliner pencil which is perfect as it means that you are not required to "top-up" your liner with various coats.
The pencil is extremely easy to use as it is a powdery kohl which allows for a precise application, while also provides the wearer with a deep, dark shade of black under the eyes. The intensity of the liner can be varied through the pressure that you exert when using it and this means that it can be suited to different make-up looks. Benefit advise "Sharpen to desired point and line eyes. For a smoky eye look, gently smudge and smoke out liner." and this is a great tip as it shows how you are able to make all different uses of the liner - either by letting your eyeliner blunten or by giving it a precision point through lots of sharpening. I suggest investing in a smudger as this means that you can blend the look and give gradual accentuation from the outer area to directly under the eye. What I loved about this eyeliner is that you don't need to do your eyeliner and then wait for it to settle and work into the skin - meaning that you achieve your desired look an hour after application. Instead you can draw the liner under your eye, smudge it as desired and you have the look you are going for. I would also suggest you buy the specific Benefit sharpener because it avoids snagging on the wood which I have found with cheaper sharpeners and they end up destroying the eyeliner.
As I previously said, you get the look that you want without having to wait an hour for the liner to sink into the skin and look natural. You also "benefit" because your eyeliner does stay in place and doesn't end up smudging out of place out of a couple hours so that you look tired and worn. Instead the eyeliner stays where you want it and you are given a fresh and sexy look which lasts all day/night. All I would suggest is that you put a coat of mascara on after in order to fully ensure that this is the case.
I am a Bad Gal Kohl Pencil addict. I love the product and I can't imagine having to use any other eyeliner to achieve a smoky eyed look for a night out. I suggest teaming it with Smokin' Eyes Eye Palette by Benefit because with them both together you will have truly show-stopping eyes.
I bought this after a makeup session in Debenhams last year for my birthday. I have tried for a number of years to use kohl pencil to create a nice line on my upper eye lids only to fail dramatically. I have tried a number of pencils and liquid eyeliners and ended up throwing them out.
This particular pencil is thicker than most, it is pink and has the words Bad Gal written in black letters. Before using the pencil the girl at the Benefit counter advised me to hold the tip in my fingers for a few seconds to warm the kohl. Compared to other pencils I have used this is so easy to create the perfect line. It doesn't drag along the skin like others I have tried it glides. This helps as you end up with a straight line close to your lashes rather than a blotchy line you either have to correct or remove and start again. I found that this lasted all night on my eyes even after getting hot and sticky in a nightclub.
I would recommend this to ladies who like myself are not the best at applying makeup as it is so easy to use, it can also be removed easily using makeup remover wipes if you make a mistake. It is more costly than other brands out there but the product is far superior and definately worth paying the extra for.
I have always only ever bought your middle of the road make-up, mainly Rimmel and so on as now I can't afford to splurge. However, you read the reviews and articles about the slightly more expensive make-up and long to try it. When I saw Benefit's Bad Gal Kohl Eyeliner as a gift with my favourite magazine, Glamour, I just knew I had to try it and it went straight into my stash, only to be drawn upon recently.
The pencil is in a bright hot pink design with "Bad Gal" written in black down the side, it looks expensive but stylish and something you wouldn't mind being seen touching up your make-up with. One thing to mention is that the pencil is a lot thicker than other eyeliners, which has its pros and cons.
Well, I'll start what it promises - smoky dark eyes and yes, in the magazine, that's what you get. However, I'm by no means a make-up artist more like paint by numbers putting my face on, and I found that the thickness of the pencil too thick to draw a straight line without smudging and as for a flick, it just looked like a blob. I found the consistency quite soft, which means it didn't drag along my eyeline which I can't stand. The biggest problem was that the sexy look promised just ended up looking like panda eyes!
To sum up really, it did make doing my eyes quicker, as the eyeliner goes on in a dark jet black thick line and you don't have to spend 10 minutes trying to get a thicker line. I may have been a little harsh in my title at £2 with my magazine, I'd use it again but I think my liquid eyeliner at just under £5 works a lot better than this at £14. Also due to it's size, it's impossible to find a sharpener that fits properly.
A good eye liner is something that every make up bag needs. There are many on the market today which makes it a little bit difficult to know what one to go for. It could be argued that they all do the same job, and to some extent this is true, but a lot of factors need to be taken into consideration. As with most cosmetic products, I have always found that the more expensive brands seem to work better and be of a better quality. Cheaper products and eye liners tend to wear off more quickly and you don't really get the colour intensity that you get with more expensive brands.
Benefit is quite an expensive brand as far as make up goes but it is more affordable than top end brands. As with all Benefit products, the packaging is just great and Benefit Bad Gal is no exception.
The pencil is bright pink in colour with a thick contrasting band in black around the base of the pencil and a black lid. It comes housed in ablack and pink box with the Benefit logo and the name of the product which is printed in a thick black, heavy font. It is quite simple in design but very eye catching.
The pencil is the same thickness as the It Stick that I recently reviewed. I would say it is about 3 times the thickness of a standard eye liner, a very chunky pencil indeed and this is the downfall of the product in my opinion. The thickness makes it very difficult to obtain a thin line and also makes it hard to get the product right along the lash line. To do this the pencil would have to be very sharp, but this is a soft pencil so keeping the product sharp enough for this kind of application would result in a lot of product wastage. Because the pencil is so soft, it tends to become blunt very quickly. However, if you are aiming for a more dramatic, thicker line, this would be perfect, although even then the thickness of the pencil doesn't make the application very easy.
Along with the packaging, another good thing about the product is the colour. It is a very dark black and it does glide onto the eyes quite easily. I don't find that it drags the skin at all as some pencils can. The lasting power is also quite good. I find that it lasts a long time before needing to be reapplied but I do find that it can smudge around the outside corner of the eyes after a few hours and especially in humid conditions.
The quality of the eye liner itself is very good but since purchasing this I have opted for retractable pencils which are much thinner and make it that much easier to get the line thickness that you want. Because I have had better experiences with other liners, this is not one that I would repurchase.
Bad Gal is no longer available from the Benefit website but it can be found relatively cheaply online elsewhere. The original Bad Gal has since been replaced with a thinner, waterproof version which retails at £14.00 and is what I consider to be a step in the right direction for Benefit where eye liners are concerned.
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Since I'm not a fan of Benefit I didn't purchase this eyeliner. It was free in 'Glamour' magazine and I wasn't expecting anything exceptional from the BAD gal eye pencil. After using this product, however, I will definitely get it again when it finishes. Before using it I would not have purchased this product not only because I'm not too keen on the brand but also because of its price. It costs just under £10 which I consider a lot for an eyeliner pencil.
I first used this pencil on my lash line. I was very disappointed as it was difficult to apply precisely and it smudged a lot. I could not get the shape or thickness I wanted because of the size of the pencil. It was quite awkward to apply.
When I used this on my water line, though, I was very impressed. The pencil is perfect for the water line. It's soft, almost creamy and the texture makes it very comfortable to wear. Unlike other pencil it doesn't not hurt my eye and leave it sore afterwards. The thickness of the pencil makes it easy to apply to the water line but not the lash line.
Personally I only use this on my water line or for a sexy smoky eye look because it so easy to blend. In fact it will 'blend' (or smudge) on the lid whether you like it or not.
The colour payoff is excellent as well. You can't get any blacker. It doesn't fade and stays very dark and in place throughout the day. The biggest deal-breaker for me when it comes to eyeliners is the colour. If I purchase a black eyeliner - I want it to be REALLY black and the colour to be very intense. This pencil is all those things.
The packaging isn't anything to get excited about. The BAD gal pencil is pink and black with a shiny plastic cap. The name and design is very Benefit. It's girly and flirty which is not really my sort of thing but its till well designed and thought of. I can see that Benefit has tried to make it look a bit more edgy with the name and the colours but it's nothing special. The design fits the product because you can't really get a subtle look with this pencil.
I got this eyeliner many months ago and it has lasted me a very long time. I use it maybe 1-3 times a week. There is 1.4g worth of product in one pencil. It is thick and that's perhaps the reason it lasts so long. I still have a lot of it left so I'm not sure how long it lasts overall but it is definitely worth the price and good value for money.
It is quite expensive but because it lasts such a long time it actually works out cheaper to buy this over other high street products. I wouldn't recommend it for use on the lid or if you seek to create different shapes e.g. cat shaped eye look but it's perfect for the water line or if you want a smudged smoky look.
It doesn't cause any problems if you wear contact lenses because it doesn't smudge when it's on your waterline. I find that some eyeliners can impair my vision and they don't stay in place but BAD gal eye pencil has not given my any problems.
Okay. In a previous review, I talked about my love for Max Factor's Lipfinity and how that was 'my' make-up, the signature make-up item, the one I would never stray from. Now I have TWO signature items and Benefit's Bad Gal eyeliner is the second one.
Like a lot of people, I had my first taste (not literally, I didn't eat it) of this after receiving one for free in Glamour - the eyeliner retails at £12-£15 so getting one free in a £2 magazine is pretty good value! That was back in August, I think. The first thing I'm going to say about that is this - I am STILL using that same eyeliner and I haven't even had to sharpen it yet!
What It Looks Like
The packaging on this is really striking and as someone who loves bright pink, well, it goes without saying that I love it. It comes in a box with one bright pink side and the other three are black. On the bright pink side is the Benefit logo (in white), the name of the product in big bold black letters, the size of the product (also in black) and a description - 'smouldering black eye pencil', in white. Two of the black sides of the box are blank and the final side has the ingredients list in bright pink which is slightly difficult to read!
The pencil itself is bright pink (as in, the outside of it, not the bit that goes on your eyes - that's black, don't worry!) with the name of the product, the Benefit logo, distribution information and description in black. The bottom end of the pencil is black, as is the lid.
It is quite chunky, about a centimetre in diametre, and from the tip of the lid to the base is about four and a half inches in length.
What It Does
At the moment, I'm using the one I've had since August, as I said. As a result, it's now quite blunt. It still goes on fine, but it works better for a smouldering, smokey look rather than a sharp, defined line. Really, the smouldering, smokey look is what this chunky pencil is designed for, but having used a new one, I realised that you can achieve a pretty defined line when the pencil's at its sharpest. I'll have to get my chunky sharpener out! If you're into doing intricate designs with your eyeliner, this probably isn't for you. It is kohl, so it's pretty soft and if you want the smudged look, then it's great, although I don't find that it smudges all over my face by itself like some eyeliners do. It stays put - you CAN smudge it easily if you want to, but if you don't want it smudged, you're fine because it doesn't smudge itself.
The fact that it stays put is the best thing about this. So often, I end up with my eyeliner either halfway down my face or completely gone after a few hours. This one stays where I put it all day. It doesn't go on weakly, either. Some eyeliners, you've got to push down to get any colour out of them and even then it's a faint, vaguely grey line. No, with Bad Gal, you only need to apply it softly and it comes out BLACK and stays black. I have had so many compliments and people asking what eyeliner I use! In fact, my mum - who doesn't wear much make-up - has asked for one for Christmas. Ask and ye shall receive, because I bought one for her, one for my best friend and one for me for when this one runs out!
Is It Worth The Price?
For me, yes. I usually buy eyeliners that cost around three quid and one of the following happens. Either:
a) they are rubbish and either fall off my face, go blunt really quickly and break when I sharpen them, are a weak, bland formula, or run everywhere.
b) the lid doesn't fit properly and falls off or I lose it because it's so little and the packaging is so boring.
On average, an eyeliner lasts me a month before one of these happens. My previous go-to eyeliner lasted three months or so. So if we say the average eyeliner costs me three quid and lasts a month, that's £12 in four months. I've had the Benefit eyeliner for four months, it's still going strong and I haven't even needed to sharpen it yet. I never misplace it because it's so chunky and the packaging is so bright. So yes, for me, it's definitely worth it. If you're not sure how you feel about chunkier, softer eye pencils, borrow a friend's or wait for it to be on offer first, because it's not for everyone. Otherwise, go out and get one!
I was browsing through the magazines in my local Asda when I came across a Magazine with this as a free gift!! I think it was Company... But I'm not really sure.
I was really pleased at this find, £2 for the magazine and this... Bargain seeing as this usually retails for £14!!
I have lots of different eye liners most of them being kohl liners as I find anything else drags too much and hurts my eye's.
This comes in a small black and pink box, inside you will find a small slip of paper giving you a few details of this product. You'll also find this eye liner. It's a thick pink pencil, with a black lid and the end of the pencil is also black. Across the front you find the name BAD gal and to the back a few details and the weight 1.4g.
I loved this pencil!! It is so nice and easy to use. You can use it for a line across the lashes or smudge it in for the smokey eyed look.
Bare in mind you will need a large sharpener for this pencil as it is chunky.
I have had this for a few months now and use it almost daily and I have yet to sharpen it!! I find that when smudging it you don't need to go over the top with it as a little line goes a long way. Also if you just want a defined line you don't need to press to hard as the colour is quite deep.
With it being a kohl pencil this means that it is nice and soft and doesn't drag on the skin.
I am glad I got it as a freebie but I think I will buy it at full price in the future.
I have only ever purchased budget make-up, purely for the fact that i live on a budget and dont have a choice! I have always admired the Benefit make up counter in all of my local department stores and couldnt wait for the day when i could afford an item from there. That day is yet to come :( but thanks to 'Glamour' magazines June Edition it didnt matter as they where giving away a free gift of either a Instant Eye Brightener,Concealer and Bad Gal Kohl Eyeliner Pencil. The magazine cost £2 an issue wheras the eyeliner retails for £14. What a bargain!!! So heres the first reveiw on the Bad Gal Pencil Eyeliner.
The pencil has a really great design, its hot pink with 'Bad Gal' written in black down the side making it look really modern and expensive it is also alot thicker than most khol eyeliners which appearence wise is great as it looks really different.
Inside the magazine they said that the eyeliner is used to achieve dark, smoky mysterious eyes, and on the model in the mag it works!! On me however it was a different story i personally found the thickness of the pencil too thick meaning it was impossible for me draw a thin line or to flick the liner out at the edges without it looking like a splodge in the corner of my eye! The magazine also states that that the powdery consistency makes the pencil great for 'smooth lines which can be smudged for a sexy look', i found that the consistency of the pencil meant that the eyeliner didnt smudge into a sexy look but that it just smudged off!!
Having said this the eyeliner does go on really dark and thick without you having to go over it several times like other eyeliners which is a bonus.However, i think that my usual £4 eyeliner does a much better job than this and at £14 per pencil it is not worth the money, iom just glad i only spent £2 and not full price because i would be really upset if i had!
This product is a really funky and sleek design. Its fushia pink and black, which has a very nice contrast. It say BAD gal and then benefit underneath this on one side. It has a chunky black sturdy lid, which is quite good as you are assured that this wont fall or slip off.
Basically this is a black eye liner / crayon as it's sometimes called, it's deffinatly not a pencil as the nib is too soft for this; therfore you can understand why they call this a crayon. The product is very soft and doesn't drag at all. The actual nib is very big, therfore it allows various lines to be created, from a very harsh thick black line, to a softer thinner line, its also a nice blendable product.
I had been looking at this product for a while on ebay as it was at a really reasonable price I thought, co
On ebay at the minute the price can range from £3.28 to £5.00 thats including postgae, which is a really good price considering I just googled and found it priced at £14 at house of fraser. However fortunatly for me I was lucky enough to have got this free in Junes (i think) copy of GLAMOUR magazine. Therfore I paid £2 as i would have normally done for the magazine and got this free :)
*** Overall Opinion
I do really quite like this product, I like the way it looks in the packaging and on the top lid of my eye it creates a nice, not too overdone look. Its easy to apply and lasts, the only downside is that it does smudge a little. I mean not too much, however I do have to just double check in the mirror around mid afternoon that I haven't got a panda eye. Overall I would reccomend it, if you got it at a cheap enough price, I wouldn't say it was worth the £14 in some stores though.
* Hope this helps :)
I love Benefit products and am particularly fond of the Bad Gal mascara. So when I saw the Bad Gal eye pencil came free with last months issue of glamour I jumped at the chance and bought a couple assuming I would love it!
How wrong I was! Everything about the pencil disappointed me and there is no way I would ever buy it again. The problems I had were:
1) The pencil is just too thick. They say you can draw a nice line but I have found this almost impossible. And I use eye liner every day so I know how to do it!
2) It's not even good for creating 'smoky' eyes which I think is what it's essentially for. It all starts off well, but it rubs of really easily and melts in the heat.
3) It really stings my eyes! My eyes are a bit sensitive, but I just can't wear this! It makes my eyes water and so my make up runs.
4) I had to sharpen the pencil regularly and so I can see if I keep using it, it won't last long
On the whole I was very disappointed with this product. The price tag is far too high and I think that they probably only sell them because they have a good reputation as a company (I still love most of their other products by the way!)
Don't waste your money here. If you want fantastic quality try Bobbi Brown's gel eye liner (see my review for this), it is well worth the money!
Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner was the first benefit product I bought and 3 years later it is still the ONLY eyeliner for me. So whats all the fuss about a £14 eye liner?? Well.. once you get used to its chunky form the effects are endless. It is perfect for creating smoky rock chick eyes as unlike most eye liners it is soft and blends perfectly; at the same time it can also create thin lines to produce a striking stare. It is also not crumbly unlike many soft kohl pencils which is a real bonus! However it is a nightmare to sharpen.I purchased the large benefit sharpener as the pencil doesn't fit in a standard one but when i came to sharpen it the wood tended to come off in chunks and the lead snap or come off inside the sharpener and for £14 i wanted all my moneys worth! However despite the problem i would not use another, its jet black charms and versatility are just too good!
Benefit isn't normally a makeup brand I immediately run to when I am looking for my next purchase. After all I find Benefit expensive and I can't justify spending £14 on a pencil eyeliner when you can get a good pencil eyeliner for a few pounds. So when I saw my usual monthly magazine Glamour in their July edition I did actually run out and purchase it for their Bad Gal, now I could find out what all the fuss is about for £2 instead of £14, their usual price.
The eyeliner itself comes in a black box with pink writing, and a little leaflet inside explaining about Benefit and how to apply their eyeliner. I can't help thinking there is no need for all the packaging and leaflet inside, just for an eyeliner? Surely if Benefit stopped all the packaging they would save more trees, be eco friendly and maybe reduce the price of the eyeliner as their saving on the silly packaging?
The pencil is chunky with a bright pink covering with a black tip at the bottom. In the middle it says BAD gal, it is simple, yet striking and with a black shiny pop off lid.
Benefit say this eyeliner is every makeup addicts must have makeup item, great for creating dramatic, dark, smoky, sexy and mysterious looking eyes.
Looking at the eyeliner itself it looks creamy and good quality, even though it is 2.2g of pencil using it every day it would last a while as you need so little and colour pay off is lovely.
First I applied a little line to the back of my hand gently and lightly. As the eyeliner is very creamy it took no effort in getting a lovely black line, although it did look a little grey. I pressed a little harder and got a beautiful defined creamy black line that was easy to smudge.
Now I won't lie but I have found my absolute favourite of liquid eyeliners, Mally Evercolour Lasting Liner for Eyes (also reviewed). I don't tend to use pencil eyeliners on my top lash line anymore due to my hooded eyes, after applying it looks fine, and five minutes later it is all over the place, not worth it. But I do like to use pencil eyeliner when I am wearing eyeshadow and in my waterlines, the pencil eyeliners I have including a MAC one seems to drag on my eyes while wearing eyeshadow and colour pay off is not great as well as fading through the day, until I tried Bad Gal.
I applied my eyeshadow as usual and applied Bad Gal to my upper lash line with little effort and with a lovely black line that I wanted before with the other eyeliners I have, the black even showed up on dark brown eyeshadow.
Appling it to my water line was easy as well as double lining, it just glides on. Double lining is something I like to do everyday as it really makes your lashes stand out and look thicker. To double line simply look up and apply eyeliner to your water line at the top of your lashes. Do it to one eye first and see the difference.
I found lining both water lines it stuck well for a few hours before fading and seeping into my lashes but still making me look like I have eyeliner on.
Because of my hooded eye I did find the liner travels on my eyelids after a bit, but this is easily rectified after a little wipe.
It is easy to create a sexy smoky look but if I am to do this I wait until the evening as it can look very dramatic and too much for day.
If you tend to have oily eyelids I would use a good primer underneath as you will get smudging as the product is so creamy, otherwise I think it will be fine. Wearing in on my waterlines I never got any irritation like you can when applying in that delicate area. Because it is a more chunky pencil than other pencil eyeliners I find you can't really go wrong when applying and creating a straight line so easy for you if you're not used to applying it to your upper lash line.
Removing this eyeliner at the end of the day is very easily, there is no rubbing and tugging. It just glides off with your usual eye makeup remover.
I wouldn't say it is the best pencil eyeliner I have ever owned due to it being very creamy and travailing on my upper eye lid. But it is beautiful to create a lovely lined eyes and on the waterline, not forgetting the sexy look. So because of this and the excessive packaging I am going to rate it three stars. Because of this I may purchase again, but on eBay though.
Benefit are a big-name manufacturer of affordable high-end cosmetics. They have a range of innovative make-up products designed to highlight and accentuate different aspects of your facial structure. Bad Gal is a black eye liner pencil and this is a staple product that every girl needs in her make-up bag! This is available from www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk for the price of £14. I got mine as a cover freebie in this month's Glamour magazine for only £2, which I considered to be a real bargain.
Benefit say: "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."
The pencil itself is big and chunky and comes in a cardboard tube box with a paper leaflet inside that guides you on how to use the product. The eye liner is a basic black colour and has a fairly soft creamy texture. It spreads over the eyelids easily and can be blended using your fingertips or a cotton bud. The texture really makes it easy to blend as it's so soft and glides over your skin.
Recommended directions for use: Sharpen to desired point and line eyes. For a smoky eye look, gently smudge and smoke out liner.
I don't wear too much make-up on a daily basis, preferring to keep it natural and mainly just use base and concealer products. But I do like a strong eye make-up, and will always choose dramatic eyes over heavy lip colour. A black eye pencil is a must have item for every girl and they can be used to create all sorts of looks. I found that with the size of this pencil being a bit on the chunky side, it was difficult to achieve a thin, fine line and it came out looking heavily drawn on. This is fine for me as I like to do the 50's heavy black liner look, and my night out of choice usually involves goth clubs or gigs, so this pencil can be used to achieve that full-on messy but styled goth look.
I often like to apply eye liner underneath the bottom eyelashes only, for definition and to draw attention to my eyes. This pencil was far too bulky and I ended up with a really thick line that smudged without me even trying to get that sexy smoky look, I wanted something a bit crisper. The liner 'bled' throughout the day and ended up running down my eye area, which is not a flattering look! I spend a lot of time trying to cover my dark circles only for this to go and give me splotchy dark under-eye circles!
Inside Glamour magazine they also offered the following advice: "Create a smooth, straight line with this liner, from the inner corner of the upper lid to the outer corner. Add a flick by drawing from the centre of the eye out toward the temple."
This is my usual look and so I tried again on my upper lash line, this time using Benefit Lemon Aid as a primer. The Bad Gal pencil created a steady and noticeable line and went on smoothly. It did not smudge and stayed on all day without budging, even with walking round in the hot sun outside for several hours. I am a lot more pleased with the results from using it this way, although the shade itself doesn't look quite as dark as I like. It seems a bit soft and doesn't give that dramatic pure black line that you get from a liquid eye liner. This is fine for the day time and gives quite a sleek and glamorous look, without being too overstated.
I think that this pencil would really work best if you are going for a heavy and dramatic smoky eye make-up look. I think if you wore this with an eye shadow and blended well it would look soft and would work well with this sort of style. It had good staying power with an eye base primer, but it was not as versatile as I had hoped, and I think in the future I will stick to a thinner eye pencil for under-eye lining, and continue to use liquid eyeliner for lining the upper eyelid and creating those ever popular cat-like flicks.
Not bad for a £2 magazine freebie, but I wouldn't pay the full price and have had better experiences with other eye liners. Go and snap up the magazine while you can and give it a try!