“ Brand: Benefit / Type: Pencil „
Anyone who regularry reads my reviews will be aware that I am a bit of a makeup addict and my favourite cosmetic by far is eyeliner. I own absolutely loads, but this kohl eye pencil, by Benefit, is definetly one of my favourites. I got it a while ago now. I'd guess maybe a year ago. I bought mine from Debenhams and paid £15, although I have just had a quick nose on google and I can see that it's currently retailing for £12.99 at Debenhams and £15 plus on other websites, and it's around £8 on eBay. I'd be wary of buying this particular eye pencil from eBay as because it's a highly priced their will be fakes around - best sticking to a store or website you are familiar with when buying this to avoid bein ripped off.
The eyeliner is available in 4 different shades. They each have their own fancy little name but the colours are as follows - brown, green, purple and black. I have it in black as I prefer to keep my eye makeup very gothic looking rather than bright and colourful. The pencil weighs 1 gram and it is much longer than an average eyeliner - i'd guess maybe 8 inches, and it's also slightly thinner too. This apparently helps with accurate application but I find it a bit fiddly. I much prefer the size and shape of Benefit Badgal as it's easier to grip, however atleast with this one it's very lightweight and easier to glide along as the nib is also quite thin and delicate.
The pencil comes in a thin, white cardboard box which has the brand and product name written on it, it's very elegant looking. The pencil itself is white in colour (although obviously the nib will be the colour of whatever shade pencil you choose - mine is black). At the end it has got a black band around it which has the Benefit logo, I think mine is only black to reflect the shade of my pencil though so if you get the pencil in green then you will likely get a green band. Their is black writing on the side of the pencil which has the product name. The pencil has 2 transparent lids - one for the pencil's nib and one for the foam smudger at the other end.
Using this pencil is very easy. I use mine on my lower (sometimes upper) waterline and at times smudge it slightly into my lower lashline for a smoky eyed look. Applying it is so simple, the texture of the pencil is so soft and creamy that it glides along onto my skin - it doesn't drag or flake in the slightest. Although it's creamy, it's not so creamy that it is wet and gloopy like some creamy eyeliners can be. The pigmentation is amazing - the black is very intense and because it's matte it doesn't look greasy or shiny and you can tell it's a kohl eyeliner and not a liquid eyeliner. It makes me look wide awake and makes my eyes look amazing, they appear much bigger and it intesifies my blue eyes making them look stunning (without sounding vein!!) Creating a cat-eye with this is easy as the pencil is so accurate, and it looks amazing. Another use for this is an eyebrow pencil because of the intense, flawless colour, although go easy with it!
The lasting power is good but not great. I apply this at around 7/8am and by 1pm/2pm it will of slightly faded and it smudges within a couple of hours. I don't mind it smudging as it doesn't smudge hideously, just a bit, and the fading isn't an issue as the pencil is lightweight enough to pop into my makeup bag and take with me to Uni. It isn't waterproof, but unlike some other eyeliners, when I sneeze and my eyes run a bit it doesn't completely ruin my eye makeup. With rain though it does make it run quite a bit which is a bit of a nightmare but that is the only downside that I can think of (along with the price!!) Removing it is easy, it takes around 3 makeup wipes to remove around 5 layers of it so with 1 layer it'll only take a few seconds to remove. Overall this is a good product, it's high quality and looks good and I would reccomend it.
Benefit Kohl Pencil
This eyeliner is amazing. I have been using this for years and refuse to change as I've never used a better eyeliner.
The product comes in a white thin pencil with benefit written in black. The colour I usually get is Onyx as this is the blackest one. I really like this product and feel it is really easy to apply and lasts all day long.
The eyeliner is really easy to apply and glides on so easy. The colour is very black which I like and can be applied very easy to both the bottom and top of eyes with ease. The eyeliner last all days without smudging and comes with a smudge applicator at the other side so smudge eyeliner to give a nice smoky eye look. The pencil is very long so last a very long time.
I would recommend this product. I recommended this to many of my friends when they commented how my eyeliner always stays on all night and they are now converted and love it.
Overall I would definitely recommend this product, especially over their BAD GAL Liner which is awful. This product has also now been introduced as being waterproof which is great news and will be buying as soon as my current one runs out.
I typically only wear black liquid liner on my top lid for the cat-eye look but when I want to look a little more dressed up, I will reach for a black pencil and line my bottom lids as well. Whilst my choice of liquid liner has remained the same (MAC LiquidLast) I have gone through a variety of black pencils, trying to find one that doesn't smudge, and can really 'go the distance' - meaning at the end of the night, I don't look like a raccoon. I have used other Benefit products in the past, including the BadGal Mascara, which I found to run quite a lot (though it did make my eyelashes very lush). What happened is that I was in a rush at Boots, trying to get things together after unexpectedly forgetting half my make-up bag en route to a night out. I had been using a Bourjois eyeliner which was passable, but decided to see if a 'premium' product might hold the key to a smudge-free evening, so I opted for Benefit's Kohl pencil. The girl working there assured me that it was one of the best eyeliners they had in store, and I shouldn't see much smudging.
I have seen minor smudging, but on the whole, the girl has kept her promise. Another key point is that it doesn't make my eyes itch, which was a big problem I had with other brands, like CoverGirl and Maybelline. The other review mentioned that they rarely use the sponge-tip at the end - for my purposes, it doesn't come into use, and when I have tried to use it in the past, it seems to pick up the eyeliner completely, rather than just 'smudge' it. Another thing is that a bottle of Bumble & Bumble product burst when in my make-up bag, and whilst all my other products were able to recover just fine, the label of this pencil peeled off almost completely, leaving just the wood grain. It still works fine (i.e. still sharpens without problem) but it doesn't look great.
I'm still conflicted as to whether or not this is worth the high price, and I think I would be more adamant either way if I used pencil liner more often. I do know that, compared to other pencil liners I've used, it hardly ever runs. If you are willing to pay a premium for that, then by all means, this is the product for you!
If there's one thing I always manage to lose it has to be eye liner. I've lost count of how many eye liners I've bought this past year which have either disappeared as if by magic or been lost on nights out. I've currently got three in my make up bag and I can almost guarantee that at least one will have vanished by the end of December. Sometimes they turn up in handbags and in drawers but more often or not I never see them again.
On a recent splurge shopping trip to Boots with my Boots advantage card points I decided to treat myself to a rather expensive eye liner. I normally opt for the cheaper ones and tend to spend around £4, usually because I know I'll have lost it within a couple of months. However I decided to splurge a little bit and select a Benefit one as I've always rated their make up quite highly in general and thought I'd try out on of their eye liners.
Benefit is a rather expensive American beauty brand that prides itself on its cutely named products that do tend to produce quite positive results. It's sold in Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges, etc. and the prices do tend to be the same across all the stores. It sells the majority of make up items and has recently moved into body care products as well. You can expect to pay around £15 for a mascara, £22 for a blusher and £15 for a make up brush.
Benefit do two different eye liners which are both priced the same. A kohl pencil one which is the one I selected and an eye pencil one. The latter of the two is rather thick in comparison and more like a crayon than a pencil, the advisor told me this was ideal for the rock chick look with big black lines around the eyes. I didn't think this would be the most appropriate for work so decided to opt for the pencil variety eye liner.
The kohl pencil is white in colour and actually quite a lot longer than your average pencil, it's probably about seven or eight inches in length. It's of average pencil width and really isn't anything special to look at. It has two ends, one end is the actual eye liner and the other end is a pointed sponge tip which can be used for smudging the eye liner. Each end has a small plastic lid to keep it safe in your make up bag.
The kohl pencil comes in five different shades; onyx which is black and the one I selected, royale which is quite a dark blue almost violet colour, sable which is a deep brown, stainless which is a dark grey steel colour and tuxedo which is a medium blue. I was slightly disappointed there wasn't a green as I have green eyes and quite like eye liner the same colour. However I settled for the black as felt it was the most versatile.
You apply the eye liner in much the same way you would with any eye liner. I always line just under my bottom eye lid, as lose to the actual lid line as I can and then for nights out I'll also repeat on the top eye lid too. It's best to keep the pencil quite sharp if you only want a thin line and it'll also make it easier to control if it's sharper. The eye liner itself is quite hard, it's not what I'd call a soft eye liner like the crayon types you get.
The website then suggests you smudge the eye liner with the sponge tip to create a more dramatic and natural effect although I sometimes find this messes up the eye liner slightly. I've had my eye liner for a couple of weeks now and have only tried the sponge out once or twice, I could certainly live without it and would rate it as being a redundant feature of my eye liner really. However some people may like this added extra.
I tend to apply the eye liner every morning and find at lunch time I usually need to touch it up slightly as it's either smudged or rubbed off a little. When it's first applied it does look really good and the black is quite intense, however it does wear off during the day as I find with most eye liners really. I'm quite pleased with the overall effect although I was disappointed the eye liner didn't have a more lasting effect really.
In terms of how long the pencil will last I'd say as long as any pencil you have, sadly it's not one you can apply once a day and you will need to reapply which obviously means you'll have to sharpen it more frequently. It's priced at £12.50 which in my opinion is a little excessive for an eye liner, especially one that doesn't produce the miracles I thought it would and one that I'll probably have lost by the end of the year!
So would I recommend it to you? Well if you've got money to burn then go right ahead and buy one in every shade if you wish to, I however will be returning to my more money friendly, cheaper alternative eye liners in the future. Yes it is a good eye liner and I don't doubt that at all, it's as good as any I've ever tried really, but for the much higher price tag I'd be expecting some sort of magic that sadly I didn't get.
Thanks for reading.