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I'm always looking for a quick fix when it comes to doing my make-up in the morning. I have two of these eye pencils which I got as a gift one Christmas. I have the colours 'Disco Ball' and 'Onyx'
Disco Ball is a light blue colour with silvery tones, and Onyx is a deep black, which goes onto the eyelids as a matte black. I am going to be focusing on the Disco Ball colour as this is the one I use most often.
The product itself : These pencils are chunky and have a rounded nib. They come with a clear plastic lid and each pencil is the colour of the lead inside it. These pencils can be used as eye shadow, or eyeliner. I started off only using the pencil as eyeliner, on both the top and bottom lash lines, which made my eyes look brighter and was really quick to do. Then, I realised that I could use it all over my eyelid and then smudge it outwards with my finger for a softer colour. This eye pencil has a very creamy texture and doesn't drag on the skin around my eyes. Personally, I do think this is important as I feel I have to be gentle on the skin there as it is very sensitive. Before applying this product, I rub the pencil in my palms to make sure the lead is slightly warmer. This makes it go on smoother. The colour is brilliant too, it comes out very pigmented and this helps it to spread well and helps me smudge it more easily.
Disadvantages : I did find a couple of bad things about these pencils. The main major problem was that after a couple of hours of wear I got a really bad crease on my eyelid, where all the colour had fallen into the crease. This means I have to smudge the colour back out onto my lid and reapply where needed. This is time consuming and sometimes puts me off wearing it. Another thing is that I had to go back out and buy a new eye pencil sharpener because of the size of this pencil. It is much wider than a normal eyeliner.
Overall, I love that this product is so quick and easy to use, but I wish it had more staying power.
I have recently been searching the Boots Stores in the area for some of these pencils as my Gold and Silver have run out, and I am not sure if they have been discontinued. If anyone does know out there please let me know as I can't even find them on the Boots website. So as you can see I love these 17 Metallic Eye Pencils.
The come in 4 shades - Gold, Silver, Coral and Purple. I got all 4 after trying the Gold and loving it so much. They are priced at £3.49 each and when I got them the 3 for 2 offer applied. The Pencils are short and stumpy and have a thick coloured lead. The pencils are coloured in the same colour as the shade and state '17' and Metallic Eye Pencil' in Silver down the pencil. Each have a clear lid that stops the eye liner becoming blunt or damaged.
They apply to your eyelid easily and do no drag across them. The liner comes out in a thick line - even if sharpened, but I liked this as I used them as both liners and for a quick colour all over the lid. They were ideal for my upcoming holiday as I could use them in the day for just a hint of colour or to add a line of colour for the evening.
The eye liners itself are very soft and do need sharpening quite a lot which means they don't last very long, but as they are only £3.49 I felt this was still good value for money. They give a strong colour on your lids that sparkles in the light and looks great for an evening. They can be blended easily or give a solid line.
An issue I had was that in the heat when I was on holiday, they creased and wore off quickly. When I have used them back at home though the creasing was not as bad and they didn't seem to wear off, so perhaps they are not really designed for wear in the heat.
I love the convenience of these chunky pencils and the 4 shades were just right for me. Perhaps a few more shades would have been nice for more variety, and I would like to see them back in my Boot's 17 counter.
==Boots 17 Metallic Eye Pencil==
I can't say that this would have been my first choice of product had I been buying myself some make up but it was bought for me one birthday a few years back and it has been kicking around ever since. I do like greens and bright aqua greens are a favourite colour of mine when choosing nail varnishes but not so much when it comes to eye shadow type colour.
This product isn't an eye shadow in the conventional sense as it is an eye pencil which is designed to give a bright and bold colour around the eyes and work like a eye liner more than a whole eye lid covering but the bold colour means that you can work it across the eye lid to use it as an eye shadow if you so wish. I tried both methods but can't say that I really took to the product.
If you were to buy this eye pencil you would have to get it from one of the hundred of Boots stores across the country as this is the only place that stocks it or of course Boots online. Having just had a look it seems as though you can pick up a fair few of the shades from eBay if you wanted to save yourself a pound or so. The usual selling price of this pencil is £3.49 p if you were to buy it from Boots.
The pencil is a short and dumpy one which will need to larger sized pencil sharpener to sharpen it up. The nib of the pencil is thick as well so that it covers a larger area under the eye for a more dramatic look. The shade of green that I have is a nice one and would make a really nice nail varnish. The shimmer that is embedded into the product gives a lighter look when it is applied to the eyes but it is not glittery just slightly glistening.
The colour is very vibrant and for me this is probably a bit too much and I don't think it really suits me. However I have tried using it a good few times and in different ways too. The pencil itself is pretty easy to apply to the eye as the nib is as soft as it could be without being squidgy and it doesn't drag at all across the delicate skin. The feel of the pencil once applied is smooth and silky and like I said is easy to blend. This aspect though does mean that it doesn't really last that well or keep the really vibrant colourings for that long. Once it begins to come off the eyes the colour isn't such a nice aqua one and takes on a slightly grey look which really makes my eye area just appear dirty.
I do quite like the way that this product is applied easily to the skin and the feel of it going on and when it is blended in. The colour when it first goes on is a nice one although I am not sure it is really one for me. There is no really long lasting ability of this product which is a real shame because I would have scored it much better if there had been even though its not a product colour or item I really like on the eyes. Because it doesn't last long and the colour isn't one I use on my eyes I feel a fair score would be a 2 out of 5 stars. It might suit some people but even if it does it won't last long on the eyes.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.
I often find that eye liners don't have much staying power especially on the water lines. I have tried many drug store brands but always go back to my Urban Decay liners, which are more expensive. A friend recently gave me one of 17's metallic eye pencils (in bronze) as part of a gift. I put it in my make up drawer and forgot all about it. However I recently tried to create a bronzed smoky eye and came across this pencil and thought I'd give it a go!! Boy was I surprised - its fantastic. I have since gone and bought three other colours! Result!
Price - £3.99 per pencil in Boots. The pencil measures about 4 inches in length and is a chunky pencil so there is lots of product for the price.
Application - One of the things I love about this eye liner is that it glides right on, the pencil is so soft that there is no need for the repeated rubbing required by some other pencil liners. This can also be applied across the lid as an eye shadow and with a bit of blending it looks quite good. I would only use it as a base, not as a finished look, but its great when products are versatile.
Performance - These pencils are quite pigmented as the colours always stand out quite strong. I often wear the green one to accent my eyes and it really does stand out. They stay put for quite a while too, have never worn it all day yet, but it certainly lasts an evening out! When worn as an eyeshadow there was a little creasing, but I find this with many soft cream products. The metallic finish is lovely.
Range - The range seems to have a few colours at the moment, bronze, gold, green, purple and blue. Hopefully they will expand on this because I'd love to see it a few different shades.
I would definitely recommend these pencils to those who like to wear liner that stands out!
I love wearing eye make-up, and I often ramp it up for a night out with a bit of sparkle or glitter! I usually like to use simple eyeshadows to achieve this, with a bit of dazzle dust (Barry M, of course) dotted on for good measure.
When it comes to eyeliner, I tend to use a black or charcoal eyeshadow and apply it with a small sponge applicator and a steady hand. I prefer the smudgy look to a thin black line. But when I came across these 17 metallic eye pencils it seemed I had found my eyeliner and sparkle in one handy package! The 17 range is exclusive to Boots, and these currently cost £3.99, but are part of the 17 cosmetics 3 for 2 offer at the moment.
Short 'n' fat
The pencils come in five shades - purple, green, gold, bronze and silver. They are a bit fatter than normal pencils, and a bit shorter too. The outside of the pencils reflects the colour of the 'lead' and they are topped off with some simple silver writing, in keeping with other products in the 17 range, and a plastic lid.
The eyeliner pencil inside is very soft and it actually feels cool when you apply it to your eyes, which I really like. I used it first under my eyelashes, and it was very easy to apply, going on smoothly without any of that horrible 'dragging' sensation you can get with some eyeliner pencils - but as the pencil is quite thick it's pretty impossible to apply a very thin line. But in a way the point of these pencils is to be a bit dramatic. I also applied a little to my waterline and again this was easy to do, and the coolness and soft texture of the pencil made this quite a pleasant experience - not something I would often say about applying eyeliner.
Overall this leaves you with quite a distinctive look! The colour is a very bright, almost white silver and it has a definite shimmer to it as well, so this look is good for evenings out and nightclubs, but perhaps not ideal for a day in the office or tea with grandma. It has a slightly space age look to it somehow, and Jamiroquai's "Cosmic Girl" pops into my head as I look in the mirror when wearing this!
So as an eyeliner this isn't for everyday use and I wasn't sure if I would get masses of use out of it as it is quite a striking look and I tend to prefer darker eyeliners. However, I decided to give it a try on my upper lid too. Rather than just lining above my lashes, I had a bit of a scribble on my eyelids - which sounds crazy but this liner really is soft enough that I could do this without any discomfort. I then smudged the liner onto my lids and had a peek in the mirror. This left my eyelids with a nice, subtle shimmer, and this can be built up with an extra layer to make it more dramatic. This had quite good staying power and there was still a touch of glitter on my eyelids much later on. I would also be tempted to try this over another eyeshadow to add a bit of drama!
Overall I think this is a nice product. It's creamy and easy to apply, and it's a good price. But having said that, it didn't really work for me personally. Although I use this on the odd occasion I generally stick to my usual dark eyeliners and eyeshadows - this pencil didn't really create a look I liked very much. If I did buy this again, I would probably opt for a darker shade - although to be honest I am unlikely to be trying out another one! But it is a good quality, cheap product and I would recommend it to anyone who fancies something a bit funky in their make-up bag.
A pretty new product to me as I was introduced to the metallic eye pencil in the summer 09 gift with purchase. In the gwp was the metallic green shade.
The pencil itself is styled much like the regular 17 eyeliner pencils except that it is a chunkier version; the outer pencil shade corresponds to the inner cosmetic colour. So this one came in metallic green packaging, with the item name written on the side of the pencil in metallic cursive writing in a very simple way. It looks very sleek and stylish on first glace.
The pencil glides onto the eyes easily without pulling or dragging, and doesn't irritate the eyes with strong scents. It is very blendable so a little can go a long way if you blend enough and want a subtle look. Of course with it being so blendable there is a problem - at least for spectacle-wearers such as myself - it is very easy to smudge off and doesn't really set on the skin. This is obviously exacerbated by the heat trapped behind the specs so isn't the greatest pencil if you want to build up a stronger look and wear glasses like myself. However it works great for washes of blended colour or for chunky eyeliner on the lashline.
The colour itself is gorgeous; it is a bright emerald green kind of shade that oddly doesn't seem that out there when you apply it. It looks much scarier in the pencil than it does on your eyelids so if you are looking at it tentatively in the store but a little scared, don't be. These pencils give you a wearable splash of colour.
I would love to be able to give this perfect marks, but for the smudging even hours after applying I have to knock a star off.
I got a whole bag full of No17 makeup products last Christmas which was really cool, some things I loved but there was an eyeliner pencil in there that I didn't :(
This Boots own brand No17 eyeliner pencil is about 4 inches long and quite thick and stubby.
The last time I looked at the price in Boots it was £3.71 which is pretty reasonable for a good eyeliner as they last for months even when you use them on a daily basis :)
The reason I didn't like this product was not that there was anything wrong with it - it was just the yucky metallic gold colour I'd been given, lol!
Everything I wear is Black because Black is so cool, gold is not...
I did try it out though a few times at home and then ended up giving it away.
The product could be used as a thick eyeliner on its own or as the write up says on the wooden pencil it can be blended over another colour to achieve 'a stunning metallic finish'.
The contents are really quite soft and easy to use; the pencil glides on without pulling at my eyes and was really shiny and pretty bright.
I though it looked more yellowy than gold, but I guess yellow is the base colour and the little golden specs are mixed into it?
It says fragrance free on it and to use in six months - I think that's because makeup can start harbouring germs after than amount of time so we are told to throw it away...
It is very glittery and bright so that's why I would not wear it but it was a good pencil in terms of how easy it was to draw onto the skin, and it looked good gently smeared under the eyes too.
I am probably being a bit harsh about the colour so I will give five stars for the actual eye makeup itself as it did a good job and stayed on a good while too so is worth the money.
I had been wanting to try a Barry M eye crayon for ages, but although they're only around the £4.50 mark, I couldn't really justify the cost of one as I knew it would not be something I'd use regularly. When I saw that No.7 do a range of metallic eye pencils, despite the fact they were not all that much cheaper, there was a special offer on to get a free dazzle dust with any purchase from the range, and I also had a voucher to get extra advantage card points on the 17 range, so I decided those were good enough reasons to try one!
I'm not sure how many shades are available in the range - there are four shown on the website, but I think there may be around six to eight - I did mean to check yesterday when I was in Boots, but totally forgot, sorry! The four shades shown online are green, gold, silver and bronze. The one I bought was the silver.
Each pencil is quite short and chunky, and has a clear plastic lid, just like the one shown. It's a normal wooden pencil which you have to sharpen, rather than one of those plasticky ones that twist up.
You can use the pencil as an eye liner, or alternatively across the whole lid as a shadow. To be honest, when I bought this I wasn't really sure how I would use it, I just wanted one to play around with, I think! In the end, I've tried it both ways...
As a liner, this can give a nice result - a striking metallic finish, which is great for nights out, and a little more subtle than using a glitter gel liner. The main problem I found with using this as an eye liner, is that because the pencil is quite chunky, it can sometimes be a little bit difficult to get a really clean line, and the line can often look a bit too thick.
When I first used this, I used it as a liner on a night out. I went to the toilets and realised it was rubbing off, so tried touching it up. Like I said, it can be difficult to get a clean line as the pencil's so thick, and I ended up with a horrible uneven line, so I wasn't very happy, and haven't used it as a liner since!
As an eyeshadow, or all over base for your eyes, I think this product performs much better. It really glides onto the eyelid smoothly and easily, and is quite soft and creamy. It's easily blended too, so you can create a multitude of different looks.
It gives a lovely finish, and although being metallic it does contain a bit of glitter, the particles are very fine, so the end result looks more like a metallic shimmer than glittery. The silver pencil I have gives quite an intensive silver colour, and you only need to go over the eyelid once to create a great look.
One problem I have found, which is possibly due to its creamy texture, is that when used as an all-over eye shadow, this can tend to crease quite quickly, meaning it needs to be touched up frequently, which is a bit of a pain in the neck. I've started using Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath it, and find that it is a real help, and makes it last an entire night, rather than just an hour or two.
The pencils cost £3.49 and are only available from Boots.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this product, despite the fact that I don't use it very often, because it's only really suitable for night time use (or at least I think so), it's easy to use and gives a nice finish. The main negative things are that it creases easily if used without a primer, and it's a bit of a pain getting a clean line when using it as an eyeliner. Otherwise, a really nice product.
Several shades to create your glamourous metallic look for this season!