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17 Photo Flawless Eye Pencil

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Brand: Boots 17 / - Pencil / Type: Eye Pencil / Suitable for: Eye

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      25.04.2011 22:04
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      A bargain...

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      The claim
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      PHOTO FLAWLESS EYE PENCIL is a black pencil eye liner with a kohl formula that contains a pearlescent twist of colour in addition to the black base colouring, which promises to help brighten your natural eye colour.

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      Colours in range
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      Blue/black [applies royal blue] - Recommended for blue eyes
      Gold/black [applies medium/dark bronze] - Recommended for brown eyes
      Green/black] [applies teal] - Recommended for green eyes

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      I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this is to apply. Applied on bare skin [with or without a primer] it doesn't drag across my eyelid or scratch the sensitive skin and the line applies with a even colour in one stroke. I'd become used to having to go back and forth over the line a few times with almost every brand of eyeliner I've ever used [all price ranges], so for a £3.99 pencil by Boots hit-or-miss 17 range to do what brands that cost triple the price fail to do really was something that I wasn't expecting.

      It is easy to smudge the colour out on bare or primed skin when I'm in the mood for a smoky look. Sometimes I smudge the colour up all over my lid, rather then bother with a shadow - just use a smudge brush or sponge rather then a Q tip for this, as a Q tip will wipe off the colour.

      The biggest selling point for me was easy it is to apply the liner over eyeshadow. That doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's surprising how difficult it can be to do, as the pencil will pull and drag over the shadow - especially powder shadow - causing a uneven line and the shadow can also coat the pencil, so the colour payoff will be muted. Sometimes I've even managed to smudge out the liner over shadow too, but most times it just looks messy.

      Also impressive; lining my waterline and tightlining is easy - the pencil is neither too thick or thin - and the colour again shows up fully on the delicate skin in one stroke. I've got several of Urban Decays over-hyped 24/7 liners and Boots PHOTO FLAWLESS EYE PENCIL outperforms them every time for this.

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      Does it wear well?
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      The short answer is yes. Once applied to the lid the liner will stay put until I wash it off. For the first ten minutes or so after application the formula is soft and smudge-able, but then it sets. For those first ten minutes I have to smudge the line out myself if I want to, the formula is creamy but certainly not runny or transferable. The liner hasn't smudged from my lid to across the underside of my brow bone when I've blinked for example, like Benefit's Bad Gal liner or any liquid liner is prone to doing.

      Whenever I've smudged the liner out in place of shadow I've never noticed any creasing and my makeup can be worn for up to twelve hours a day. Admittedly I do usually use a eyeshadow primer on my lids. Hmm - come to think of it I think that smudging this out on your lids would make a suitable primer for shadow. I must try it out...

      As with any other brand using this on my waterline doesn't wear for longer then four hours - that is if you don't set it. If you rim your waterline with the pencil then set it by applying [pat don't sweep] a similar coloured powder shadow, it will last for longer. For instance I'm wearing a PHOTO FLAWLESS EYE PENCIL today and it's about eight hours after I applied and set it, yet most of the liner on my waterline is still clearly visible. It is showing some wear, but if I use any brand of pencil [or gel] it would have washed of hours ago if I hadn't set it.

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      Would I buy it again?
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      I'll get the main issue out of the way; none of the liners are black, despite being labelled blue/black, gold/black and green/black. I've listed what the combinations show up as when applied above. This wasn't a big deal for me, as I've got plenty of black liners already, but yeah, the colour names are misleading.

      I bought the blue/black liner in a three-for-two offer just after they were launched and have since bought the gold/black and green/black variations too as I impressed with the product and I wear all of the colours regularly. All of the colours have the same brightening properties, it doesn't matter if you buy the colour made for your eye colour or not.

      I took a number of photos [with the blue/black combination] to see is this is indeed 'Photo Flawless' or is a groundless gimmick and was pleasantly surprised. The whites of my eyes looked brighter then usual and my dark blue irises had a greenish tinge to them.

      The 17 Photo Flawless range also includes mascara in the same colour combinations [£5.99], facial primer [£4.99] and liquid foundation [£6.29].

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      RRP: £3.99


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