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I love to wear make up, especially eye make up but I have found that if you're careful, you easily look overdressed for a situation when wearing it. In the evenings, or for special occasions, I like to wear a liquid eyeliner but find this looks too 'made up' in the day so I use a pencil eyeliner instead. I recently bought the Smokey Effect Pencil Eyeliner by Bourjois for this purpose.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed in order to accentuate the eyes, making them stand out and long attractive. The eye liner promises to help you achieve a subtle smokey eyed look quickly and easily, adding definition to the eye area. It is suitable for use on those with sensitive eyes or those who wear contact lenses like me. It contains natural waxes and derivatives of Vitamins E and C to nourish the sensitive skin around the eyes.
The product comes in plenty of different shades so there should be at least one colour which is to your liking. I chose the rather boring Ultra Black. Other shades include Dark Purple, Deep Green and Smoked Brown. There are also some shades which include a bit of sparkle which include Sparkling Granite and Sparkling Mocha.
Packaging and Price
The product looks just like a writing pencil but it is black in colour and double ended. The pencil has some gold detailing on it and it is numbered one and two, just in case you can't figure out which side you are supposed to use first! There are diagrams on the pencil to help with the application although they are a bit misleading and it looks like you have to apply the product to the middle of the eyelid. One side is protected by a black cap and when you pull it off, you see the pencil. The other side is protected by a clear cap and when you pull it off you see a soft bristled brush which has been formed into a point.
The pencil will cost you around £5 and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, larger supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Applicaition and Performance
The pencil has a very creamy consistency and it easily glides over the skin without pulling or dragging the delicate area. The colour is very pigmented and with one stroke you get a lovely intense colour although two strokes give you a completely opaque colour. Because of the consistency, it is easily to get a nice straight line along the lashes. The blending brush is super soft and it doesn't hurt or make the skin sore as you blend it. You have ages to work with the product before it sets so you can blend to your hearts content. When you begin to blend, some of the intensity of the colour is lost but it's still very present and it does achieve a great smokey eyed effect.
The product doesn't irritate my eyes at all, even when I'm wearing my contacts, although I don't wear it actually on the water line. The product isn't very long lasting and it does smudge quite a bit. Some days, I do come home looking like a panda bear and it doesn't ever completely set and you'll get in a mess if you touch the eye area. The pencil needs to be sharpened and I haven't got round to buying one yet so my pencil is out of order at the minute. The outside of the pencil is wood which means you need to be careful that you don't get particles in your eyes after you've sharpened it. It isn't as convenient as an eye liner that you twist up. The product is easily removed using my usual eye make up remover.
All in all, this eye liner does allow you to achieve a smokey eyed look quickly and easily. The colour is bold and it defines your eyes well without looking too made up. It does fade and smudge with time and it doesn't stay looking perfect. It also needs to be sharpened after a couple of uses. Once I get a sharpener, I will continue to use this again but I probably wouldn't repurchase due to the staying power.
As I headed out to my local Boots earlier this year I made an instant bee line for the makeup aisle. My mission, to find a new eyeliner to replace the stumpy old ones scattered around my makeup bag. I have over the years trialled a number of different eyeliners with differing results, and this time round I was determined to not be swayed by cost but instead to buy something that would give a good result. Bourjois are a brand that I have used a couple of times in the past but not as much as others, and so when I saw this "Bourjois Effect Smoky Pencil" I though it would be worth a punt to see how good it would be.
This eyeliner looks no different in many ways to any other eye liner on the market, the application of it made clear by the pencil sized body which was slightly longer in length to a standard eyeliner pencil. It only differs by the fact that this is a two ended pencil and therefore features the lead of the eyeliner pencil on one end together with a black brush on the other. This eyeliner was available in three colour ways in my local Boots store, those being the standard black, brown and blue, however a look on the Bourjois gives a surprising array of colours which are as follows:
* Smoked Brown 71
* Dark Purple 72
* Deep Green 73
* Grey Shadow 74
* Intense Black 75
* Ultra Black 76
* Sand Rose 77
* New Wave Blue 78
* Sparkling Granite 79
* Sparkling Mocha 80
* Sparkling Navy 81
Had I have known that there were a number of sparkly options available I might have looked for one of them, however being someone who sticks to quite a neutral palette of colours day to day I thought that a black pencil would be best and so opted for the Intense Black.
The body and lid of each pencil is coloured to suit the colour of the pencil lead. Therefore my Intense Black pencil features a black pencil body with a black lid with the text 'Smoky Effect' inscribed in shiny silver text down the body. The text is accompanied by two eye images again in a silver colour way which illustrate the pencil being applied around the eye area. On one end of my pencil is the sharpened lead which is topped with a black cap and on the other, a black brush tip which is enclosed in a transparent plastic lid.
Taking off the lid of my pencil, the colour of the lead is very dark and therefore I fully concur with its 'Intense Black' name, whilst the pencil lead produces a strong line of colour on my outstretched hand when pressed lightly.
~Application and Use~
Now being that I am a lover of the smoky eye look, I have over the years experimented with a number of ways to achieve the perfect look but keep returning to the same one. I like to start the look with a base of lighter colour eye shadow up to the brow bone and then follow this with a touch of a darker shade from the centre of my eye lid outwards. This is then topped with a line of pencil around the top and bottom lash line and a liberal coating of mascara. Now I have always understood the key to a good smoky eye being the amount of smudging that is done and that is where this pencil shines. Being given a brush at the end of the pencil ensures that the line of black colour can be smudged easily and effectively. The brush has very soft bristles and this ensures that the application process does not irritate my eyes whilst the colour is dark and strong and stands out from the rest of my makeup giving a very defined look.
At the end of the day I like to ensure that my eye makeup is completely removed and I do this with a standard facial cleanser. The good amount of smudging that is done when I use this eyeliner means that the colour often clings to the rims of my eyes around the eyelash line and therefore does require washing twice to remove all traces.
~Price and Availably~
I bought my eye pencil from Boots a couple of months ago and paid around £5 for it. A look online reveals that it is currently selling in Boots for £5.49 and in Tesco for £5.50 and this is a pretty standard price to pay in my opinion. The bonus it seems is the fact that you in effect get two products in one, one product being the eyeliner pencil and the other being the brush at the other end which if purchased separately could easily equate to more than the £5.50.
Having used this pencil for the past couple of months I have had no irritation or cases of the pencil lead becoming too hard and therefore hurting my sensitive eye area. I also like the way that after I have finished using the pencil I can simply pop the lids on either end and put it back in my makeup bag without worrying about the black colour being smudged in every orifice. It produces a great smoky eye look and the results last all day in my case without the need for a top up or without the colour transferring around my eye area. I feel that at £5.50 this is a good price to pay for such a versatile little pencil, my only criticism being that it might smudge too effectively as I can at times find the colour quite difficult to remove.
This product comes highly recommended and for that it scores an excellent five stars.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I was browsing in Boots and stopped to check out the Bourjois display, where I noticed they had brought in a new ballet-themed makeup range, presumably inspired by the popularity of the film Black Swan. The collection was mainly made up of pale pinks, blacks and greys, to create a feminine, pretty look characterised by girly pinkness and smoky eyes. Though I already have plenty of makeup to create the smoky eye look, I was drawn to a number of items, one of which was this Effet Smoky Eye Pencil. A number of colours were available, including black and grey, but I chose a dusky pink shade as I felt it would go well with my pale skin and dark hair.
The eyeliner is designed with two ends: one being the pencil itself and one being a small brush, protected with a clear plastic lid. The brush is designed to soften the line and create a smoky effect. I found that the eyeliner was easy to apply and I could draw a line on both my upper and lower eyelids without applying too much pressure. The brush was handy for gently smudging the line, although to be fair I do have brushes of my own that I could have used. This one included on the end of the pencil does come in handy when you're out and about.
The eyeliner colour gives my eyes a slightly bruised look, but I actually really like it as it brings out my blue eyes, I'm not sure if it would be to everyone's taste though. I often use the eyeliner after applying Benefit's Lemon Aid for a lighter makeup look.
Where this eyeliner falls down is in its longevity. I find that I apply it in the morning and it's practically worn off by lunchtime. This means I have to carry it around with me in order to reapply (in which case the included brush comes into its own!).
I probably wouldn't buy this eyeliner again. I do like the look it creates, and it's a good idea, but I prefer eyeliners that last much longer so I don't have to keep on reapplying them.
This eyeliner is available from Boots, Superdrug and asos.com priced at £4.99, but is often available on special offer, e.g. 3 items of makeup for £5 (which is how I obtained it).
What has impressed me most with this product is its staying power, it really does hold its looks and stick around for a long time, the only downside to this is that it takes a bit of effort to get it off at the end of the day but that is a small price to pay for a quality product. I have used the black version however there are half a dozen varieties to try and it is priced around the £5 mark.
This pencil eyeliner is the type that requires you to smudge it after applying a line, it certainly gives you a different look and is great when going out for a night of dancing and partying. It is double ended, the pencil itself is nice and slender and very easy to grip, it is also very easy to use and to get a nice smooth line both above and below your eye. The pencil has a very smooth feel to it and it applies a nice rich line of eye liner, it has a slightly waxy feel to it. At the other end is the brush which has a fine point and is very soft and pretty good quality. I find that it is perfectly ok if you are applying this eyeliner while out and about however if I'm at home I tend to use my normal brush which is better quality. I have also used my finger on a couple of occasions to see what the effect would be like and because the eyeliner is waxy it works perfectly well all be it is a bit more messy.
I have quite sensitive eyes and I have had no problems with this product so it would be suitable for people with a similar problem. It looks good and is long lasting so it is well worth a try in my opinion and with a nice range of colours you will not be spoilt for choice either.
Having studied as a makeup artist I have always been interested in many different styles and its quite usual for me to wear a different makeup look everyday and that's my excuse for buying so many different make up products.
I purchased the Smoky effect eyeliner in boots as I had run out of my Max Factor mascara and boots were having a 3 for 2 promotion and decided to treat myself to a couple of new eyeliners.
The Bourjois Eyeliner is in the form of a pencil and is designed to be used to draw a line above or below they eye and then be smudged to give a different look.
The pencil is two ended with a brush on one end and the pencil on the other. Both ends have a protective cap over the end.
It is available in 8 shades including classic Black and Brown and other shades such as Blue, Green, Grey and a Pink/Grey colour.
I bought the Black and also the Pink/Grey colour.
The price of the eyeliner is £5.49.
The Pencil -
The pencil is the same standard size as your average pencil. when you take the top off and try the pencil you notice straight away that the pencil has a very creamy feel to it and when I applied it to my hand to test the application it just glided onto the skin on my hand. The pencil does have natural waxes and vitamins in and this is what gives it the creamy feel and application.
Applying the pencil to the lower lash line I was pleased to feel that the pencil glided on my lash line and did not drag the skin at all, there is nothing worse than trying to apply an eyeliner that sticks on the skin and demands that you drag the skin to create a line, it is not only uncomfortable but also damaging to the delicate eye area.
I decided that I would apply the pencil to my top and lower lash line before trying to smudge the line with the provided brush. As I do like quite a thick line on my top eye line I found that the pencil was a little harder to apply onto the eye area, it was quite smooth to apply right on the lash line but applying anything other than a fine line was more difficult and did drag the skin a little but the skin there is not as tight as the lash line and therefore makes it a little difficult to apply.
The Brush -
The brush on the other end of the pencil is approx ¼ of an inch long and tapers into a very soft point on the end so that you don't over smudge and allows you to create a better shape with the eyeliner.
The brush is of good quality for the price allow I do usually use a eyeliner brush with more tightly packed fibres to create a better finish.
Once I had applied the eyeliner to both my top and bottom lash line I then used the brush on my top lash first and without much effort I was able to easily smudge the eyeliner and create a softer and less harsh finish. Because the eyeliner is creamy you could actually use your finger and get the same effect although it is more hygienic to use the brush provided as long as you keep that clean.
Smudging the eyeliner on my bottom lashes was slightly more difficult with the brush as its not tightly packed it actually tickled me and in the end I gave up and smudged in my usual way and used a Q Tip!
I was pleased with the overall effect and my eyes had just the right amount of smudge and looked less like eye liner and more like I had applied a creamy eye shadow.
What I was really impressed with was the staying power of the product, usually if I apply a cream based eyeliner on my top lash line within an hour or two some of the line rubs off onto the top half of my eyelid and ruins the effect but this one stayed in place almost all day and only required a touch up once through the day. The Black eyeliner needed a couple of touch us through the day but that's just down to the strong colour.
If some of you have the same problem a great trick is to take a little eye shadow the same colour as the eyeliner and dab a little over the eyelid as this not only stops it coming off but gives your look extra staying power.
The Product has been tested on people with sensitive eyes and also contact lens wearers to provide optimum comfort and I have to say that it was really comfortable to wear and did not irritate my eyes at all and I am a contact lens wearer.
The eyeliner is available in 5 different shades including Smoke Brown, Dark Purple, Deep Green, Grey Shadow & Intense Black. The eye-liner is dual tipped with eye-liner on one end and a small brush on the other end to help create a smoky look. Simply apply the eyeliner and smudge with the brush tip. The bristles to the brush are ultra soft which means it smudges the eyeliner perfectly to create a subtle, sexy look. The brush end of the eyeliner is protected by a plastic cap which keeps the brush in good condition. This eye-liner has been tested on sensitive eyes and contact lense wearers. This is a high tolerance formula which is enriched with natural waxes and Vitamin A and C. In this range you can also buy Smoky Eyes eye Shadow which is again available to buy in various different shades.
This is available to buy from stores such as Boots and Superdrug. Prices may vary, but I purchased mine from boots for £5.49, how-ever you can get the eye-liner along with mascara in a box set in Superdrug for £9.99 but this is a special box set for Christmas only.
***USING THE PRODUCT***
The eyeliner is a lovely soft pencil which is easy to apply and simply glides onto the eye area. The brush is very soft and it's very easy to smudge the eye-liner using the brush to create a smoky look. In fact creating this look was a lot easier than what I thought it would be. I use the eye-liner before hitting the town and I was impressed at how well the smoky look stayed all night without having to re-apply the eyeliner or smudging it some more during the night. As the eye-liner was so soft and easy to apply it was easily removed with a facial/make up remover wipe.
This is yet another fantastic eye-liner form Bourjois and is well worth the money. I will definitely be buying this product again when I have run out and I am also very tempted to try the eye-shadow's which are also available to buy in this range. If you find it difficult to create a smoky look or aren't great with applying make-up then this product is fantastic as it's very easy to use and simple to apply. It doesn't matter if you don't apply the eye-liner perfectly as you use the brush to smudge the product anyway. I would highly recommend anyone to try this product; you won't be disappointed and although t may be pricey compared to other brands its well worth the money.
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Double-tipped eyeliner to smudge for a perfect every day smoky look / A smoky look available in 5 deep and intense shades achievable in 2 simple steps: Outline the eye with the pencil Smudge with the brush Its soft, easy-to-blend tip glides along the lashline for an intense outline in one stroke / Its ultra soft brush made of natural bristles perfectly smudges the formula / The result: a subtle but incredibly sexy smoky look in just 2 steps! And it's good for my eyes: High tolerance formula Tested on sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers Enriched with natural waxes and vitamin E & C / Vitamine derivatives.