Product Type: Maybelline makeup
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Maybelline Master Smoky Pencil
Member Name: cyberem78
Maybelline Master Smoky Pencil
Advantages: Easy to use. Gives a professional finish.
Disadvantages: Sponge is very absorbant of the liner so you don't need to overdo it.
I don't use eye liner very often as I've never really been able to perfect the technique of applying it well and it therefore takes me a long time to get the look right. When I saw this Maybelline Master Smoky eye pencil I thought it looked ideal for me for a number of reasons. It was larger than most pencils I've used before so I imagined the size would help me to steady my hand and apply it more effectively. The pencil is also specifically designed to create a 'smoky eye' look which generally fashions a less severe appearance than fine pencils do and is also more forgiving of mistakes when applying!
The pencil is available in five different shades: smoky black, navy, grey, violet and chocolate. I am reviewing the smoky black shade. The pencil is made by the brand Maybelline. I use this brand from time to time and I've often been impressed with their innovative products. This eye pencil is fairly different and unique to any other eye pencil I've had before. The brand state that this is a "longwearing Shadow-pencil" which comprises of "ultra-saturated pigments in a rich creamy liner".
The pencil is much thicker than other eye pencils I've use before. It's like a child's chunky crayon. The diameter of the pencil is about 1 1/2 centimetres although the actual nib is only 7-8 millimetres in diameter. Although the pencil is large it feels lightweight and it's bigger size means that it's easier to hold than thinner pencils. The pencil is designed so that on one end you have your liner nib and on the other is a sponge head which you can use to create the smoky eyes look.
The pencil is actually printed with helpful diagrams and textual instructions about how to create the perfect look. Basically, you draw a line near to the lash line and then use the sponge end of the pencil to smudge and soften the line. Although not mentioned on the pencil I've found out you can also use the pencil for other things such as filling in patches in eyebrows. You can also use it in a similar way to an eye shadow using the smudged lines to create shadow or contour highlights, with it being especially effective on the upper lid around the eye socket area.
I find the pencil very easy to use and that surprises me given my terrible history with eye liner pencils! The actual substance of the liner feels soft and creamy. It transfers onto the skin easily and evenly. It glides across my skin and does not stick or gather at any point. It is possible to vary the pressure when you apply the liner and this creates different looks. It is still easy to apply the liner even when the most pressure is applied.
When a lot of pressure is applied during application then the line is deep, slinky black. It looks almost like it has been a liquid liner as it's quite glossy and so slick. Less pressure during application makes the colour of the liner look more charcoal grey and dusty. The sponge end on the pencil is quite stiff but spongy at the same time. It is very absorbent and I've found that it's easy to over-smudge your lines and even smudge your lines away to nothing when using the sponge. Very gentle dabbing is the best way to use the sponge. I found that practise using the sponge is helpful before the real application. Once smudged the lines hold their main shape but look like they are bleeding colour and shadow into the surrounding area. You can graduate the intensity of the shade the further away you smudge from the main line. It is a very pretty and sexy look and it's a professional make-up finish that is so easy to achieve using this pencil.
The liner is hard wearing and doesn't smudge or fade throughout a period wearing it. When I want to remove this I find that some eye make-up remover tonic on a cotton pad doe the trick or a make-up remover wipe followed by a facial wash.
I'm pleased with my purchase and would recommend this to ladies who enjoy being creative with their eye make-up and who want a no-fuss application method for the smoky eyes look! This pencil cost me £5.99 and is available at places like Boots and Superdrug.
Summary: Very effective eye liner.