“ Brand: Nars / Type: Pencil „
=== What Is It? ===
NARS Glitter Pencils are crease resistant, easily blendable and highly pigmented glittery eye pencils. They can be used on the eyelids, waterline and browline, and even on cheeks! I am not quite brave enough to use mine as a blush due to the dark shade that I got, but I can assure you that it looks amazing on my eyes! Another odd thing I have read in reviews is people using this to highlight there decollet (cleavage!), and it also states on the website that the pencil can be used for this, so it is definetly a multi purpose cosmetic item! I usually use this as more of a highlighter to exaggurate my eyes and add a hint of personality to my look, and I usually apply a layer of it over my usual eyeshadow and eyeliner to avoid it looking too glittery - this is personal preference though as I wear heavy eye makeup. It also looks amazing when using a light shade (almost skin tone) on the inner corners of my eyes. It really brightens them up and gives a baby doll/dolly eyes sort of look which can then be played around with by adding darker shades to the waterline or eyelid. This can also be used as a eyelid primer due to the creamy, almost moist texture but I don't do this as I feel it's a waste of product! These pencils have a soft, creamy formula which is slightly waxier than a khol eyeliner but this is probably because of the glitter it contains. At first, I was quite worried that the glitter would feel abrasive or get into my eyes, but it is nicely compacted into the pencil's smooth texture. You're probably why a 19 year old girl is going around buying glittery eye shadows. At first I felt the same - my 20 year old friend was the one who reccomended this to me and I thought she was mad. I thought it would make me look like a 13 year old at a school disco, but it doesn't. Honestly, this stuff is so subtle and elegant, yes it is glittery, but not the over-the-top-dazzly-sparkly 'look at me' kind of glitery and because the glitter is a very light, not too sparkly silver, it looks almost the same shade as the actual shade of the coloured pencil so it is much more blendable and discreet. It is a suprisingly mature looking glittery eyeshadow and much too elegant looking to be compared to a tacky glitter pencil that most people think of when they hear the word 'glittery eyeliner'.
=== Physical Appearence ===
This pencil is quite chunky, but definetly not as chunky as the NYX jumbo pencils or the Badgal Eyeliner. It's around the same length as a usual pencil. The slightly pointed nib is the same colour as whatever shade you have chosen. The nib is so glittery - it's amazing, and there is a little swatch on the other end of the pencil which has the colour of your pencil on it - this comes in handy when i'm searching through my makeup storage to find a particular shade. The pencil has a slightly pointed lid to keep the nib nice and fresh and protected from any bacteria and aids in keeping it safe from been squished by the other million(!) pencils in my makeup bag. The pencil is black in colour with 'NARS' written on the side in white writing. The pencil comes in a black box which is rectangular and made out of cardboard. The box is nice and simple and simply has the brand name and product name as well as the net weight of the product written on it. The packaging overall is quite basic. I don't personally think that it reflects that this is a high-end product, however I do like the design of the pencil as with it been quite chunky it is much easier to grip properly - with thinner pencils they can be quite fiddly so this is a plus side of the product for me personally however I am aware that some people prefer the thinner, elegant looking pencils. Despite it been thick, it is simple to sharpen with my Badgal Eyeliner Sharpener as this has a slightly larger hole than a usual sharpener. I definetly doubt that this eyeliner could fit into a normal sized pencil sharpener so this is a bit of an inconvinience if you don't have a pencil sharpener with a larger hole. I can't really think of any major downsides to the packaging, although as it is black I have noticed that dirt shows up on it easily which isn't an issue if you keep your makeup neat and tidy.
=== Using The Pencil - My Experience ===
I use this mainly for nights out. As I have it in two shades, I do sometimes use the lighter one as a highlighter in the day time but very rarely. I use this on my eyelid in lots of different ways - my inner lid to exagurrate the size and width of my eyes, as a second coat over a similar coloured eyeshadow or just above false lashes to blend them in with my eye better - I hope that makes sense, it's hard to describe. I also use this eyeliner on my waterline and lower lashline which looks great. Applying this is incredibly quick, easy and simple. As I briefly mentioned before, the texture is creamy and soft, so it glides on with ease. No pressing down is needed. Despite the chunky design of the pencil the nib is accurate. The pencil does not have a blender so I just use my fingers to blend it, which is easy to do as it's so soft in texture, but despite this it doesn't smudge or bleed at all. The colour stays on my skin well without melting away and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all. The colour really brings out the colour of my Iris', making them appear bolder and more intense. Unlike other glitter eye pencils I have experimented with, the colour of the actual eyeliner is matte and very pigmented - most glittery eye pencils have very sparkly glitter with very sheer coverage which looks silly, but this looks great. Removing this is simply achieved by using a makeup removing wipe or two.
=== Lasting Power ===
This stuff is amazingly long lasting. It usually lasts me for around 8 hours which is plenty of time considering that I mainly wear this out clubbing. I have used it as a highlighter in daytime wear though and after the 8 hour mark the fallout started - it started to become quite crumbly/flaky/dry, and bits of glitter were coming off onto my cheek. This sounds like a disaster but it was very discreet so I didn't have a total meltdown although obviously having glitter on your cheeks isn't the most mature or subtle of looks. As I said before though this is best for night outs when you want to add a special something to your look and make yourself stand out that bit more - each time i've worn this i've got compliments and questions about what eyeliner i'm wearing, mainly from my friends but at times from strangers which makes me feel really popular and good about myself haha so this is definetly a confidence booster (for me anyway).
=== Availability, Options and Price ===
The NARS glitter pencils are available from a variety of shops. I got mine from House of Fraser. It is also available via the official NARS website. The price varies from around the £15 mark up to £25ish depending on where you choose to buy it from. I paid £18.50 for the 2.96 gram pencil which sounds extortionate but it is actually good value in my opinion because it is a generous size, good quality and lasts well. There is an option of 7 different shades which vary from orange to purple. I have the pencil in 'Mudd Club' which is a lovely chocolate brown shade with golden glitter, and '54' which is a beige, almost skin tone colour with very light white gold flecks of silver. The swatches on the NARS website are very accurate so I would definetly check the website out before you decide on if you want to buy one of these/which shade you would prefer. It really depends what look you want but I tend to steer towards '54' on nights out as I find it to actually show the glitter off more and it gives me look like i've got big dolly eyes when used on my eyelids and in the corners of my eyes. I am currently waiting to buy 'Bains Douches' which is a gorgeous sky blue shade with silver glitter. I do think it is important to buy the correct shade as although this is subtle, it has the potential to go hideously wrong if you pick a shade that is too strong for your skin tone or one that simply doesn't suit you. Obviously though it can be layered and blended with other colours so even if you do get a colour which is a little too over the top for your shade, you can still make it work!
=== Overall ===
This is definetly a very expensive eye pencil, however, you do get a fairly generous amount of product (2.96 grams) and it lasts for ages - i've had mine for a few months now and it is not noticeabley wearing down yet. It is amazingly easy to use, doesn't irriate my eyes at all and looks subtle but really nice, adding that extra 'oompth' to my eye makeup. The pigmentation, lasting power and overall quality are all great so I don't see why I wouldn't reccomend this if you like the sound of it!
Like many other fashion conscious young people I enjoy trawling through my favourite fashion blogs and in particular seeing what they buy and how those products work for them which is a lot like DooYoo but less formal and there are more pictures and diagrams. Recently I spotted a blogger sporting some gorgeous eye makeup, underneath the pictures were information on the products that had been used to achieve such a look. One such product was a NARS glitter pencil. Nars's products are in the same price bracket as Benefit so I trusted that their products would be as good quality as Benefit an although I did begrudge paying £18.50 for a small product I had already seen the positivity that came with owning the product so went ahead with the purchase.
On the NARS website there was 3 colours to choose from Mudd Clubb which was a light brown colour, danceteria which was a light pink colour and bains douches which is blue. I chose the bains douches colour as I wanted to use the sparkly pencil to enhance my smokey eye look and is again the idea I took from one of my favourite blogs.
The pencil was somewhat thinner and shorter than I had first envisaged and was a little disappointed given the big price tag! It did look very sleek and professional but it was nothing out of the ordinary. To look at the lead did look chunky and soft which was what I wanted and needed to create my desired look.
To use the pencil was extremely easy to use as the lead was indeed very soft so it did glide on. The pigment in the colour was very deep which I was impressed with so the glitter and colour stood out even when used in conjunction with a deep grey eyeshadow. The glitter wasn't overwhelming but did glimmer especially in the light. Unlike other eyeshadows the pencil does not wear off easily or stick in the creases of my eyelids.
Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this to a friend because of the price tag. £18.50 for a pencil is very expensive, probably unnecessarily so!