“ Brand: Neal's Yard / liner / Type: Eyeliners / Suitable for: Eye „
The Neal's Yard eyeliner was free with Elle magazine in March and I love testing new eyeliners so I was excited to do a bit of research into this one and put it through it to the test!
Neal's Yard Remedies is a British brand and only uses organic and natural ingredients in all its products. The company itself stock a huge range of makeup, face, body and hair products and even mother and baby products as well as men's and aromatherapy. It is all quite pricey and the eyeliner has a rrp of £9.50. You can also buy Neal;s Yard products on Amazon, Feel Unique and even ASOS, but they all carry round about the same price.
This eyeliner is one of the first to be certified by the Soil Association and contains natural mineral colours with other natural ingredients that "nourish and protect the delicate skin". This eyeliner comes in three different colours Midnight - black, Oak - a rich reddy brown colour and Slate a grey. Elle magazine was sending out the eyeliners in Midnight which was perfect for me as I am not keen on coloured eyeliners on myself.
It looks the same as a normal pencil eyeliner just with a slightly pricier looking edge to it but I wouldn't look at this and think "wow" but hey its not all about the packaging. I have used this both on my lash line and waterline and found the pencil to be quite hard and not as soft as the website makes it out to be. I really like to have very black eyeliner (and am still on the hunt for the blackest black pencil liner) and this again has failed to impress me. It isn't very well pigmented and does not define my eyes like I want. I have found that using it on my waterline it doesn't show up at all which isn't really an issue for me as I tend to only wear it on my lash line but for evenings out this wouldn't be very good for a smoky eye look. I like the fact that it is organic and natural but for me this just doesn't sell it.
For £9.50 I am really glad I didn't buy this and I am still unfortunately on the hunt for my perfect pencil liner!
Neals Yard eyeliner
This product was a free gift with the new elle magazine (March 2011) and as I am always looking for new eyeliners this seemed great! Neals Yard is a british brand and it uses organic natural ingredients in its products.
*About the product*
I don't know if all three shades are available with this months elle magazine but I have the shade Midnight, which is a black colour, even though with its name I though that it would be a navy blue colour. This product does not contain talc or parabens which is great and it is the first eyeliners to be certified by the soil association. The product is 1.25 or 0.04 oz.
Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed cera\wax, Oleyl alcohol, Mica, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) cera\wax*, Glyceryl ricinoleate, Rhus verniciflua (Sumac berry) peel cera\wax, Shorea robusta (Sal tree) resin, Cetyl alcohol, Camellia sinensis (White tea) leaf extract, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl palmitate, CI 77499 (Iron oxides).
*My opinion of the product*
-Packaging, shade and additional information
I like the packaging for this product, it does look a bit expensive, probably because they cost £9.50 each. It has the shade of the eyeliner on the bottom of the product, it also says on the product that it is "37% organic".
The shade of this product is black and its name is "midnight", which at first I though would be a dark blue/navy colour, but I am glad that it is black as it is more wearable than blue. The product is not plastic, the eyeliner is surrounded by a wooden case, the wood is FSC certified too.
-Application of the product
I have used this product on my waterline (upper and lower) and although it is quite soft and does not hurt to apply, it is not pigmented at all. I does not make a strong line on my waterline and even if I press quite hard it still does not make any kind of line.
Although when I looked on the Neals yard website, on the product is meant to be used on the lash line, although it does not say if you can use it on the waterline. But it is not useful there, it is however better on the lash line and eyelid.
Like the natural collection eyeliner previously reviewed it does work better on my eye lid and close to my lash line. I mainly use it close to the top lash line and I also apply more at the outer corners of my eye and smudge/blend to create a slight dark smokey eye.
I also like to use this product instead of a mascara on my bottom lashes, I just lightly line my lower lash line with this product and blend very slightly to define my lower lash line, and it does look good and it is a more natural, softer look instead of using mascara.
Overall, it is a good product if used on the lash line (upper and lower), it is also good as a eyeshadow if blended it can create a really nice smokey eye. Although it does not work at all on the waterline. One thing I found about this product that I don't like is that it is not very pigmented at all, it does not create a really dark smokey eye or line.
I received this in this months elle uk magazine but it can be bough from the Neals yard website for £9.50, which in my opinion is quite a lot for a eyeliner and it does not even work on the waterline - the main use for my eyeliners. It also comes in two other shades including, oak (brown) and slate (grey).
*natural and also organic ingredients
*Easy to apply to lash lines and lid and easy to sharpen
*Creates a subtle dark smokey eye if used on the lash line and lid
*soft pencil, does not drag or tug on the skin
*Very easy to blend
*Very expensive (if you don't buy it with elle magazine)
*Not useful on the waterline
*The black shade (midnight) is not a dark black, it is not intense
In conclusion, I would recommend that you try this product with elle magazine, but I don't think that it is worth £9.50 especially as you can not use it on the waterline.
For more information: http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/nyr-eye-liner
Thank you for reading my review