“ Brand: NYX / Type: Eyeshadows / Subcategory: Pen / Suitable for: Eye „
I have had this eye pencil for about a year now. I bought it from Amazon without reading the product description properly and i assumed it was an average eyeliner so when it arrived I was a bit baffled by the size of it!
The slightly cheap looking white pencil with a pull-off clear lid protecting the nib is really chunky and about the same length as an average pencil. The nib its self is wide with a rounded flat tip and I have to admit that although it can be used as an eyeliner I've never attempted to use it for this purpose as the surface area of the nib is huge so I think it'd make a huge mess and I'd look completely ridiculous.
I use it on my eyelids as an eyeshadow which probably sounds strange seeing as it is an eye pencil, but the formula is really soft and it blends extremely well and the finish is really nice - it is perfect for a smoky eye. The eye pencil comes in a lot of different colours and I have it in dark brown.
The formula is very well pigmented and the colour payoff is excellent. The nib is really soft and it glides along my skin and doesn't drag at all and the formula is soft and waxy. I am able to use my finger or a blending brush to blend it out and I am always happy with how it looks.
The nib of the pencil can't be sharpened as it is surrounded by plastic which is a bit of a disadvantage, however the nib doesn't wear down too easily and I am still able to use mine after around a year, though I must admit that I don't use it that much - only when I am going out and want to make an effort or want a dramatic look as it just isn't suitable to use for anything other than eyeshadow (in my opinion) and the colour that I have is dark and smoky so not really suited to daytime casual wear.
The lasting power isn't too good and it goes patchy quite easily (eg if its warm it will pretty much melt away or if my eyes are damp it will run off of my eyes as it is not waterproof) so I wouldn't recommend this if you are after a durable, long lasting eyeliner/eyeshadow as I am lucky if it lasts for a couple of hours, hence why I tend to only wear it if I'm going out for the night for a meal/clubbing etc and will only be wearing it for a relatively short period of time.
Obviously if you do need to wear it for a longer period you could re apply it when needed but to be honest I'd feel a bit self conscious if I was in public as the design of the pencil is not only really chunky but also quite cheap and unfeminine looking.
I paid about £4 for this and I am not too sure what the retail price is but it can be purchased on amazon for around a fiver excluding postage so it's not particularly cheap but it is still pretty affordable. I would recommend this if you're after an eyeshadow in pencil form but if you want an eyeliner I wouldn't recommend it as it is too way too bulky to use on my lashline.
I am going to give it three out of five stars. The advantages are the formula and the colour choice while the disadvantages are the sheer size of it making it un useable as an eyeliner, the lasting power and the not very attractive, cheap looking design of the pencil. All in all I give this product three out of five stars.
NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencils have been very popular for a long time now and I always thought they were just too expensive to buy. Id see celebrity makeup artists using them, i'd see beauty gurus using them, it just became one of those things that every beauty junkie had to have. I refused to invest in them at first but now, while I am trying to expand my makeup collection, I thought it was time I owned one and saw for myself what the hype was all about.
I bought the eye shadow pencil in the color milk which is a matte white color, perfect for using on the eyelid before applying shadow. I noticed it had a creamy texture that creased on my eyelids. That wasn't very pretty at all so I used an eye primer before applying the eye pencil which significantly reduced creasing. It made the rest of my eye makeup stand out a lot more. I used it as a highlight on my brow bone and on my cupids bow and on my waterline to brighten up my eye area and give the illusion of wider eyes. It is a very versatile product that can be used in several places on the face during makeup and it is quite flattering. It definitely brightens everything up and gives your skin a healthy appearance when used correctly.
I now know what all the hype was about but I don't think it is that special. Its nice to have as part of my collection and I do see myself using it a lot but it's not a must have. You can definitely achieve a lovely makeup look without this eye pencil.
The pencil is a bit like a crayon. It is a little chunky and after a few uses, the nib does go blunt so every now and again it needs sharpening. This isn't a problem because most eyeliner pencils do always need sharpening.
NYX jumbo eye pencils are priced at 4 pounds and 50 pence which isn't cheap but is a lot cheaper than some of the other eye shadow pencils out there. I didn't mind paying that price for it because at the end of the day you do pay for the brand name as well. Over all, i'm glad I bought it and tested it. It is a nice addition to my collection and Although I don't think it is a staple, I do think I will try out the other colors sometime soon as well.
I love love love these pencils! They are super soft and creamy and they glide on like no tomorrow. They are gorgeously pigmented, but I do have one issue with them. If you do not have a shadow over the top they don't stay on your eyes all that well. These are a fabulous base for shadows, and can give shadows that extra umph they sometimes need.
I have two shades, rust and french fries. I brought them without swatching them or really looking at swatches online so I just went on the crappy swatches they had on the shopping site. They were not all that true to colour so I have to say I don't like the colour rust. It's far to red for my liking, in the swatch I saw it was a nice slag lightly red brown, but it is far to red for my liking. I'm as pale as a shots and cannot pull of that colour on my lids at all.
I do however LOVE the shade French fries. It's a beautiful golden brown that goes great under any brown eyeshadow. I just wish I could use it without a shadow over the top because the colour is that's nice.
Both shades are metallic, as are most of the jumbo pencils and they can be used as a shadow base or as a liner, smudged along the lash line. Another great thing about these is the price, they are reasonably cheap for the quality you get and they are bigger and cheaper than MAC shade sticks. I can't make a true compassion between the two because I've never used a mac shade stick but for the price being so much cheaper, I don't think I will.
~About NYX~ (from their website):
NYX was named after the ancient Greek goddess who ruled the night. They offer a variety of products ranging from eye shadows to foundation and brushes to eye lashes and glitter to glosses in a very affordable prices (cheaper than most big drugstore brand like Loreal, Maybelline...etc)
NYX Cosmetics is now known to top makeup artists, celebrities and style insiders around the world as a professional line featuring one of the widest arrays of shades available. (This is true, I seem multiple professional makeup artist (who is also youtube guru) depoted NYX product and use in their client, their quality is as good as high end product).
available in 32 colours
-I have french fries (one of the most popular colour), cottage cheese and oryster (metallic pink)
-all three of them have amazing colour pay off, very creamy and easy to apply
-just like their mascot Sir Bruce Barkalot,all of their products are just super adorable and nicely package.
-the jumbo eye shadow comes in white hard plastic eye shadow stick
-super handy and easy to use. It's just a eyeshadow stick, use it like a pencil eyeliner and draw it where you want it.. Smudge it with your finger or brush
-they glide on very easily, doesn't pull on your eye at all.
-do contain wax, so it will grease if you have oily lid. ( I have oily lid, but I learned quickly as long as I apply the right amount and smudge it out with my finger, it doesn't grease as much. Practice makes perfect :)
-I used them just as eye shadow, but you can also use it as eye shadow base (like MAC paint pot) to make your eye shadow more vibrant.
-there are numerous youtube video about how to depot them and you can apply with your eyeshadow brush instead. More sanitary since you are using your brushes, but I prefer it in pen, so its easier to bring it with me on the go when I need it.
~Where can you get it~
-NYX website (dont do it, over priced)
-when I used to live in Canada, they were available in my local drug store. If you have friends in the state/ N.A., its the time to ask them a favor!! Purchased them online and get them shipped to your friends!
* Jumbo eye Pencils *
I first heard of this from watching beauty guru's on the you tube so I thought I'd give them ago , Now you cannot by this product in the UK ( I don't think ) But some sties they are availabe from are . cherryculutre.com and shopcraze.com
* What are they ?*
They are eye-shadow in a pencil form so when they get blunt you have to sharpen them, you need a big sharpener for these. You can use them as a main eye shadow or as a base before putting on your eye shadow.
* Range of colours?*
They have a big range of colours and they have cool names to go along with them , some of my favourites that I have are , milk , Lemon and lavender but the colours range from black to orange to pink to blue basically any colour that you'd want on your eyes they have.
* Price Range *
I bought a pile of them for a certain price , I think it depends on where you buy it. you can buy all 64 colours for $69 and for one they cost around $2.99.
* bad points *
Yes! they do crease very easy , that's why i normally use them as a base so they make the eye shadows stand out more.
Yes , They are a good price and nice colours.
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil.
I was introduced to the NYX eyeshadow pencil by a friend and have to think how on earth did i survive without it. on first appearance you may wonder how on earth it is supposed to be better than a pallet eyeshadow , but trust me it is a lot better than a pallet one and since being introduced to this I have started to build up my collection.
The pencil as it says is jumbo and that is exactly how it arrived basically as a pencil there was no box or anything, well there was the envelope, which was padded, anyway it was around the same length as a normal make up pencil and came with a clear lid ,
Anyway when it arrived I could not wait to try it I ordered the Iced Mocha, number 617, which is a light brown colour and great for blending with darker browns or golds, The Iced Mocha has like a shimmer to it so it really makes your eyes stand out. It was a 5g pencil but being so chunky you know you will get quiet a lot of use out of it.
When you apply the eyeshadow it goes on very easy and is creamy so you can move across the eye in one swoop and not have any mistakes , It is not creamy in the sense that when you apply it and blink that half of it disappears up on to your brow, and its not hte sort of creamy way where it leaves your eyes looking wet , it simply goes on and stays where it is supposed to.
Purchasing it is easy I have heard a lot saying it is hard to come by but I purchased mine from a website called Love-makeup.co.uk, a paid £2,50 for mine and if you are lucky you may find the odd one in the sale area, unfortunately when i looked there were none i really liked but it is worth checking out. the site does offer free postage on all orders over £75 ... agreed it is a lot but introducing a few friends to it and you could combine the order saving you some cash!
NYX Jumbo eyeshadow is a great product and with it being in a pencil form it means it does not take up a lot of room in my make up bag and I find it a lot safer too, Its not like pallets where if you drop it the pallet will not crumble and break, the pencil form of the eyeshadow is also easier to use especially getting in to the corner or the eye near the nose and with the pencil you can get your eyes looking symetrical which beats and eyeshadow brush anyday.
The only downside or should i say disappointment was the way it arrived with no box!! I am so used to having my make up arrive in a box, and most eye pencils i have bought over the internet ve arrived in boxes , It did make me wonder if it was a dodgy product but I'm glad to say it was not and is fine , as my friends arrived exactly the same way!!
(Yes it Seems trivial but I tend to have all my make up in their boxes that they came with , I don't know why but I like my make up bag to be order and that is the only reason i can come up with. I have seen my sisters and it has lipsticks and eyeshdow applicators and allsorts, it is shocking. I also think the only reason i do keep it in order is because i recall seeing someone whom had an eye infection because of a contaminated eyeliner so that could be the under lying reason.)
This is a product i do adore and am slowly getting a few more every now and then as i think they are great, and would recommend them to anyone.
I'm usually a bit of a cosmetic brand junkie and the majority of my makeup bag is filled with higher end brands such as Clinique, Dior, Lancome, Laura Mercier and Benefit; not just because of the name, but because I'm usually a big believer in that you get what you pay for. I also think for something you are putting on your face, especially on skin as sensitive as mine, you want to be sure it's of good quality. I would not describe NYX as higher end brand at all and yet I love it.
As I mentioned in a previous review, the NYX brand was not one I had heard of before watching a makeup tutorial by a makeup artist on youtube. She used one of the Jumbo Eyeshadow pencils when creating her look and it really did look effective so I went hunting them out.
It's not the easiest brand in the world to get hold of, I got mine from Cherryculture.com; one of the only US sites that delivers to the UK. I paid $3 for it but postage is around $10 so it's worth buying some other things so the postage costs seems more reasonable. You can also try ebay or ebid.net if you don't fancy buying from the US.
I ordered the pencil in "Milk" which was the one used in the video and is a pretty basic matte white colour. When it arrived it looked exactly as you would expect it to - like an eyeliner pencil but chunkier. It comes with a transparent protective lid to keep it clean and damage free. It's about the same length as an eyeliner pencil, meaning it's not too short that it becomes too fiddly, nor too long that you can barely see what you are doing.
I usually use Benefit's Lemon Aid on my eyelids as an eyeshadow base to even out my skin tone and give something for the eyeshadow to grip onto to make it last longer. I decided not to use it with this pencil to see how good it was without the use of a base.
I don't want to patronise you all by explaining in great depth what you do with it; it's an eyeshadow in a pencil - just scribble away! It's so easy to use, I was worried that it was just the makeup artist making it look easy to use, but if I can use it, anyone can!
The pencil is really soft and doesn't drag across the eyelid at all. The texture is really creamy making it so easy to apply and blend. You dont need to worry about being too neat, as you can blend it with your finger or makeup brush to produce a nice even effect.
In the past when I have used pencils like this, they have been pretty rubbish. I practically had to scrub at my eye to get any colour and they smudged and disappeared within about 10 minutes. These are really different. They apply nicely and really do stay put.
The main reason I bought this pencil was to use to make my eyeshadow "pop" and stand out more so I used it before I applied traditional powdered eye shadow over the top. It gave a nice even base and made the eyeshadow look more dramatic than it does without using the pencil. I was impressed with how the powdered shadow stayed in place, without even needing to use my Lemon Aid.
They do sell a variety of colours, I doubt there's a colour you'd be after that they don't do. They do sell their own pencil sharpener for use with these pencils but I have one that has two sizes, one for regular eyeliners and one for bigger ones, and that works fine.
I have had no problems with these pencils irritating my skin or eyes, as I'm usually a bit wary of "cheaper" cosmetic brands as I've used some in the past that left me looking red eyed and weepy.
I'm really pleased with the result and for such a good price too - I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Good price
- Creamy texture
- Kind to eyes
- Easy to apply
- Variety of colours
- Hard to get in the UK.