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I like Rimmel make up and have bought a lot over the years as I find it good value for money. The last Rimmel eye liner I bought was a medium brown colour which is even better value as it also doubles up as an eyebrow pencil. I paid £3.50 for this pencil but you can sometimes get offers on for three for two products from Boots and other chemists.
This pencil goes on easily and smoothly and I find that if I apply it in the morning it is still there at the end of the day. It does not smudge or run even if my face gets wet so I don't have to worry about panda eyes. I find that these pencils are easy to sharpen unlike some cheaper ones where they just break off when you put them in the sharpener. They feel quite soft when you apply it and don't scratch your delicate eye area.
You can get several colours in these eye pencils and I do have quite a few as I like to use different colours to match what I am wearing. As this one can be used for an eye pencil and an eyebrow pencil it is even better value and it saves taking two pencils out with me.
To use I will apply a thin line to both my lower and upper eyelids, with the bottom one across the whole eye but the top one only about three quarters of the way across as a full line can make your eyes look smaller. I am very pleased with this eye pencil and will continue to buy them as and when needed.
I love my eye liner and I have found that I have various likes and dislikes when it comes to which I like. I don't like liquid ones, I like pencils and I like them to be very sharp!
This eye liner is very good but a little bit scratchy which can make application quite painful which is never a good thing!
This eye liner is a basic pencil and you sharpen it using a special eye liner sharpener although I have used a normal sharpener before.
The pencil works best if it's sharp, as soon as it goes quite blunt then you can't get as good a line. I try to hold it quite close to the nib when drawing the line on my eye so to get good control, it stops the pencil from shaking at all so is a far better result. The crayon is nice and dark and comes away easily so you don't need to keep going over the same space over and over which can get sore.
Sometimes, however, the pencil feels scratchy as though the nib has something on it and this really hurts so I tend to always give it a little sharpen before using it to make sure it's as sharp as possible.
The eye liner looks really good as it's nice and dark and it has good staying power. It stays on my eyes all day and doesn't start to smudge- unless it's very hot.
I am very pleased with this and use it daily.
Eyeliner is another of my makeup essentials. It really does make a difference to your eyes and different applications can create different looks. I've since switched from using black pencil eyeliner to a gel but one thing I still buy is the Rimmel Soft Khol Eyeliner in White.
Applied on the inside of your bottom eyelids this really does make the whites of your eyes stand out and look whiter. It makes me look fresher and younger and less tired. The pencil itself isn't scratchy at all and doesn't irritate my eyes. It goes on lovely and soft and rarely needs sharpening. Mine has lasted me absolutely ages. I've been using this for years and have only replaced it twice!!!
When you apply it you do need to go over it a few times to get it really white and if you're eyes water it won't go on and you'll need to dab them dry with a tissue before it will go on. Once applied it does last quite a long time but I do carry mine around with me in my bag and freshen it up once halfway through the day. I also find you get a little white gloop in the corner of your eyes with this but you get tha with all pencils if you put them along the inside of your eye.
Available in Boots and Superdrug for £2.99 in shades Jet Black, Stormy Gray, White, Jungle Green and Sable Brown.
A great eyeliner for the price.
I love Rimmel products because they're cheap and cheerful, their nail varnishes especially comes in bedazzling colours you don't find in any other brands for a fraction of the price.
So naturally I thought Rimmel Eye Pencil would be equally good for a relatively low price. As someone who is a tad scatty I'm forever losing eyeliners and little pencils so my budget was £3 or £4. Rimmel was £2.79, near the higher end of my budget but I thought the higher quality would reflect that- how wrong I was!
It goes on very smoothly, unlike the 99p eye pencils from the market that can be slightly scratchy even when well worn down. Also one line gives a rich pigmented colour- again unlike cheaper models which may need a few coats.
However 15 minutes after wearing you might rub your eye gently without noticing (especially for someone like me who wears contacts), and unbeknown to you your eye liner will have started the slippery slope of smearing, dripping and smudging down the side of your face.
After 2 hours you start to look gaunt and like you have bags and black eyes, a million miles away from that sleek, sophisticated look you were aiming for.
Even when I put extra foundation on under my eyelids to stop this impossible smudging the eye liner would still find a way to get absolutely everywhere.
If a smoky, smudgy look is what you're after this is the pencil for you. If you're looking for an eyeliner that stays put invest in something else- you can get better quality from other brands in the same price range.
Eyeliner first originated in Ancient Egypt where the women there used it to emphasise their eyes. It is used in pretty much the same way today though there are now four different types of eyeliner and this type, kohl, is the most popular.
I was pointed towards these for the first time by a girl working on the Bobbi Brown counter funnily enough and I know they are a generally popular item, considered to be a bit of a staple. Rimmel does two types of eye pencils and it is the soft kohl ones that I write about now.
As the name suggests they are a pencil and that's just what it looks like with the added extra of a cap to protect the point. The pencils are 1.2 grams and give the shade name and number on the side. There are six shades available and I believe I own them all though that's partly because I received vouchers for them. The shades are, jet black, sable brown, denim blue, stormy grey, pure white and jungle green.
As they are made of kohl they are quite soft and smudgeable. This enables you to vary the thickness of the line drawn and therefore the look given. As this is a kohl pencil you can wear it above the lash line or inside. Some people do a combination and wear it over the lash line on top and just inside the eye at the bottom though this is a matter of personal preference. I have found this very easy to use as it doesn't drag along the eye when applying which can be painful and because it is easy to smudge enables you to do the smokey eye effect.
Generally these will last a good few hours before you need to reapply though obviously as with all liners if your eyes become watery if you cry for example the pencil will basically wash away. This normally sells for £3 in places like Boots and I don't think the high end varieties last much longer than this. On the down side I find sharpening this pencil a nightmare if it's gone blunt because it constantly breaks off whilst you are sharpening it. Sometimes I have got through a third of the pencil whilst doing this so found this quite annoying. My only other complaint is that the blue shade is much rougher and scratchier than the other shades in the range though I can't say why.
So in all for the price I would say this is a good and reliable pencil with a wide selection of colours.
The best Pencil I've tried!
Now don't get me wrong I don't preach Rimmel especially after the Kate Moss incident (which I find outrageously worrying considering all the impressionable girls that look up to models representing the brands they use - but I'll save that rant for another day)!!
Anyway to the product - this is great. I own the 061 Jet Black Soft Kohl - Kajal Eye Pencil. Even if this pencil is blunt you can still get some on your eyes.
It is JET black and lasts a long time, I mostly wear this eyeliner under my eyes, it does honestly last all day and I don't end up with it all under my eyes looking all panda like.
This pencil is soft and doesn't not require intense pressure to apply. This is great as it comes out dark and flattering with minimal effort.
I also use this pencil on my eyelids on occasion and find it works brilliantly due to the darkness that comes out so it stains my eyelids but works well and is long lasting.
It comes out very smooth and the nib of the pencil is not hard and unmanageable like some eye pencil that hurt to apply, due to its density it almost moulds itself to the surface it is being put on.
In short - I LOVE THIS EYELINER!
This is a make up staple for me, a kohl pencil should be in every girl's make up bag - it is utterly versatile. It can give you a variety of looks and it is one of the easiest types of make up imagineable to use - you pretty much just draw! It varies in price depending on where you get it from, but it's never more than about £2, so it's cheap and cheerful along with incredibly useful. I should probably get a proper brow pencil for this, but I find it a great way to give my my eyebrows a bit of definition as well as a touch of liner at the corner of my eye for a smoky look. I find a kohl pencil a lot easier to use than the liquid liner type - the only problem with it is that is rubs off so much easier!
Like most females I adore makeup and cosmetics to the point that I would seriously struggle to live without it. Along with mascara and foundation, eyeliner definitely makes my top three. Although I love the dramatic effects that liquid eyeliner can create, it is the pencil eyeliner that I could not live without. When applying my 'everyday makeup' I religiously use black eyeliner inside the rim of my eye, something which I feel completes my look. Over the years I have tried various different brands but one of my favourites has to be the pencil eyeliner from Rimmel. As with my mascara I tend to stick to black eyeliner and my Rimmel pencil of choice is the Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in shade 061, otherwise known as Jet Black. Despite selling another shade of black called 'Black Magic', I find the Jet Black has more depth to it. As this is the one I use most frequently this is the one that my review will focus on.
Like all of the other shades in the range, the Jet Black pencil is a dark brown colour on the outside. It feels like it has a smooth plastic coating which protects the pencil inside somewhat. I think the coating does help to strengthen the pencil as I have never broken one, despite standing on them and dropping them countless times (I am rather clumsy you see). Despite the pencil being soft inside I have found these more difficult to break in half than any regular pencil. Both the body of the pencil and the plastic lid are the same colour. To me this dark brown colour is quite unattractive; however it works well with the white writing which is all over it.
As all of the shades in the range look identical I find you do have to be careful when buying this product as they can often get mixed up by people putting them back in the wrong compartment. Not only this but the writing saying what shade it is, is quite small and tricky to read. It is placed at the end of the pencil underneath the large and overpowering Rimmel logo. It is written in fairly small writing which if you're not careful could end up being confused with others in the range.
Each pencil is about 14cm long and under 0.5cm wide, so will last quite some time. For me this is the perfect size as with some wider pencils I struggle to get a decent grip on them. As the pencil is sufficiently narrow it means I can hold it extremely well and apply it with precision. The coating also aids this as it stops the pencil from easily slipping through your fingers. I have often found this to be a problem with cheaper brands.
Despite the pencil being relatively hard wearing the same cannot be said for the plastic lid, which I have shattered on more than one occasion. It is made of a flimsy plastic which is easy enough to pull off and on but it is also easy enough to break. All though it is quite annoying when the lid breaks it would not put me off buying the product as I feel it is still a good product. It just means that I should really be more careful and not be so heavy handed.
After removing the lid the actual eyeliner looks similar in colour to the dark brown packaging. It looks very soft and rich and I never feel nervous about using around my eyes. After using lots of cheaper brands of eyeliner and having terrible experiences of scratching my eyelids with the rough pencils the Rimmel product looks good quality and that it won't be painful to use. When it comes to actually using it I always find that it goes on really smoothly and does not catch my skin at all. The first time I used this product I was concerned that because the product was so soft that it would break and crumble when I applied the slightest bit of pressure. However, after using this product daily for over five years I have come to the realisation that this pencil is pretty good and has only every crumbled on me a handful of times. In the majority of times this has happened because I have sharpened the pencil too much and it was too long.
When applying the eyeliner to the rim of your eye I do find that you do have to go over it a few times to build up the depth of colour that I want. I don't mind doing this as it does not take too long, because most important of all I know that the colour does eventually build up. Sometimes when using cheaper brands no matter how much you go over it the colour never deepens. Another advantage over cheaper brands is that it this eyeliner is easy to apply to the top of your eyelids. I don't tend to do this very often as I find liquid eyeliner better for this. However, in comparison to other brands the results that this pencil can achieve are impressive to say the least.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this pencil eyeliner to anybody that is looking for a reliable and cost effective pencil eyeliner. I would always recommend this over cheaper brands which I find to be a false economy because they always break and crumble so you end up sharpening it all away the first time you use it. This is definitely not the case with the Rimmel pencil and I find even after using it practically every day my pencil lasts for about three months. Not bad considering the price of around £3 depending on where you shop.
I have rated a few eyeliners as I go quite a few due to the amount that I use but also the number that I misplace and lose.
This is one of the products that I pick up if I am in Boots and need it in a hurry but don't want to spend a lot of money. It's £2.99 so it's not going to break the bank.
The product isn't the best at achieving a really sharp black look. If you want a clear line that doesn't smudge or look softened its hard to achieve that. If you want smoky eyes, with a softer line this is perfect. The black pencil is not the blackest of colours which is why it is suited to the smoky eye look.
The pencil is quite soft so you don't have to press hard and it doesn't drag your eyelid because of the soft consistency.
Another criticism is sometimes the pencil snaps when you sharpen it so you do waste quite a lot of the product. I thought it was the sharpener, but it's actually the pencil as it has happened regularly using different sharpeners.
A good value eyeliner product. Maybe not a primary eyeliner but definitely to have as a spare in your handbag especially on a night out!
I bought the navy and black version of this for no real reason- I just love experimenting with almost every eyeliner out there.
I own the green one and love it a lot- I always get compliments on it and find that it is smudge proof and I get a great vibrant colour.
The navy pencil was so hard to get colour from, that I had to press really hard on my waterline to actually get colour. Once applied, although it didn't really smudge through the day, it definetely looked really faint and the colour pay off was rather poor.
Moving on to the black one, this gave good enough colour but smudged absoloutely awfully and gave me the dreaded panda eyes- for that reason alone, I hate the black version.
Overall, it seems that if you get no smudge, then you get poor colour or vice versa and I wouldn't recommend these pencils to anyone.
I am not sure why the green version doesn't have anything wrong with it, but then maybe they are inconsistent with their quality? I don't know, but it's a no go from me.
I have this eyeliner in Jet Black, Jungle Green and Grey (the grey one might have a more fancy name but I can't remember it at the moment!). I've been using this brand for a couple of years although I have tried many other brands. One of the things I like most about it is the way it feels. It's nice and soft so it doesn't scratch as it is applied and it's not greasy. Also, I am a little wary of trying less well-known brands anywhere near my eyes for obvious reasons but I know that Rimmel is a high quality brand that I can trust. The eyeliner is fairly inexpensive and good value for money as it lasts for a long time. The colours are always rich and don't look cheap as some eyeliners can. However, the colour range is fairly limited. This eyeliner goes on easily and so quite a precise look is possible with this but it does tend to smudge as the day/night goes on and is not waterproof.
Although there are all of these new inventions of eyeliner, such as liquid eyeliner and eyeliner using a pen, i still love the good old fashioned pencil eyeliner, and after my years of experiment, it seems that the cheaper eye pencils seem to do the trick!
I think the best ever eyeliner that i've had is miss sporty at a bargain £1.50, but this rimmel eyeliner is definitely a close second. It truly is great. It is soft kohl which means it is smooth and easy to apply, and has a very definite dark black finish. With some eye pencils the problem can be that the eyeliner kohl often breaks, but i've hardly had this problem with my rimmel eyeliner. It's also quite a long pencil, so it is an eyeliner that will last you for ages, so it really is a bargain considering you'll probably only buy a new one min every 4months, and that would be if you use it a lot! It's very easy to smudge and use for smokey eyes, and it is also very hardwearing. This is definitely one of my top choices for eyeliner, and worth the money!
I have owned a lot of Rimmel's eyeliners, multiple buys of three products due to their grand cheapness, so I will devote a section of this review to each.
*1. Special Eyes Eye Liner Pencil in Black Magic (161)*
This used to be my favourite eyeliner. I loved the colour and it went on easily, however, recently Rimmel must have changed the formula as the last one I bought is a lot harder and doesn't stay put on my inner rim and dribbles into my eye. This means it hardly gets used at all now, only when I want to smudge pencil along my top lash line. I was very disappointed.
*2. Special Eyes Eye Liner Pencil in Azure Shimmer (121)*
I love this. Love, love, love. It's soft, looks amazing on the inner rim, stays put for ages, but unfortunately the one I've got is several years old and I've heard terrible things about the current batch - apparently it's hard and won't stay put, and sounds like it's gone the same way as the last Black Magic one I tried. I'm so glad I still have most of this one left.
*3. Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in (061) Jet Black*
This is the one I have bought the most. I didn't really intend to buy it the most. When I first started using eyeliner I got this and Special Eyes Eye Liner Pencil in Black Magic (161), and I preferred the latter. But as the Special Eyes have gone to crap, the Soft Kohl Kajals have gotten better! It's not as good as the Special Eyes used to be but it is good. I also keep getting it in discount packs, which is always a great deal for value for money. It's soft and easy to apply, especially if you warm it up a bit first by tucking it into the waistband of your underwear for a few minutes, or into the top of a sock. Some people swear by heating the tip with a cigarette lighter before applying, but I've never felt the need to try this.
It doesn't last very long on first application, for some reason it dribbles into the corners the first time around, but the second application of the day/evening lasts a good few hours. I carry this around all the time in my make-up bag for top-ups and as it's quite slim I don't mind.
My favourite product, I do not leave the house without it!
Perfered colour is black although it comes in an aray of other subtle colours. It is extremely long lasting, will last all day, all night and if I've forgotten to take it off when I've gotten home, its still there in the morning! It can be used for precision lining, sharpens so easily but does not shatter and break. And if used with a cotton bud or similar object can creat perfect smokey eyes.
I always use it on the inside and outside of my lower lids and often on my top lid, Amy Winehouse style (but not so scary!!!). I have also been known, if i'm without eye shadow, to wet the nib slightly and use all over my top lid, using a tissue, cotton bud or small blusher brush to smooth it over.
Whatever way you use it, it looks fabulous. Long lasting, kind to sensitive skin, cheap and not tested on animals, what more could you want from an eyeliner?! It is the ultimate makeup essential.
Looking into my make-up drawer i saw a mass of familiarity - about 6 Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliners. Personally i cannot go on a night out without one...or two in my handbag.
Why you ask?
In my opinion this brand of eye liner is by far the best. It glides on my eyes very smoothly and never tugs. I rarely have to re-apply as it very rarely does not withstand the day, which is a huge plus! I always carry a spare to give to my girlfriends on nights out and recommend to anyone!
The application of this product is very easy and it goes on much smoother than any other i have used in the past.
Currently priced around £3 per piece depending on where you purchase from. However, if you buy in bulk off of the web then it works out much cheaper! Hence why i have so many LOL!
This eyeliner is currently available in many colours, such as, white, black , jungle green, electric blue, liluc, navy blue and light green! The colours are vibrant and withstand the day!
After a long days work i really can't be bothered with the hassle of make-up removal - which often means scrubbing your face untill the product comes off. However, this is not the case with this eyeliner and removal is very easy and pleasent.
All in all i have no negative comments on this product and would say it is my all time favourite piece of make-up.
I highly recommend to every woman out there hwo may happen to come across this page!
Thanks for reading x