Whilst carrying out a Body Shop online shop a couple of months ago, I was interested to learn of their Carbon Eye Definer especially as there were so many highly positive reviews posted on their site. As I had a 40% discount voucher I decided to make a purchase with this review discussing my experience with using.
A problem I have experienced with many brands is that no matter how many times I apply the pencil over my waterline, the colour fails to adhere resulting in a pitiful broken line. However, The Body Shop's description of the product being "an intense, ultra colour eye definer" gave me the impression that it would be perfect for my needs, as I favour the appearance of dramatic eyes. The pencil is fairly lengthy and more so than your average brand due to the fact that there is an incorporated smudging sponge situated on the one end.
When the item arrived at my home I was pleased to note that it was hygienically sealed on both ends by way of transparent cellophane, which I needed to tear along the perforations to remove. However, I found this to be a major task, as it was impossible to slide one of my long finger nails underneath the perforations to grip the plastic, so I resorted to using the blade of a knife, which also took some effort.
The 1g in weight Eye Definer is available in a choice of three colours, namely black, brown and blue with my purchase being of the black. The pencil is comfortable to hold and I am able to obtain a firm grip as I begin at the inner corner of my eye with the nib being soft enough to enable me to sweep the colour to the outer section of my water line in one step. The pencil is highly pigmented and as a result, a good coverage of black is easily transferred to my eyes to create a bold, dramatic look. Despite the pencil nib being fairly soft, it enables precise application without blobbing.
I don't generally smudge or blend my eye pencils, as more often than not, I make a mess, which isn't a favourable look. However, for the purpose of this review, I used the sponged area in an attempt to achieve a smoky effect and whilst not perfect, as I need a little practice, the sponge is fit for purpose. The real test for me with eye pencils is the length of time they will stay on my eyes, especially as my hay fever has been pretty rotten over the last couple of months, which has resulted in running eyes.
Thankfully, the claim of the eye definer being water resistant rings true, as despite the colour being subjected to watery eyes, it remains intact although in the intense heat I found that I needed to reapply to the outer corners especially on my one eye, as it melted ever so slightly. However, I believe this to be due to the weather as opposed to the product itself as the same thing happened with another of my eye pencils.
An event earlier this week caused me to be bawling my eyes out on and off for a good few hours and the only problem I found with the pencil is that small blobs began to gather in the inner area of my eye. However, The Body Shop claims that the eye definer is water resistant as opposed to blubber proof, so I really cannot complain.
As I do not generally wear waterproof eye make up I use a supermarket baby lotion for removal and I suspected it wouldn't be tough enough to effectively lift away the pencil. Surprisingly, it was removed with great ease without me needing to apply any pressure to the cotton wool ball. As the nib of the pencil is fairly soft, it needs sharpening every few days, which seems to be the norm with this type of eye pencil, so I am more than satisfied.
I really cannot fault The Body Shop's Carbon Eye Definer and whilst it is priced at £9, it is well worth waiting for a discount code, which can frequently be found on their website. Whilst the codes always previously needed to be used on line, over the past few months I have noticed that they can also be used in one of their high street stores.
Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a five star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
The Body Shop Metallic Eye Definer Pencil in Moonstone.
I am a big fan of products from The Body Shop, and thus far, I have not been let down by any. I am often in my local Doncaster branch spending money I shouldn't on treats I do not need! On one occasion about a month ago I happened to buy a few make-up products, one of which being this eye definer pencil in Moonstone.
The reason I opted for Moonstone - which is a very pale and pearlescent silver-beige - was because I had seen it used in the store, and it acts very much in the same way as Benefits 'highbrow' pencil. The colour can be used not only as a subtle liner, but also for other lovely tasks such as 'lifting' the eyebrows (well appearing to anyway...) and also as a gorgeous base on which to apply eye shadow and create a luminescent and beautiful lift for any colour applied.
As an eye liner, the pencil glides on beautifully and is very easy to hold. The pencil is of a good size to have a good steady grip, and the tip is of a good width to get a nice defined line. The liner within the pencil is lovely and soft, so there is no sharpness on the lids like with some pencils. It is not so soft however that it crumbles when applied. The Body Shop has certainly got the consistency correct with this product. One soft stroke of Moonstone along the lash line and you are left with a stunning pearlescent line which will brighten the eyes. The coverage is excellent; one stroke is more than enough to leave enough colour and shimmer on the eye without having to drag the pencil repeatedly to build up. The liner can be left simply as it is once applied (no smudging, no blending, one solid line) or you can use the tip of your finger (or a blender) to soften the line and create a much softer appearance. If you do choose to blend, there is no worries of the colour disappearing. It blends beautifully and does not just wipe off as I have found some cheaper brands do. The Moonstone liner can also be used with other colours to layer up, or open the eyes. To do this I apply my usual dark or coloured liner and add the Moonstone in the inner corners of the eyes; the delicate light colour instantly opens the eyes and creates the illusion of them being larger. It is easy to apply this pencil precisely, and I do not end up with messy splodges in the corners (as I have done so in the past!). This pencil lasts very well as a liner. I find that if I apply in the morning, I still have a lovely look by the afternoon/evening and although, if wanted, it would be more than easy to top up the liner, I do not feel this is necessary.
As I mentioned, this little beauty can be used as more than just a liner. I use mine in the same way that Benefits 'highbrow' pencil is used. After powdering in my eyebrows, I apply a single line of Moonstone under each brow and then gently smudge the colour with my finger tip to blend. In doing this, the eyebrow area is instantly lifted, and the brows appear more shaped and defined. It is a neat little trick that this lovely liner can be used for, and again, its staying power is great. I do not find that it fades or disappears.
I also use this liner as a base for my Body Shop beauty cube eye shadows (which I shall also review!). When using it in this instance, I cover my entire lid in the pencil (where I am to apply my shadow) and make sure that the colour is smooth and even. I sometimes use my finger to pat or blend the pencil; just to be sure the whole lid is covered evenly. I then apply the shade of my choice with a soft MAC make up brush (brush 213 if you wondered!) over the top of the liner, and build as required. The effect of having the Moonstone under the shadow is actually quite beautiful; the colour of the shadow is almost lifted, and the pigment appears deeper. The blue which I tend to layer on top of the liner then has a shimmer quality, and it reminds me of mermaids and that turquoise water you see in the tropical seas of faraway luxurious islands.....though maybe that is my fantasising getting the better of me :) either way, it looks stunning! I also find that actually the shadow lasts a little longer when applied on top of Moonstone; I have never had a problem with my Body Shop eye shadows really wearing off to a massive extent, but I have still noticed that the intensity of the colour does seem to last a little better with this pencil beneath.
The Moonstone liner comes as a basic pencil. There is no smudger as is pictured on here. It is a standard length eyeliner pencil with a secure plastic lid. The pencil itself is the same colour as the liner, so it is easy to identify amongst my many make up items! It has the usual information on the body of the pencil; company name, product name, shade. It also states the life of the product is 24 months. This is a brilliant length of time I think, as with the amount of jobs this little pencil can do, I do not think mine will last that long! But were you not to use it as much as I, then 2 years is certainly a long enough time for most people to get their value for money with regards to usage.
The lovely 1.25 gram pencil costs £8.00 full price and I think you more than get value for money. Also, The Body Shop always have special offers and promotions on, so you will without a doubt be able to get this in some kind of deal should you choke at the idea of spending £8.00 on an eyeliner :D
The liner can be bought online and in store (if you happen to be in Doncaster, nip in, they are so friendly in there!)
I am usually very impressed with The Body Shop products but this eyeliner isn't that good to be honest! I bought it about six months ago when it was half price (£4.50 instead of the usual £9) and I'm beyond glad that I didn't pay the full price!!
The pencil itself physically looks nice - it is simply designed but sleek and I like that it is a little longer than an average eyeliner as it makes it look more elegant if that makes sense and just a little more special. The pencil is black with contrasting silver writing on it which again adds to the slightly more expensive design.
The pencil comes with a clear, plastic lid to protect the nib and it also has a smudger on the end with it which is made from a soft foamy material and it is slightly pointed to make it more accurate. The smudger Los comes with a clear lid to keep it hygienic.
The nib itself when I first got it was really pointed and sharp looking so I found that I had to wear it down a little on some paper before I used it as I was worried I'd end up stabbing my self in the eye or something! Even once it was slightly worn down, the nib was still pointed though not so much so.
Due to this, application is very neat and rather than leaving a thick line on my lash line it is a very thin, neat and precise line - a little too thin for me so I find that I need to build it up, but unfortunately this doesn't really build up that easily unless I apply it at an angle. The eyeliner requires quite a lot of layers to be as thick enough as I like my eyeliner (which isn't very thick at all).
I've tried using the smudging brush a few times to blend it out and make it look a little messier which is the look I usually go for, but the blending brush is rubbish! It barely smudges it and it doesn't feel particularly nice against my lash line. When using the pencil i find that the hard nib drags on my lower lash line so I always need to wet it first else it is quite uncomfortable.
As for the lasting power it is excellent and the rich, black shade that I have stays an intense colour without fading to a lighter shade all day long, it is always just as black as it was when I first applied it even after 8 hours! It isn't too easy to remove so I need to use a decent amount of make up remover each time I need to take it off but this isn't a massive disadvantage.
All in all I am going to give this eyeliner 3 out of 5 stars. The hard nib and useless smudging brush really let it down however the lasting power is very impressive.
I was looking on The Body Shop website at a few different items as I had a code to use which gave me 35% off an online order so I thought I would treat myself to a few new bits, and it would be a great chance to review some new reviews as well. I find The Body Shop products a little pricey and I think some of their products are over-priced, how-ever as I had 35% off, I wasn't too bothered about what I spent so long as it wasn't too much. I have used a lot of their skin products before and only tend to stick with the same products so I decided to look at their range of make up and accessories. The Body Shop do a small range of make-up but this includes, foundation, power, bronzer, eye shadow, eye liners, lip, cheek products and more. Some of these products are a lot more expensive than other brands that you may find in your local high street store such as Boots or Super drug, how-ever they may be slightly better quality.
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The Product is called Carbon Eye Definer and is an intense, ultra colour definer with a line smudger incorporated onto the end of the pencil. The eye define comes in three colours including Black, Blue and Brown. I normally wear black eye-liner so this is the colour I decided to go for. The formulation to the eye definer is water resistant and has a smooth texture, which enables you to blend and smudge the colour for a Smokey, softer look. The pigments in the product give high coverage and the formulation is long wearing. This particular product grabbed my attention as it's one of The Body Shop's best selling products and it has lots of positive reviews about the product. I also like the fact that on the end of the pencil was a smudger so I could soften the lines once I had applied the eyeliner. The eye definer is priced at £9.00 which is a lot more than what I would pay for an eye liner pencil; how-ever I did purchase this along with a few other things in order to get 35% off so it didn't actually cost me this much in the end anyway. You can purchase the item online or in your local store.
Using the Product
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I used the liner to draw a line as close to my lash line as possible, I did this for the upper and lower lashes on each eye. The first thing I noticed about the liner was how little effort it was to apply it. The liner was quite creamy and soft so was quick and easy to apply. I also noticed how black the liner actually was and how dark it was as it went on. After lining the whole of my eyes it was now time to smudge it a little to make the lines appear softer. The smudge tip is black in colour and feels like a mixture between foam, and rubber. I started smudging the line underneath my lower lash line. The smudge tip was soft and gentle and didn't feel scratchy or rough as I used it. The liner blended and softened easily when using the smudge tip.
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After using the liner my eyes still looked great, how-ever the lines now appeared softer and not as harsh looking as they had done before using the smudger. I was pleased with the finished look of the liner and would now test to see how long lasting this product was so I went off to work for the day. When wearing the product throughout the day there was no irritation to my eyes and they didn't feel dry or sore which I sometimes experience with some eye products. I checked my eyes throughout the day and the liner still look great although it had faded a little but not too much. After finishing work and going home I check my eyes again. The liner still looked how it did before, a little faded but still looked great and I still had a good amount around my eyes.
I removed the make up using a simple facial wipe. The eye liner wiped off really easily without the need to rub my eyes. I managed to remove every trace of the eyeliner leaving my eyes feeling and look clean.
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I found the eyeliner really soft and so easy to apply, a lot easier than most other eye liners I have previously tried. I love the fact that this liner is very black upon application and stays looking great for most of the day with only a slight fading throughout the day. The liner was gentle and kind to my eyes without causing any irritation or soreness. In terms of value the liner is a bit more expensive than what I would normally pay for but the quality is just fantastic and I think slightly better when comparing it to other brands such as Maybelline and Bourjois. I love the fact that the pencil has the smudge tip on the opposite end to the pencil which means it's perfect to fit in your bag if you did ever feel the need to top it up during the day or night. The make up was also really easy to remove without the need to rub at my eyes 2-3 times before it's removed. I highly recommend this product to others as its long lasting, easy to use and the final results are brilliant. I would probably buy this product again as I was so impressed with it.
(review also on ciao)
I picked up my eyeliner when it came free with a magazine giving me a magazine and 2 Body Shop eyeliners for just £2 which is excellent considering each of these eyeliners should cost £9 each however you can get them on offer at some points, for 10g I think this is pretty expensive in comparison to cheaper brands but as this is a premium product it's not too bad and given how long it lasts I think it works out pretty well. This product is available both on-line and instore from the Body Shop and you will get 10% off if you have a Love Your Body discount card.
I have two of the shades, black and navy blue although this review will focus on the black. The pencil seems much longer than my others I have laying around so you do get more product, the cover of the wood is a matte finish and it's easy to hold in my hand without it slipping. I also find that the width of the pencil is similar to other brands and is the perfect thickness for getting a good grip to apply the liner. The transparent lid keep the tip clean and i have found that despite being thrashed around in my bag and so on it stays on nice and tight and there's no worry of black lines or smudges over the inside of my bag.
Using the eyeliner is lovely, the product is nice and creamy and easily glides over my waterline leaving a very dark pigmented colour behind. One sweep is all this takes for my eyes to look bigger and bolder which means this lasts very well. I have used this particular liner every day for the last 3 months or so and I've still got most of the product left which is excellent value I think.
The eyeliner does a good job of staying where I applied it, when it's been hot I have seen some slight smudging under my eyes but not dramatically so. One thing I do have to mention is this is not waterproof and if the waterworks decide to creep up on you those panda eyes most definitely will make an appearance. In saying this for general day to day use this definitely has staying power and is perfect for all occasions.
To remove I simply use a make up remover wipe and find that it wipes off very easily however I find I need a little more to remove than other eyeliners as this is so pigmented that the wipes end up covered in black which I don't want to be wiping over my face. To sharpen the pencil is as easy as sharpening any other pencil, just a couple of turns in a sharpener leaves the pencil sharpened yet not at a pointy end.
Overall I think this is an excellent product, if I hadn't got it free in a magazine I probably would never have tried it as at £9 it's not cheap however I envisage that this will last around a year which works out as really good value for such a high quality liner. I'd definitely recommend giving it a go.
I do love a bargain. I was therefore delighted to discover that a recent copy of "In-Style" magazine was giving away some freebies with each copy of their magazine. As the freebies were from the make-up selection at The Body Shop - a range I happen to REALLY like - I decided to purchase a few copies of the magazine to take full advantage of the small selection of cosmetics on offer.
One of the free items was a 'duo' containing two individual Eye Definer Pencils from The Body Shop. As each pencil retails at £8, I thought the price of the magazine (around the £3 mark) made the purchase extremely reasonable, and I eagerly snapped up my copy with my freebies attached.
The pencils were both full size, and are of a similar size and thickness to most other eyeliner pencils that I own. Two colours were provided which were Black and French Navy. This review outlines my experience of using the Black Eye Definer pencil.
The pencil is fairly plain in its appearance, with the main 'body' of the pencil corresponding with its respective shade, so in the case of the Black-coloured pencil, the body of the pencil is a matching black shade. There is a metal lid on top of the pencil which feels quite flimsy, although I have to admit it has stayed put when replaced on top of the pencil. Removing this lid reveals the 'nib' or 'tip' of the pencil underneath which can be re-sharpened when required, as is the case with most other pencil eye liner products.
The nib of the Eye Definer is what is used to apply the colour to the eyelid of course, and I was relieved to discover that The Body Shop product was of a sufficient quality to allow the pencil to 'draw' easily along the lid of my eye, without it feeling like it was 'dragging' in the way that some other products do. This feeling can be quite unpleasant and irritation can occur to the sensitive eye area as a result. The ease - and speed - at which The Body Shop Definer was applied to the eye area was an immediate reassurance in this respect.
I liked too how the colour took 'hold' easily onto the skin so that I didn't need to reapply the colour over and over due to it being too faint or understated for my liking. I favour dark colours around my brown eyes and this product was certainly up to my expectations and high standards.
The colour didn't smudge easily, which is another benefit for me personally. I prefer neat lines around my eyelid when trying to achieve an understated look for 'everyday' wear and The Body Shop Definer applied the colour neatly and precisely to the required area.... And kept it there. The colour lasted well, with it remaining un-smudged for several hours after application, although I did notice a little 'blotting' later on in the day. This is something that I have found is the case with most other eyeliner products that I regularly use however, so it is not necessarily enough to deter me from repurchasing again in the future.
Removing the Eye Definer was quick and easy. I found that a moist 'make up remover' facial wipe worked well at removing the colour from the delicate eye area, but I have also used a liquid eye make up remover and found that this worked well too. There was nothing difficult or stubborn about the colour being removed from my skin and it did so with ease.
So the big question is, would I repurchase this item at full price..? Well, actually I think I would. I have found that the Eye Definer worked well and did what I expected and wanted it to. Admittedly, there is nothing outstanding or innovative about the product or the results achieved, which gives it a rather 'average' feel. Sometimes the most 'fuss-free' products are the best though, and in this case, I'm certainly not complaining.....
There is a small selection of colours to choose from in the range of The Body Shop Eye Definer Pencils, such as the Black one I am reviewing here, as well as Brown, Navy and White. They cost £8 each and can be purchased online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk or in-store in larger branches of The Body Shop.
The Body Shop is against animal testing of any sort, and all of their products are completely cruelty free.
I have three of these Body Shop eye definer pencils in the following shades:
06 French Navy
12 Shimmering Steel
I have had the Shimmering Steel one for nearly two years as I originally bought it to use at my brother's wedding. I got the Black and French Navy ones this past month as free gifts with InStyle magazine.
According to the Body Shop website these are some of their best selling makeup items and they cost £8.00 each.
=== Available Shades ===
There are currently 5 matte and 5 metallic shades available, including
Glowing Amethyst in the metallic, along with Shimmering Steel which I have.
In the matte shades, you can get
White as well as the Black and French Navy which I have.
=== The pencil ===
These pencils are the typical kohl pencil style. They can easily be sharpened with any eye pencil sharpener of standard size. The pencils have wooden bodies in the colour of the pencil and a shiny silver cap. They look simple but quite stylish.
=== Application ===
Application is very easy. You can sharpen the tip of the pencil to as neat a point as you want, meaning you can create a very thin and precise line or you can leave it a little blunter to create a slightly thicker and more smudgy line. I find the tip of the pencil is quite smooth and it doesn't drag on the skin, but the metallic pencils definitely feel creamier and smoother than the matte ones in my opinion. I also find the metallic pencils seem more highly pigmented and provide a richer colour. The navy and black pencils produce a slightly washed out colour on the skin. The black is not a rich and true black at all. In some lights it looks more of a muted dark grey and in some lights it even looks slightly brown to me! It is by no means a jet black. I do like this colour though however. It is not as harsh as some blacks can be, but it does provide good definition to the eye and looks nice on. The navy is also paler than I was expecting. It looks more of a mid bluey grey tone to me. Again, it is nice but not really what I was expecting! The shimmering steel gives a colour which is truer to the one shown on the body of the pencil, being a shimmering silver grey.
=== Longevity and wear ===
I have not really experienced any problems with these pencils smudging, budging or causing flakes of eyeliner to appear under or around the eyes. This is a big bonus for me as I really hate it when that happens. They wear quite well and do pretty much stay in place, but I do notice some fading throughout the day. If they just fade a bit without smudging messily it is not a big problem for me personally, as I can easily top it up if necessary.
They are easy to take off with my eye makeup remover, not too stubborn and don't require too much rubbing.
=== Over all ===
I do prefer the metallic one over the matte pencils as I think the quality is higher - it is smoother and more pigmented. However, the matte pencils are also quite nice and I am really pleased with them as a free gift from a magazine! I think £8.00 is a fair price for them. They last for ages. Even though I have had the Shimmering Steel for nearly two years there is loads left. I obviously don't use it all the time on a daily basis, but I have had a lot of uses out of it during that period.
When it comes to eyeliner I am quite traditional in what I like. I usually opt for a black shade, usually wearing it if I'm going out and I do like a kohl type as I find it easy to apply. I do go for a liquid eyeliner if I want more stand out, dramatic results and I do also own a few coloured eyeliner pencils to change my look and funk it up slightly when and if the mood takes me.
Now The Body Shop for me just isn't one of my favourite stores and it has never been really to be honest. Back in the day its concept was unique and you had to pay the price to be one of the gang, however I can find lots of cruelty free products and stuff not tested on animals and so as they are so widely available nowadays and I can pay nowhere as much as I would for them there!
Now this product I didn't buy however. I bought a magazine with two of them on called Instyle and I paid £3.80 for the magazine and got a black and a French Navy full sized eye definer of both worth £18.00 to which I was mightly pleased about!
These are quite simply long coloured pencils. Looking at the black one I have in my hand now its simply a thin black pencil with a long silver lid to one end of it covering the point of colour and in white writing down the side of it we are told that it is The Body Shop 01 Eye Definer Shade: Black, and that it is 1.25g (0.04z) in size, to use it up within 36 months from opening it and contact details for The Body Shop are given. Nice enough, simple looking product this is and looking at the website as I know on the magazine I got I was told that they worth £8.00 each but I did double check that and they really are £8.00 each to buy which I think is rather alot of money to pay for one stick of pencil even though they are from The Body shop and of decent size!
The Eye Definer:
The colour you get is exactly the same as on the outer of the pencil so for me the French navy one and the black one are both rich and dark shades.
Basically of course these are to line your eyes with, thus framing them a bit.
These of course are pencils as i keep pointing out so you do need to get a decent sharpener though the quality of these is simply excellent, the wood is really smooth so they are really easy to sharpen and to be fair they don't need to be sharpened all that often either.
The colour is moist and it glides onto the eyes with real ease and with no hard scrubbing on off the colour or having to press too hard. I like the moistness of these, the colour dries fast onto the rims of the eyes and that is that you get a matt colour with them which is rich and full of colour pigment.
Once on I don't find it to really transfer unless I really do rub my eyes hard and I do find it rather waterproof too and when I want to remove it I just use my usual make up removing routine and other than that I find it stays put all day long. I don't need to reapply it or anything and I get a good 12-14 hours wear with this.
I do think it is expensive though one pencil will last me a couple of years and all in all would I go out and buy one myself?...well yes actually I would they're rather super!
Only available from The Body Shop.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I love this eyeliner and it's been a recurring item in my makeup bag for quite some time. Each 10 gram eyeliner is £9 so I usually stock up on them whenever I have a discount voucher as they aren't excactly cheap!
There are 3 shades to choose from: Black, Blue and Brown. I have this in black and have never tried the other colours because blue and brown eyeliner just doesn't appeal to me, so I can't comment on them however the black is amazing and it definetly lives up to it's name - it's amazingly pigmented and therefor very defining and it makes my eyes appear bigger, bolder, more alert and even when i'm tired, if I have this eyeliner on I look much more alert.
The eyeliner pencil is made out of wood like most eyeliner pencils, and it is noticeably longer than any other eyeliner I own by around 2 inches but is a similar width. On one end of the pencil is the nib (complete with a plastic transparent lid to keep it fresh and protected) and on the other end a good quality, soft smudger which is on the end of silver plastic to add a bit of a unique look to it, the smudger also has a transparent lid to keep it protected from any other makeup in your makeup bag/any dirt on surfaces etc to avoid eye irriatation. The eyeliner has white font on the side which has the brand and product name written on it which makes it look quite elegant and worth its price.
The eyeliner isn't as soft as a kohl eyeliner however it isn't uncomfortably hard - it does not drag and it smooths onto the waterline with ease. It only leaves a very thin and subtle, accurate line on the first application so it can be layered for a bolder look. Creating a smokey eye look with this is quite hard as it doesn't smudge much at all even with the smudger (which by the way is so soft!), so if I do want a smokey eye effect I use this as a base and my badgal eyeliner over the top and then smudge it. The overall look is very intense and very versatile because as I said before it can be built up so it's good for any occasions.
The eyeliner lasts throughout the day and even though it isn't waterproof I have never had any issues with it running or smudging when walking home in the rain (unless extremely heavy). Removing it can take up to 2-3 makeup removing wipes depending on how thick i've put it on.
Sharpening the pencil was at first a bit of a nightmare, for some reason it seems to go mishapen and the product goo's up and falls apart and because it has the smudger on the bottom you can't start fresh on the other end, however I now have a sharpener specifically made for eyeliner pencils which has 2 different holes and it works fine on the larger hole. If you get one of these don't use an average pencil sharpener to sharpen it as I found it really messy and it made my eyeliner mishapen.
Overall, a high quality eyeliner which is versatile, easy to apply and looks great.
I'm always on the look out for new make up and recently spotted these Eye Definer Pencil's in The Body Shop. There are 5 shades in the metallic colour range which are...
Brilliant Blue, Vibrant Emerald, Burnished Amber, Shimmering Steel and Glowing Amber.
After spending a few minutes trying to make my mind up I decided to buy the Shimmering Steel pencil which is like a darker silver shade. I thought it would look good with Xmas coming up.
They are £6 each and the eye pencils have Community Trade Marula Oil which is from Eudafano Women's Co-operative in Namibia. The oil is said to be a very effective moisturiser that also helps to condition the skin over time. The pencil also helps to restore moisture, smoothness, suppleness and has natural waxes which are supposed to aid application to the skin. The product is also Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist approved.
Application is very easy and smoothly glides along the eye, the pencil is fairly soft so I don't have to apply too much pressure. The steel grey colour I chose is slightly darker than I would have hoped but still looks really effective. After a few hours this eye pencil is still in place and hasn't smudged, which is great. Quite a few eye pencils that I have used in the past manage to look smudged within a couple of hours. I think it has better staying power because even though it is fairly soft it isn't as soft as some on the market, so the colour seems to remain in place better.
For a great eye pencil that works really well, try The Body Shop and their Metallic colour range. I have to recommend this product it really does make your eyes look that extra bit special.
If you asked me to name 5 things I'd take to a desert island, eye liner would be number 5. It is the single most important thing in my make up bag, it characterises and defines my whole wardrobe. Clothing has been discarded to the floor because it didn't go with the eye liner style of the day. And I've used every brand, from the cheap to the bank emptying expensive.
Currently there are 5 colours: black, rich brown, taupe, white, and french navy. The body shop claim:
"A fade-resistant, intense colour pencil for outlining and defining the eyes. They are soft enough to enable smooth application yet firm enough to be smudge-resistant. Dermatologically and opthalmalogically tested." -thebodyshop.co.uk
This is a bit of a no brainer. You get a stick whose colour corresponds roughly to the colour of the eye liner, with various white or black writing and a silver lid. The writing says "THE BODY SHOP", then the shade in english and french, 1.25g/0.04 oz (who the heck uses ounces these days?!), tells you that the wood comes from mixed sources and some legal blurb about trademarks.
Instead of my usual headings, I'm going to address the claims made by the body shop about the eye liner and see if they stand up to scrutiny via grading.
It is important to note the word resistant here, it doesn't claim that it doesn't fade, just implies that it doesn't fade quickly. I have encountered many eye liners that fade by the end of a 9 - 5 day, and this isn't one of them. I can wear this eye liner from dawn till dawn and the crisp black (or warm brown or whatever) is clearly there. 5/5
This one is a little subjective, and depends more on application, but when I am wearing my "gother-than-thou" flicks heavily applied it is indeed "intense". 5/5
Most eye liners have two applications: the warm smooth and the cold scratchy. There are relatively few that are still smooth when you're applying straight out of the fridge but this is one of them. It glides on at any temperature with out incident. Important to mention here is sharpening. If you are using the pencil warm it is important to use a sharpener designed specifically for make up, school sharpeners simply aren't sharp enough for anything softer than graphite. 5/5
Here is where the claims fall down. No pencil eye liner is smudge resistant, because application is in itself smudging. If you want smudge resistant then you should be using liquid liner. However, when left to its own devices and not touched, by the end of the day you are not going to look in the mirror to find (GASP) panda eyes. While there will be minimal smudging from blinking and eye movement, it will be just that-minimal. 4/5
I wouldn't say I'm particularly loyal to any given eye liner, but the Body Shop Eye Definer is one I keep coming back to time and time again. Again-should the desert island scenario ever occur and I could only have one brand, this would be the chosen one. At £7.30, there are cheaper options out there, but the quality of this eye liner is well worth the expense, not to mention the ethical trading of the body shop.
I should also mention for completeness make up removal. I use Tesco value face wipes and this comes of easily with them, no panda eyes in the morning!
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
From: The Body Shop
For: Outlining and defining the eyes
The pencil is just the usual eye pencil type, which you sharpen, rather than any of the more 'high-tech' pencils like the self sharpening ones etc. It's really easy to use.
The liner is quite soft, which helps it to glide on easily, but not so soft that you can't create a thin, defined line with it. It really glides on smoothly and easily, and it feels nice and doesn't drag the skin.
It's easy to create both thin and thick lines, as well as smudgy or smokey effects. It's well-pigmented so the colour goes on nice and intense, but then you can tone it down by blending it if you want a softer look.
The liner stays on really well and it looks great. I now have this pencil in 5 colours; black, brown, taupe, white and navy, and they all look fantastic on. It stays in place all day and doesn't smudge, but when I come to take it off it's easily removed with a good eye-makeup remover.
All in all a brilliant eyeliner.
thumbs up from me.
I have been a liner lover since I was a teenager, I think all teens, well ok most teens, go through that stage at some point. I just haven't grown out of it though!
I own a black and a brown pencil from this range and love them. I must admit the brown one doesn't get anywhere near as much use as the black does.
Eyeliner gives a dramatic look in most cases but by using a brown and not building the colour up too much you can have a more natural look with the better aspects of wearing liner still being there. The reason that I love liner is because to me my best feature is my eyes, so I try to draw attention to them and away from my flaws. Liner also makes your eyes appear whiter than they may actually be, as well as making any dark circles look less dark.
Eye pencils are almost all basically alike. The only things that differ are how soft they are which in turn determines how easy to apply they are. These pencils start out quite hard but after two or three seconds soften up when in contact with your skin, this means they are really easy to apply and go on very easily.
I find these will stay put really well and don't really suffer from much smudging and if I do I can easily remove it with either my finger or a little tissue.
I like to line round my eyes then use an eye shadow brush to gently smudge the line to soften it, you can get a really great effect with this method, a softer less harsh look.
Taking them off at night is also very easy and I don't find that I need to rub too much, which we all know is bad for the skin around our eyes.
These cost £7.50 for a pencil that is 13cm long (including the silver lid) and weighs 1.25g that doesn't sound like much but that lasts me AGES! I sharpen mine about once every two or three weeks and even then it isn't much I am actually taking off. I never use it right till the end I replace mine roughly every twelve months.
These come in more shades than I had realised, I don't tend to look all that much when I buy mine, that and they probably don't stock every single one in every store.
01 - Black.
02 - Rich Brown - A deep chocolate brown.
03 - Taupe - A grey brown.
05 - White - This is great for making eyes look less tired and larger.
06 - French Navy - A dark blue, a great alternative to black.
07 - Blue Smoke - This is a grey blue, which isn't too bright.
09 - Olive - This is a muted olive, verging on brown.
I am aware that I have missed out four and eight from the list, this is because those numbers must have been discontinued at some point, not because my maths is really that bad!
These are one of the best ones I have come across and in my years of using eye definers, and I have tried plenty!
I really do recommend these but as all pencils are roughly the same I am sure most people would rather save the money and go for a cheaper option, I however will keep coming back for more as I know they are good quality and work for me.
The Body Shop is involved with many charities and foundations, information on these can be found through links on their website. None of their products are tested on animals. They also run their own version of fair trade, which they call community trade, they pay fair prices to farmers of the ingredients they buy. Details of their community trade programme can also be found on their website.
The website is very user friendly and means not only can you buy online (good P&P charges and fast delivery) but you can also find out more about their products and find out where your local store is situated.
Outline the edge of the eyes for a smooth, defined look /