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I was surprised a few Christmasses ago when hubby bought me a YSL make up set. It was only small with three items included - a mascara, a make up remover and this black Kohl pencil.
I loved the gold shiny lid and the black wooden pencil. The regular size also meant that it would fit in to a normal pencil sharpener. I think my pencil was shorter in the gift set than the one you may buy for full price but I really didn't mind as my signature look is a black kohl eyeliner line on my upper lid to give a fullsome lashed look without loads of mascara or false eyelashes going on.
I was a bit surprised by just how soft this pencil was when I first used it, not much pressure was needed as it just melted on to the eye lid. I found it difficult to get an even look on both eyes due to the pencil always being blunt. It was hard to sharpen it to a point due to how soft the pencil was it preferred to cling on to the pencil sharpener than stay with the pencil!
I gave up on this pencil in the end. Despite it being a premium brand I much preferred the felt tip style as I could get a more even look from these.
Boots currently.sell these pencils for £20.
I know some people prefer the softer kohl and it is certainly easier to blend if you prefer a more smoky eyed look but for me it was far too soft.
I received this eyeliner as part of a giftset as a present from a friend, the giftset also included a tube of YSL Shocking Mascara (which I have reviewed on here and is amazing!) and a small bottle of YSL makeup remover which helps take this eyeliner off very easily but I find it sometimes makes my skin feel greasy afterwards (although I'm guessing the greasy ingredient is what helps make it so easy to take off).
I am not a big fan of pencil eyeliners and only use them on my bottom lid and sometimes the inner part of my eye occasionally. The biggest and best difference I have found with this eyeliner compared to others I have used is how soft it it, I hardly need to apply any pressure to get a strong, dark line! I also don't use pencil liners much because I often find that they smudge or run, even waterproof ones. Although I don't think this eyeliner is waterproof it's proven to be more waterproof than any other I have used (apart from the time I got caught in a torrential downpour!). It also stays in place and doesn't smudge unless I accidently rub my eyes without thinking. I do sometimes get a black line in the crease under my eyes after wearing it for a few hours but this is easily removed and I don't think I will ever find an eyeliner that doesn't do this.
As I don't use it all the time it has lasted me for a long time and I expect I will have it for much longer. I've just read that it is £18 which I might be willing to pay seeing as it so so good and lasts forever however I would prefer to find it in a little set like the one I was originally given as this is is a much better deal!
I received my Yves Saint Laurent eye pencil as part of a gift pack, however it is normally priced at around £18, but can be found for cheaper.
My prior eye pencils I have nothing to complain about, I always bought high street regular price brands which did a good job and lasted well; to be honest I wouldn't really thought of changing had I not got this one in a gift pack to try.
What I found most alluring about this eye pencil is how soft it is. My other pencils have been just that - they feel like a relatively firm pencil when applying to my eye area, this however feels much more like a crayon in comparison. It is so soft that I can hardly feel it on the inner eye lid and need to exert virtually no pressure to get a good line. The deep dark black is of consistent depth when used on my eye area being slightly darker on the skin as opposed to inner eyelid where two coats I apply for a very dark bold look.
As the pencil is so soft it is quite easy to smudge for those dusky smouldering eye looks, yet I find the pencil tip sharp enough to provide a clear thin line for precision marks. As the pencil is so soft I tend to put mine in the fridge for a hour before sharpening so as not to break the point.
So does the colour last? Yes in a word.
On my inner eye lid where it is in constant connection with the liquid of your eyes moving, it last a few hours. Now this I find acceptable as I feel the colour strength is good until then and then requires top up anyway.
On my upper and lower eyelid the lines are present for a good number of hours I would say on average five hours - this does depend on what I am doing on a night out I may reapply along with the rest of my make up. What it does not do is run - good considering it is waterproof, the only time I have found it to run a little was in a torrential downpour when walking the dogs and I was busy wiping the rain out of my eyes. To note there is a non waterproof version available but as it is virtually the same price it seems bizarre not to go for the waterproof one.
Would I recommend it or buy it again?
100% yes and I will try different colours at a later date.
Some may feel the price is a little steep but considering it is to be used within 24 months of first use and my pencils last generally a year this I feel is very good value for money.
The pencil itself comes in five different shades black (mine), blue, brown, burgundy and green. It is opthamologically tested and has been deemed suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Available from www.yslbeauty.co.uk www.amazon.co.uk www.ebay.co.uk plus various other beauty websites and also in the shops such as house of fraser and larger beauty department stores.
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