Makeup Collection Series | #11 EYE PENCILS

Monday, November 27, 2017

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A year ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collectionkeeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be cut down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)


I’ve not been out of the house without some sort of eyeliner on since I was 14. And whether it’s out of habit, a feeling of security or an added confidence, it’s always been a part of me. From the awkward phase of only lining my bottom lash line in thick black liner and looking hella odd but thinking I looked bomb, to now where I only use it for tight-lining my upper lash line, or a smidge of brown liner along my bottom lashes, it’s still a precious part of my daily routine. And for me a good pencil liner comes down to a formula that stays put, is easy to glide on and is pigmented.

To paint a little picture of how important a role eyeliner pencils play in my life I’m going to share a little personal anecdote with you all. Before the birth of my eldest daughter, I made my husband promise he wouldn’t let me go to the hospital without some eye kohl on as I feel ugly and naked without it. He promised. So when the time came and I went into labour, he tried to keep his promise by getting an eye pencil out for me to apply. Let’s just say, it didn’t go down too well and he still shudders with regret for offering it to me. Poor guy. So yes, eye pencils are a big part of my life.

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Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl | review | £5.50

Affordable and reliable, this is my favourite formula of all the pencil liners I’ve tried over the years. Both shades are pigmented, have a creamy texture making it easy to apply and they set in place ensuring no premature smudging takes place. They don’t irritate my eyes and I have repurchased them many times over now.

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil | review | £1.50

I still can’t believe this budget-friendly option is so good and so underrated. It’s super black gel-like formula that’s long-lasting and is retractable making it perfect to carry around in your makeup bag.

Daniel Sandler Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner - Brown Velvet | review | £9.95

This is exactly like the brown liner from Soap & Glory but a tad pricier. I love it because it’s retractable. Simple as that.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon - Blacquer | post | £20

Again, very similar to the S&G formula with perhaps a little more waterproof power on the waterline. I use this to tightline mostly when doing a winged liner because it dries instantly so when I blink, I don’t get that awful smudgeroo straight after applying. Also, retractable.


Rimmel Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner & Barry M Bold Waterproof Eye Pencil are both excellent gel pencils that are better than most higher end ones. Seriously black, last well on the eyes and very affordable.


Avon Super Shock Gel Eyeliner Pencil

I don’t know if this is even available anymore but it’s one of the blackest pencil liners I’ve ever tried. Lovely gel formula that glides on without dragging and doesn’t budge.

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil | post | £16

A very simple liner, nothing significantly special about it except that it has a much higher price tag than my favourites.

Kiko Crystal Eyeliner | post

This was part of a LE collection far too long ago now. A gorgeous rusty bronze that looks lovely along the lower lash line with a brown smokey eye. Creamy formula, sets into place and catches the light subtly.

THE ONES I COULD (and probably should) GET RID OF

Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil | £17

Although this was the eye liner I used on my wedding day, it’s no longer the blackest liner on the market. And that smugder end is so passé.

Daniel Sandler Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner - Grey Velvet | £9.95

I love the formula but can’t get this shade to work for me. It’s a gorgeous slate grey that works well when I do the occasional cool toned eye look but it’s not often enough to justify keeping this in my collection.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liner | $5

The formula is only okay, nothing special. Needs some warming up to get I‎t to work properly. The thing that lets these down is the cheap packaging and quality of the pencils themselves. The nib keeps breaking off and falling out on one and the other was broken when it arrived.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen | post | £18

I wanted to try this for ages as I had such high hopes for such a luxury brand. But alas, it’s just not good. It doesn’t ever set and remains slippery on the eyes so if I only blink it smudges, and is easily rubbed off. I look messy when I use this.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil | £15.50
I used to use the original version of this called Zero and I loved it. It was perfect in every way. This one doesn’t stay put on my eyes in the same way despite being beautifully black. The kohl cylinder has also detached from the pencil casing. Not worth the price tag.

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If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:


What feelings do you have towards eye pencils? Do you spot any favourites here? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx

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