The always-lovely Kate from Drivel About Frivol recently(-ish) wrote about Pixi’s Endless Silky Eye Pens. As I love a good eyeliner, I went out and bought one – I loved it so much that now I have four.
As you can see, these are not actually pens – they are pencils (the kind you sharpen – not twist-ups). The texture of the Pixi pencils is unique among pencil eyeliners I have tried. They’re very soft – they actually seem to me to be very, very similar to gel eyeliner in a pot, but in pencil form. They are so soft that I find it easiest to apply them with a brush rather than directly from the pencil. They set more slowly than other liners; they take 30-45 seconds to set if I use a small amount of eyeliner, which is the perfect amount of time to smudge them out. However, if I use too much product, they can take even longer to set, which usually results in a mess. Once set, however, they last all day without moving or smudging.
Above, I’ve swatched the Pixi liners two ways. Each line is a single pass of the pencil; each square is a built up swatch. There’s not much difference between them because the pencils are so opaque on a single swipe. Note the different finishes – Kate classifies each of the pencils in the line in to one of three finishes in her post. I love the different colors and finishes – I’m very tempted to collect them all!
Overall, I really love the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens. They join Prestige Total Intensity and Rimmel Scandal Eyes pencils as some of my favorite eyeliners. Because they are softer take longer to set than other pencil liners I use, I tend to use them differently than the other liners I own. When I’m in a hurry, I don’t reach for these. But, when I want to take my time, I can make a crisp line or smudged line with ease.
The pencils are $15 each, but Target currently has a $5 off $15 purchase coupon for Pixi Beauty here – my computer let me print it out multiple times. You can also use the coupon online.
Are these pencils something you’ll be checking out?