Well, this is it! I can't wait any longer! I ordered this eyeliner the first day it launched and have been using it every single day since I received it. I told myself I wasn't going to write up a review until I use it up but my excitement to share got the better of me. So here I am; at day 28 and with more than 28 uses. The Hourglass' claim of the pencil containing the product enough for 17-20 applications may not be true after all (in a good way)! ;D
The Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner is a gel eyeliner packaged in a convenient twist-up pencil — no brush needed, no pot needed — just twist and apply. It is non-retractable so only dispense what you need. Two to three clicks is generally enough to line the upper lash line of both eyes.
As mentioned above, one pencil supposedly contains enough product for approximately 17-20 uses. However, they failed to mention what “one use” constitutes of — 1 click? 2 clicks? For one eye? For both eyes? The upper lash line alone or the lower lash line, too? What about tight lining, is it included? — and so on. It would have been better if they would tell us the total number of clicks (to dispense the product) instead of uses. Would have been easier to gauge that way.
For me, I need 3 clicks to line a simple thin-to-medium line along the upper lash line of both eyes. Then another 3-4 clicks if I were to line the lower lash lines, too. And sometimes another few clicks if I choose to do the extra tight lining step. I have been using this pencil for 28 days straight, and if I take the lower lash line and tight line out of the equation, I have technically dispensed more than 84 clicks, and definitely used it for more than 20 applications.
So it certainly lasts longer than the Hourglass' claim of 20 uses. Perhaps because I have smaller eyes and therefore need less product than most people with bigger eyes. Just my guess.
OK, seriously, I'm getting WAY too deep into this. Let's move on to something else such as the texture and performance! ^_^”
What's special about this pencil is its ultra small 1.5 mm tip that allows you to precisely and effortlessly create super thin lines and crisp wings the same way when you use a point/liner brush. It also allows you to really get into the small areas such as the inner corner and between lashes with ease. The formula is soft, but not too soft, and creamy smooth. It literally glides on the lid without tugging, pulling, or skipping!
The shade is called “Obsidian” which is a deep, dark, intense neutral black with a pure matte finish. It goes on semi-opaque and can be layered to increase the coverage and intensity if desired. It dries rather quickly and will not budge, transfer, or flake when applied on primed lids. The super long-lasting formula and super small nib make it very easy to get the black ink deposited between the root of the lashes to create an all-day lasting illusion of thicker and fuller lashes!
On the other hand, when applied on unprimed lids, I usually notice a small disappearance in the outer corner of my eyes by the end of the day. It looks like a missing spot and is almost non-noticeable unless you stare right at it or try to find it. It isn't anything major at all but is still worth noting.
The most impressive thing about the product is its longevity when I use it to tight line. I wear contact lens so it is imperative that the formula must not transfer. And yes, I am happy to report that this pencil does not transfer at all onto my contacts! Even when my eyes water. It doesn't cause any sensitivity/irritation to my eyes, either. Yay! :)
I am happy to find out that the pencil doesn't use up quickly like I imagined. This eases my conscience to continue buying the product. At first I was not sitting well with the thought of spending another $16 for an eyeliner that you can't even use more than 20 times. I will keep you updated when I run out so you know what to expect and can decide for yourself whether it's worthy of a re-purchase. For me? I am definitely getting the 3-pack once I finish with this one! :)
Have you tried it? Do you think pencil gel eyeliners are becoming a trend?