I think I may have just found my new favorite eyeliner of all time! :D
Pencil eyeliners are definitely the easiest to use and maintain. They don't dry out like gel or liquid liner and don't require extra precision during application. I have a lot of pencil eyeliners in my stash but nothing performs the way these Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens do (I'm not sure why they are called Eye Pens when they obviously are pencils). I picked this set up at Target last weekend and I've been using it everyday since. They are quite addicting!
These Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens have to be the softest pencil eyeliners on earth. They glide on buttery smooth, literally, without tugging or pulling. In fact, you barely have to put any pressure on the eye. The colors are extremely vibrant and opaque. There's no need to layer, because one quick swipe across the lid will get you 100% opacity. I wish I were joking but I'm not. It takes about 10-20 seconds to dry (enough time to smudge or wing out) and once it's dry, it's set for good – no budging, smudging, transfering, or migrating. The only thing to (re)move it is an oil-based eye makeup remover.
The formula of these pencil eyeliners are truly remarkable. It feels almost like a gel eyeliner but in a pencil form and with the color intensity of a liquid eyeliner. On my somewhat oily lids, the rich color stays on all day without any noticeable fading. They are also waterproof and there's absolutely no fallout. I have used them to tightline and line my waterline as well and although they smudge just a tiny bit on both places, they still perform so much better than a lot of other pencils that would give me a total raccoon eye.
The set that I bought is called Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Kit. It is a limited edition and includes 5 easy-to-use, bestselling colors in varying finishes:
- BlackNoir – intense black (matte)
- BlackCocoa – dark brown (matte)
- DeepPlum – deep violet (shimmer)
- SageGold – olive green (shimmer)
- OysterGlow – champagne (shimmer)
They are of the same quality as the full-sized version, just smaller in size. The kit also comes with a sharpener. I wouldn't have bought it had it not come in a set, so I think this is a great way to try different colors and formula. It's pretty reasonably priced as well – you get 5 colors for the price of 2 full sizes.
There is just one downside, though. OK, maybe not one but two. Since these pencils are extremely soft, the tips can break off easily and wear down quickly. It can also get tricky when you try to sharpen them. Try putting the pencil in a freezer for a brief 10-15 minutes before sharpening to reduce the loss of the product. In fact, this trick applies to all pencil eyeliners that have soft, creamy texture as well. Would these minor downsides stop me from using and repurchasing them? Definitely not! This is just a small price to pay in my opinion.
I wish these pencils would gain more popularity. They are such a gem and it's a shame that only a handful of people know about them. In my opinion, they are so effortless to use and they have the best formula hands down. Now I just wish they would make a set that includes all of the shades for this Holiday season!