You know my regular reticence to buy into any sort of product hype? Yeah, I prefer to quietly wait for the bandwagon to pass, smell the roses, ponder things in my own time, and then maybe, MAYBE, pull the trigger. So when opportunity arose to snag some Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens ($12 for 0.04 oz
, or $18 for a set of 5 smaller pencils + sharpener) via Belly's blog sale and some poorly rationalized Asos order, I finally pulled. The trigger, that is.
From the utterly unsuspenseful title of this post, you already know that I'm really, really liking these Pixi eye pencils (not pens!). So much so that I like them better than the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on liners
, and better than the NYX Slide-ons
. And I like them just as much, or maybe even a teeny, tiny bit more than the Sephora 12HR Wear Contour pencils
- I don't know yet, the verdict is still out on that one.
I hear you ask 'But Monika, what is so special about these boring old pencils?'. Weel, let me tell ye (not sure why this had to be said in a Scottish accent): apart from the pure awesomeness of the shades, they're unbelievably soft, creamy, pigmented and long-lasting. The brand also claims they're non-transfer and waterproof, giving the effect of liquid liner in a handy pencil form. I actually mostly use eyeliner pencils in lieu of liquid or gel liners ('cause, lazy), so I was excited about the level of pigmentation on these Endless Eye Pens; I find them more intense and opaque than the cult UD pencils and the NYX dupes of those. They do also wear like iron; I find that they can transfer a bit when applied in the waterline (sometimes they do, sometimes they don't) but otherwise there's no smudging, running or flaking.
I have five shades now: Black Noir
(pure matte black), Black Tulip
(dark indigo pearl over a black base), Deep Plum
(eggplant with very fine multidimensional shimmer, similar but more intense than Urban Decay Ransom), Copper Glow
(reddish brown with gold micro glitter) and Sage Glow
(golden olive with gold micro glitter). They're all equally smooth and creamy with the exception of Sage Glow, which is the most glittery shade - the consistency of that one seems a bit drier and not as intensely pigmented, but I remember from my UD liners that their glittery shades (like UD Gunmetal) suffered from a similar issue. That minor flaw aside, the glitter in Copper Glow and Sage Glow is small enough to give just a twinkle of light on the eyes, and stays put without migrating all over the face; I even applied Sage Glow to my waterline with no irritation whatsoever.
|L-R: Black Noir, Black Tulip, Deep Plum, Copper Glow, Sage Glow. The bottom photo shows the tenacity of the Silky Eye Pens - this is what I was left with after vigorous rubbing with a cotton pad soaked in a micellar make-up remover. A good cleansing oil/ waterproof make-up remover is a must with these pencils.|
You will obviously see these pencils quite often in the upcoming FOTD posts and such (actually, I used Black Noir here
already), but I wanted to show you a simple micro glittery look with both Copper Glow and Sage Glow. I was worried that Copper Glow would be too warm of a brown for my complexion, but you can see it works beautifully as a liner on my top lashline. While I rarely wear greens on my eyes, I love the subtle olive accent of Sage Glow on my lower lashline and waterline - like I said, I had absolutely no issues with the glitter moving or getting in my eyes (and I do wear contact lenses).
To complete the look, I'm wearing MAC Patina eyeshadow all over the lid and smudged on the lower lashline, with Soft Force to highlight the inner corners. For my blush I chose NARS Douceur, and I have MAC Viva Glam V lipstick on my lips. All in all, I'm really happy I've decided to pick these Pixi liners up - they're some of the best pencil eyeliners I've ever had the pleasure of playing around with. Have you recently got anything you're loving to pieces?
These are pretty sweet, huh? I have Sage Gold, and I really, REALLY like the color. My only gripe is that the formula is SO soft, so it's easy to break the tip off if you're not careful. Otherwise, it's awesome! Much, MUCH better than UD in my opinion.ReplyDelete
Yup! I agree! I have Sage Gold, and a brown one, and love them too! They really stay put on me!ReplyDelete
I finally just caved to these pencils too but only have two: Emerald Gold and Black Noir. I haven't tried Black Noir yet but I was so impressed by how Emerald Gold stayed put on my waterline that I snagged BN on a sale at Target. This is one instance where I wished I listened to people earlier. :)ReplyDelete
I know - so many of my favorite bloggers have been raving about these for years and I've only picked them up recently. And now, I'm already plotting getting more shades. I'm just waiting for an incentive (that is, a discount on Pixi's website :)Delete
That look is beautiful, Monika. I love the combination of soft, glowy eye makeup with that lip color. Viva Glam V never looked that good on me! :PReplyDelete
Also, girl, your lashes. *lash envy*
Hahah, girl - LiLash lash serum :) I actually very rarely wear Viva Glam V - I like the shade but I think the frost brings out the puckered appearance of my lips a bit too much. It looks a bit smoother with a gloss over the top!Delete
I almost picked a few of these up when they were featured on hautelook and now I really regret skipping out on them! Soo stunning and your eye makeup here is on point!ReplyDelete
AWESOME! I've been eyeing these since I read all those posts about how long lasting they are and the shade selection is great. I need to hunt these down online. Can't find these at stores (which totally sucks!)...ReplyDelete
Oh, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen(cil) is awesome! I owned 3: Black Cocoa (everyday boring but basic black-brown), Black Tulip and.... Oyster Glow. This one was purchased to be used as highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes, but I found this to be so FAB layered over copper-colored shadow on top. It makes the copper pops. I use this one as the liner against a dark plummy lids (duping Lisa E's Plum tuto) with some coppery e/s, love the effect.ReplyDelete
I'm very tempted by both Black Cocoa and Oyster Glow - that's an awesome tip on using Oyster Glow by the way! How did you like it in the inner corners? I used to use Benefit Eye Bright for inner corner highlighting but I'm not into the texture of that pencil anymore (feels and looks pretty dry).Delete
To be honest, for the inner corner, I could do without Oyster Glow esp if you have other highlight shade. This one is obviously more stay put & creamy, but not a-must, I'd say. Target usually has sales on Pixi stuff, if you are v. curious, I'd wait till then.Delete
These are beautiful! I think I might have to cave and pick some up...ReplyDelete
First time visiting your blog. You look so naturally beautiful in this Post. I really love these ELs but I have too many that never get worn. I do think I'm going to pick up the black one, as I don't have many options with my black pencils (gels & liquids are a different story) but this will take the place of the new UD EL I've been wanting. Hopefully they'll have it in stock at Target today or maybe not because having that easy access to them will make me want a few more. Thank you!ReplyDelete