Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Review + Swatches: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils is Milk & Black Bean

NYX is one of those brands that I lust after a lot, but in the UK it's not the easiest brand to come across. So you'll have to mainly buy online, I got mine off of Ebay from a seller that sells loads of NYX products. I was very happy with the service and price (£3.68 for both + p&p), so if anybody wanted to know which seller I used then just ask :) But anyway I'd heard so many good things about these being used as eyeshadow bases that I had to see what all the fuss was about and picked up these two basic shades. 

As always I've included a summary at the end :) 

The Basics
NYX Jumbo pencils are a larger sized pencil style product, housed in white plastic packaging. I haven't actually sharpened this so I can't say how they sharpen, but they do look like they might be a bit of a pain when it comes to it! They're designed to be used as both liner and an all over colour, but more on that further down! In total there are 24 colours available, with what seems like a great shade range. In each one theres 5g of product, so enough to last ages too!


The Formula
These have a very emollient formula to them, which is probably due to the mineral oil in them. This does make them glide on really nicely and smoothly without tugging the skin and blend nicely to give an all over colour to the lid. However it does also mean that they tend to slide off and smudge as a liner. And also tend to crease on the lid if not set with an eyeshadow. This all sounds rather negative, but they work amazingly as an eyeshadow base. 


Best Uses
For me I find that their pretty mediocre as a liner and I'm much more happy reaching for something else. But they work amazingly as an eyeshadow base as they make the colours much more vibrant and don't crease like some bases have a tendency to do. Milk also works well as a subtle highlight on the browbone and inner corner when blended, or even as a base for a stronger or duochrome highlight shade. And talking of duochrome eyeshadows, Black Bean works well as a base under some of the darker ones!

Colour and Pigmentation 
Each one has a strong pigmentation, with an intense black and white colour to each one. The pigmentation also stays through being blended, although obviously not as strong! The colours are both pure in shade, with the white being very bright and the black really deep. Black Bean also has a slight glossyness to it, but neither have any shimmer or glitter in them. 

In the photograph below I'm wearing Black Bean as a liner and Milk as a browbone and inner corner highlight. 


The Good - strong pigmentation, cheap, value, lot of product, work amazingly as a base, great range of colour choices. 

The Not so Good - smudge/slip when worn as a liner, not the easiest to get hold of in the UK. 

Who might like these? Those that want a stronger pigmentation from their eyeshadows, Milk is a great allrounder, but there are many in different colours too. Great as a base for mineral eyeshadows too. 

Would I buy these again? Absolutely, and probably in the not too distant future too! 

The Bottom Line -  Amazing eyeshadow bases at a fab price! 

I can definitely see what all the hype is with these as a base, but they're not something I'd use as a liner again. Totally worth it just as a base though! I've really enjoyed reviewing these and will be picking them up to use a lot in the future, so don't expect this to be the last you hear of them from me! 

But anyway if you have any questions I'm happy to answer them for you and hope you enjoyed my post. Thanks for stopping by, H :) 


  1. Nice review! How much was the P&P? I'm tempted to get some from love-makeup, and don't think it would be too difficult to get up to £50 for free shipping :)

  2. I payed £2.30 for postage, but it's converted from dollars, so the price is likely to change a little with the exchange rate! So in total I payed £5.98 for the pair. The ebay shop I got it from is... http://stores.ebay.co.uk/JOYs-cosmetics. Happy shopping!

  3. I have a lot of these liners in bright colors, I use them in the summer as my summer makeup. I seriously love these things! So cheap and you get so much in them!

  4. @ Beauty on a College budget - I have my eye on some of the brighter coloured ones, are there any in particular you'd recommend?


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