Today, I’m reviewing a recently acquired item – you may recall that I bought this during Targetgate™, along with a few Sonia Kashuk goodies. The Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen retails for $12.00 (1.2g) and is a Target exclusive brand here in Canada. Once Target stores closes here, I’m not sure if Pixi will be available in a bricks and mortar store here anymore.
This liner comes in a fancy box. I don’t think I’ve seen another drugstore brand that sells pencil eyeliners in boxes.
The pencils are all housed in a light green casing, with the colour indicated at the top, which make the Pixi pencil stand out against my sea of dark pencils (I have a lot of eye pencils). The product claims:
Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liners. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day – or night! Gentle on eyes, yet intensely coloured and super-silky. Waterproof. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Preservative-free. Hypoallergenic.
The shade I bought it in is CopperGlow which is described on Pixi’s website as “Deep copper with gold glimmer”. Now I wish I had read that before I bought it, because the word “glimmer” would have warned me to the potential of glitter. To the naked eye, the pencil just looked like a metallic shade. Upon application, however, the glitter becomes visible – there are actual glitter particles that deposit from the pencil to the skin. The base colour is nice – an intense warm bronzey colour that doesn’t look too orange on me (orangey shades make me look sickly).
The main issue I have with this pencil is that it is too soft for precise application – as soon as the pencil touches the skin, it kind of melts and smears all over – I always end up with thick splotches of liner rather than a fine consistent line. There’s a bit of “open” time to smudge it before it sets. The lasting power however, is very good – I get at least 12 hours of wear without fading or smudging. I played around with applying this using an fine angled brush – I transfer the pencil onto the brush by brushing it against the tip, and the apply it from the brush to my lash line. It just seems a bit fiddly to have use a brush when this product is already in pencil form.
The best use I found for this eye liner was actually as an eye shadow base; I applied this in a thin layer on my lids and blended the edges out slightly. Once it set, I put a powder eye shadow on top (I tested it with MAC Patina) and it performed very well. There was no creasing and it helped intensify the powder eye shadow. I’m going use this as an eye shadow base going forward.
• Very longwearing
• Does not tug at skin – applies smoothly
• Intense colour pay-off
• Higher price for drugstore brand
• Has glitter particles (this particular shade)
• Very soft texture makes it difficult to get a precise line
Stash worthiness: 7/10