REVIEW: Cult Product – NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘MILK’ UPDATE

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

UPDATED 13th September 2015

19 months down the line and I’ve just purchased my second NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk – that’s how long the first one’s lasted! In fact, there’s still some left, but not enough to sharpen, so I’m digging deep down into it to get every last bit out.

I only use a smudge per lid each time as a primer, because I feel whatever eyeshadow (cream or powder) I use, it isn’t half as vibrant or long-lasting without Milk underneath.

I’m reading that a lot of bloggers say that if you use these pencils as eyeshadows, you have to apply them over primer because they’re prone to creasing because of the mineral oil content.

This is particularly interesting because I’ve also purchased Sparkle Nude (JEP625) and Cashmere (JEP630).

The official NYX site is sold out of Milk and Sparkle Nude, so I’ve bought them (with Cashmere and with free P&P unlike NYX’s £5.00 charge), from the same seller on Amazon UK. I’ll link to this seller when they’ve arrived and I’ll know if they’re the real thing, although the reviewers on there seem to be happy.

This is one of those reviews of Sparkle Nude, which I think may be of interest to darker skinned women.

I used this over my Urban Decay eye primer, this, then my shadow. It looked gorgeous! As a dark-skinned African-American, it gave my shadow the pop it needed that I don’t get when I use primer.

For the record, the Milk doesn’t look good on my skin colour. It just makes my shadow look chalky.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Sparkle Nude

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils Sparkle Nude and Cashmere

Sparkle Nude top, Cashmere bottom.

I wonder if the lids are any better this time round?

UPDATED 27th January 2014

Oh, I’m fuming! This is STILL a brilliant product and works wonderfully as an eyeshadow base, I haven’t even had to sharpen it yet, BUT THE LID!

To be fair, I was warned that the cheapo, thin as air, flimsy plastic lid was fragile, so I treated the pencil with utmost care, placing it gently into my brush holder after use at home; nestling it lovingly between layers of (quilted!) toilet tissue when I took it away on holiday AND STILL THE CAP SPLIT!

Fantastic pencil – crap lid, BE WARNED!

ORIGINAL POST 12th December 2013

I have read about this ‘legendary’ product from NYX for years, and thought it was about time I tried it out for myself.

A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. 

USES

  • Eyeshadow BaseAmazing, eyeshadow is more vibrant AND holds all day.
  • Undereye Lightener – Supposedly blends out dark circles, although this didn’t really work for me. I have read that mineral powder on top ‘sets’ it, maybe something to try?
  • Eyeshadow – Great for darker skin tones.
  • Inner Corners – Just a dab, blend well though.
  • On the Waterline – Yes, it works and doesn’t travel, but I prefer a less obvious white. Benefit’s pinky white, Eye Bright, or Chella’s Pale Peach (review coming), suits me better.
  • Along Brow Bone as a HighlighterAgain, well buffed in. Because it’s matt it doesn’t look as ‘dated’ as a pearly highlighter.

APPLICATION

I had a look at a few videos on You Tube and most people say don’t put a product ie primer, underneath if using as an eyeshadow base/primer and this is true, apply to a ‘naked’ eye.

A primer would be required if using as a stand alone eye shadow, just to pop the colour even more. If you have oily eyelids then I would suggest a primer underneath, oil on oil would definitely crease.

Because it’s so soft – that’ll be the mineral oil, it blends out really easily. Do not layer too thickly or it will crease. I apply it just to the middle lower lid area and buff it out.

It seems to ‘grip’ the eyeshadow. Because it’s matt it won’t interfere or alter eyeshadow shades, so you’re able to apply matt or simmer shades on top.

I put Mac’s “All That Glitters” on top (a review of that and a comparison with its so-called dupe NYX’s “Champagne” coming up) and it transformed the colour – which is so flattering anyway. It enhanced the shade and made it more vibrant, best of all – and this is what’s sold me on it, it kept the colour in place and looked fresh all day.

Because of its staying power, I thought it might be a bit stubborn to remove, but I took it off in one swipe with Botanics All Bright Eye Make-up Remover – a tip for this remover is to gently press it over your eyelid for about 30 seconds (which is rather a long time actually). Don’t rub at your eye, just hold it there. Check the cotton wool pad afterwards and you’ll see a slightly creepy imprint of your eye, complete with a line of eyelashes!

SHARPENING

Buy a cosmetic pencil sharpener with a jumbo sized hole. I’ve got the ‘official’ NYX one but I think they’re all about the same quality really – but don’t quote me!

Take the lid off (it’s so delicate, you don’t want to risk it cracking), wrap in clingfilm and pop into the freezer for about 15 minutes. I leave my pencils in the fridge overnight. As it’s firmed up, the pencil will be easier and ‘cleaner’ to sharpen. Let it return to room temperature before using. Freezing will not affect the quality, though I can’t vouch for other NYX pencils.

Some reviewers say that sharpening the pencil is wasting product and they prefer to depot it into a small container. There are tutorials on You Tube, but they involve pliers, a small lidded container, a mug and microwave. I did depot a lipstick, which was laughably easy, but this looks a little too complicated for me.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in MILK

FLIMSY CAP PROBLEMS

Come on NYX, get your act together! There seems to be a real problem with the lid cracking and that’s a pet hate of mine. It’s impossible to transport pencils without their lids, they knock around in your make up bag and transfer onto everything else. I am being very careful with mine, so be warned!

This is what a few people have said about the cap.

The cap on top breaks after just a few days, it’s very fragile!

The cap is really fragile and has already developed a crack. I haven’t used this pencil more than 2-3 times and didn’t drop it either.

The cap is cracked all the way around but if you keep it in a sanitary makeup bag I think you should be fine.

The only thing I don’t like about it is that the cap cracks.

I don’t like the packaging, the cap kept falling off and wound up cracking at the bottom of my purse.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

OTHER SHADES

JEP601 ‘Black Bean’ is not a colour I’d wear, but it seems to have equal ‘cult’ status as a ‘must have‘ black. I can imagine the staying power is just as wonderful as Milk.

JEP608 ‘Cottage Cheese’ a white, sheer metallic shade that is also popular as a base for shimmer shades and a highlighter.

NYX Jumbo Pencil Shades

CONCLUSION

This Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk has now taken the place of my primer, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (which is the best primer I’ve ever used, by the way). Not only does it really enhance and brighten the colour of eyeshadow (great for cheaper, less pigmented shades), but as base, it kept my eyeshadow crease free and in place all day.

I’m very happy to say that this is yet another NYX cult product that really delivers. I’m going to use mine as a stand alone eyeshadow base/primer.

Areas around the eyes and the eyelid itself, tend to show signs of ageing first. Skin on the eyelid is particularly thin, so I like that this pencil provides a smooth base for eyeshadow to cling to and prevents it creasing.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in JEP604 ‘Milk’ £5.50 NYX UK

Delivery is £4.50 (expensive!) but I took advantage of the shipping amnesty recently and didn’t pay for P & P.