REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eye Cheat Pencil UPDATED

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl Eye Cheat Pencil

I’m slowly building up a collection (some hits, some misses), of Charlotte Tilbury make up.

You can’t deny it, the attention to detail and the quality of her product line is top-notch, but then, so is the price…


This flattering nude, suits all skin tones (and I really think it would), eyeliner pencil, is one of my better investments.

Every nude, peach – or white (in the 80s), eyeliner I’ve ever used has always melted away and needed to be retouched after a couple of hours. But because Eye Cheat’s pencil formula is waterproof, this soft textured eyeliner lasts an incredibly long time (from day to night), on the waterline without smudging or fading.


  • A nude toned eyeliner will help open up the eyes when applied to the lower waterline.
  • A few soft strokes of pencil blended (and Eye Cheat blends beautifully), under the eyebrow at the highest point, will give eyes a little visual lift.
  • Apply a few bendable ‘dots’ to the inner corners of the eyes around the tear duct, for that wide-awake look Charlotte talks about.


Eye Cheat is a universal nude tone to create the optical illusion of wider, fuller and more awake eyes.

Use the liquid eye pencil to line the upper and lower waterline and corner with this eye saviour and watch as your eyes miraculously appear bigger and brighter.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl Eye Cheat Pencil

Spot on swatch from the official Charlotte Tilbury website


Keep this pencil sharpened, but obviously not to a dagger like point. I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Pencil Sharpener £5.00 with the removable lid, and it sharpens pencils to a near point – perfect for waterline application.

Note that Eye Cheat does require frequent sharpening, if you let the tip blunt, it’ll stick to your lower lashes and it’s a bugger to pick off.

I would also keep an eye on the pencil itself when you take the lid off, because of the softness of the pencil lead, it has a tendency to smudge over the pencil and mess up your make up bag.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eye Cheat Pencil £19.00

6th September 2015

UPDATE 18th March 2016

I’m nearing the end of this eye pencil. I know this because I’ve conducted a scientific experiment using the twin technology of two straightened paper clips and my eyes. The ‘lead’ runs out at the bottom of the ‘C’ at the end of the pencil.

I’ve used this pencil every other day since September which is 6 months ago, not long at all, but I do have to keep sharpening it. Storing it in the fridge helps a bit, but, because of the consistency, the pencil never really ‘firms’ up. I have loved using it though, the cream shade is spot on and it’s really flattering on the waterline on all skin tones.

Plus, I love the way it ‘sets’ and stays put for most of the working day and I’ve never known an eyeliner on the waterline to do that.

What I can’t stand though, is how quickly the pencil itself becomes grubby. It doesn’t matter how careful I am – and I use make up wipes to clean my pencils (the only thing I use them for), the soft lead smudges in the cap and works its way along the pencil.

I do have a cream MAC eyeliner pencil, which no-one, not even the sales assistants at MAC seem to have heard of. Instead of being black, the pencil ‘casing’ is a pale, imitation wood colour. “MAC have never produced a pencil like that.” I was told. Eh, yes they did, because I’ve got it at home (somewhere). As I recall, the problem was that the pencil lead is hard and you have to warm and blunt it a little in the palm of your hand before using it on the delicate waterline.

I’m really not sure about replacing it Rock ‘n’ Kohl, £19.00 for a mere 6 months use is quite poor. I’ve heard great things about Pixi Eye Bright Liner (£12.00) but, it’s one of those automatic pencils and they always break on me.

However, because it’s only £3.99, I think I’ll try Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude. There are some very decent reviews on the Boots website, talking about the high pigmentation, longevity and softness of this pencil. Although I do note that one reviewer said was a bit too soft and crumbled when she tried to sharpen it.

I’ll give it a go.