Described by NYX as: ‘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. Our most voluptuous pencil yet! Our Jumbo Eye Pencils can be sharpened with a sharpener that has an opening for a large pencil‘ the Jumbo Eye Pencils are the thing of YouTube legend, particularly Milk — the pure white shade which I left behind in favour of Cottage Cheese purely for that shimmer. These creamy eyeliners/shadow bases are a fan favourite, and you can just see from the reviews online that having one or two of these is something that is almost essential to any makeup lovers collection. Considering I’m working on reducing how much I buy, these colours were selected with the goal of being multipurpose in mind, and I was not disappointed.
601 – Black Bean – You couldn’t ever accuse this of being low in pigment, it went on dark and it stayed dark — what you see on my arm is a single layer of the product and now, several hours layer I’m still wearing the shadow of that thick line on my arm. I absolutely loved how creamy it was – it just glided on smoothly which isn’t something you can say about every black eyeliner/shadow base. I will say the one thing that annoyed me slightly is the fact that it transferred when I didn’t set it – but then again, that’s my mistake rather than an issue on the products part. I’m really happy with how this felt as an eyeshadow base and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it doubles as an eyeliner and how it holds up given that it’s an incredibly creamy formula.
608 – Cottage Cheese – It was a big decision between Cottage Cheese and Milk, and for someone who is lactose intolerant it’s not the easiest decision to make. But in the end it all came down to versatility. The big theme of the week. Milk is apparently the holy grail of white liners, Cottage Cheese on the other hand has the potential to be an eyeshadow base for light shimmery colours and an inner corner highlight, or if you feeling a little adventurous – an actual highlight if you’re willing to sheer it out a little. While this one took a little layering to bring it up to the level visible in the swatches, from that point it was still very creamy and easy to sheer out if you desire and I did find it was an incredibly beautiful highlight when I took the effort to spread it out a little. It also stayed put as an eyebrow highlight, and while this is more sheer than Black Bean, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
630 – Cashmere – I went for this shade because it’s one of those beautiful pale golds that I love washing over my entire lid on a day where I’m not feeling the whole effort on the eyes thing. Like Cottage Cheese, it’s very sheer and if you are wanted a very pigmented look with this colour you will have to layer it, but it’s also got the benefit of acting as a potential highlighter if you so desire. Regardless, I am looking forward to experimenting with it a little more and coming up with some really easy eyeshadow looks with these.
I’ve been doing some reading about the sharpening issue with these, while the website does have a sharpener specifically for them, I probably won’t be buying that as I’ll have to order it from the US and that seems like a fairly lengthy trip for a single sharpener. Instead, I’ll be attempting to use whatever sharpeners I can find, or I might melt them down and put them in some makeup pots similar to the MAC Paint Pot containers that I have lying around. Apparently they melt down really nicely and the oil content seems to protect it from the effects on the heat in the same way some products would be. So I’ll let you know on that front if I end up giving that a try when the product starts to run a little low. I would say that packaging is the only area where these pencils do fall flat as I’d much prefer a pot over a stick personally, it’s more versatile and storage wise, isn’t as messy. It’s just something to keep in mind.
Overall, what are my thoughts on the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils? Do they live up to the infinitely large YouTube hype? In short, yes. I feel that there’s a strong selection of colours, and you do have the choice between metallic/shimmery type shades with a little more glitter content and a few matte shades. Considering that these were $5 each on sale at Target this week, they’re definitely something to check out, they are the sort of product that will have multiple uses, but at the same time, the packaging isn’t exactly the best considering they will require sharpening quite often which does mean a tool you’ll have to add to you makeup kit or travel bags if you are carrying them around for everyday use. Regardless of the packaging, I’m really impressed with these shades, and I can see myself wearing them often.
Have you tried the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils? What colour should I buy next? Let me know in the comments section below!