The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil
One of makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's biggest claims to fame is the eye-enhancing looks she creates for celebrities, from models to movie stars. The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil is supposed to help you achieve those same results at home. While it definitely has its appeal, there are enough drawbacks that it's ultimately a good, but not great, product—especially for its price tag (we'll get to that in just a minute!).
True to its name, The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil is a straightforward, manually-sharpened pencil that, at the time of this review, comes in just two colors: A deep chocolate brown and a lighter reddish-brown. So what sets this apart from the scores of other pencil liners on the market?
The very best thing about this product is that it's incredibly smooth. Pencil liners can often have a hard texture that drags across lids, but The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil glides along the lash line. You get rich color with no tugging whatsoever, and the pencil is versatile enough that you can either lightly line eyes for a subtle daytime look or build up the color for more dramatic evening wear. If you like the smoky eyes look, this is perfect!
Unfortunately, the emollient texture that makes this liner so easy to work with is also its chief problem. We found that it begins to fade a bit after about five hours of wear—and it smudges noticeably by the end of its wear time (about a standard workday). It also smudged under our eyes when we lined our lower lashline, too! What's more, when we lined just our lids, the color transferred to our bottom lashes.
What a shame, because without the fading and smudging, The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil is one of the better pencil liners we've tried. Because of the smudging issues, though, it winds up falling just short of our highest rating. If you're interested in options that do, see our list of Best Eyeliners.
- Smooth, fragrance-free formula means no tugging during application.
- Rich color quality.
- Pencil is versatile enough to create both natural and more dramatic looks.
- Begins to fade after about five hours of wear.
- Smudges along upper and lower lash line by the end of its wear time.
Charlotte Tilbury At-A-Glance
Charlotte Tilbury's journey into creating her own makeup line began back in her teen years when she discovered the transformative power of makeup. Fast-forward several years and celebrity clients later, Tilbury made a name for herself as a makeup artist who epitomized the glamorous beauty of the supermodel era in the 90s. Along the way, she became a consultant for beauty brands, and eventually decided to create her own line of makeup and select skincare products in 2013.
One of the strong suits of Charlotte Tilburys makeup is her take on color. The woman knows her way around flattering a complexion and making features pop, and you can see that in her shade range. That doesn't mean you wont find some misses along the way, but as a whole, the line offers an impressive selection of color.
Tilbury's skincare, on the other hand, doesn't fare quite as well. Between the use of jar packaging and some highly fragranced formulas, skin is left compromised (see individual reviews for details).
In no small way Tilbury's years of painting beautiful faces has helped shape what her makeup line is today. If you don't mind the $$$ factor, it's worth taking a look at the standouts which earn our highest rating.
Strengths: Excellent color selection; natural-looking foundation and concealer.
Weaknesses: The iconic Magic Cream comes in a jar; some highly fragranced formulas.
For more information about Charlotte Tilbury, call 646-828-7431 or visit www.charlottetilbury.com/us
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