Name: Kohl Pencil in Gold and Sheer Marine
Brand: Sleek Makeup
From Sleek Makeup’s website:
An ultra creamy-matte formula pencil used to define the eyes. Can be applied on the lower and upper eyelid for long-lasting, stay-in-place colour which glides on effortlessly, to achieve a perfect look.
What I liked:
- glide on easily
- the price
What I didn’t like:
- not pigmented at all
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love Sleek Makeup products. They are so pigmented, longlasting, affordable and have a soft texture that’s easy to work with. But even the best brands make the occasional dud and the Kohl Pencils in Gold and Sheer Marine are Sleek Makeup’s. I haven’t tried the other shades available so I can’t say whether the Kohl Pencils in general are bad or I’ve been unlucky to get the two that perform the worst, but Gold and Sheer Marine are two shades you should avoid. So, what’s the problem with them?
A complete lack of pigmentation. Sleek Makeup products are famous for how insanely pigmented they are so you can imagine how surprised I was when I lined my upper lashline with them and the shades just didn’t show up on my skin. At all. So I applied several layers but all I got was a very soft wash of color that was barely visible. Unless someone stands very close to you, they won’t be able to see it. And a primer doesn’t seem to improve the color payoff at all.
That’s really a bummer, especially because the shades are very pretty. Gold is, well, a gold shade and Sheer Marine is a pretty green aqua shade with shimmers. I know the description says matte formula but this shade definitely has shimmers in it (unlike the color, the shimmers can be seen on the lid). The texture isn’t very creamy but it’s not hard either and the pencils glide on smoothly. They don’t tug skin but I’m not sure that having to apply several coats is a good thing for the delicate eye area anyway.
The only thing that I really like about these pencils is their staying power. Once applied, they stay put all day. Although I’m not sure of how much use that is since you can barely see the colors anyway. Because of it, I cannot really recommend the Kohl Pencils in Gold and Sheer Marine. Sleek Makeup makes a lot of amazing products (here are my favourites), but these two pencils are just horrible.
Available at: sleekmakeup.com
Sleek Makeup Kohl Pencils in Gold and Sheer Marine have absolutely no color payoff. Doesn’t matter how many layers you apply, you are never going to get an opaque line with them. The texture is ok, not too creamy but not too hard either, and longlasting.