This brightening double-sided eye pencil from Pixi was something I noticed one day when I saw that Target was all out of their Correction Concentrate concealer (which I reviewed yesterday). I ended up purchasing both the pencil and the concealer with a Black Friday offer (I wrote about the recent Target purchases here), as I can always use more help with looking awake and refreshed. The Pixi Crayon Combo includes a matte peachy nude shade and a shimmery cream shade for an eye-opening effect, and the product even includes a bit of energizing caffeine and soothing chamomile.
Ok, so I don’t really know if I can feel a difference after applying the pencil, but I can certainly see one thanks to the perky peach tones. The pencil is supposed to work as an eye shadow for the inner corner and brow bone, an eyeliner for the lower lash line and waterline, and a highlight for areas around the face such as the cupid’s bow above the upper lip.
The pencil is thicker than a normal eyeliner pencil so it still feels like you get plenty of each shade, despite the fact that they only have half a pencil’s worth of real estate. I find both of the shades easy to apply and blend with my finger, so it really is a very effortless product to use.
I’m relatively pale, so these shades aren’t exactly lighter than my skin tone. So, the brightening power is mostly in the peachy color, which helps camouflage tired-looking reddish or bluish tones around eyes, and the shimmer finish, which provides a healthy luminosity. I have been using it as a finishing touch to my makeup, and especially on days when I forego eye shadow. I mostly focus on adding the matte shade to the inner corners of my eyes and along the lower waterline, and the shimmer shade under my brows, on my cupid’s bow, and a bit on the middle area of my eyelid.
The matte shade shows up a lot better in photos than the shimmery shade does, but I think you get the picture. The matte shade isn’t so light that it looks stark around my eye, but it does a good job of making the area look less red.
I’m impressed with the actual quality of the pencils, they really go on smoothly, blend with a tap of the finger and stay on pretty well throughout the day. They never go on dry or get patchy over time. The Crayon Combo is not exactly cheap at $18, but I’d say it was a good buy.
In case you’re curious … in the photos, I’m also wearing: DreamWorld Hermetica foundation in Rhea II C (review), DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Ghostly Glo, The Body Shop bronzing powder in medium matte, DreamWorld Hermetica blush in Witches’ Sunset (from the Hocus Pocus collection released around Halloween, review), Pixi Correction Concentrate (review) and Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, Jane Iredale PureBrow gel in Blonde (review) and Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes on my lashes (review)
You can also see me wearing Wide Awake in my review of Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau foundation.
Brighten INGREDIENTS: C10-18 Triglycerides, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Tocopherol, Pearl Powder, Synthetic Sapphire, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caffeine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxythanol.
Lighten INGREDIENTS: C10-18 Triglycerides, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Tocopherol, Pearl Powder, Synthetic Sapphire, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caffeine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxythanol.
I had stayed away from Pixi for a long time, and the Correction Concentrate and this pencil are actually the first products I’ve purchased from the brand. I was nervous about the price point of their products, but I’ve had such a good experience with these items that I’d be up for more.
Have you tried it? Do you have any favorite Pixi products?