It’s the middle of April and I am slowly working through the rest of the items from my essence advent calendar. XD
It included two eye pencils:
this is the kajal pencil in 04 white.
And this is the same in 01 black. It’s got the same silver design as the other one, but I zoomed in further here.
Swatch of the white one.
Swatch of the black one.
As you can see, these aren’t super opaque. You can easily go over your lines a second time but you’ll never get the blackest black. Despite the sort of disappointing swatches they went on the eyes okay. I recommend warming the tip first, the helps the color glide on. They can be used on the lid and on the waterline. They went on the waterline without tugging, but they didn’t stay on there for super long, maybe three hours tops.
I compared the black pencil to another one I’m currently testing, the YSL Dessin du Regard in black. That one is much more pigmented (it’s of course also much more expensive). But pigment isn’t all. The essence pencil was more forgiving of mistakes, as you could just wipe them off and go again, while the YSL one was like “nope, I live here now”. In the end, applying the essence one was less hassle and the difference was not that big in the result. Only afterwards the essence one broke down much faster. This however is a slightly unfair comparison as the Dessin is waterproof and the essence kajal is not.
Overall, these are perfectly workable pencils. I use them more for a somewhat messy look, though, as that’s where they work best – when a little smudging is okay. 🙂 Admittedly I didn’t use the white one as much as the black (in the waterline the Nyx pencil in Milk holds much better).