Because the Eyes Are the Nipples of the Face: Bobbi Brown’s New Smokey Eye Crayon Kajal Liner

Published in: Bobbi Brown, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews

Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal

That’s Bobbi Brown’s new Crayon Kajal in Black Coffee on my lash and water lines

“The eyes are the nipples of the face.”

Yes, truer words were never spoken. 🙂


Ha! OK, let me explain. I was watching My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding the other day (whatever, don’t judge!), and that’s what one of the girls (14 years old, wearing booty shorts with pink rhinestone hearts) said while she was doing her makeup for a matchmaking party her parents arranged to help her find a husband.

FUN FACT OF THE DAY: The quote is originally from The House Bunny, starring Anna Farris.

So that’s what I kept thinking this morning while I was applying my eyeliner, Bobbi Brown’s new Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Black Coffee.

Face nipples. I’m lining the nipples…OF MY FACE.

Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal

Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajals from the left in Black Amethyst, Black Coffee, Jade, Noir, Pacific and Storm

The liner’s new and comes in six colors, including the Black Coffee shade I’m wearing here. Their big selling point: that they’re super soft, smooth and won’t tug at your skin. They’re also very, very pigmented (also known as uber-pigmented) and easy to smudge. Better for messy rocker chick looks with soft diffused liner than looks with sharp lines.

Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal

The fancy formula stays creamy, so you can buff it out and play with it throughout the day, but it still lasts 5-7 hours along my lash lines.

Which is cool.

Of course, that wear time doesn’t extend to my water lines, where it gives up the ghost in 1-2 hours. If you’re looking for a long-wearing liner that will set and last there, Smokey Eye Crayon Kajal probably isn’t ideal.

Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal Swatches from the left: Black Amethyst, Black Coffee and Noir

Swatches from the left of Black Amethyst, Black Coffee and Noir

Something like Bobbi’s Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliner might be better. Twelve hours on lash and water lines. Jet, the basic black, used to be my jam. I wore it all the time until my water lines started acting up (no idea why). Now I use Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion.

Now, even with that limited water line wear time, Bobbi never billed these as long-wearing, so there’s that. They’re designed first and foremost for smokey eyes.

Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal Swatches from the left: Jade, Pacific and Storm

Swatches from the left of Jade, Pacific and Storm

I love all of the shades except for Noir, the black, which I don’t hate, but it’s not my fave. I like the off-black colors more, like Black Coffee, a brownish black, and Black Amethyst, a plummy black, because I think they make my brown eyes look more chocolatey.

Sure, Noir, the black shade, looks rich and dark, but really, if I’m going to wear a basic black pencil liner, I want to be able to wear it along my water lines for more than two hours.

Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal

Wearing Black Coffee on my lash and waterlines

When I wear these, I usually apply Urban Decay’s 24/7 Perversion on my water lines, do a thick line along my lash lines with Bobbi’s pencil, and then smudge out the edges for a soft cat liner look.



I’ve also used these as bases for smokey eyes, but I dunno… I think they move a little too much for that, and my shadow starts to look patchy as the day wears on.

I think Bobbi had a specific person in mind for these, someone who has other plans for their water lines.

PRICE: $24 each
AVAILABILITY: Six shades in the permanent line, all available now at Bobbi Brown counters and online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Like this post? Tell your friends!

So far, 21 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Gowthami says:

    Just perfect eotd!! pacific & storm <3 <3
    Gowthami recently posted … Winner Announcement! VintageBuying International Giveaway

  2. Vineetha says:

    I love the way you write Karen! Writers block or not, you are amazing!
    Vineetha recently posted … Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 4 Set Review, Swatches

  3. sahana says:

    Ummmm, the title just made me pop my eyes. Hehe, the liners look great.
    sahana recently posted … Maybelline Color Tattoo’s Bold Gold & Painted Purple In India | Review, Swatches, EOTD

  4. hanna says:

    Pacific is so pretty, I think I’m going to have to get it.
    hanna recently posted … No, You Can’t Borrow My Flute

  5. Omg haha, I laughed so hard at that quote 😀

    These pencils look lovely. And can I just say how good your hair looks like this, Karen, wowies!
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Make-up look | Three eye looks with the new Smashbox Wonder Vision Eye Sets

  6. Lorraine says:

    I think we can declare your writer’s block officially dead. Too funny!

  7. Jess says:

    Very pretty! I have fair skin and blue eyes, so I also prefer more off-black shades…true black can look a bit harsh on me I find. Question: do you use a particular tool to smudge out liner, or just your finger?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jess,

      This pencil comes with a sponge tip on the other end, but to be honest I find it kind of stressful because it tugs. I usually end up using a pencil brush. I have this ancient one from Burberry that’s super soft but unfortunately it’s hard to find. But really, you could use any flat shadow brush that you have around. I use MAC’s 239 all the time to smudge out liner, and it works great. You just want something that’s dense and kind of firm. 🙂

      The black coffee color will probably look really pretty on you! Also, not sure if you have it yet, but MAC also has liner called Teddy that looks very pretty with blue eyes.

  8. Icaria says:

    Hmm writer’s block??? 🙂 Now these are clearly not for me since even waterproof crayons barely last on my eyes. I just recently got a BB gel eyeliner and love it (I know, bad beauty blogger but hey who said it was bad to be a late bloomer?). Love the quote! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the American version but the few UK ones I saw were sure funny. 🙂
    Icaria recently posted … Rouge Dior Grège 1947…

    • Karen says:

      Hey Icaria,

      Oooh, which color gel liner did you get?

      Happy Friday!

      • Icaria says:

        I’m not comfortable with black and so got Caviar Ink, love it! I wanted one shade darker that L’Oréal Infaillible in Slate (HG I wear everyday) and got exactly what I wanted! Wanna bet I’ll go back for more?

        Have a great weekend Karen! xx

      • Icaria says:

        Since I’m not comfortable with black I got Caviar Ink which is one shade darker that my HG L’Oréal Infaillible in Slate my everyday liner. Love it! 🙂

  9. Arianne says:

    “I’m lining the nipples…OF MY FACE.” LMAO! I saw this before lights out last night and it made me laugh so hard.

    I really love the look of Black Coffee. I like the idea of wearing it alongside Perversion on the waterlines. Sometimes brown eyeliner just isn’t cutting it for definition, ya know? Softened out on lash lines though? So pretty!
    Arianne recently posted … Ready, Set, Shop! My Top Picks for the Sephora VIB Holiday 2013 Sale

    • Karen says:

      I feel you. I usually do black along the waterlines because it has much more KA-POW, and the black/brown combo is killer. 🙂

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could always have perfectly lined eyes like the kittehs? So not fair.

  10. Trisha says:

    I like that they’re so pigmented, but it’s a bummer that they don’t last too long on the waterline. That’s sort of a requirement for me these days…
    Trisha recently posted … For the Holidays: mark. The Day 10-Year Anniversary Eye Palette

  11. gio says:

    Pacific and Storm are gorgeous! But I wish they lasted longer, especially on the waterline.
    gio recently posted … Aline Vallandri’s Hair Care Secrets

  12. Sylvia says:

    Hi Karen,

    What do you use to smudge pencils like these? I have tried all different kinds of liners with all different kinds of brushes and nothing seems to result in a nice smudge.
    Sylvia recently posted … My Top 10 Autumn Nail Polishes

  13. anon says:

    Love your blog! I’m super-old-school so I’m new-ish to eyeliner and still wary of most. I finally found one that works for me/ my coloring, Laura Merier Stone Slate – it was LI and only avail in the holiday pack thing 2012. I have been trying to find a dupe since, and the closest I can seem to get is MAC buried treasure and it’s not that close – too dark, too green, too sparkly (I think I look like a strumpet – nipples of the face or not). This black coffee color looks close. Do you happen to know if it is? Does anyone happen to know? Many thanks!

  14. Bella says:

    Nipples, you made me laugh out loud! I so desperately need that Black Coffee pencil, but somehow the other pencils have arrived here but BC is still “coming soon”!!
    I think I’m the kind of people for whom the Noir pencil was invented. I don’t wear anything on my waterlines (hello allergies) and harsh black lines make my hooded deepset eyes look eveil. So I have been having a bit of a love-in with Noir while I wait for Coffee….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge