Should You Nix These New Glitter Pencils from NYX?

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

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NYX Eye/Eyebrow Glitter Pencils from left: Aqua Glitter, Lavender Glitter, Sliver Glitter, Gold Glitter

The glittery tips that top each of NYX’s nine new Eye/Eyebrow Pencils are thrilling me almost as much as their price ($3.50 each).


This week, after swatching four of the new colors, all of them additions to the company’s stable of permanent products, I did a little shimmy (insert boogie down dance *here*).

POW! These colors look amazing.

The pencil tips also feel fantastic. Because they’re firm, they maintain a fine point longer than I expected them to, but all their glitter comes at a price…

Grit. πŸ™

All four of the shades I’ve been using tug and scratch at my lids, with color that applies unevenly, and I’ve had to use between four and six layers to lay down solid lines.

It’s gotta be the glitter… While the pencils appear saturated with the stuff, very little actually ends up on my lids or lash line, and the glitter that does get deposited looks clumpy and uneven.

They could probably also use a little help in the wear time department… The Gold and Silver shades begin to fade within about five minutes of application on bare, oily lids; an hour later they’re all but gone (where does the color go, I wonder?).

The Aqua and Lavender shades do last substantially longer, especially when I prep my eyes with Urban Decay Eden Primer. That combo delivers about four hours of wear, but even then the glitter still migrates into the crease (boo!).

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nyx glitter pencil swatches review
Swatches from left on NC35 skin: Aqua Glitter, Gold Glitter, Sliver Glitter and Lavender Glitter

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Wearing Aqua Glitter

All told, I’m not crazy about the way these pencils look on my eyes, but I adore them on the back of my hand, ha! Because they are so inexpensive, however, they may still be worth a try. Since my issues are with the way they apply (and not with the colors themselves, which I love), they may end up working better for you than me. If they do, you’re golden. πŸ™‚ Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C

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  1. RonyaLii says:

    too bad they crease. i got my eyes on full set πŸ™
    do you like those other non-glitter slim pencils Nyx has ?

  2. booo!!!! even if they are cheap, pencils that feel like they scratch my eyes are a big no-no πŸ™
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  3. Kayann says:

    I like the colors but did I see that they’re eyeliner/eyebrow pencils???

  4. Jenn says:

    I’ve been waiting for your review on these because I just love the colors. But, if they are hard to go on i’d rather invest more in something softer.
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  5. Nina says:

    Now those ones I saw at my local grocery store (those jumbo pencils not yet) … but if they dont wear too well I might pass. i was loving the gold!

  6. AshBash says:

    i wil surely pass on that! they should be ashamed.

  7. Alex says:

    One look and you can tell that the glitter would ruin these.
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  8. snoopysteph says:

    Is it my eyes or can you see the liner migrated above your crease in the photo? Even at $3.50 I don’t see this as a worthwhile investment. Pretty colors though!

  9. Amber says:

    Too bad, that purple is fantastic!
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  10. Sherri says:

    This was a good concept but the glitter has to go. I hate when I can feel the glitter in products, they should have made them frosty or with shimmer.
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  11. Phyrra says:

    It’s too bad they’re like that πŸ™
    Otherwise, I’d like the Aqua shade.
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  12. YJ says:

    Ooooh, I like the swatches, but I’m always a little scared of things with glitter in them! They ALWAYS find a way to get in my eye/under my contact lens =(
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  13. K says:

    How sad! Good glitter liners seem to be hard to come by.
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  14. Lily says:

    I stay away from NYX liners, I have their jumbo one in Milk and it creases like crazy within 2 minutes on my lids, even when primed πŸ™

  15. Nika says:

    I agree, the swatches look so much better than when applied on the eyes. Too bad because I’m loving Aqua Glitter!

  16. Kim says:

    Oh darn – I got excited about the Aqua Glitter. You know I’m in the market for a teal-like color. πŸ™‚

  17. Rica says:

    Oh… they totally remind me of the MAC Softsparkle Eyepencils, which is not a good thing. I never really like the MAC ones, so I don’t think I’m going to try the NYX ones.

    Why do they market it as Eye/Eyebrow Pencils? I don’t know about others, but I certainly don’t want glittery eyebrow on a daily basis. On a lighter note, the colours are gorgeous though. I wonder if it shows up that well.

    Thanks Karen!

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  18. Trisha says:

    The gold and blue looks really good swatched. It’s just a shame that they don’t work well enough. I guess you get what you pay for sometimes.
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  19. Vonvon says:

    I love the swatches on the back your hand. So vibrant pretty colors…but thank for the review. Skipping them!
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  20. Nicole says:

    aw how disappointing πŸ™ the gold one looked so gorgeous, too!
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  21. Jeni says:

    I love the look of them on your hand, and the color of the aqua and periwinkle ones are sooo nice. I am still tempted to try them because they are so cheap and I love glitter eyeliner!
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  22. L says:

    I have tried a few of the Slim Eye Pencils and haven’t had any major issues.
    They work good for me, I often don’t use them with primer and they have fairly decent staying power but I’d get a primer for the oilier lids and if you need it to last longer then 3-ish hours.
    The color selection is so good and if you can figure out how to make them work for yourself, you will not be disappointed.
    I have green eyes so its hard to find colors that look good but they have reds, browns, pinks, purples etc etc so you can have a bunch that look great.
    I hate that most companies only have purples and browns for green eyes because red looks amazing!

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