Skip to main content

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils: Perfect for Budget-Conscious Beauty Beginners

NYX Cosmetics are perfect for junior high girls, the ones who spend hours upon hours each week applying and reapplying eye makeup. For them a little smudging, creasing or disappearing eye makeup is the perfect excuse to spend a little more time in front of the mirror.

German made, the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil is a hybrid of liner and shadow and comes in 28 colors. I tried three: Cottage Cheese, Pure Gold and Electric Blue. All three went on smoothly; the Ceresin Wax, Candelilla Wax, Bees Wax base also makes the pencil water resistant. However, using the pencil as a shadow was tricky; even when I set it with translucent powder the coverage was inconsistent and took several passes to look presentable. Once applied it settled into the crease line and required reapplication and the intermittent attention of a blending brush over the course of the day.


Electric Blue created the most dramatic look. Drawing across the lid—from the inner corner to the outside edge of the lashline—created a vibrant, shadow-like effect. Despite the smoothness of the liner it took several passes to get even coverage; skips on the lid were more than obvious in the brighter colors. Cottage Cheese—a pearly shimmer—was slightly more forgiving; the mica, talc and pearl powder (ingredients in all of the pencils) created an iridescent effect of soft focus.

Electric Blue

Paired with the Sapphire Eye/Brow Pencil, the look was anything but subtle. I Covered my waterline with a thick swipe of the Electric Blue Jumbo Eye Pencil, so it concealed both the inner rim of the lower lid and just beneath the lash line. This added a vibrant crescent of color on my lower lid. For contrast, I used the darker Sapphire pencil on both the upper and lower lash lines.


The Sapphire on the top lid didn’t provide as much contrast as the look required. The pencil barely provided any recognizable color so I resorted to a powder shadow I had on hand. I applied Roaring by H.I.P. with a slanted liner brush. To maintain the look over the course of the day, I made several trips to the ladies’ room to reapply the Jumbo Pencil on both the upper lid and the waterline. I gave up on reapplying the Sapphire pencil to the inner rim after the second reapplication of the day, as it was evident that it wouldn't hold for more than a couple hours.

Pure Gold added just the sort of brightness I wanted as I colored beneath my lower eyelashes and over the inner corner of my lids. However, neither Gold nor Gold Glitter Eye/Brow Pencil produced noteworthy results. In fact, I felt like I was coloring back and forth on my lid in order to see the lightest trace of Gold Glitter; Gold couldn’t be seen against the Pure Gold Jumbo Pencil. The eye/brow pencils retail for less than four bucks, but you’d be better off using a pencil from a kid’s watercolor set.




I forced my sister to sit still while I applied Cottage Cheese and Silver Glitter on her. The look was unremarkable at first, until I applied three more layers of silver along her top lid and applied white pencil on the inner lid. Still not a look with high enough contrast, especially on the bottom lid, another layer of Silver Glitter on her waterline gave shimmer with just enough smokiness. The labor intense look wasn’t remarkable enough for the effort expended to create it.


Bottom line, if you’re interested in creating a bold look with an easy to control eye pencil that comes in more than two dozen bright color options, then NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils may be for you. However, your desire to create a bold look using these pencils must outweigh any unwillingness to reapply your eye makeup more than twice a day. And, even if price is your only consideration, the $3.50 NYX Eye/Brow Pencils aren’t worth purchasing in any but the darkest of colors.

All photos by Amy Kniss





About the Author

Before relocating to Southern California, Amy Kniss spent time covering city politics, crime and Bay Area news while occasionally impersonating Gavin Newsom on Twitter. Before that, she received a master's degree in politics from the University of Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and writing at the University of Redlands -- where her controversial stories landed her in the Dean's Office more than once.

Bookmark and Share

Popular posts from this blog

2017 EXXXOTICA Expo Dates and Locations Announced

Riding high off its most successful event to date in Edison, New Jersey, the EXXXOTICA Expo presented by MyFreeCams is already looking forward to 2017 with a trio of events planned around the country. In addition to its longstanding shows in Chicago and New Jersey, the show’s producers are pinning a new city on its map — Denver, Colorado for EXXXOTICA Mile High.

EXXXOTICA’s debut in the Rocky Mountains has been in the works for years, and event organizers couldn’t be more excited to bring the show to Denver. The 2017 show schedule kicks off in grand style with EXXXOTICA Mile High, March 31 through April 2, 2017. The show will be taking place as a full hotel takeover at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center.
With nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibition and breakout space, EXXXOTICA Mile High will not only feature hundreds of exhibitors and the top stars in adult, as well as seminars and performers, but the hotel will be transformed into the hottest hotel in the country wi…

EXXXOTICA 2-17 Hits Chicago June 23rd

EXXXOTICA Chicago, the largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, opens its doors for the seventh straight year at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this weekend and thousands of attendees will be treated to a virtual playground for adults, with over 150 adult stars, a convention floor packed with over 100 exhibitors, and over 20 hours of entertainment on the main stage and in the seminar rooms scheduled.

EXXXOTICA, presented by MyFreeCams, will feature the biggest names in the adult world. Legends, stars on the rise and the hottest cam girls will be appearing. Superstars such as Ron Jeremy, Lisa Ann, Tori Black, Katie Morgan, Alexis Texas, Lexi Belle, Allie Haze, Tanya Tate, Evan Stone, Adriana Chechik, Phoenix Marie, Joanna Angel, Rubberdoll, Briana Banks, Teagan Presley, Alexis Monroe, Adria Rae, Mr. Marcus, Misty Stone, Stoya, Kendra Sunderland, Vicki Chase, Mia Malkova, Jillian Janson, Darcie Dolce, Eva Lovia, Harley Dean, Dani Jensen, Natalia Starr, …

CAM4 To Sponsor The Ms. EXXXOTICA 2017 Competition

EXXXOTICA, the nation’s largest event dedicated to love and sex, just announced that webcam portal CAM4 has signed on as a show sponsor for 2017. CAM4 will be sponsoring and presenting one of the expo’s most popular events, as well as one of its newest initiatives for EXXXOTICA Chicago in June and EXXXOTICA New Jersey in November.
Developed as a community with a focus on social networking, CAM4 is much more than a traditional webcam site, and they are now the presenting sponsor of SW!TCH, EXXXOTICA’s LGBT showcase. SW!TCH made its debut at EXXXOTICA New Jersey in 2016 as the show continued its efforts to be completely inclusive. SW!TCH was created as a means for LGBT vendors, talent, and performers to become part of the EXXXOTICA family. SW!TCH will continue to grow in 2017, and with CAM4 as the presenting sponsor, their booth will be the anchor of the showcase that will feature seminars, events, vendors, talent, and broadcasters catering to LGBT attendees.
“CAM4 is extremely excited…

Summer Survival: Pick the Most Breathable Fabrics

Summer is inching closer, and while we're all psyched for the perpetually warm weather ahead after a tough winter, pretty soon it's inevitable that the heat, humidity and summer sun will leave us feeling, well, less than fresh.

Chrissy Volk, wardrobe consultant for Adahlia Volk has put together a cheat-sheet for navigating through the best, most breatheable fabrics for the season. Who ever looks at clothing "ingredient" listings on the tag - well, this season think of it as your guide to "cool."

SUMMER FABRIC "INGREDIENTS"

DENIM
COTTON + STRETCH = CUTE BUTT: Cotton jeans are the lightest for summer because they are airy and breathable, however, jeans with a small content of stretch are the most flattering. They will move with your body and it’s movements.BEST DENIM BLENDS: Chrissy suggests denim with a high cotton content, and small synthetic content. A jean with either a 98% cotton/2% lycra or 96 % cotton/4% Lycra fabric, is a good combination. J…

Exxxotica Los Angeles 2011 - Day 2 Gallery

DISCLAIMER: THESE IMAGES ARE NOT SAFE FOR WORK (NSFW)

Exxxotica, "the largest event in the U.S.A. dedicated to love and sex," took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 26th-28th drawing hundreds of fans of all various ages. From middle aged men to college kids, fans got to meet their favorite adult stars, attend seminars, watch go go dancers on stripper poles and ask their favorite stars questions during the on stage panel. Even, Youtube sensation, the "Sexy Sax Man" made a cameo. If you missed out on the event, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with our photo gallery.

If you're wondering how Exxxotica measures up to Adultcon, let's just say that this event was like the E3 of adult expos, with an emphasis on females, relationships and love. Let's not forget that bigger celebrities were in attendance here including the legendary Ron Jeremy, Rockstar Phil Varone and Wicked Pictures stars Stormy Daniels, Kirsten Price, Jessica Drake, Alekt…