The moment Pixi Beauty launched in the Philippines, the Silky Eye Pens have always been at the top of my list to purchase after seeing these swatches from Non-Blonde here. But the shades I wanted were always sold out online! So imagine my delight when the curated Pixi Beauty Glamourbox I received last month included one of the most coveted Silky Eye Pens — Bronze Beam*. I guess you could say I was beaming with excitement. Lord, I did not just write that.
Pixi’s Silky Eye Pens are pencil liners that are just really pigmented and incredibly creamy that they can double as cream eyeshadows. They glide on so smoothly that when you apply with more pressure than necessary, the tip of the pencil may actually smush. Because they are incredibly soft and silky, I thought these wouldn’t be long-lasting and budge-free as claimed.
For the first 20 seconds, you can smudge out and blend the liner all you want. After that, it stays put.. the whole day. I couldn’t even smudge these out more even when I tried. I used Bronze Beam below without any base or primer, just to test if the opaque pigment translates to the lids, as well as if there’s any creasing, fading or smudging along the way.
And I’m impressed. This stuff really holds on to your lids for dear life the whole day. I normally avoid wearing liner on my lower lashline (even if I love the effect it gives the eyes) because almost all liners smear and transfer by the end of the day. I’m surprised I’ve experienced none of the sort with Pixi. I’ve worn it for 8 hours straight without any creasing, fading, smudging!
I don’t think I’ve ever found a pencil slash gel liner that performs quite as well. Even Chanel Stylo Waterproof fades by the 6-7th hour mark on me – and I actually like those enough to keep purchasing them. The eyeliner I’ve tried that feels quite similar to Pixi’s consistency is the Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner — both are incredibly creamy and buttery. Except Rimmel smudges on my lower lashline and transfers by the end of the day.
The shade Bronze Beam is a shimmering bronze with gold microshimmer. Not an entirely unique or complex shade but it’s such an easy no-brainer color for everyday. I even skip out on black eyeliner when I use this as an eyeshadow because it’s just beautiful worn it on its own. I’ve already used this a few times already that I’ve had to sharpen the tip thrice since receiving it.
One thing about creamy gel liners is their tendency to melt, especially in this bipolar Philippine tropical weather. I stored my Rimmel eyeliner in my drawers and despite keeping it away from direct heat, it just disintegrated. I read ‘makeup hacks’ and found out they’re to be kept in the fridge to keep from melting. I don’t store my Pixi pen in the fridge (‘cos our new bedroom doesn’t really get direct sunlight or heat at any point of the day) but I do stick it in there half an hour before I need to sharpen it. Because even if the tip doesn’t melt, I still find it a bit too creamy and smush-y to sharpen efficiently.
Dang it, I didn’t want to love these Silky Pens because they’re still quite pricey at PHP 740 ($15) a pop. However, I justify that with its dual purpose — gel eyeliner and cream shadow in one! The texture and consistency? Incredibly smooth, silky and a pleasure to use. Blends like a dream in the first 20 seconds and stays put like no one’s business thereafter. Bronze Beam is a bold, everyday neutral that I just love wearing on its own (and I’m usually a two–shadow wearer at the very least!).
Have you tried these Pixi Beauty Silky Eye Pens? What shades are your favorites, if any?