I really, really wanted to like this but I'm sorry I cannot lie - this was a fail for me! This pencil is supposed to be used 3 ways: line, smudge and smoke and I failed three times.
It even has the feature I love - the hidden sharpener:
Bare Escentuals, famed for the whole mineral foundation craze, introduced a line of lip tingling, plumping glosses - Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish. I did actually like the lip gloss, at first. Then I discovered lip tingling glosses annoyed me and I gave my glosses to my sisters. Since then the Buxom collection rolled out mascaras, cream shadows, eye liners. Because I'm a packaging whore I fell in love with the packaging - look at that art work:
Here's why I didn't like it - when I should this arm swatch to my husband he immediately said it looked grainy. He was right.
Here's my first attempt applying it with a smudge brush from my own collection. It does come with its own brush but I wanted to use what I had or my eye pencil smudging tool of choice my middle finger. I took the brush and dipped it into the stick depositing some color on to the bristles and then I brushed it on my lids.
And then I tried with the way I usually apply my MAC Greasepaint Stick - my finger. The result was okay but wasn't better. It feels the same as the Greasepaint Stick, a bit creamy but the dry down left a bit of a grainy and crumbly feel whereas the MAC stick is smooth once it settles.
Maybe I'd have better luck if I purchased the coordinating brush but with all the brushes I own you think I could improvise.
My final assessment - I'll stick to my MAC Greasespaint sticks and UD 24/7 Shadow pencils.
I purchased this at Sephora in JC Penny's - $18 USD
Like I mentioned in the beginning - the opinion is my own and I do not favor one particular brand over the other. What may not work for me may work for you! Unfortunately, this will be going back.