Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen Eyeliners

First off, I'm sorry for neglecting this blog! I was moving and starting a new job and just really didn't have time. But I want to get back into it, so here I am!

The Purchase

Personally, I have found Pixi products to be hit (love the shea butter lip balm and the eyeshadow crayons) and miss (hate the mascara), but since I really like the hits, I'm always up for trying out something new, especially if it's on sale! Pixi products are available at Target, but they're kinda pricey - I'd say they're a mid-range brand. This eyeliner set with 5 mini eyeliners and a sharpener was originally $25 (and they claim it has a $53 value) but I got it on clearance for $9. Even if you can't find this set, though, presumably the actual full size liners would be the same.

The colors in this set are BlackNoir, SageGold, DeepPlum, BlackCocoa, and OysterGlow. (Not sure what's up with writing the names like that, but it's how they're written on the box. I also don't know why they are called "eye pens" when they are clearly pencils.) For some reason, the Target website is acting strangely for me right now, but it looks like the full size eyeliners are currently $9.99-$12.19 depending on color, but I think that's a sale price considering the regular price of the eyeshadow crayon is $18. I'm not sure, though. Maybe they're discontinuing these eyeliners? I hope not! Anyway, on to...

The Packaging

These are wooden pencils that you sharpen. The ends of the pencils are capped with the same color as the product so you can more easily identify them. The main color of the packaging is the same pale green color as all Pixi products, which I don't really like; it reminds me of a hospital or something. However, the packaging is perfectly adequate, and with eyeliner that's really all you need.

The Performance

One word: amazing! These are super pigmented, waterproof, long lasting, soft-but-not-too-soft, smooth, and very easy to apply. You don't have to press down at all, because just the lightest touch will give you full-on color in one swipe. In fact, I sometimes have a little trouble using as light a hand as I need to for this, but that's not really a problem when compared to the tugging and other difficulties that can be had with other products. These are somehow drier than the creamy formulas we love in pencils like Urban Decay's, but they don't lose any ease of application or pigmentation. I used to have a Clinique Quickliner for Eyes, and while I don't have it anymore so I can't check, I seem to remember the formula being similar to this - slightly dry but incredibly pigmented and needing a light touch. In fact, the drier formula is probably what makes these so long lasting. They do not budge! I mean, sobbing or hardcore eye rubbing might do it, but they don't migrate like a lot of eyeliners do on me. Well, they don't last forever in my waterline, but I have never encountered a pencil that would last all day there, and these are better than most, by a lot.

I like all of the colors and they all perform equally well. SageGold has glitters in it, DeepPlum and OysterGlow are a shimmery/satiny finish, and BlackCocoa and BlackNoir are both quite matte. SageGlow is different from anything else I own but in a good way! OysterGlow reminds me of the Silkissme liner from L'Oreal in the Highlight shade, which I don't own but they do look similar.

Now, what you've all been waiting for: swatches! First no flash, indirect light, and then flash. Top to bottom they are BlackNoir, SageGold, DeepPlum, BlackCocoa, and OysterGlow.

The Verdict

In case you couldn't already tell, I love these! They are a good deal (and go get them now in case they're discontinued!), seem to have a pretty good shade range (I think there are about 10 colors), super long lasting, very pigmented, and really easy to apply. I really don't have anything negative to say about them! I actually prefer this formula to creamier pencils, and these are some of my new favorite eyeliners. 


  1. Damn. I've been wanting these but unwilling to pay $25. I'll go and see if they're on clearance here. Thanks!

    1. Hopefully they are! But honestly, I like them so much, I'd probably pay $25 for them, too. They'd still be a bargain at $5 each!