Product Review: Face Stockholm Eyeliner Pencil in Kiki

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I recently wrote about my visit to Face Stockholm and posted a photo of the items I’d purchased. Here is the first of three reviews resulting from that visit, a look at Face Stockholm’s Eyeliner Pencil in Kiki.

Kiki is a milk-chocolate brown shade that leans cool. I like its name, which reminds me of 1920s bohemian “it girl” Kiki de Montparnasse, and I’m down to the last inch of my two usual eyeliners, Urban Decay 24/7 Bourbon and Laura Mercier Brown Copper, so I decided to take Kiki home with me.

Face Stockholm’s eye pencils are made in Germany (always a good sign) and can be sharpened in a standard sharpener. (I like to include this fact because I refuse to buy any more pencils that require the purchase of  a special custom sharpener—like Sephora’s house color line.)

 

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Here’s a swatch of Kiki on the inside of my (fair, cool-to-neutral) wrist. This is a firm pencil: it applies in a fine, clean line, and it stays put. On the other hand, it’s difficult to smudge or otherwise manipulate, so it works better for a precise-yet-natural look than anything “smoky” or glamourous. It’s very suitable as an everyday, workplace liner, paired with bone or taupe shadows in matte or pearl finishes.

This pencil will probably last a long time; due to its solidity, it doesn’t need to be sharpened constantly the way some softer, more malleable pencils do. I’ll probably still keep an Urban Decay Bourbon on hand for times when I want a little more drama or  touch of sparkle, but Kiki is a reliable daily product. (It would probably also work well as a brow pencil.)

Next up: a review of Face Stockholm’s cream eye shadow!

Face Stockholm Eyeliner Pencils sell for $17 each at the Face Stockholm website and boutiques.

Images: photos by Tinsel Creation

Product source: I purchased this product at a Face Stockholm boutique in NYC

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