Tested on animals:No
Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil beautifully lives up to its promise of offering, "the effortless glide of a liquid liner with the soft, wax-rich result of a kohl." The creamy-smooth pencil applies a richly pigmented line of color with ease and sets to a stay put (and yes, even waterproof) finish. The exception is if you have ultra oily skin or use super emollient products—which can break it's pigments down and lead to smudging—otherwise, Rock 'N' Kohl offers impressive performance.
Shade-wise, the color selection is spot on with saturated matte hues of black, brown and grey, a couple of slightly metallic shades (deep purple and dark blue). As tenacious as the formula is, you'll definitely want a makeup remover to help get these off, and although we mentioned oily skin could cause this to smudge, prepping with an eyeshadow primer can significantly help deter that.
Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil also comes in an "Eye Cheat" creamy-nude shade which is intended for lining the waterline to make eyes appear larger and wide awake. We were not able to test that shade, so leave us a comment if you have!
As for the claims about this eyeliner pencil containing crushed pearl powder, claimed to stimulate collagen production, that's complete marketing mumbo jumbo. While the formula won't deliver skincare-esque benefits, we are at least glad it's fragrance-free, which is always a plus, especially when it comes to the eye area.
Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil comes close to earning our highest rating, but its old-school pencil design (without a sharpening mechanism) is a bit of a deterrent given its price tag. Today's best eyeliners are either self-sharpening or at least include a sharpener, making this liner from Charlotte Tilbury a less convenient option by comparison. We also noticed the creamy formula is tricky to whittle down to a narrow point if you want to create an ultra-fine line. However, if those aren't deterring factors for you, this a rockin' (albeit pricey) eyeliner pencil to try!
- Well thought out deeply saturated shades, with matte or subtle metallic finish options.
- Creamy pencil texture glides on effortlessly for a super smooth line of color.
- Sets to a fade-resistant, smudge-free finish (unless you have ultra oily skin).
- Tenacious, fragrance-free formula holds up in water as promised.
- Requires manual sharpening (and doesn't come with a tool to do so).
- Tricky to whittle the creamy pencil down to a narrow point if you want to create an ultra-fine line.