Tested on animals:No
Compared to the competition, Kevyn Aucoin's The Eye Pencil Primatif is just a so-so eyeliner pencil. While we love how smoothly the fragrance-free formula goes on, it fails to offer stay-put color. Even if you're using this to create a smokey eye, you can end up with more smudging than smokiness, so the look ends up looking sloppy rather than sophisticated.
The Eye Pencil Primatif is a traditional-style eyeliner pencil, which requires routine sharpening, though it doesn't come with a mechanism to do so. What it does come with is a smudging tool, which works well for its intended purpose—but that's partly because this formula is already so smudge prone!
The ever-so-slightly creamy, soft pencil texture is great for drawing an even, bold line of color, but on the flip side, it's also somewhat prone to transferring and smudging by day's end. It's not so bad that you'll have raccoon eyes, but given there are plenty of other eyeliners that can go the distance, why put up with lackluster performance? Adding fuel to the fire, we also noticed a smidge of flaking during wear.
That's a shame considering Kevyn Aucoin's The Eye Pencil Primatif comes in an excellent range of matte-finish shades including purple, navy, green, brown, and of course, black—all of which look great in the beginning, but have trouble solidly making it through the end of the workday.
For options that don't have the drawbacks of this pencil, (and in many cases cost less), see our list of Best Eyeliners.
- Slightly creamy, soft pencil texture goes on smoothly.
- Comes with a smudging tool, which is handy for creating a smokey eye.
- Beautiful range of matte-finish shades.
- Prone to smudging.
- Can flake during wear.
- Requires manual sharpening but doesn't come with a mechanism to do so (and at this pencil's price, it should!)