12.10.2015
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The Eye Pencil Primatif
0.04 fl. oz. for $26
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Last Updated:12.10.2015
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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.

Pros:
  • 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.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • 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!)
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Claims
An alluring smokey eye made easy. Blendable and long lasting. Smudge tip applicator for quick blending.
Ingredients
Ethylhexyl Isostearate, Nylon-12, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla/Cire De Candelilla) Wax, Ceresin, Paraffin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Yellow 5 Lake, Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Manganese Violet, Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide.
Brand Overview

Kevyn Aucoin was arguably one of the most iconic makeup artists of the 20th century. A self-trained, highly sought celebrity makeup artist and best-selling author, his work appeared regularly in countless fashion magazines, as well as his monthly column in Allure. Not surprisingly, his work has influenced countless makeup artists and YouTube beauty vloggers—whether they know it or not—and at the time of his passing in 2002, he had just launched a small range of products under the Kevyn Aucoin brand. Although Aucoin left us far too soon, at least his products serve to compliment his lasting legacy.

Today, the Kevyn Aucoin brand continues with his motto that anyone should be able to experiment with makeup and feel beautiful while doing so. The brand's range of unique products reflects the emphasis on makeup’s role in our lives as more than just utilitarian—it should be enjoyable, accessible, fun, and the outcome always rewarding. The approach is enhancing one’s self-esteem rather than using makeup to cover up what you or others might perceive as unattractive.

Thus, the products themselves are something of an experience to use—from their packaging (beautiful) to their focus on perfecting skin and mix of basic to bold color options. This line isn’t for those who think of makeup as a chore!

The price points are higher, to be sure, but there are also quite a few exceptional and unique standouts that allow this brand to nicely distinguish itself in a sea of makeup artist-fronted lines. There are some shortfalls here and there, but overall, it is a range that is well worth experimenting with should you happen upon a Kevyn Aucoin counter at your local Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus. (Note: Kevyn Aucoin is sold online at a number of beauty sites, from Sephora to Beautylish.)

For Beautypedia, we have chosen some of what we feel are Aucoin’s best products along with those that are OK, but for one reason or another may not be worth the expense.

For more information on Kevyn Aucoin products, visit http://kevynaucoin.com or send them a tweet at @kevyn_aucoin.

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Kevyn Aucoin was arguably one of the most iconic makeup artists of the 20th century. A self-trained, highly sought celebrity makeup artist and best-selling author, his work appeared regularly in countless fashion magazines, as well as his monthly column in Allure. Not surprisingly, his work has influenced countless makeup artists and YouTube beauty vloggers—whether they know it or not—and at the time of his passing in 2002, he had just launched a small range of products under the Kevyn Aucoin brand. Although Aucoin left us far too soon, at least his products serve to compliment his lasting legacy.

Today, the Kevyn Aucoin brand continues with his motto that anyone should be able to experiment with makeup and feel beautiful while doing so. The brand's range of unique products reflects the emphasis on makeup’s role in our lives as more than just utilitarian—it should be enjoyable, accessible, fun, and the outcome always rewarding. The approach is enhancing one’s self-esteem rather than using makeup to cover up what you or others might perceive as unattractive.

Thus, the products themselves are something of an experience to use—from their packaging (beautiful) to their focus on perfecting skin and mix of basic to bold color options. This line isn’t for those who think of makeup as a chore!

The price points are higher, to be sure, but there are also quite a few exceptional and unique standouts that allow this brand to nicely distinguish itself in a sea of makeup artist-fronted lines. There are some shortfalls here and there, but overall, it is a range that is well worth experimenting with should you happen upon a Kevyn Aucoin counter at your local Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus. (Note: Kevyn Aucoin is sold online at a number of beauty sites, from Sephora to Beautylish.)

For Beautypedia, we have chosen some of what we feel are Aucoin’s best products along with those that are OK, but for one reason or another may not be worth the expense.

For more information on Kevyn Aucoin products, visit http://kevynaucoin.com or send them a tweet at @kevyn_aucoin.