Retractable Eye Liner

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Retractable Eye Liner gets two thumbs up for its swift and smooth application, and the fine-point, twist-up pencil never needs sharpening (Yah!). The soft cream-to-powder finish takes a bit of time to set, but if you want to create a smokey eye, that's actually a good thing because it allows ample time to blend and smudge. Once set, the long-wearing finish is resistant to smearing and doesn't flake.

The shade range is a mix of trendy and classic colors, each of which offers rich intensity. Some of the shades have a shiny metallic finish, but we're pleased that they also offer matte black and brown shades. This is a fantastic beauty bargain!

  • Fine-point, twist-up pencil never needs sharpening.
  • Sets to long-wearing finish that is resistant to smearing.
  • Richly pigmented shades offered in trendy or classic colors.
  • None.

This small Los Angeles–based makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager (you know, just like about 99.9% of teenage women) and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.

It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products. The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.

NYX Cosmetics customer service number is (866) 699-1004 or you can visit

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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. RB
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 03, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love this Eyeliner!
    • After trying numerous high- and low-end eyeliners over the years, I'm so pleased this one works! Does not go on super smoothly, but the color starts to deposit nicely once it starts adhering to your lid. Best feature is that it lasts all day! All other eyeliners I've tried have not. It's not waterproof as stated on the barrel and will smudge off if you mess with it. I love the matte choices, esp. Brown, Deep Blue and Deep Purple. Makes my hazel eyes and whites of my eyes pop!

  2. LINDA F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 12, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    They do not have a fine point...
    • I hate pencils that I cannot sharpen. This one is no exception. Sharpened pencils create a lovely base for pushing eyeshadows into the lashes, and they do not close the eyes. These pencils create a thick line, no matter how lightly you press, and in my experience, they skip. I cannot understand why this is called a fine-tipped pencil that never needs sharpening in this review. I guess that it never needs sharpening if you don't want a pencil with a point?

  3. LL
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Wears wonderful, easy to apply
    • Great wear & easy to apply..retractable tip doesn't end up falling off all the time either:)

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