Affordable Eye Pencils | Benecos Natural Kajal
As a simple make-up girl I like to keep it quite minimal most days especially for work or if I’m just popping into town to run a few errands. No matter where I’m heading out though, I just can’t leave the house without any eyeliner to give my eyes a little definition lest I look like a little field mouse! My current favourites I have been using religiously alternating between every day are two eyeliner pencils from Benecos.
To compliment my pale skin I opted for brown instead of black, and violet. Both shades I think suit any eye colour and can be easily emphasised with a bit of matching eyeshadow patted on top. The brown pencil is perfect – a dark chocolate tone to naturally line the eyes to give an effortless make-up or ‘no-make-up’ look. As the websites I have purchased from don’t give much description of the colours and intensity of make-up products, I have previously and rather annoyingly bought the wrong shades. There are lots of shades of brown (bronze, cinnamon, caramel, red-brown, orange-brown, black-brown), so the label ‘brown’ doesn’t help much! Thank fully this one is a medium-dark as I wanted. The violet pencil is also a nice medium-dark purple and not too light or pale to define the eyes.
Texture & Application
Both colours have the same texture and I love that they are soft enough to create a slightly smokey eye but not so soft that they melt on the skin and completely vanish once smudged. The intensity of the colours, ease-to-apply, and longevity when worn, I find are better than the eye pencils I have tried from Lily Lolo and actually perhaps even better than Inika. Not bad for just £3.95 each!
Hydrogenated jojoba oil, mica, caprylic/capric triglyceride, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, mangifera indica (mango) seed oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, glyceryl caprylate, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) cera, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate [+/- (may contain) helianthus anuus (sunflower) seed oil, CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77510, CI 75470, CI 77288, CI 77007]
* certified organic ** natural fragrance
I have to point out that these pencils may contain carmine (no website I have seen that stock these have an ingredients list for each shade so I don’t know if perhaps carmine is only in a few of the colours or all in of them). I did buy these before I knew about carmine so sadly I will not be re-purchasing once used up – such a shame as they are so nice to wear and so cheap! Looking at the websites that stock these eyeliner pencils, it is very confusing as Benecos claim that all their products are BDIH, organic and 100% vegan certified. I am unsure as to how this can be the case if they are putting beetles in their eye pencils!!?
If anyone knows if all the pencils or just a few of the shades contain carmine, please let me know as I’d be very interested to find out – tweet me or leave a comment 🙂