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Affordable Eye Pencils | Benecos Natural Kajal

Benecos Natural Kajal Pencils

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.

Afforable Natural Eyeliner Pencils

The Shades

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!

The Ingredients

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 🙂

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  • Petra Kravos

    I really like their eye pencils too, I’ve been using their green shade for quite few years now and I am going to repurchase as I don’t know of any other similar natural eye pencils like that. I don’t think green pencil should contain carmine right? Well, at least I hope it doesn’t.

    • Hey Petra 🙂 I wouldn’t think so but not too sure! It would be so much easier and helpful if they just sorted out an ingredients list for each colour like most of their competitors, considering that the majority of their consumers that shop the natural and organic market are characteristically quite specific with product ingredients. I have to say apart from the carmine thing, they are very good value for money! I’m hoping there’s no carmine in the brown shade – it doesn’t seem that red toned x

      • Petra Kravos

        Yes, it would be better if they sorted out an ingredient list for each
        colour of course. I also like them as they are good value for money but I
        would consider trying other brands if I they have similar eye pencils.

  • Wild Organic Beauty

    I think I’m going to have to get the violet one now! It looks like a bright blue in the pencil, but in your swatch it looks like a dark purple. Going to add it to my wishlist. xx

    • Hey, yes it is definitely a true medium-dark violet shade 🙂 I have to say Benecos do great eyeliner pencils, I still can’t believe they’re less than £4 each – let me know what you think if you buy them! X x

  • I love that these come in some fun colors, often one of the downfalls of green beauty products. And they’re so affordable!

  • Molly Valentino

    Hi, what does HIDB mean please?

  • Elisabetta Johanna

    Yes, one annoying thing of buying make up from the internet is that you’re never sure about the colour, especially if there isn’t a description on the website you’re buying from… so you end up searching on google images to find if there are pictures of it from beauty blogs… at least that’s what I do! (and that’s how I got here) 😀
    The shades that don’t contain carmine are black, green, night blue, olive and white, as you can see here: (they’re written in german)

    • Hi Elisabetta, thanks so much for letting me know – that’s so handy! Such a shame it doesn’t include the brown or purple shades though they’re the colours I use 99% of the time :/ Yeh same I use Google Images to research the product swatches first haha :’)

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