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Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner black pencil review

This versatile eyeliner does it all, from classic to dramatic


TextJinny KimIllustrationCallum Abbott

Make-up artist Jinny Kim explains why Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock ‘N’ Kohl eye pencil is a must-have in her kit

Jinny Kim is a make-up artist based in London who will do hair if you ask very nicely. She’s worked backstage at fashion weeks around the world since 2014 and counts Paul Smith, JW Anderson, and Net-A-Porter among her long list of clients. Here, she shares her choice for Product of the Week – a weekly round-up of the Dazed Beauty team and wider community must-have buys.

WHAT IS IT? 

Brand: Charlotte Tilbury

Product: Rock ‘N’ Kohl eye pencil in Bedroom Black

Price:​ ​£19

WHY SHOULD I CARE? 

I first discovered this product a long time ago at a Charlotte Tilbury masterclass. I’ve consistently used this eye pencil for almost eight years and it’s a must-have item in my make-up kit. 

There are many different ways to use it. You can use it as a daily eyeliner, with winged liner to give it a small edge, or on the water line to make enhanced eye shapes. You can also create smoky eyes as it’s very easy to blend, as soon as you draw liner you can blend quickly using any tip-shaped eyeshadow brush. 

It’s inky and soft and you can smudge it out to soften it if you'd like (but do it fast, don’t wait!). Then it sets after about 30 seconds and lasts all day long. The most attractive point for me is the smooth texture – almost like a gel eyeliner that means you can glide your eyeliner very smoothly and fill in the waterline before the model blinks their eyes. The colour is a very deep black, sometimes you don’t need to layer as it turns out enough black on first use. 

The pencil is so easy to use but gives dramatic results. It can be transformed into eyeshadow, gel eyeliner, lip liner, etc so you can start enjoying your make-up! 

QUICKFIRE QUESTIONS 

It tastes like… Crème Brûlée. Very rich and sweet and also it has both softness and hardness. 

If it was a film it would be… Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classics are forever!

Who would use it… Catwoman. She definitely needs a perfect smoky longlasting make-up with perfect eyeliner to save the world.

If it was an astrological sign it would be… Aries as they are ambitious, confident, and passionate. I wear strong eyeliner whenever I need that energies and I’m an Aries :)! 

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