July 17, 2014

Holy Grail Products #2 NYX Jumbo Pencils in Milk & Black Bean

I may be cheating a little by including two shades, this post was originally going to only about Milk but Black Bean deserves a mention too. NYX's jumbo pencils are often compared to Urban Decay's shadow pencils and whilst the quality for Urban Decay's is superior, NYX still win on color range, price and the fact that the shadow pencils seem to be discontinuing.

What is it?
They're essentially chubby eyeliners that you can also use as an eyeshadow. The formula is creamy with a mixture of mineral oils and powder to help avoid any tugging or pulling on the lid.

So why is it holy grail worthy?
Milk makes an excellent white base for any troublesome eyeshadows, especially pastels or the usual culprit color, yellow. It helps intensify bright neon eyeshadows as well. For those of you who don't touch or own any bright shadows or pastel shades, it may not be for you. However, you can also use Milk and Black Bean on the lid to create eyeshadow shapes which Jangsara did a very indepth piece on. Black Bean is great for pigments, especially ones with a subtle duochrome to it like Illamasqua's Static (pictured above) or Sugarpill's loose shadow in Lumi.

Application Tips
While I do adore these, they aren't perfect. If you apply a heavy layer you can get creasing however applying eyeshadow over it or a sheer powder to mattify it would solve the problem. Personally though, I tend to smudge it all over the lid with a brush or clean finger as you would with eyeshadow primer.

Price & Availability
This may be a slightly overhyped product, I'd be surprised if you've never heard about how much you need NYX's milk jumbo pencil. At £5 it's extremely affordable and I can't imagine finding a cheaper alternative. If you happen to be in the states this sells for only $4.50 and I personally only spent around £2.50 for mine back when I was in the middle east. If you're currently in the UK and haven't already heard, NYX has been available in certain Next stores for a while now and is also available online at nyxcosmetics.co.uk.

Have you picked up anything from NYX now that they've finally landed in the UK?


  1. I have never tried any of NYX products, this is a great review. Thank you!


  2. I have the jumbo eye pencil in milk too and i love it. It really does make a difference when applying eyeshadows.

  3. I have Milk too, and I love it. Really interested in trying some of the other shades too


  4. I agree, these make excellent bases for eyeshadow but ONLY if you apply a very thin layer! They crease terribly if you pile them on. I usually wear UDPP under them and this helps as well.