Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Review & Swatches

Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil ($25) is a new long lasting eye pencil released for Fall 2013 in eight shades of color. The first time I met and fell in love with an pencil eyeliner from Clarins was the Fall of 2009. It was a blue eye pencil and I thought to myself I’d never use a shade like this. Fast forward a year later and I swear there was very little of that pencil left to call my own. I sharpened it down to a nub….! Soon after I snagged a black pencil in the same formula and had the same experience.

Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil

With so many finishes, formulas, and tech-y little eyeliner pencils available at the moment I think we sometimes forget that the simplest pleasures in life comes from a pencil eyeliner which is why I was excited to head back to my makeup past and try out Clarins new Crayon Kohl Eye Pencils.

The irony here is Clarins claims the new Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil glides easily onto eyes….but…but what happened to that gorgeous creamy formula I knew and loved from my first try with a Clarins Eyeliner Pencil?

These are so terribly drying :(

I was shocked. Of course, there’s always room for error so I assumed perhaps that one shade I tried was just a fluke as they couldn’t all be as dry right? Wrong…I tried seven out of the eight shades and all had a super dry formula that tugged during application and provided a very uneven finish across my lash line. I prefer a creamy texture that glides easily and this was far from that. The density of the pencil makes for a rather unpleasant experience as you really need to press down hard on the delicate, softer area of your lid which causes an uncomfortable application as well as one that’s far from precise.

Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Bronze


Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Black


Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Blue


Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Brown

Intense Brown

Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Intense Purple

Intense Purple

Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Smoky Plum

Smoky Plum

Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Taupe


Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil Swatches

Intense Black, Intense Brown, Intense Blue, Intense Violet, Bronze, Smoky Plum, and Taupe

I must admit I’m shocked. Even those with oily lids probably won’t appreciate this hard and dry of a pencil. The colors are also less than intense and vibrant due to the consistency of the overall pencil. I feel like the formula was one of a pencil that might have mistakenly been left open overnight and dried out….

Clarins what happened here?

Clarins almost always delights me but something went terribly wrong with the new Crayon Kohl Eye Pencils! Just too hard and dry for these eyes.

Sad sigh!

P.S. Not sure I get the brush at the end…..why not a sponge smudger? A brush? Eh?

Clarins Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil 2

Available now on counters.

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  • 9/3/13 21:15 Quinctia:

    I think you’ve become super spoiled by the excellent formulas out now. I found one of those pixi pencils you’d raved about…a couple weeks ago and I’ve already worn it about 4-5 times. Even the best pencil in your past will probably pale in comparison to one of those!!


    • 9/4/13 9:22 the Muse:

      lol you could be right!


  • 9/4/13 11:48 gail:

    A dry eye pencil is somehow always shocking. I always think somehow using it will make it softer…dumb, I know. There is an Aveda pencil that I can’t bear to throw away for this reason!

    I always come back to what I consider the standard: Urban Decay.Those people just know the perfect formula, right?

    (Although I do want to try the re-versioned Clinique quickliners you reviewed.)


    • 9/4/13 11:50 the Muse:

      agreed and yes I always feel like, hey if I use these a few time they will surely soften up! I love UD liners ;-D and Pixi by far the best around ;-D you’ll adore the Clinique ones gail! they are positively buttery 😀


  • 9/4/13 23:39 Ashley:

    Yeah I swatched these on my hand while shopping, I liked the natural color selection as boring as it was. But the quality was something you’d buy at a drugstore not very good. But yet these are quite expensive.
    As for eyeliners the Clinque intense eyeliners are awesome, only compliant is that you can’t sharpen them, but they glide on like butter, and wear like a dream, and have some rather beautiful colors, I could see myself buying and using them all, they are that pretty.

    Estee Lauder Double Wear liners are classic, and the quality is excellent, the bronze color is great if you have blue eyes.

    These Clarins liners were nothing special, a little blah, and for the price, you should consider EL double wear eyeliners or Clinque’s Intense liners, much better-you won’t regret them!


  • 9/12/13 17:24 French Girl:

    Hi ! We burn it a bit in France before using, that’s why it’s never dry ! XX


    • 9/13/13 12:26 the Muse:

      i used to do that French Girl with some of my older eyeliners ;D


  • 9/12/13 17:26 French Girl:

    … And that’s why you have the brush ! :)


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