Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Graftobian Pro Eye Pencils Review

Hello girls :)

In my Collective Haul post i mentioned that i bought some graftobian products from Camerareadycosmetics.com .So,Today i'm going to review the all the three "Graftobian pro eye pencils".



Price: $6.99 = INR 334 approximately.

Length: 15 cm.

Shades available: Currently they are making only three shades: 'Black velvet','Dark chocolate' and 'Coco bean'.


What The company says: Add vibrance, detail, and accentuation to your gaze with our rich, Italian made, professional length, 15cm eyeliner pencils.  Create a clean line with a  single stroke, or use the softness of the pencil to smudge into a smokey eye.  Currently available in these top requested shades with more to come!
Our Pro Eyeliner Pencils have received rave reviews in New York where we showed them for the first time in May of 2009.

Available at: Camerareadycosmetics.com (They ship internationally)Paintandpowderstore.com , Graftobian.com and many such stores which carry theatrical/pro makep lines.

General thoughts: Graftobian used to make these pencils in some different old formula but now they've improved the formula and relaunched them in 2009 comprising 3 shades: 'Black velvet','Dark chocolate' and 'Cocoa bean'.They are 15 cms long which means they are slightly longer than the regular eye pencils from various brands.They are are creamy and glide easily on the lids without tugging.But due to its creamy nature it is not quite useful to line your lashline and waterline..it smudges quickly or fades away.The best use you can get out of these pencils is using it either as a 'Cream eyeshadow' , for 'Smudging' near the lashlines or as a 'Base' for your eyeshadows.Just smudge it over your lid and once it sets it becomes completely waterproof.It will stay without creasing for up to 4 hours without a primer and after that it will start creasing.It is just waterproof..not oilproof..so, obviously it is natural for it to crease.Just use a primer underneath to prevent that and prolong its staying power.When used as an eyeshadow base it will stay without creasing for more than 6 hours even without a primer! Just imagine how long it can stay with primer! And mind you..i have super oily lids.So if your lids aren't that oily then this stuff is going to work great for you even without a primer. :)


*Since these pencils are creamy,smudge easily and have ample time to work with,the shades 'Coco bean' and 'Dark chocolate' can be used for contouring the face.yes..you heard it right :D Trust me..i tried it that way and the results were awesome! So,these pencils are kinda multipurpose <3

PROS: 
  • Once it sets after smudging,it becomes completely Waterproof.
  • They are multipurpose.
  • Very well Pigmented.(Except for black velvet which is not that extreme black.But it's not bad either)
  • Great base for eyeshadows.
  • When smudged,it has a good staying power even without a primer.
  • Great for instant smokey eyes.
  • They are longer than regular eyepencils.
  • Quite affordable.
  • Doesn't dry instantly.Gives us ample time to work with it before it sets.
  • Creamy texture which glides easily on the lids without tugging.
CONS: 
  • Doesn't work well for lining both water and lashline.
  • Black could've been a little more pigmented.It works perfectly fine as a base though.
  • They currently have only three shades to choose from.(They did mention that more colours will be added later).
  • Not available in india.It is easily available online but only from international websites.
Final thoughts: It works really awesome as a base for eyeshadows.So,if you are someone who are on the lookout for a good base then go get these ASAP! Must have for professional's kits since they are multipurpose,has good pigmentation,are waterproof,Don't crease that easily,blends in to the skin seamlessly while contouring,aren't insanely expensive and gives ample time to work with.

Rating: 9/10 (i took one point off only because it is not really useful for lining and also because the black one is not as intense as i'd like it to be.Otherwise they deserve a 10 on 10!)

Shade descriptions and Closeup pics:
  • Coco bean: A medium warm brown.
  • Dark chocolate: Named aptly..it is a dark chocolate in pencil form.
  • Black velvet: It is a basic black.Not an extreme or jet black.It is just black.That's it.
None of them have shimmer/frost/glitter/pearl.They are all creams.

L-R: Coco bean,Dark chocolate and Black velvet.


 L-R: Black velvet,Dark chocolate and Coco bean.(These are not new tips.I used them..so,i had to sharpen them before taking the pic)


Size comparision.L-R: Graftobian pro pencil,Avon glimmerstick eye pencil and oriflame eye intensity pencil.All of them are new and never sharpened.


SWATCHES: L: Single swipe. R: 3-4 swipes.

L-R: Coco bean,Dark chocolate and Black velvet.
(In sunlight)

In shade.


Waterproof test: 

L: 'Dark chocolate' heavily swiped. R: 'Dark chocolate' smudged.After application i left them to set for 5 min.

After that i held my hand under tap water for about 3 mins.I wiped it 2 times real hard with my hand and You can clearly see that the smudged side did not move a bit! The heavy swatch despite the time given to set got wiped away.


Creasing test:

I applied 'Coco bean' to my bare lids without any primer and smudged it allover the lid.I took this pic after 4 hours.

I smudged 'Coco bean' allover the lid and applied powder eyeshadow over the top.I took this pic after 6 hours.You can clearly see that there is zero creasing! (The lines you are seeing on my lids are the natural foldings present on my lid.Do not mistake it for creasing).


 I hope this review and swatches were helpful :)

Love,
Siri.

30 comments:

  1. They look extremely pigmented! I love black velvet! SUcha gorgeous matte black!

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  2. Wow great shades!!! Thanks for the detailed review Siri :)

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  3. @Tanvee Wadhwa: Yes tanvee..they are so pigmented.But i was a little disappointed with the black one.It was not that intense black which i like.Glad that you liked it :))

    @Rakshanda: ThanQ rakshanda :))

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  4. I love the coco bean color..its super gorgeous!

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  5. Such awesome shades Siri......loved the review!! :D

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  6. @Parita: My fav is dark chocolate :D

    @Calicoaster: ThanQ cali :D

    @EVE-O-LUTION: Yup bee..they are :))

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  7. @Rajesh Singh: ThanQ shona :)) :*

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  8. Wow. these look so gorgeous. They must have been a steal!!!

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  9. @Nivedita: Ya nivedita..they are such a steal! love em <3 :)

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  10. these look great !! m loving all your posts !! :) will try to get them asap :)

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  11. @Deeptima: Go get them deepu..will be so useful for your work :))

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  12. wow coco bean is sucha luvly colorr.r..

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  13. Awww m loving coco bean colour...thanks for swatches...really helpful!!

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  14. @Manali: Yup manali :))

    @Lipsy: ThanQ lipsy..So glad that i could help :))

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