NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha 617: Review & Swatches

I am so happy that NYX is finally available in India and I can’t wait to do a huge haul from them. Till the time I visit their store and do some damage to my wallet, I am going to take you through some of the products I bought a few months back from Thailand….yup…still going trying to review everything I bought almost a year ago **facepalm**. Anyhow, the product I am going to talk about today is the NYX Jumbo Pencil in the shade Iced Mocha(617).

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Price: Rs 550 for 5 gms.

The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are these chubby pencil with a white body and transparent plastic cap. The packaging is nothing special and the cap is a little flimsy so I do make sure I am careful when I am travelling with it. I like the transparent cap though because without it you can’t really differentiate between the shades thanks to the standardized packaging. Also, these need to be sharpened after a while so if you are travelling with them, make sure you carry a sharpener  meant for chubby pencils.

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If you are aware about the Jumbo Eye Pencil range, you know you are spoiled for choice when it comes to shade selection. I already own a beautiful bronze shade from this range ( reviewed here ) but this time I wanted to try a shade on the cooler side and well Shade no. 617 or Iced Mocha seemed to be the perfect fit…i mean what can be more cooler than ice :P. Jokes apart, Iced Mocha is this gorgeous taupe with a very light green undertone. It doesn’t pop up as much as I would have liked on my skin tone and looked more pale golden then taupe but on lighter indian skin tones, this looks the perfect combination of brown, grey and gold.

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One of the biggest reasons that I love these jumbo pencils is their texture. These pencils are super soft and so creamy that they apply like a dream. Blending the product is a piece of cake thanks to the texture and there is absolutely no tugging or pulling involved. Having said that the color does have a tendency to fade incase you blend it too much so you have to be a little careful and not go overboard, especially when it comes to the softer shades like Iced Mocha.

The website tells you that these jumbo pencils can be used as liners as well but I don’t see how because well they are jumbo and the moment I try to use them as liner, I have a thick layer of eye shadow on my lids. I do use them sometimes to line my water line but I haven’t been able to use them as a liner on eye lids till date.

Apart from wearing them as eyeshadows, you can obviously wear them as a base for your powder or glitter eye shadows. For someone like me who has super oily lids and struggles with keeping their eye shadow in place, these work as an amazing base. When I wear them under my eye shadow, they obviously last longer and it particularly makes my life easy with glitter based products because there are minimum fall outs.

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These jumbo pencils do not disappoint you when it comes to pigmentation and I get a beautiful wash of color on my lids in a single swipe. The only issue is that due to the creamy texture, the eye shadows do have a tendency to crease particularly on oily eyelids so a little bit of primer and a dash of setting powder helps the shade last longer. Staying power is not great if you use the pencil as on its own lasts, it for around 2-3 hours post which it starts creasing but if I wear it with a primer then I am sorted for a good 5-6 hours without any creasing, smudging, budging or fading.

All in all, I am pretty happy with the new addition to the mini NYX Jumbo family I have in my vanity. The quality of these jumbo pencils along with the huge shade selection is definitely the USP of this range and now that we have NYX here, I am looking forward to expanding my collection. These pencils give you true value for money, work as eyeshadows, base and even some of them as waterline liner so I don’t see any reason for not picking them up.

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