Recently, YSL reformulated their eye pencils “with highly pigmented color for a deep impact and long-lasting finish.” They’ve included jojoba oil to “mak[e] the finish on the skin smooth and conformtable” along with “a wax adhesive [that] acts as a fixing agent to reinforce the intensity of the pigment for hours.” The eye pencils are definitely easy to use and give you a smooth, creamy line with little effort. The color is also highly pigmented, as advertised, but I didn’t quite get the long-lasting finish I expected (and would have loved!). These are nowhere near as bad as NARS Eye Pencils were on me, though, thankfully!
I get about four hours of wear before these shades start to disappear on my lower lash line (maybe an hour or so on the lower water line). The good news–at least as far as it can go–is that these fade away rather than migrate and smudge and otherwise give you raccoon eyes. The first time I tried these, I wore Oriental Blue by itself on my lower lash line, and after five hours, when I went to inspect it, it was nearly all gone. All that remained was a smidgen of faded, dark blue between my lashes. I repeated testing with the other two shades as well, just to be sure, but they all performed the same on me–faded and nearly invisible by hour five.
Each pencil comes with a sharpener, and the pencil itself is dual-ended with an angled sponge-tip for smudging on one end and the pencil on the other.
It’s available in twelve shades: Black Velvet (black), Leather Brown (dark brown), Oriental Blue (navy blue), Smokey Purple (grayed purple), Deepest Green (forest green), Hazelnut Brown (reddish brown), Charcoal Grey (gray), Amber Brown (medium brown), Turquoise (teal), Purple Silk (purple), Stellar Green (green), and Silky Pink (pink).