My first interactions with make-up started with Avon. I was in high-school in Romania, an we had one girl in our class that was a rep for the company; every month she would bring us the new catalogs and we would blow out our allowance on lipglosses and body creams and mascaras. I’ve come a long way in my beauty journey since then and I’ve somehow forgotten about the brand, which is somehow understandable given the huge selection of products we have nowadays.
That being said I was surprised and definitely impressed when Avon send me a few products to test out and play with. Not only did I come a long way but so did they. The colours, the textures and overall quality of the products they’re putting out are on par with their competitors and I see that more and more beauty gurus such as Wayne Goss and the Pixiwoo sisters also like using their products and the brand is definitely getting more recognition and somehow stepping out the “Avon Lady” make-up stereotype.
Case in point their new Big Color Eye Pencils.
There has been an abundance of cream products that have hit up beauty stands in the past years and while I am still on the fence about them, I have to say I am slowly becoming a fan of cream shadow pencils.
Big Color Pencils come in a variety of standard colours:beiges, browns, teal, green, blue, bronze, golds and the like, colours that could easily become staples for many of us.
The texture is incredibly creamy and the pencil glides across the lid with ease; pigmentation is quite good and the formula can be build to achieve more intensity without looking heavy and “cracked” as other cream formulas tend to do on me. The product gives me some play-time allowing me sheer it out, smudge and blend the product after which it sets and it stays in play the whole day. The cream has a smooth texture, but it can take on powder shadows and top and acts a great primer, not creasing or moving around despite my eyelids being on the oily side.
The colours that I have are Cocoa Glean, a bronzy brown and Gold Rush, a shimmery gold, and while not being unique they are nice and I can see myself reaching for them often on a day to day basis.
I also have one of their Dual Ended Pencils in Plum Perfection, a sheer plum on one side and a sheer washed out violet on the other. This product wasn’t my favourite, the colours being very sheer and it took a lot of work to build up the product and get it to show up on the lids.