I had an a-ha moment today. A random thought entered my mind as I recalled a few blog reviews on eye liners and eye pencils. most reviews will almost always have a standard line stating that while using a pencil eye liner, one wastes a lot of product while sharpening while the auto or retractable eye pencils, product doesn’t get wasted as its retractable therefore no product wastage due to sharpening. The same goes for lip pencils.
Let us consider two products from two popular brands that are similarly priced – the wildly popular Lakme Eyeconic Kajal and Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil.
Both are priced in the same range. Lakme Eyeconic is at Rs 199 while Faces Long Wear is priced at Rs 249/-
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal net weight: 0.35g and Faces Long Wear net weight: 1.15g. That is a little over 3 times the quantity!
Secondly lets take Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner and Jordana Lip Liner (pencil). This isn’t about pricing just quantity that each type of lip pencil offers. Besides I only have these products to compare.
Rimmel net weight: 0.25 g and Jordana net weight: 0.85 g
So you see that the pencil eye liners are always more cost effective. You could compare the auto eye liner with the pencil eye liner of the same brand and the pencil eye liner will always give you more as the product is available (almost) all the way through the length of the pencil. however not so with the retractable eye liners.
With regard to the product wastage while sharpening, just don’t sharpen the pencil to a point. Sharpen gently just to get rid of the wood to expose the product. No wastage!
I feel that eye pencils are a lot more eco-friendly, provided of course that the pencil is made of wood. I wouldn’t say that its entirely eco-friendly but there’s comparatively less plastic waste.
This post is entirely about quantity so I have NOT gone into quality nor have i pitted one brand against the other. If you were to compare retractable vs pencils from the same range you would undoubtedly get more product in the pencil. It’s a different matter if you don’t like sharpening, but just wanted to bust the product wastage myth.