I bought these pencils way back when Rite Aid (or was it Walgreens?) had their last 50% off sale on wet n wild cosmetics. I kind of forgot about them but I thought I would swatch them all for you today 🙂
I don’t use Taupe or Charcoal as eyeliners. They’re my HG brow pencils. I use Taupe in the summertime when my hair lightens up a little bit from the sun. My hair’s black but not jet black; it’s more of a very dark brown-black, and the brown tones show up more in the summer. Taupe is great for soft, subtle, natural definition. I use Charcoal for my brows in the winter and colder months when my hair’s darker, or any time I want a slightly stronger brow.
I know many, many people will say that these are too creamy to use as brow pencils but I actually prefer a softer pencil for my brows. Hard pencils never seem to deposit any color for me. I simply use a featherlight touch with the Color Icon pencils and then blend the color out using a regular brow grooming brush. It took a little practice figuring out the best way to use the pencils (i.e. how much pressure to use) but they work extremely well for me.
The Color Icon pencils are available in 15 shades and I purchased 10 of them. I skipped the black, two brown, and white pencils. I mainly wanted the more colorful options to spice up my eye makeup. I meant to pick up Sky Blue, too, but the drugstore was all out of that color and they haven’t restocked in forever. I will get Sky Blue eventually.
If you tried wet n wild’s pencil liners years ago and wrote them off as being too hard and waxy, you should give the new Color Icon pencils a try. They were reformulated the end of last year/beginning of this year and are now much creamier than their previous versions. They’re a fun way to add a pop of color to any eye look, and only cost 99 cents each.
Just be aware that some, maybe all, Color Icon pencils shades have changed since the reformulation. I compared the old versions of the wet n wild pencils in Charcoal and Taupe to the new Color Icon versions of Charcoal and Taupe and there are definitely some differences.
In addition, the new Color Icon version of Taupe is more gray and ashy compared to the old Taupe which was more brown. You can also probably tell from the swatches that the old version of Taupe was more waxy by how unevenly and lumpy it applied. For more swatches, check out my old blog entry about the new and old wet n wild Taupe pencils (includes a swatch comparison of NYC’s Taupe pencil) here.