The Argan Liner Pencils are, as the name suggests, formulated with argan oil, but what interested me even more is that they contain no palm oil. I did an entire post on limiting my consumption of palm oil, and while I've basically done away with it in my skin and body care products, it seems impossible to completely eliminate it in makeup, while still using natural products. So, finding makeup products like this - that are both natural and palm oil free - is always exciting.
The set comes with five mini pencils: your basic black and brown, plus a mostly matte purple, a metallic green, and a metallic antique gold. The pencils look pretty small, but I know it takes me just shy of forever to actually use up an entire liner, so I'm okay with that. Ounce-for-ounce each pencil is a little more than half the size of a standard liner pencil.
After using them, I can easily divide the colors into two groups in terms of feel and pigmentation. None of them are the absolute creamiest pencils, but Violet (purple) and Tropical (green) are noticeably firmer than the other three. These two colors apply a little sheerer and need to be gone over a few times to get full pigmentation and opacity. Treasure (antique gold), Chocolate (brown) and Black Raven (black) are a little softer and apply fine on the first pass.
|(L to R) Violet, Tropical, Treasure, Chocolate, Black Raven|
I'm not sure I'd rush out to buy the set for the original $30, but I definitely think it's well worth the $9 price tag on sale! I'm especially pleased with the three colors as they're unique to anything else in my stash, and black and brown liners always come in handy, so I'm happy to have those too. Two of the pencils are a little firm, but they're all very workable, so I know I'll be getting my use out of the entire set.
Have you tried anything from Josie Maran?