Made in France pencils have a round bottom and flat, wider, and opaque cap. Made in Germany pencils have a flat bottom with a concave, translucent cap.
Eyeliner in Teal
Made in: France and Germany
Where to buy: CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, etc.
Price: $3.99 MSRP, $3.50 at Walmart!
Purchase again?: Yes!
I am so excited to be sharing these liners with you guys! Now, at less than $4 a pencil, there really REALLY is NO excuse to have to resort to sticking your pencils under your armpits or using a lighter anymore! I found out about them while I was searching for products for the $20 makeup challenge (You’re not going to struggle with these liners as I did with the WetnWild in that video! ha). At the time, I was looking for a black liner, found these pencils from NYC, but no black so I passed. I told myself I’d like to check them out once I find a black. I finally found a store that had them in stock and also found a pencil which someone had already opened so I tested it and wow! They glide on so smoothly just like the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils, Makeup Forever eyeliners, Milani liquify liners, Sephora flashy liners, L’Oreal HIP chrome liners, and the L’Oreal liquid eyeliner pencil liners!
Now what makes the NYC liners more special from the rest is that it’s a lot cheaper!! Being that they are so inexpensive yet aren’t made in a developing country is fantastic in my book! And you know what all these pencils have in common? They are all made in Germany which leads me to believe that given their similarities in product quality, they are made in the same manufacturing facility. Same thing with the liquid eyeliner pens with brush tips, I found them all to be made in Japan regardless whether it’s Kat Von D, Physician’s Formula, or Dior and baked makeup made in Italy. However, do note that having the same facility does not necessarily mean that all products from them will be the exactly the same because I think that ultimately, the client (Urban Decay, Milani, NYC, etc.) has a say in what shades they want, how much of x ingredients they want in there, etc.
The thing is though, not all the NYC liners are made in Germany. The ones I found before were made in Germany but the ones in the store that I found were mostly made in France, and I only found one shade made in Germany. I think that the older pencils are made in Germany while the newer ones are made in France. The new change in production facility could explain why it was hard for me to find stores that had these pencils in stock. This is just my theory though, it could be the other way around where they used to be made in France but are now made in Germany.
Moody Blue, Dark Brown, Mink (has slight silver glitters), Black, Smokey Plum, Teal (my fave, has golden glitters)
Vigorous wipe test. Some slight smudging, but about all the other similar liners aren’t 100% budge proof either. Interestingly, the only Germany made pencil I have is the Moody Blue, and it happens to be the one that smudged and faded the least. I wonder if that has to do with the specific shade formula or manufacturing company in Germany… Something that could use some further looking into. For now, I’d recommend choosing the made in Germany pencils since the other brands, which perform well, are made in Germany.
Wearing Teal with Maybelline’s Black Drama Falsies mascara