September 11, 2014


It's a bad idea to use your kid brother's sharpener on your eye pencil. Here's why.

Use a cosmetic pencil sharpener, not a stationery oneWe're all guilty of it, and the usual sequence goes: misplaced eye pencil sharpener, but now in a hurry to get ready. Oops pencil tip is blunt, rummaged through kid brother's school bag, found a sharpener, got going again. (Fought with brother later). But apart from being nice to your siblings, there are very good reasons why a stationery pencil sharpener should not be used with a cosmetic (eye/lip) pencil.


Reason 1: Chalk & cheese

If stationery pencil "lead" (graphite, actually) is chalk in terms of hardness & consistency, cosmetic pencil "leads", rich in waxes, are like cheese. The "physics" of working with chalk or cheese are different, to put it simply. You will rarely get an even, smooth. sharpened tip if you use the wrong sharpener.


Reason 2: Geometry

Look at the image of the two pencils - notice a difference? There's a fundamental difference in the geometry of the two pencils. The stationery pencil tip is longer and narrower, whereas the eye/lip pencil tip is always shorter and broader. A sharpener should fit the profile of the pencil to be sharpened like a glove, if you need good results. Shoving a cosmetic pencil into a stationery sharpener - well, results in a shape that the pencil was not designed to have. Result: constantly breaking tips, lots of pencil wasted. And a sibling unhappy about wax sticking to his sharpener.



Reason 3: Contamination 

Who wants some graphite (left over from the stationery pencil) in their eyes? And if you're using a kajal pencil for waterline application, the stuff goes inside your eyes and absorbed by your body, too. Well well...


Reason 4: Materials used

There's a reason why items are labeled "cosmetics grade" or "food grade". Usually, it implies absence of contaminants. The blades used in good quality eye pencil sharpeners are made of corrosion-resistant, hardened material that a) does not rust easily, and b) gives a uniform, smooth tip. Stationery sharpeners, on the other hand have more "ordinary" blades prone to rusting and chipping of the lead. Result: broken tips, and more importantly, contamination.


Hope this convinces you to get a good quality cosmetic pencil sharpener for yourself & keep it safelyYour kid brother would be happier for it, too.


Looking for a sharpener?

Get yourself the Posh Pencil Sharpener (Dual) from Plum - it's not called Posh for nothing. Better still, get yourself the best-selling Plum Angel Eyes Kohl Kajal (100% natural), and you get the Posh Pencil Sharpener absolutely FREE! Shop now!


Other useful eye makeup, pencil & liner posts from Plum:

Choosing between eye pencils and kajal pencils

Pencil, liquid or gel eye liner?


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