Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Hands down
I must admit, I'm no beauty stylist or makeup artist. I'm an average woman that applies makeup, well, averagely. If I find that my day is packed, which is often, and I have managed to run late, which is also often, I always at least put on eyeliner and mascara. They're my go-to's no matter what! Unfortunately, eyeliner does not find me it's go-to canvas.
I constantly struggle with eyeliners that give me "raccoon eyes" after a few hours of wear; eyeliners that are simply too fancy for me to even apply without needing a steady un-caffeinated hand and 20 minutes per eye (between my husband and kids that day will never happen for me); or an eyeliner that is forgiving, allowing me to easily wipe off and reapply as needed (often).
So when I was lucky enough to get to try Covergirl's Exhibitionist 24-hour Kohl Eyeliner in black, I didn't expect anything less than the chaos that already ensues when I apply any other eyeliner. Thankfully, that was not the case!
This eyeliner goes on smooth and easy, even with the hand of a busy mom running on no sleep and about 2 cups of coffee. The color is perfect! I have dark brown eyes. I also find it difficult to wear a wide arrange of colors for eyeliner outside of black to compliment my dark eyes so well.
Covergirl's Exhibitionist Kohl Black is exactly that...black. Not a faded black that's hardly noticeable, not an acrylic paint black that looks incredibly unnatural. It is just the right shade of black. And the best part? It stays put! No more "raccoon eyes" or being asked by my kids if someone "battled" me by hour two of our messy mornings. It's wonderful! Not to mention, it's easily removed; it is very forgiving and easy to correct; and it has an application that is easy like a pencil/crayon eyeliner but the power of a liquid eyeliner!
One downfall, though not for me, I could see where it could be difficult to apply for details. Then again, like mentioned before, I wouldn't even know how to do details, making that purely speculation and moot.
All things considered and mentioned, it's definitely a powerhouse to beat on the shelves at your local store that you purchase makeup from and even online. No need for those difficult to use and expensive eyeliners that department store beauty clerks try to shove in your...well...eyes. This is it, ladies!
Most Helpful Critical Review Impossible to sharpen
I just bought this yesterday. After the tip immediately broke off, I tried to sharpen it. Struggling, I came here looking for answers and learned that there aren't any actual helpful tips and that everyone seems to be suffering the same issues. This is crazy to me, as the back of the packaging literally says "easy to sharpen."
Once I finally succeeded at hacking some of it off, the result was so jagged that it cut at my eye. Unacceptable.
Reviewed by 806 customers No info on how to sharpen it!
discerning buyer from Florida
The packaging should really explain it needs a pencil sharpener to sharpen it and suggest the recommended CG sharpener! It looks like a plastic casing that will not sharpen and needs ro be rolled up but no way to roll up more product.
Priys from Chennai India
I bought this,like it. Problem is it cannot be sharpened. Have tried all possible ways. Am sure there should be a solution.
Do not buy, shame on you!
Eyeris from San Jose, CA
Worst product ever! I only bought because I thought it did not need to be sharpened. Packaging is deceiving, it cannot be advanced and it cannot be sharpened total waste of money.
Very disappointed in the Covergirl brand
Absolute Waste of Money
Janet Mac from Troy, Missouri
The package clearly states "easy to sharpen" which cannot be done. No normal pencil sharpener will sharpen it and you cannot push or roll it up. All you get is a little tip of eyeliner for your money. Unbelievable!
Can't sharpen it!
Bturner81 from Texas
This product is very misleading. It does not allow you to roll up any more product. There is more in the pencil, it is just stuck in there. After a week and a half of using it, it's done. What a waste of money!!!
SSharpe from New Mexico
I'm not sure how this has so many bad reviews. Mine has ran low several times and sharpened with no problem. Really smooth and stays in place. Great!
Love this eyeliner (but you need a sharpener)
MicheleE from Charlotte NC
Love the smoky affect and that it doesn't smudge. Small issue finding the right sharpener, you need a small barrel sharpener, not a big barrel. Sharpens right up to fresh point.
Stop telling people to call and do something
llll29 from undisclosed
I am also having the same problem as everyone else. I have tried several different sharpeners and NONE work. Telling people to call is ridiculous. Fix the problem
Great until you need to sharpen it!
Pointless In Brandon from Florida
I can not sharpen the 3 pencils I got.
Not a happy camper .
The advancing mechanism does not work
bob27777777777777777 from undisclosed
I bought two of these and a few days after opening the first found that I could not advance the pencil. Eventually I cut it in half and realized that there was more product inside, but it would not advance. For the second one I think I will cut off the bottom of the pencil and advance it manually so I don't have to throw it away.
This is a mechanical issue that CoverGirl needs to address.
Lori E from New Hampshire
I have used Perfect Point pencils for years and was excited to try the Exhabationist eye pencil as it is waterproof and smudgeproof! However, it doesn't twist up and dispense more eye pencil like the Perfect Point. So, using this product for about two weeks to have it used up is very disappointing. Rather sneaky, Cover Girl, as one would assume you would use the same twist technology for all your pencils.
Jane88 from undisclosed
Wasted money on 3 of these thinking they were broke. Unable to advance or sharpen. Only get 2-3 uses, such a waste of money. The tip of the last one broke before I even used it. This makes me mad enough to stop using cover girl all together. Rip off!
Never got to use it
Regimus_paximus from Magnolia, TX
I bought this eyeliner and when I opened it the entire tip came off...I didn't even get to use it once and now I have to throw it out, since I can't push out more or sharpen it. I'm really really disappointed. I LOVE covergirl products but this is the second time it's happened and I'm on the verge of switching products :(
Great formula,but . . .
Debbie9 from Dallas, Texas
I like how easily it goes on, but I have the same problem as others in that it will not sharpen. I've tried 5 different sharpeners that I have and none will work. My last resort is to try a knife. Sadly, I have 2 of these and rarely use them because of the sharpening issue. It would be nice if they were retractable.
Good and bad!
Lisa2074 from Seminole, Fl
The eyeliner is absolutely wonderful however to sharpen the pencil is the most hideous thing I have encountered! You waste so much product … I have tried all different types of sharpeners as well as a razor blade… ugh… nothing works! I would love to hear any suggestions!
mcof57 from Richland, WA
i bought this only a little over a week ago and i already can't use it. and i haven't even used it everyday. the end twists so it seems like you can just twist the product up but it doesn't. i didn't realize you had to sharpen it until i read some of these reviews! i thought it was plastic and in un sharpen-able. and even though they say you can sharpen it with any eyeliner pencil sharpener, it's impossible, whether the sharpener is new or not. not worth the money. DO. NOT. BUY.
does not sharpen
ter bear from Edmonds , WA
I bought this twice in two weeks because the sharpener does not work. The pencil itself I love it really does not smudge. Obviously the company does not hear the many complaints and does not do anything about it. I just called the company they said they would send me two more but have done nothing to solve the problem so I asked for my money back. It will take up to 6 to 8 weeks to get my money back. What really concerns me is they are continuing to rip people off because they have not fixed the problem but still putting it in stores. They need to put directions on how to use the sharpener. If they fix the problem I will give it a good review but as of now do not buy this product.
It won't advance
Nanceeee from Florida
I bought this not long ago. I love it but it won't advance. Now what?
Crista77 from Boise
Use just for one week. I cannot sharpen or I don't know if is retractable?! Needs instructions to be used!
How do you sharpen this eyeliner pencil?
Kitty12 from Kalamazoo, Michigan
I loved this eyeliner when I first got it but it disintegrated when I tried to sharpen it.
love this eyeliner. ...
jenniferl546 from undisclosed
love this eyeliner. goes on smooth and stays all day. like a liquid liner but also like a pencil. can't say enough good things about this liner!
Great for a few uses
Claire007 from Apple Valley, Minnesota
Was very happy with the product until the tip dulled and I was neither able to sharpen what was exposed nor twist any more out. The packaging didn't say "single use," so I find it rather ridiculous that I could only use it a couple times. It seems people have been complaining about this for a least a year and the product is still on shelves...fix this issue and it's great! Smooth and good color.
one use pencil
Mil P from NYC
I have actually bought this pencil twice. I thought maybe the first one was defective, but I still couldn't sharpen it. I got one use out of each one This is a waste of money.
Can't sharpen it
BLONDIE79 from Reno Nevada
Product was awesome until you try to sharpen it. I called Cover Girl to find out how to sharpen it, she said use a pencil sharpener. What a joke! You waste it trying to sharpen it. Totally disappointed.
School pencil sharpener
RJRenner from undisclosed
Was ready to throw this out until my husband tried his old fashioned wall mount sharpener like we had in school. That worked.