Ten Reasons Why You Should Not Buy CG EyeSlicks

Eye powders can often be too messy and a pain to blend correctly. That’s why Cover Girl came out with their CG Eyeslicks. These ‘gel’ pencils are designed to be an easy, long lasting way to brighten your lids. But in my cosmetic endeavors I’ve discovered 10 reasons why Cover Girl’s fine intentions are overshadowed by the inferiority of the product.

1. Just Try to Find One Intact

When I buy a makeup product I expect, just like you would, to receive a fully undamaged item. Unfortunately, four out of five of these Eyeslicks that I purchase were either damaged beyond the point of use or unusable after one application. The reason for this seems to be the thrifty manner in which they put thinner gel sticks into the middle of the pencil than is needed for it to stay intact. The only reason why that one out of the five worked was because the ‘lead gel’ was melted onto the rim of the wood tip and by lady luck’s graces remained together. Whether they are “supposed to” be loosely rattling around inside the wooden casing has yet to be understood.

2. The Hassle of Checking Each One

How do you make sure the product isn’t detached? Well you simply have to remove the plastic seal and check them in the store. I personally don’t want to purchase a cosmetic item that has been tapered with, but the low quality of the product lends itself to this uncouth habit. Did they really expect us to have faith in their product if eight out of every ten are no better than a store return? You can also check if the gel stick is broken by shaking it gently; but you risk breaking it yourself this way. And with the hassle it is to find a good one on the rack, I wouldn’t take the chance.

3. Breaks Easily On Eyelid

Ok, so I found one that I could use. I used it twice and apparently the light pressure it takes to apply the gel to your eyelids is just enough to break the gel stick loose. Argh! Back to the local Rite Aid.

4.A Glorified Crayon

The ‘gel’ is actually the consistency of a very soft metallic crayon. I’m not sure why Cover Girl referred to it as gel at all. This word made it seem like you could dispense it onto your eye, like a tube. Instead you get a poorly designed pencil that neither performs well as a pencil or as an eye shadow gel. So confusing

5. Ghastly Color Selection

You would expect there to be some soft pastel colors like the pink and blue variations, but they also include some barely usable colors that aren’t suited for any skin tone. The crystal mint shade just gives a sufficient pale green to make you look ill enough to get people wondering where you were last night. The pewter is amazing; I didn’t think you could simulate the I-haven’t-slept-in-days look on your eyelids too! I can’t see any use for most of the colors unless you are a Tim Burton fan.

6.Lasts Too Long?

I didn’t think it were possible that I could complain about this feature. It does last almost all day at full tint. But unfortunately these colors look better when faded slightly and give only a glimmering effect. Although Cover Girl made it lasting, there is no benefit in this.

7. Hard to Wash off

Powdered eye shadows may not always have the lasting effects of this stick, but they definitely wash away with a simple soapy lather. On the other hand, you have to use some elbow grease to get these eyeslicks off your lids. And just when you think it’s all removedâÂ?¦opps, the metallic glitter is still there. The surface is waxy even after you manage to liberate your skin from it.

8. Just as Messy as Powdered Eye Shadow

If you are prone to rub your eyes in any way than this stick is just as dirty as powders. The metallic, waxy color comes off on your fingers and you can’t rub it off like you can with powders. You have to try to tissue it off. But forget about the menacing glitter-that will hold for hours.

9. Inconvenient Materials

Eye shadows are nice because they are portable in your purse. However, if you dare to carry a stick of eyeslick with you on a hot day you risk it melting into its primeval form. And need we discuss the effects of shaking it too hard again?


Like every pencil, CG Eyeslicks will require sharpening (that’s assuming you are a Tim Burton fan, and it didn’t already break on you). When the gel gets low it can be hazardous to your optical area; the wood of the pencil can scrap on an edge you thought had enough gel still left (because the gel is so soft it can break off in chunks on your eyelid too). Sharpening is obviously a recommended necessity at this point. Unfortunately if you try to sharpen it the chances of the gel stick coming loose inside is magnified 100 fold.

My conclusion: Clearly it’s not enough to have good intentions when it comes to a practical eyeshadow.

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