There has been quite a big move towards pencils and crayons in the last few years in the beauty industry and I can totally see why. They're easy to carry in your handbag, don't require brushes, the textures are usually beautifully creamy and I could almost do my whole face with just crayons and pencils (apart from foundation and mascara)
The reason I started thinking about this blog post was because of the Nudestix I tried a while back, although I think they're all quite nice the concealer stuck out to me the most and I've had it in my handbag since. The Nudestix Concealer Pencil is creamy and easy to apply, I never apply too much and can just use my fingers to blend it all in.
Another product which is permanently in my handbag and which I find really helps me look more awake after a long day other than concealer is the Benefit High Brow. It's designed for the brow bone and it's great for this but I also love it in the inner corner of my eye or warmed up and blended on to my cheeks. The colour is great and it saves me carrying around highlighters which I always manage to shatter.
Pencils we all use are eyeliners and brow pencils- there are so many great ones that I'm not at all too fussy as long as they're pigmented and creamy. I love the Urban Decay 24/7 Liners and the Rimmel Liners, they're just the best!
Everyone has jumped on the Clinique Chubby Stick bandwagon but I still think Clinique does it best although the Revlon ones do come a close second. However when I am after something a little brighter, more pigmented and often matte I reach for either Topshop Bullets or Nars Lip Pencils. I also love Clinique Chubby Sticks Cheek Colour which are great if you are into cream blush!
I don't think I've quite mastered the eyeshadow crayon and usually do finish off with a shadow on top or through the crease but I do love the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows.
What are your essential pencils/crayons?