I rarely come back to France, now that I live in London; either work is taking up my time, or money is missing. But when I do, I make sure to make a lil\’ detour to Action, that chain that sells anything from makeup and toys to home decoration and stationery.
A few months ago, while I visited my sister in Dijon, I had the pleasure of browsing Action\’s shelves again – at last – and found some eye pencils I had never seen before from the brand Max & More.
Max & More Makeup Overview
I remember buying a LOT of makeup from the brand exclusively sold in Action back in the days I used to own my first YouTube channel. I also mentioned Max & More extensively at some point on It\’s Azami and my interest for the brand faded away the less I used makeup on myself and the more I found myself browsing Action stores that had little restocking or updates in terms of makeup.
Max & More | Eye Pencil Packs of 10 (€2.49 each pack)
I snatched the first pack of eye pencils in Dijon while visiting my sister. Max & More first released the range including the orange, brown and green pencil and while on a trip to my family in Troyes a month ago, I found out that Action was then also stocking a new pack containing various shades of pinks and blues.
Max & More Eye Pencils | Features
I know how reluctant I am buying makeup I cannot swatch and even though it\’s been quite regularly prohibited to swatch on your hand in makeup stores due to the Covid-19 situation – at least in London, it\’s just normal in Action. Cosmetics are so affordable there that they do not bother opening cosmetics to allow swatching.
Fortunately enough, there is always that one person who opened the pack thus allowing everyone after to swatch freely. Which I did. And what I swatched made me buy two packs of each range.
The Max & More eye pencils are very regular pencil that qualify as kohls – very creamy, very pigmented but not in the least waterproof. The color range is very wide and satisfying to the bold and the innocent with nudes, mints, burgundy and stunning blue shades. Although they are made for the eyes, I have decided to separate pencils of the same color so I dedicate one for the lips and one for the eyes.
All of the pencils swatch admirably despite some colors being harder to create. Owning the two packs means I can play around with some bright shades and muted colors with the help of the black, white and grey pencils.
Although the first pack only sported the pencils\’ names on the back of the box, Max & More improved by printing the name on a sticker placed on the lid for the second batch. Although I don\’t really care for the name for a brand that cannot really be found anywhere in the world, it did help me put them all in order for the blog (lol).
Max & More Eye Pencils | Final Thoughts
I have taken to using these pencils quite often on photoshoots as I am still surprised with their high quality. On a few of those photoshoots, I have been able to figure out if they blended well enough to be used as a base for a smoky eye – dark or vivid – and how they lasted if I simply wanted to circle the eye or apply them on the lips. Needless to say, some of those pencils are almost dead and gone, given how much I\’ve used them.
I am most impressed with the range of colors and opacity of some colors that are harder to thicken such as the burgundy or the dark green of the second pack.
I think the quality of these compares to the creaminess of the Kiko Smart Fusion lip pencils, still basic but that cost the price of the whole pack for just one piece. My only wish now is for Max & More to release more of these because I just can\’t get enough.