3 Custom Color Clarifying Pencil

3 Custom Color Clarifying PencilWhoever invented this pencil needs to be kissed all over. I know that concealer pencils aren’t anything new, but I just find the texture and finish on this one to be superb. And it’s more than a concealer, anyway – it has much more of an illuminating effect. Not so shiny-shiny that it actually highlights blemishes, but radiant enough that it brings the eyes alive when used on the waterline and gives a little ‘lift’ when applied beneath the arch of the eyebrows.

I’d say that my primary use for the 3 Custom Pencil is inside the lower lid – it’s amazing for brightening tired or red eyes. Much better than using the oft’ recommended (not by me!) white pencil, this actually makes the skin look light and fresh, rather than as though it has had chalk rubbed all over it. I have always found the ‘white pencil’ trick a bit bizarre – painting the rim of your lid to match your eyeball?! It rarely works because unless the whites of your eyes are absolutely, perfectly white, the white pencil just serves to make your eyes look more yellow by contrast.

A flesh shade is the way to go – lighter than your skin tone, but only just, it’ll freshen and enliven. I keep the 3 Custom pencil nice and sharp so that I can also use it to conceal small blemishes and to define my Cupid’s Bow, but it actually doesn’t matter if it runs down a little bit, it’s quite nice to apply to the inner eye if the point isn’t dangerously needle-sharp! The consistency is actually quite waxy – usually I prefer a creamy or gel-like texture, but it keeps it on the waterline much longer, I find.

The 3 Custom pencil only comes in one shade, but for use in the waterline it just about suits all but the very darkest skin-tones. This pencil has, over the last few months, become a permanent resident in my makeup bag. A very good sign! It costs £12 from Cult Beauty HERE.

© 2018 A Model Recommends®: all opinions are my own and any sponsored or paid posts will always be clearly marked as an AD in the title. I accept press samples and receive product and services to review as part of my job. *Outbound links are affiliate links, which means that I receive a very small percentage of any sale made. This does not affect my content in any way and does not cost you anything, but you are most welcome to Google the products on a new page if you prefer. Please see here for full "about" section and disclaimer. A Model Recommends and Ruth Crilly are registered trademarks.



  1. Sylvia
    May 24, 2011 / 11:51 am

    I haven’t tried this, but the flesh-toned end of the elf brow crayon sounds like it has a very similar texture. Good budget alternative?

    • May 24, 2011 / 7:54 pm

      @Sylvia – do you find that quite waxy though? Is it the studio one? x

  2. Claire McDonnell
    May 24, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Have been looking for a nude pencil for my kit for ages – thank you! x

  3. Anna
    May 24, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    Have you tried MAC Chromagraphic pencil? It’s perfect for the waterline. I have NC15/NW20.

  4. May 24, 2011 / 5:53 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…

    With the advent of hay fever season, me – and my sodding red eyes! – have been flirting with the notion of buying this pencil.

    I worried that it might be a gimmick or ineffective, but you’ve given me the courage to spend my pennies.

    Sarah x

  5. b
    May 24, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    Any in built sharpener? The Laura Mercier one is a life saver!!!

    • May 24, 2011 / 8:01 pm

      @brendan No, it does come with a sharpener, but typically I have lost it. x

  6. Sylvia
    May 24, 2011 / 8:26 pm

    @Ruth, I’ve only used it for the waterline and the inside of the nose. The waxiness helps in the former and something about my glasses wearing makes it melt into the latter nicely. Don’t know if it would be for everyone…

    • May 24, 2011 / 10:06 pm

      @Sylvia – I’ll dig it back out and have a look! x

  7. Abigail
    May 24, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    This is a very cool product and one I am definitely going to try! I am not keen on white pencils for the waterline either Ruth as they can look too fake, this little gem sounds ideal for highlighting the waterline and corners of the eyes (especially those dark areas between the eyes and nose). I often do a sixties eye copying Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy style etc,so this pencil would be a very handy tool for that to really make the eyes pop and soften the look, thanks Ruth!

  8. Lisa
    May 25, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    Chanel do a natural coloured pencil, but I baulk at the thought of spending £18 on a pencil, so this one is a lot cheaper, and you have given it the thumbs up, so I’d be willing to buy it because of your recommendation. I have spent a small fortune because of you this week missus! Subscribed to glossy box, bought the Estee Lauder bronzing powder and the Liquid Bronzer and also the Estee Lauder smoothing creme concealer. The plus side is I will lose weight, as I now have no money for food!! haha. :0)

    • May 25, 2011 / 6:10 pm

      @Lisa Ooops! I had better pop in some budget buys soon then! x

    • May 25, 2011 / 6:09 pm

      @Dawn Thanks what a lovely write-up! I shall add that to my press section!! xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.