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Please help make-up illiterate person - with photo

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LagartijaNick Sat 27-Feb-16 08:46:53

Erm...How does this work? I have a lovely eye shadow crayon, but once the tip has gone, how do I get more out of it? I tried twisting the bit at the back, lipstick-like, no joy. I'm ashamed to say I tried sharpening it, kohl-style, no joy.
Disclaimer: I'm a person of average intelligence, I can do lots of more or less useful things like unblocking drains and toilets, programming a VCR, I have a degree. This is the second device of this kind that I CAN NOT use. Thank you.

Cliffdiver Sat 27-Feb-16 08:56:29

Have you tried pushing the bottom up?

AppleSetsSail Sat 27-Feb-16 08:59:36


I had a chunky thing from Sephora that looked exactly like yours (although it was a lip thing). I couldn't sharpen it either, and I figured out after I'd been digging lipstick out with a stick that if you turned the base around, the lipstick grew.

LagartijaNick Sat 27-Feb-16 09:08:10

The base won't budge. I feel like a the missing link between ape and human, trying to make myself a tool. Ugh, me want eye shadow, ugh.

Tate15 Sat 27-Feb-16 09:11:24

Rimmel scandaleyes. You twist the bottom up. I have a taupe coloured one and mine doesn't twist up either!

It's stuck fast as yours seems to be as well! I got mine in Poundstretcher. If it were Boots ID take it back and get a new one or my money back.

StylishDuck Sat 27-Feb-16 09:19:23

I had an eyeliner that I couldn't work out once. In the end I tried the sharpener and once I got through the tough plastic coating it sharpened perfectly. Not sure if that's the right way to do it, but it worked!

LagartijaNick Sat 27-Feb-16 09:21:01

It's Boots but I've been using it for a while. There is a nine minute (!) video on YouTube about it. Nine minutes! How does Hilary Clinton ever get ready for work if she has to spend nine minutes sharpening her eye shadow crayon! Other links say it needs a pencil sharpener, but it won't fit into one, even the large part of a double pencil sharpener. Where do I get an oversized pencil sharpener? In the clown shop?

barleysugar Sat 27-Feb-16 09:35:39

I sharpen my Rimmel one, but I have an ancient electric blue Avon sharpener from about 1989, which is double sized.

desperatehousewife2 Sat 27-Feb-16 09:37:38

Sorry can't help you but this did make me laugh: I feel like a the missing link between ape and human, trying to make myself a tool. Ugh, me want eye shadow, ugh.

MadameJosephine Sat 27-Feb-16 09:43:35

I had this problem too. A regular pencil sharpener didn't work, even the larger hole of a double one wasn't quite big enough. I went into boots to ask and they sold me a specific sharpener meant for make up pencils, apparently the sizes are slightly different

TheImprobableGirl Sat 27-Feb-16 10:30:27

You're gonna have to go old school OP and whittle it grin

Greengardenpixie Sat 27-Feb-16 10:31:31

I would go back with it and ask. I too have had a similar problem in the past and ended up binning the thing. I figured that that was it finished!!!

burnishedsilver Sat 27-Feb-16 12:14:27

Perhaps a bit of WD40 would get the end twisting.

LagartijaNick Sat 27-Feb-16 12:22:38

Right. I've taken a Stanley knif and whittled it away. It does now fit into the sharpener. But the actual inside bit (what would be the lead in a pencil) is too wide and crumbles. I give up and will get a special sharpener next time I'm in Boots. Or Superdrug. Excuse me while I go and wash my bad girl bronze hands.

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FuckOffJeffrey Sat 27-Feb-16 14:55:39

Have you tried soaking the base in warm water for a while ? (propped up in a mug of water so you don't get the make up bit wet). It should help get the twisty bit at the bottom to twist again.

LagartijaNick Sat 27-Feb-16 14:58:26

Like it did last summer... I've come to think it's not meant to twist. The sharpening works really well, just need the properly sized sharpener.

OttiliaVonBCup Sat 27-Feb-16 15:02:30

I had buy a special sharpener for a Charlotte Tilbury stick because it would not fit in any other one.

A happy bunny I was not.

hugoagogo Sat 27-Feb-16 15:35:27

I have the exact same one, mine doesn't turn either.

It should say on these things how they work; I had the same trouble with this concealer pencil.

Wombatinabathhat Sat 27-Feb-16 15:43:50

I've no advice OP but I've enjoyed your witty posting style. Thank you thanks

LagartijaNick Sat 27-Feb-16 16:01:59

Thank you for all your advice, and thank you, Wombat, that made my day, because I was trying to be witty. Have a good weekend everyone and good luck with your eye make-up.

burnishedsilver Sat 27-Feb-16 16:11:23

After a little research it seems the bottom isn't meant to turn. You are supposed to sharpen it with a bigger and stronger than normal sharpener, which Rimmel don't make (idiots). Apparently the bourgious sharpener will do the trick. The review section on Boots website is full of peoplel saying its a great product but they have to buy a new one every few weeks when the nib wears down.

Euphemia Sat 27-Feb-16 21:05:43

A big name like Rimmel and it's basically crap. They just take the mickey out of women, don't they?!

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