Pros: wastes less product, contains shavings, easy to use, good angles
Cons: have to get it from MAC (we have no MAC here)
The Bottom Line: You would not think a sharpener could matter that much, but MAC LARGE SHARPENER is a cut above the rest - very handy too.
You would not think that I could think of anything to write about a pencil sharpener. I mean, what can you say about a pencil sharpener?
It sharpens pencils.
Well, I just so happen to have this pencil sharpener habit that I have kept hidden- until this moment of truth.
My secret is about to be exposed.
HOW DID I END UP WITH 15 PENCIL SHARPENERS?
Some years ago, my only ability to get any kind of cosmetics locally was to go 35 miles to a department store where there were only a few basic counters.
When they ran a special gift or other purchase with purchase option, I would almost fall into desperation. How could I get that really cool set when I really did not need any expensive purchases and was trying hard to figure out how to pay for the purchase with purchase?
Then it happened.
The statement that would send me into a habit too embarrassed to admit in public.
A counter rep from one of the counters suggested, "Why don't you just buy s sharpener? After all, you are still buying a purchase on top of that, I think that it is only fair."
So, I purchased my first sharpener at LANCOME.
Well, then I got another pencil- but it did not fit into my sharpener. So, off I went to Lancome again.
This time, they had a duo sharpener I wanted badly. Then I oould take it with me to jobs and not have two of them to keep track of.
I saw they were having purchase with purchase. How wonderful.
Well, when I was all excited to get the duo sharpener, the counter girl was different. She was giving me dirty looks. But I really DID want a sharpener, and why shouldn't I get the purchase?
As time went on, I found that not all sharpeners were created equal. I would find one that I loved and then it would disappear. I kept it hidden, but my dear little daughter must have been taking them, and then I had no sharpener.
There is nothing more frustrating than when you are in a hurry and your favorite makeup pencil needs sharpening and there is not one in sight and you can not finish that perfect look and you have to LEAVE.
Over the last 5 years, I have purchased about 15 makeup pencil sharpeners, either because I had to fit a new pencil and it would not sharpen correctly in the other brand's sharpener, or because mine all disappeared.
I even bought one from Clarins I was so desperate and they don't even have purchase with purchase requirement!
HOW I ENDED UP WITH THE MAC SHARPENER
One thing that drove me nuts about the sharpeners that I had before they all went to sharpener heaven, was that none of them had anything to catch the shavings.
That meant that in order to sharpen them, I had to have a wastecan handy.
That is fine, unless I am doing makeup in another location and there is not one handy.
That is when I found the MAC LARGE PENCIL SHARPENER. It looked like the answer to my problems.
The MAC PENCIL SHARPENER is covered on both sides with a see through cap which is WONDERFUL if you have to use the sharpener in a location where you have nowhere to put the shavings.
WHAT IS THE MAC SHARPENER LIKE?
THE MAC LARGE SHARPENER is 3/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches in size. It is a simple pencil sharpener except that the bottom is a flat clear piece that fits on tightly with a little black lever if you want to remove it.
The top- where the sharpening shavings end up- has a domed top which fits tightly in only one direction. It is also see through.
The blads on this sharpener are excellent- I get a good smooth sharp pensil, without ruining the product part of the pencil.
I find that this MAC SHARPENER sharpens with the least amount of waste of any of my other sharpeners from many other high end cosmetic companies.
I can sharpen at least 4 pencils before I have to empty it too, which is nice if I am doing makeup in another location.
A large format sharpener specially recommended to help maintain pencil-point precision on products such as Studio Touch-up Stick.
RETAIL PRICE: US$3.00
I am glad that I got all of those sharpeners, a few which I did re-discover. It really showed me how much I love my MAC LARGE PENCIL SHARPENER.
It does an excellent job on liner pencils and any other pencil that I have had to use it for. The angles are excellent and compared to many of my other sharpeners, wastes alot less product.