I love this line. I use the charcoal gray for a less then "all black" look, and it does perfectly with a smokey eye look. The pencil takes a bit more pressure to apply then some of the "creamier" ones, but it also, IMO, is more resilient and lasts longer, perhaps because of this. It's super cheap, and a great product. I have 4 or 5 pencils floating around, it's mostly all I use.