I bought this pencil, along with the shade Pixie, at CVS for 99 cents. I was just browsing and thought these looked decent and for $1 I didn't have much to lose. While this product isn't bad, I don't find that there is anything that it does exceedingly well.
Distress is a really pretty color. I'd describe it as a shimmery navy-cobalt blue color, if that makes sense. It has a nice shine to it, but thankfully it's not glittery. It's definitely creamy -- it glides on super smoothly and deposits color evenly. I also like that this really brings out the green in my green-blue eyes.
I planned on using this most as a liner, but the packaging prevents me from doing so very easily. Unlike with many jumbo cream pencils, you can actually sharpen this to a pretty fine point. But the cap isn't long enough to cover this if the point is too high. If you sharpen this to a point and then put the cap on, it will squish the point down and make it flat. You can still use this as a liner, but you're just going to have to deal with having a thicker line since this won't keep a thin point. I've also just brushed a liner brush onto the product and then lined my eyes with it. This works well, but it's not always an extra step I want to add.
Alone as a liner, this actually surprisingly lasts a full day with minimal migrating and smudging. I wore this alone the other day (over a primer, of course) and I only had to rub a tiny bit off my upper lashline that had migrated upwards, and I only had to rub some that had smudged on my lower lashline a few times during the day. For the cheap price, I can definitely handle a few minor touch-ups throughout the day. Don't expect this to stay on your waterline though...It'll be gone in less than an hour.
This does work pretty well as a base, but it's not often that I need a bright blue shadow base. This never really completely dries, though. It doesn't rub all over the place when you blend shadows over it, but since it still feels gel-like once it's set, it feels a little funky blending on it. But if you're doing a super blue look on your eyes, this will increase the vibrancy.
My biggest gripe with this is the packaging. The cap is made of super thin, cheap plastic...drop it once and it's shattered to bits. I had to toss Pixie because once the cap broke I couldn't figure out a way to store this without it drying out. The lid to this shade broke yesterday, so I might end up throwing it out too. Sucks, but for only a dollar I'm not too bummed.
It was nice to have this, but I think I'll be trying out NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils before coming back to these.