Great Bargain Beauty Tool Find

Hello gentle readers.

It seems like a simple little thing, really. Liner pencil pencil sharpeners. I mean, what's the big deal? A sharpener's a sharpener.


Not so much.

I have been through a handful of them in the past few years, all insanely cheap and all insanely awful. From Revlon to Wet-N-Wild to a few others, drugstore sharpeners have been consistently terrible. You know how it is, insert pencil, twist and... Ugh. Instead of a smooth, clean sharpening, I'd get a chewed up end that looked as if it was attacked by a clan of rabid beavers. I would shove the pencil in again and again and again and, an inch of product later, finally get something vaguely resembling a point I would consider putting somewhere near my eye.

On a dare.

Those cheap sharpeners don't seem so cheap, when I think about how much of my liners they have eagerly consumed over the years.

I thought about ponying up ten dollars plus shipping for a fancy-schmancy sharpener by a favorite makeup company of mine when I remembered a glowing recommendation I received on Facebook for the Beautique Sharpener sold at Sally Beauty supply. Of course, being the lame brain I am, for the longest time I kept forgetting to buy one. Finally, the last time I was in my local Sally's, I remembered to pick one up. It was around four dollars with my Sally Beauty Club Card. Not bad. I figured if it was a piece of junk, the price wouldn't make it heartbreaking.

It's not a piece of junk.

Here is the Beautique brand sharpener. It looks like a standard liner pencil sharpener. It has a clear plastic hinged cover around it to catch shavings.

The cover can open top and bottom.

This sharpener is a dual sharpener, it can accommodate standard and jumbo pencils.

It does a very nice job sharpening my liners. It sharpens quickly and smoothly without eating up half the pencil, it doesn't leave jagged edges and splinters all over the place and it doesn't do terrible things to the pencil, it's self. This sharpener doesn't make the point too long, too dull, too sharp, break it off over and over, make it fat, skinny, fat, skinny so that it breaks and smashes all over my face the moment I try to use it. It just makes my point look like the picture, below. Quickly and easily, in just a few quick, smooth twists. Yes, the photo below is my nude liner after being sharpened with this sharpener. Nice, huh?

I like this sharpener. A lot. And I am going to pick up another one next time I' am in Sally's so that I have one for light pencils, one for dark. I don't like having to obsessively clean, clean, clean my sharpener between pencils. I don't mind cleaning it, but cleaning it between a black and nude liner? Ridiculous.

If you are tired of struggling with less than stellar sharpeners, if you are on the look out for a great liner pencil sharpener for an affordable price, I recommend the Beautique sharpener from Sally Beauty Supply.

Have you tried this brand liner pencil sharpener? What do you think of it? Do you think that you might like to try it?

Thank you so much for stopping in and reading and have a beautiful day.


  1. I can also recommend the Essence double barrel sharpener sold at Ulta. The case isn't hinged like this one but both the top and bottom do come off for easy cleaning. Said case also holds a little toothpick-looking piece to unstick leftover bits from softer pencils. It looks like this one does too? Unfortunately the not-hinged aspect also means that the top and/or bottom could fall off and skitter under the vanity if you drop it on a hard surface (can you tell that I'm familiar with this situation? lol) but for the 1.99 it cost me, I'm still thrilled with the purchase.

  2. Yeah, I love it when stuff falls and skitters under my vanity. LOL The little pick thingy sounds like a great addition, I grab a toothpick to help me clean mine. I forgot to mention that the outer case can come off of this one, too. The brain... It's the first thing to go. After the tits.

    I am in forever envy of all of you who have an Ulta close to you. I have to drive all the way to the Phoenix Metro area to access one or order online. And let's get real, Ulta's website sucks. Their customer service is lovely but their website... *shudder*

  3. I'm a fan of the UD Grindhouse, I've had them for years. I find the hinge and the pick to clean out the sharpener invaluable.

  4. This sounds like a great sharpener! i am going to check it out next time at sally's!

  5. If I didn't already love my sharpener, I would buy this one!

  6. I think that once you fall for a sharpener, it's like falling for a lover. You have your one and only. :)

  7. I like it. I was really surprised how much. I was expected to be disappointed again. But it's good. :)

  8. No kidding. If I shell out for something, I don't want it to disappear on me. I don't mind losing four clams. Ten, I'd be mad. LOL

  9. I have heard great things about the Grindhouse and was going to buy it if the Beautique didn't work out for me. :D

  10. Cool -= my very best and favorite sharpener is a double size one but it only has the cover on the top - not the bottom - all the shavings do go into the top but I would like it covered both sides for safety reasons to travel with it...and I have no idea where I got it's been with me a good 7 yrs and going strong!

  11. I hope that this one works a good, long, time. I don't mind spending a few buck, now and then, it's just having to go buy it. :P *lazy slag* :D

  12. I think I only have crappy pencil sharpeners because they always make my pencils too blunt or oddly shaped or jaggered or just a friggin mess.


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