I am on a seemingly never ending quest to find the perfect eyeliner. I have tried gel liners (thumbs down) powder liners with at least six different brushes (some good, some not) and pencil liners, like this one. The problem with most of this type is that the product is not soft enough to glide on smoothly around the eye. This is somewhere you do not want to compromise, lest you stretch and irritate the delicate skin of the eye area. I was intrigued at the idea of "Lapis Black" and ordered one. The color is stunning; it is dark, but not black, and not overwhelming on my dark blonde with medium complexion countenance. I am taking away one star, only because it is not quite as neat and clean in application as I would expect. It could be that I must become accustomed to using it. This is a soft pencil in a beautiful color, and I will continue to use it.