I bought thIs stuff because I liked the glass jar it came in and thought it would last much longer than the pencil eyeliners I normally buy. It comes with a small slanted stiff brush for applying. I had good luck getting it on my upper lids after I used it a few times but it is much different than using a pencil. It goes on a lot thicker and more noticeable than pencil. Its definitely more time consuming to use this kind because of having to dip the brush in the jar and then it is messy because of that too. A jar lasts forever and it doesn't dry out.