I was in Rite Aid the other day and what do I see on the shelf but Maybelline’s “On the Runway” release for fall 2013. There were three displays, one with lipglosses only, one with nail polish only and the other with nail polish, eyeshadow quads and lipsticks.
I’ve got some exciting news girlies!!!! If you have been watching my videos you know that I have a love/hate relationship with Nars Hollywood eyeshadow pencil. It made my “August Favorites and What the Heck” video. If you missed it here it is:
Anyway, I love Nars in general, but I hate their Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil formula. The colors are gorgeous, especially Hollywood, which is a golden champagne color. However, the darn thing will not stay! It creases before it ultimately disappears, all within an hour of application. I tried everything, absolutely everything I could think of, to make the shadow pencil work for me. I used it with Nars primer, I topped it with powder eyeshadow, I put it over powder and finally I had some success putting it over wet mineral eyeshadow and topping it with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray. That’s a lot of work for a $24 eyeshadow pencil. Understandably I was on the hunt for a dupe and, I’m happy to report, I found one!!!
Introducing Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige. Its a dead ringer for Nars Hollywood eyeshadow pencil. Take a look at the swatches.
One of ilani’s latest releases has been their cream eyeshadow pencils. They come in a variety of colors from neutrals to bold brights.
These pencils are really nice. They are creamy and do not tug at your eyelid when you apply them. They blend well (the white one blends a little too well for certain eye looks). I didn’t have any creasing and they easily lasted a good 10 hours without fading.
The only issue I had was with the white pencil. These pencils claim to be highly pigmented, which the blue one is, but when you touch the white shadow, it turns into a sheen. Its pretty, don’t get me wrong, but the color is almost impossible to build. It makes a beautiful highlight though.
So, have you picked up any of these shadows and if so what do you think of them?
I purchased these products myself and as always these are my own, honest opinions.
I have been a fan of the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeshadow pencils since they were released. I have several and they are all top notch quality. They come in 12 different shades from neutral to beautiful pops of color. My favorite is Morphine, which is what I would describe as an electric purple. I just love it!
These eyeshadow pencils are perfect for summer as they are waterproof. They stay on until you take them off and the don’t crease. They make pretty looks on their own and also act as good bases for powdered shadows. I couldn’t ask for more!
When you put these things on you had better be ready to blend…quickly! You have about 1 minute to get the shadow where you want it because once its dry, its dry. There is no turning back, its there to stay. I have found that blending with my finger works fine for shadow that I am laying down on the lid and for minor blending with another color. I do prefer their 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush for more detailed looks with the pencils as it really does help blend them together. The brush retails for $16. It is domed shaped and stiff. It’s built using the same vegan materials as the Good Karma brush collection, with super-soft synthetic “hair” made from recycled plastic bottles. It also has a recycled aluminum handle.
So, have you tried these shadows and if not, do you think you will?
All products were purchased by me and I was not compensated for reviewing these items. As always, these are my own, honest opinions.