Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

By now, everyone's seen these eyeshadow pencils from Urban Decay (www.urbandecay.com). As is always the case with UD, I was only able to get these because I ordered them from overseas from Look Fantastic (www.lookfantastic.com). The pencils retail for US$20 and I paid £14, which is roughly AUD$21. I've read heaps of great reviews, so I was sure I wasn't going to regret spending that much. I got Morphine (pinkish purple with blue sheen) and Midnight Cowboy (beige with silver glitter). I haven't worn Midnight Cowboy yet, so this review is based on my experience with Morphine.

Left: swatched on the back of my hand in the sun. Right: after 5 hours, 2 hours of which involved heavy sweating.

I wore Morphine with nothing underneath, not even my regular UDPP. I wanted to see how well it lasted on its own. Boy, was I impressed! First of all, it applies like a dream. It's a nice, creamy pencil and because it's thick, it was easy to cover the whole lid quickly and blend it in before it set. Once it set, it didn't budge. The swatch photos above are a testament to this: the swatch on the right is after 2 hours of training and a hell of a lot of sweating. I also wear wraps under my boxing gloves, so you can see that most of it stayed on even then.

This is when I first applied it.

This is after I got home from martial arts class. Forgive the exhaustion in the photo on the left.

The wear is amazing and I can definitely recommend these to anyone. I'm hoping the glittery Midnight Cowboy lasts the same. My only concern is how they hold up once they're sharpened. That's a long way away, so I can't comment on that just yet.

Sorry if review sounds like a rehash of what other blogs have mentioned months ago, but the Glide-On Shadow Pencils are new to me. As I've bitched about before, living in the arse end of the world means we either get things really late or not at all, in which case we have to hunt for them and buy them from overseas web sites. Not to mention the price of cosmetics in Australia compared to the rest of the world...