Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Hey guys!

So today I wanted to show some love for a long time favourite product series of mine - it's the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

I've had quite a lot of these over the years - they were some of my first 'proper' make up purchases when I was about 14 - and, thanks to there being so many colours; they never get old and in terms of quality, I've never found something better.

Here, I want to look at two sets: the Black Market set (available from Debenhams here for £26.00. They are also available at House of Fraser, but the Debenhams website lets you zoom better and gives more info). I've had this set for a little while, I bought it during one of the 15% off promotions.  

Also, I was lucky enough to receive the Ocho Loco 2 set from my mum for Christmas. This set is available exclusively at House of Fraser (here)  and retails for £40.00. 

So, looking at the pencils in general, they have a lot going for them. They're very waterproof, smudgeproof and fadeproof (those are words... ahem). I apply them in the morning, waterline and eyelid, and there they will remain. All day. Now I'll admit to having the driest, least oily skin of all time, so I know that helps out a bit with make-up wear time - but even aside from my personal skin formulation, the Urban Decay eyeliners are praised the (blog) world over for their durability.

Left to Right:
Riot// A deep blue toned purple
Desperation// A mauve toned grey
Apathy// a blue toned moss green
Lust// a more vibrant pink toned purple
Ink// a cool "denim" blue
West// a chocolate brown

Looking at the Black Market set first - it's six travel size pencils (Colours listed above) that are honestly, practically perfect colours for me. It's the reason I bought the set. Often I find that, due to the wide range of colours they produce, there's usually one or two in a set that 'just aren't for me'. Not in the Black Market set. They're all fantastic, smokey, almost grungy (but in the BEST way possible) shades, that I am just in love with. I literally sit and stare at them for ages. My precious. 

 Top to Bottom:
Riot // Desperation // Apathy // Lust // Ink // West

My most worn is probably Desperation, a mauve-toned grey that's not too dark for casual eyes and not so light it's invisible. it really pops my hazel eyes too. It's what I wear on days wear I'm not really wearing makeup. a little smudge of it on my eyelid, and some mascara and boom, I look awake. They've been fantastic during this exceptionally  wet Scottish winter too, as they don't start to run down my face after a few minutes outside. 

My least worn is definitely Ink. Remember how I said that there wasn't one I didn't like in this set... well, that's true, but this one is definitely sitting closer to that camp. It's not him, it's me. I just don't really do blue eye makeup - I just never feel I suit it? However, this little fella has forced me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to give blue another shot. 

Moving on to look at the Ocho Loco 2 set. It contains 8 full size pencils in the colours Roach (a copper colour), Twice Baked (a darker, more blue based brown), Crave (a very dark grey/brown), Perversion (very black), Deep End (turquoise), Mars (moss green), Ultraviolet (cyan blue) and Tornado (dark purple), and also an eye liner sharpener, which I think is a nice touch.

Whereas Black Market contains very wearable, neutral colours; these are definitely a bit more 'out there' - but in a good way. The only one I'm unsure I'll really wear at all is Deep End - I just have no idea what look to do it with, but I'd welcome any suggestions! Being a blue, Ultraviolet will require a bit more will power to wear - having to leave *dun, dun, duuuunnnn*... my comfort zone. But then that's a good thing. 

 Top to Bottom:

Roach // Twice Baked // Crave // Perversion // Deep End // Mars // Ultraviolet // Tornado

Like I said, this set is newer, but even so, I think a clear favourite has already been established: Twice Baked. I love this. It's very warm, but not too pink - which is good as I often think pink around my eyes makes me look so tired. It's a little shimmery which makes it seem less intense for day wear, and it goes brilliantly with my Naked Basics palette.

So to recap;
- I love Urban Decay eyeliners
- I've bought enough in the last month to last me probably a couple of years!

I hope you've enjoyed reading a bit about my love for them, I'm curious to know if you use them, and if so... what colour is your favourite?



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