22 March, 2016 Eyeshadow Pencil Collection and Swatches
Shadow pencils have always been praised for their practicality, but only recently have I noticed just how pigmented, creamy and intense some formulas on the market can be. Today, I’m sharing with you my eyeshadow pencil collection, featuring a range of sparkly, shimmery tones – and a few mattes – that are perfect for popping in your handbag, or taking on holiday.
Alongside marble homeware, rose-gold phone cases and IKEA Alex drawers, a true staple in any blogger’s arsenal is one of the By Terry Ombre Blackstars. My favourite shades are Misty Rock, Frozen Quartz and Bronze Moon (all £29), and I’m always bringing them with me for post-work drinks and chilled-out weekends away. Combining a practical applicator and a gloriously glossy and twinkly formula, these jewel-toned pens are perfect for blending all over the lid, and buffing out slightly with a fluffy brush. You can easily build up the intensity, and they work equally well both over and under powder eyeshadows. Misty Rock is a beautiful mauve-pewter, Frozen Quartz is a warm-toned champagne peach, and Bronze Moon is your quintessential bronze-gold.
An affordable alternative to the luxe Ombre Blackstar is the KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow. The two shades I have in my collection are #37 Burgundy and #04 Golden Chocolate (both £6.90). Burgundy is a rich red-bronze with copper flecks, and Golden Chocolate is a deep, almost khaki brown, with a more subtle shimmer running through it. Both shades glide onto lids, are incredibly rich and opaque, and blend easily and quickly. I’ve got my eye on a peach-champagne shade next!
If you’re looking for an eyeshadow pencil with more of a matte effect, the H&M Eyeshadow Pencils in Plummy Tones and Brownstone (both £3.99) are fantastic choices. I love to use these deep, vampy shades instead of a classic black, as they create a more vibrant eye look that’s still wearable and appropriate for work. These chubby pencils are so cheap, incredibly creamy and pigmented, and they work well as either thin liners, or more smudge-friendly pencils – just sharpen depending on your needs.
Last up is one of my favourite makeup staples – the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Lionfish (£14.50). This copper-brown is a fantastic shade to lightly line the lids with, or to blend into the crease for subtle definition. The formula is slightly waxy, meaning you can get a more precise line for a more natural look, and it has a hint of rose-gold shimmer that makes brown and green eyes look gorgeous. I’ve had my pencil for years and it’s never lost its creaminess!
Let me know your favourite eyeshadow pencil in the comments below, and any other crayons, pens or sticks I should know about. I’d also love to hear your thoughts on any future content ideas you have, or anything you’d like to see more of on my blog!