I'm always surprised when people say that they never wear eyeshadow because it's too difficult. Red lipstick is difficult. A perfectly straight cat-eye liner is difficult. Wearing false eyelashes is difficult! But eyeshadow? Literally it can be as easy as slapping something on with the ball of your finger - or as easy as swiping your lids with a fancy eyeshadow pencil.
Recently, I was sent over a few of the Annabelle eyeshadow pencils to try and I have to say - they are awesome. Eyeshadow pencils are kind of a new thing; they've been around for seasons, but in the last year or so, they seem to have exploded in popularity and it's easy to see why. While eyeshadows can be daunting with all the various tools and techniques involved, eyeshadow pencils are pretty straightforward.
Annabelle's Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils came out a few years ago and are designed to be long-lasting while having a creamy, easy to work with finish. The line comes with 7 colors, mostly made up of bright, peacock toned colors, but I received the ony 2 neutral shades of the line, Cocoaloco and Mokamirage, to try.
|Top to bottom: Cocoaloco, Mokamirage|
Cocoaloco is a rich, chocolate brown that has a super soft texture and a beautiful satiny finish. I love these kinds of warm browns as they're very flattering on my NC25 skintone. While cooler, more ashy browns tend to make my eyes look very bare, warm browns like these light up my eyes and give them a subtle depth. I found Cocoaloco very easy to work with. Because of their softness, the point on the Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils quickly wears away, so don't expect any thin, precise lines. Instead, you'll get a thick, smudgy line that can be easily blended out for a quick daytime smoky eye. You can even make this into a quick full lid color simply by coloring in your lower lid, then smudging everything out with a finger and blending it up above the crease. You only have few precious seconds to work with this pencil before the color sets and once it does, you get all day wear with no fading. Without a primer, I did notice some creasing, but with a primer this shade wore totally fine.
Mokamirage has the same texture, finish and wear-time as Cocoaloco, but is a medium taupe-brown tone. Although my swatch looks pretty pigmented, I found that Mokamirage kinda disappears on my eyelids as it's so close to my skin color and I tend to use it as a sticky base for other shadows.
|Top to bottom: Taupe and Gold|
Similarly, the 2 shades I received to try from the TwistUp Eyeshadow Pencils are also great base colors, but I actually prefer these over Mokamirage. While the Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils are thicker and require a sharpener, the TwistUp Eyeshadow Pencils are slimmer, retractable, and do not require a sharpener. Just like the Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils though, the TwistUp Eyeshadow Pencils are very creamy and have a strong shimmer finish.
The TwistUp Eyeshadow Pencils shade Taupe is quite similar to Mokamirage, but is warmer and more vibrant so that it actually appears on my skin. I love to use this shade everywhere - on my brow bone, along my waterline and in my inner corners as it just brings a beautiful light to my eyes. If I'm feeling like a little more drama, then I'll opt for the Gold shade, which has a strong, golden sheen to it that gives you that instant golden goddess feeling. Both shades wear very well all day with primer, but I do notice that they're a teensy bit harder to blend out than the Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils. While I don't mind with the TwistUp lipstick pencils that you can't sharpen them, I find that I do mind that I can't sharpen the TwistUp Eyeshadow Pencils. Again, with the creamy texture, these pencils get rounded fast and it would be nice to be able to get a more precise line if you wanted to.
|Left to right: Cocoaloco, Mokamirage, Taupe, Gold|
Both the Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils and the TwistUp Eyeshadow Pencils are available at Canadian drugstores like London Drugs, or online. The Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils are slightly bigger at 1.6 g versus 1.4 g and are a dollar cheaper too at $8.95 versus $9.95 for the TwistUp Eyeshadow Pencils.
Buy - affordable, easy to use and so pretty!
What is your favourite eyeshadow pencil?