Collection Eyeshadow Pencils | Review

Friday, 6 September 2013


I have featured the Collection Eyeshadow Pencils in a couple of my posts now so I thought it was about time to post in a little more detail. 
I noticed they were on offer in Boots and that was more than enough of a reason for me to make a purchase, so I swatched all the shades and decided upon a light pink champagne shade called Vintage Blush and a rich brown shade called Hot Chocolate.
They also had a pretty light white shade but I decided it was a bit too similar to MAC's Nylon which I already have so decided to  leave it on the shelf.

The pencils are soft, creamy and well pigmented. Upon application, I find that both apply extremely smoothly with no tugging or pulling on my eyelid and give off great colour with just a quick swipe. I've found that although they are blendable, you really need to work quickly with them, especially Hot Chocolate as they dry to a non budge finish in no time. 

I've found the best way to apply Hot Chocolate is to work from my lash line upwards so that I can blend it into my crease as otherwise it just looks a bit messy. However, when done right it looks lovely and makes for a perfect subtle smokey eye that lasts all day with no creasing or smudging.

Vintage Blush is a little more generous with its drying time and I can apply it all over my lid before I need to blend it. I usually give it two swipes, the first one as a base and blended out and then the second to add the shimmer back onto my lid. This works so well for a really natural eye shadow but I've also used it as a highlight beneath my brow bone and in the inner corners of my eyes.

The packaging is pretty much as you'd expect for an eye shadow pencil, it comes with a clear plastic lid which feels secure for travelling but you will need a sharpener as they aren't wind up. This isn't particularly an inconvenience as they don't run down quickly.

As for removal, although they will stay put all day they aren't a problem to remove at night, a couple of swipes of eye makeup remover (not even a waterproof one!) and it's gone without a trace left on your eyelids.

Overall, they're a great little purchase for on the go or when you are in a rush in the morning as they seriously do not budge on me and I don't use my eyeshadow primer before applying them either. I'd quite like to see a few more shades added to the line as the others are on the blue spectrum and some plum/green/gold certainly wouldn't go amiss with Autumn just around the corner!

17 comments :

  1. Vintage Blush looks sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing :)

    www.anacelinelabod.blogspot.de

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    1. Great review! I have nominated you for the Liebster award!

      evelinkivi.blogspot.com

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    2. Ahh thank you Evelin! x

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  3. Love both of those colors, but definitely want to try the Vintage Blush! Thanks for the review!

    http://sisterhearts7.blogspot.com/

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  4. I need these!! Both these shades are so nice xo

    Rachael | beautypea.com

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    1. They're great to mix and match! x

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  5. Awe! these look SO good! Especially loving the vintage blush! I love how blogs can introduce you to products that you easily tend to overlook! I have missed this blog ~ A lot! xxx

    http://throwmesomethingbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I know, I want to buy SO MANY things because of other blogs, haha! xxx

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  6. Love the look of these! Especially vintage blush. I'm definitely going to pick one of these up!


    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic

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    1. They're such great little bargains! x

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  7. Vintage Blush is so pretty! I bet you could probably use it as a base too since they seem like they're a little tacky.

    xo, alison*elle

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  8. I've got Vintage Blush, but after reading this I really want to try Hot Chocolate! :)

    life-of-libby.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  9. I wish we had Collection in the States :/ Those eye shadow liners look nice! Btw, I nominated you for the Liebster Award and the questions are here on my blog http://lipsticksandchanelbags.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-liebster-award.html

    xx, Nichol :)

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  10. I tried the blue one and liked it! Lovely to discover your blog!

    www.makeupmonster.ie

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