Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review: The Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary 24/7 Pencil Set

I'm going to try and be as honest as possible in this review. I loved the concept of this eyeliner set. 15 eyeliners in every color under the sun, valued at $280, being sold for only $92 (only? I know, I know, 100 dollars is expensive but considering each eyeliner sells for $17 individually it is quite a bargain. Plus, you won't have to buy an eyeliner for another year or two haha). In practice though, it hasn't been as amazing using these liners as I had expected. The liners are very creamy, which is a plus, but they can be so heavy that they don't smudge well, and I like to have that smoldering effect when I apply liner. I usually like to have a strong line in the waterline and then smudge the outer rims of my eyes. However when I run the pencil along the rim it doesn't matter how little pressure I apply, it still comes out just as dark and concentrated as it was when I applied it to my waterline, so it just looks like a thick strip of color circling my eye. Also I have to add that I like to apply my liner really closely to my upper lashline and when I do that with these pencils, the color just goes everywhere, all over my lashes. When I use the gold liner my lashes are coated in gold and I look crazy, and it's difficult to go over the tops of your lashes with a black mascara without getting it all over your liner/shadow too. So it can get messy.
A few of the formulas are hit and miss. Most are really pure and rich in color like Perversion, the blackest black liner which is extremely pigmented. Others though, such as Ransom (the one I'm wearing down below) take several motions running back and forth over my lid before the color comes out as I want/expect. In general, I'm glad I received this set as a gift, but I am a little disappointed. The thing I have gotten the most use out of is the incredibly beautiful eye pencil sharpener they include in the set! It retails for $10 and you can buy it at Sephora. It is so beautiful, and it has two holes in it. The little one fits the normal eyeliner pencil, and the second hole fits the new Urban Decay eye shadow pencil (a product I have been yearning to get my hands on!). It's really come in handy, especially for sharpening this especially fat glittery eyeliner pencil I've had forever but had to stop using because it wore down to a flat surface and none of my sharpeners would fit it. 
A lot of people love the Urban Decay Eyeliner Pencils, but I'm still a little on the weary side. Swatching them on my hand was amazing though. The liners ran over my hand so smoothly and evenly, and I never noticed that a lot of the colors have little flecks of glitter in them. In reality you probably would never notice this on a person's actual eye, or even be close enough to their face to notice it, but it does look pretty. Actually all the eyeliners have glitter except Zero and Perversion (the two black colors). Ransom has the least amount of glitter. My favorite colors: Electric, Bourbon, Baked, Stash, Binge, and Perversion.

First Row: Bourbon, Stash, Rockstar, Stray Dog, Electric, Corrupt, Baked, Uzi, Midnight Cowboy, Zero
Second Row: Perversion, Binge, Mildew, Ransom, Asphyxia

Grade: B

An Urban Decay Fall '09 advert for Urban Decay's new (at the time) cream liners. I tried to recreate the same effect using one of Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliners.