Friday, April 8, 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencil in Sin - Review

After I was awarded with unexpected bonus at work, I ran to Ulta (it's much more convenient to get to than Sephora, and I craved immediate satisfaction). Unfortunately, I had lemmings. So I wandered around a bit, and happened upon the 24/7 Shadow Pencils that are new this year. I had read other reviews and seen swatches, but wasn't grabbed by them, mostly because I thought (as many have noted), they're just uber expensive dupes of the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils. I swatched a couple on my arm and found myself enamored with Sin and Rehab, which I ended up purchasing. I'll review Rehab in a bit (I need to use it more), but I can safely say this: for my eyelids, the 24/7 Shadow Pencils seem to be totally worth $20.

Sin is a warmish champange shade, a great "My lid but better" type of color that makes it a fabulous base for pretty much any nude look for my NC15 lids. I find that shadows, including those from Linnaeus Cosmetics and other loose shadows, last all day without creasing or fading when worn over Sin. Because it's a nude-type color, it doesn't compete under neutral eyeshadows.

Urban Decay was right to include "Glide on" in the name of this product - they really do glide on to the skin. I found the NYX version to be a little rough on the skin (which can be especially annoying since my eyelids, like yours, do not appreciate being tugged on or scratched). Both Sin and Rehab apply very smoothly. I don't find these to be especially blendable, though. That may be why I like Sin as much as I do - I don't have to blend it, because it's ultimately going to be covered by whatever eyeshadow I'll be wearing that day. I can wear Sin over UDPP alone, but it does tend to crease a bit on it's own (that's after a 12-hour stint on my lids, though).

I always start with UDPP on my lids. I did try to skip that step, and was not surprised that my eye of the day was a little sad looking by the end of the day. I doubt these pencils can withstand oily lids alone. Not much really can, in my experience, so I don't hold it against this product.

Overall, I'm really impressed with Sin. It's been incorporated into my daily regimen because it's so easy to use and works beyond my expectations.

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