Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils

Urban Decay

24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils

(with flash)

Colors on the left (from top to bottom): Midnight Cowboy, Narc, Clinic, Barracuda, Wasteland, Mercury

Colors on the right (from top to bottom): Clash, Delinquent, Morphine, Lit, Sin, Rehab

Can one have to many eye pencils/shadow bases in one’s life?  Of course not!  I was at Sephora recently and spotted Urban Decay’s new 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils.  After spending some time trying the different colors, I was impressed with the color payoff and staying power.  If you want to blend these pencils you have to do it quickly, because once it sets you won’t be able to move it anywhere without anything short of a makeup remover.  Most of the pencils swatched smoothly; Midnight Cowboy was a little bumpy because of its glittery-ness.

After a lengthy deliberation I picked up Morphine and Clinic.  Morphine is a cool lavender shade that brightens up my eyes so much it looks neon (if there is such a thing as neon lavender).  To break out of my lack of green eye shadow rut, I chose Clinic – I loved the shiny metallic finish and deepness in tone perfectly suited for a colorful smokey eye.

Check out some suggestions on how to try the pencils below:

  • Liner – while you won’t get a thin line with these pencils (unless a little trickery is involved*) the thicker line is a good jumping off point for a smokey eye.  Choose a dark color, line your upper and lower lash lines, then blend away.  Because of the setting time with these particular pencils, apply and blend immediately on one eye before starting on the second.  Pencil in one hand, brush in the other and go.
  • All over lid color –  pick up one of the brighter colors for your lid area, pile on the mascara (add some lashes for extra credit) to balance the eye and keep the rest of your look in neutral territory.  The result will be a look that will be on trend this spring/summer.  Check out the beauty look from the Christian Dior RTW Spring 2o11 collection for inspiration (skip the red lip to make it wearable, or go for it – you only live once!). 
  • A base to make your existing shadows pop –  You can layer a shadow over a pencil of a similar color or over the black liner (Barracuda) to deepen a metallic jewel tone eye shadow.  In addition to intensifying colors,  layering is key to helping your eye looks last all day.

Have you tried the Glide-On Shadow Pencils? How will you be incorporating them in your makeup looks? Share in a comment below because sharing is caring.

Happy Monday!

-DRB

*Trick: You can get a thin line with these chunky monkeys – just drag a pencil along the edge of an angle brush, swipe the brush as quickly and as close to your lashes as possible and voilà! You’ve got yourself a thin line (if angle brushes are your bag, baby -Austin Powers voice ha ha).

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