Saturday, February 25, 2012

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils are available in 21 permanent shades from Sephora stores,, and anywhere Urban Decay products are sold. They retail for approximately $20 CDN, and come in 0.04 oz/1.2 g pencils.

I have mini versions of 1999BourbonStashYeyo, and Zero. I purchased them about three or four years ago in a set from Sephora for approximately $38 CDN.

1999 is a plum purple shade with tiny gold glitter. 
Bourbon is a dark chocolate brown with tiny flecks of gold glitter. 
Stash is a dark olive green shade with gold glitter. 
Yeyo is a metallic white without glitter. 
Zero is a rich matte black.

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencils are not automatic, retractable liners. Rather, they are the traditional 'sharpen-when-they're-dull' pencils of old. Luckily, the pencils themselves are of standard size, so any standard pencil sharpener will suffice.

These pencils are very creamy and smooth. It takes little effort or pressure to apply and/or blend the product. Because they are so soft, by nature, they virtually melt and glide onto your skin, making application incredibly easy and 'tug free.'

The pigmentation of these pencils is funtabulous. If purchasing one of these pencils blindly, you will not be disappointed when you get home and swatch it. What you see in the pencil is definitely what you get on your skin. They have colors for every and any occasion, and I have yet to be disappointed by one of these liners.

Zero has long been praised as one of the 'best' matte black eyeliners to use in the waterline. I, myself, am not a huge 'water-liner' girl, but I have to admit, the reason I initially picked up this set of liners was to try the matte black shade and try a stint at lining my waterlines. I admit, the liner was incredibly pigmented (the blackest black I'd ever seen), and it had a decent amount of staying power. Unfortunately, I didn't like the water-lined look, and I didn't enjoy how after a few hours, the liner had disappeared off my waterline and had moved into my inner corner/tearduct area - not really a flattering look. It works great for tightlining, though after a few hours I've noticed that the pencil disappears once again. It's also a great black base for smoky looks. As you can see, mine is a little stub now...

Yeyo used to be one of my favorites, but with time, it's definitely lost it's punch. I used to use this under my brow bone or in the tear duct for a quick highlight. It also worked great as a colored base to amp up colors in any eye look. It's become very waxy in consistency and won't blend evenly so I'm stuck with patches of extra metallic white blotchiness wherever I apply it. Plus, it clings to even the slightest hint of dry skin you have. I've found more affordable alternatives that definitely work better than Yeyo ever did, so it's not one I'll be repurchasing in the long haul.

1999 left something to be desired for me. It's not a very 'purple'y plum, so nothing about it really stands out for me. It's one of those "ho-hum" colors that I definitely could do without, plus the glitter in it is too understated to notice, so one has to wonder why it's even there. In recent, I've found better more pigmented purples that I'd rather put on my eyes.

Bourbon is one of those colors that I really enjoy. It's a dark chocolate brown with glitter in it. When you put this on your eyes, they just pop. Not to mention that it's an excellent brown base for any warm or brown eye look you're going to do. Love, love, love this one.

Stash is probably one of my least used pencils, but for some reason I still love it. The olive green color is different - not something I regularly happen across. I don't use it very often just because I'm not quite sure how to wear it. It would also make a great base for green makeup looks. Not one of those 'must-have' colors, but if you're willing to try it, I'd say go for it!

The pencils have about 30 seconds to a minute before they set after initial application, where there is a small window for smudging and/or blending. Because of the smooth consistency of these pencils, they are easy to blend and smoke out for the perfect smoky eye OR as a colored base.

The Glide On eye pencils are incredibly long-wearing and long-lasting. Once they're on, they're not going anywhere. This makes them ideal to use as colored bases over-top-of or in-place-of eyeshadow primer. My eyelids are not incredibly oily, so I haven't had any issues with creasing when I use these pencils alone in place of my regular eyeshadow primer, but you may want to air on the side of caution and use a primer before applying these pencils as a colored base.

Left to right: 1999BourbonStashYeyoZero
While these are excellent investments, they are exceptionally pricey. We're not all made out of money, and I feel that for the price, I can find cheaper alternatives that work relatively the same, or I can invest more money on an eyeliner pencil that works better (i.e., Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner).

Overall, I don't see myself repurchasing any of these pencils. I don't really regret the purchase, but I think that I can find more affordable dupes in my drugstore. There are definitely some pencils I'd love to try from the 24/7 Glide On collection, like Electric or Flipside, but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to purchase them without good cause.

4 out of 5 stars.
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What do you think of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils? What's your favorite color??

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