Hello! It's been a while since my last post and I apologise. Blogging for me is one of those things that I can only do when the urge hits me and the creative juices are flowing because otherwise you end up reading a half hearted attempt at a post with really lame pictures. Anyway, I thought I'd kick off my December posts with a great gift idea, the Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils set.
This set by Smashbox contains 4 of their travel sized Limitless Eye Liners in Onyx (black), Orchid (dark blue/purple), Graphite (dark grey) and 14K (champagne gold) and costs $16 US. For any Aussies or people out of the US that are interested, I purchased mine from http://www.kissandmakeupny.com/ for that price. Kit Cosmetics in Australia is selling it for $39.95 AUD but they seem to be sold out at the moment.
First off, here is a picture showing the pencils so you can get a rough idea of how big they are. They're definitely travel sized but I think that they're big enough that you would get a good amount of uses from each one. I personally prefer buying more travel sized pencils than purhcasing one or two full sized ones because I don't often use pencil liners. Plus I think it's a great way to test out colours before deciding if you want to invest in a full sized one.
Here are the swatches of the colours in the order (from left to right) Orchid, Graphite, Onyx and 14k.
The swatches pictured are relatively true to colour except that the first shade Orchid has slightly more of a purple tinge to it and the last shade pictured (14K) has just a tiny bit more yellow to it.
My first thoughts on these pencils are that they're pretty good quality and the pigmentation was really good on all of them except for the shade 14K which goes on a bit patchy as you might be able to tell. This was a shame because the 14k colour was the reason I bought the set in the first place because I really wanted a good gold eyeliner to use around my tear duct. Unfortunately this shade was more cream coloured than gold so it didn't really meet my expectations. It would probably look good on a lighter skin tone but the fact that it doesn't go on very smoothly would still be an issue.
The darker shades are all very intense and I found that they work really well on my waterline and along my lower lashline. I tried lining my top lashline with them but they're not soft enough to line my lids without tugging and skipping and leaving a wobbly line. The only pencil eyeliner that I've found that lines my top lashline properly and smoothly is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencils. The Smashbox pencils are definitely not as soft and creamy as the Urban Decay ones but they last just as long.
Here's a picture showing what the pencils looked like after I'd rubbed the swatches quite vigorously with a cotton ball dipped in makeup remover:
These pencils definitely don't budge without some work or a good oil based cleanser so they're great for use in hot and humid climates such as the type of Aussie summer we've been having. They're also great for those who might have issues with eyeliner's usually fading or migrating through out the course of the day.
Smashbox is one of those brands that make really great products that people tend to overlook. I think that this set is pretty good value for money, especially if you're a fan of the smokey eye look or dark rimmed eyes. I think it also makes for a really good little christmas gift as you can't go wrong with eyeliners in such wearable shades. The 14k shade aside, this set definitely gets my tick of approval!