No doubt you are already familiar with Urban Decay’s 24/7 eyeliners (and lipliners) — super soft, smooth pencils in a rainbow of colors. Well this spring opens a new chapter in 24/7-dom: Shadow Pencils.
These chubby pencils are $20 each, and they are every bit as soft as their eyeliner counterparts. They’re also paraffin, mineral oil, and paraben-free.
I’ve found them to be waterproof and impressively crease-proof (though I did get a small amount of undereye flaking in 12 hours of wear). I believe this is the first shadow pencil ever to not-crease on me, and I’ve been using them without a base.
The pencils come in 12 shades (for now). Sin is a frosty beige-pink. Midnight Cowboy is shimmery peach-tan with silver sparkles. Narc is green with golden shimmer. Clinic is a blue-green shimmer with a few silver sparkles. Clash is bright! electric! aqua shimmer with a few silver sparkles. Morphine is a lavender duochrome that reflects more blue. Delinquent is a rich, royal purple shimmer with pink-purple sparkles. Lit is an orangey gold, or a very golden copper frost. Rehab is a nutty brown that reminds me of Underground 24/7 eyeliner. Wasteland is an olive-brown low-shimmer. Barracuda is (matte) black with silver sparkles. Mercury is a gunmetal metallic frost.
Though these are chubby pencils, it’s actually pretty easy to use them as eyeliner (reshape your tip by covering with a tissue, gently pinching between two fingers, and twisting to “resharpen”).
Urban Decay also encourages you to try layering and blending the shades — they even makes a brush specifically for the job: their 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush (it’s small, dense, bullet-shaped, and synthetic/vegan). I found that brush to be a little too firm for blending, and so far, I haven’t found the pencils as blendable as, say, powder shadows. Thus far, I’ve had the most success with a one-color wash on the lid, and a second color used as eyeliner.
The Shadow Pencils currently available for sale on Urban Decay’s website, but they should be in stores (Sephora, Macy’s) by the beginning of February.
Many thanks to Urban Decay, who provided these pencils for swatching purposes.