24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
After re-visiting 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil since its initial launch, we're happy to report that it is better than ever! This eye pencil has a creamy-smooth texture that glides across skin for a solid, even line of color. The tip is on the soft side so it doesn't take much pressure to apply, and depending on how narrow you sharpen it, you can choose how thick or thin a line it creates. Of course, the shaping of the tip is true for most pencils, so what makes this one stand out? Plenty!
The colors go on richly with one swipe and, at first, are smudgeable. After about 30 seconds, the creamy texture sets to a more resilient, stay-put finish that even holds up against water. If you have very oily eyelids, the line of color will break down after five or six solid hours of wear, but otherwise you can count on dependable, fade-resistant color from day to night. The fragrance-free formula is tenacious enough that you'll need makeup remover to get it off completely.
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil comes in a vast and colorful shade range with a mix of classic hues (black and brown), as well as vibrant, trendier shades. The finish varies by color, but most have a sheen of some sort (including metallic and glittery options).
The fact that this pencil requires manual sharpening is inconvenient (versus automatic/retractable eye pencils), but if you don't mind, it's certainly worth a look.
- Creamy-smooth texture that glides across skin for a solid, even line of color.
- Vast shade range with pigmented colors that go on richly with one swipe.
- Allows ample blending time before setting to a stay-put, water-resistant finish.
- Not prone to flaking or fading.
- Requires manual sharpening.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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