The biggest problem with this shadow pencil, aside from the need for routine sharpening, is that it simply does not glide on as claimed. We encountered a good amount of tugging and resistance to application and blending, and for those with larger lids or those looking for a dramatic eye design, it can mean a lot of wear and tear on your lids. However, some shades seem to apply more smoothly than others: Rehab, Lit, and Wasteland had the smoothest textures, while Delinquent and Barracuda were troublesome.
If you're somehow able to apply and blend this product easily, you will find that it doesn't crease and stays put until you decide to take it off. Layering a powder shadow on top really makes the rich cream-to-powder color pop.
- Deposits rich, cream-to-powder color.
- Resists creasing.
- Stays put all day, but removes easily with a makeup remover.
- Doesn't glide on, and can tug on your lids when applied.
- Some shades have a smoother texture than others.
- The sparkle-infused shades are tough to blend.
- Requires routine sharpening.
- Small pencil tip size for applying shadow to lids.
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.