Friday, 8 May 2015
Review | Born Pretty Store Crystal Bright Eyeshadow Pencil*
Born Pretty Store recently very kindly sent me some products to trial and review; one of these was their Crystal Bright Eyeshadow Pencil* in shade #19. This is actually described as a 2-in-1 lipstick and eyeshadow pencil, but I don't think this particular shade lends itself to being worn on the lips... Crayon-style products have been a big hit over the past couple of years because of their quick-and-easy application, and the Crystal Bright Eyeshadow Pencil fits right into that trend; a retractable crayon-style product which is ideal for travelling with, #19 is a deep smokey grey shade with a hint of gold shimmer; it goes on quite lightly at first but is easily built up for a more defined look.
The eyeshadow applies smoothly and evenly straight from the bullet; it's quite difficult to get a super-precise application due to the size of the crayon, so I wouldn't apply it like this if I were going to use it as a liner - a liner brush would work much better. The shadow blends out beautifully, however, to create a super-quick and easy smokey-eyed look; the angled brush from Born Pretty's 5-Piece Cosmetic Brush Set* is perfect for this, and allows me to create a dramatic smokey eye with minimal time and effort. In terms of lasting power, I've found this begins to crease on me around the six-hour mark, which isn't bad - especially for the price!! It's easy enough to blend out the creases a little with a fingertip, so for me it's not an issue at all as it can be fixed on-the-go with minimal effort.
Born Pretty Crystal Bright Eyeshadow Pencils are priced at 65p each, available here in a choice of twenty shades, from white, golds and bronzes through to more out-there greens and purples, so there should be something for everyone! If you're looking for a super-affordable and versatile eye and/or lip product these would be a great place to start. Remember you can save 10% off anything on Born Pretty using my code 'JESSMK31' at checkout!
Overall, this is a super-quick and handy way to create a smokey eye in seconds, and I'd definitely consider buying some more of these in a few different shades - I'd like to see how well they blend together as well! Have you tried Born Pretty's Crystal Bright Eyeshadow Pencils? Do you have any tips for a quick smokey eye?
[*Product provided for consideration.]