Rimmel recently released a new range of ScandalEyes pencil eyeliners. They've been getting great reviews and come in some colours cheaper brands generally shy away from, so I was excited to check them out.
So excited I somehow ended up with all 15 shades.
L-R: Black, Sparkling Black, Brown, Taupe, Nude, Deep Blue, Turquoise, Light Blue, Green, Silver, Golden, Bronze, Purple, Bright Blue, Orange. Swatched once.
After running under a tap for 30 seconds.
After a LOT of scrubbing.
I think the pictures pretty much speak for themselves. These are easily the best drugstore eyeliners I've ever used. In terms of pigmentation and staying power they're just as good as NARS or Urban Decay, previously my favourite brands for pencil eyeliners.
The colours are fantastic. It's so good to see a cheap brand make a nude and a taupe as well as some bold colours like orange.
The texture is soooo creamy. These glide on like butter, are a dream to blend/smudge and won't ever pull and tug at your eyelids.
Amazing pigmentation. My pictures all show just one swipe with the pencils!
Once set, they won't budge. I scrubbed my arm really, really hard trying to get them to smudge or flake and they weren't going anywhere.
The price. At under $10 these are a steal!
They're verging on being a little too creamy. You have to be careful or risk them breaking/getting smushed.
They have to sharpened. Given the texture that does result in quite a bit of wastage. Putting them in the fridge/freezer beforehand helps, but a twist up function would have been wonderful.
The shades Brown and Bronze are almost identical, but that's only a con if you go nuts like me and buy them all.
L-R: NARS Rue Bonaparte and Rimmel Nude.
The colour I was most excited about was Nude, as it's extremely hard to find a cheap nude eyeliner. I use NARS Rue Bonaparte on my waterline most days, and as you can see this is great dupe. It's just a little darker/warmer, but on the eyes you can't tell the difference.
Purple on upper lid, Taupe on lower lid, Black and Nude on waterline.
Golden on upper lid, Green on lower lid, Black and Nude on waterline.
I thought today would be a great day to truly test out the wear time given the heat, so I did two different looks, one on each eye (don't worry, I didn't leave the house). The pictures were taken about 11 hours after I applied my make-up. Even with the air conditioning on I was sweating like I was in a sauna all day long, but my eyeliner didn't smudge at all. Even the colour on my waterline was mostly intact, which is unprecedented.
I'm incredibly impressed with the ScandalEyes eyeliners. With these around I can't see myself shelling out the big bucks for high end brands pencil eyeliners anymore.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliners retail for $9.95 and are available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and all the major department stores.
Have you tried any of the ScandalEyes eyeliners yet? Thoughts?