Friday, 6 September 2013

Collection Eyeshadow Pencils in Hot Chocolate & Vanilla Sky | Review & Swatches

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+10 blogger points for spending an hour trying to photograph these and yet still getting THAT^ photo *sigh*. I was pretty excited to go out and buy these after I saw them on a few blogs. I'm glad the UK finally has a dupe for the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in the same price bracket. These retail at £3.19 which I think?! is slightly higher than their American cousin. I line has 6 shades, all of which are really really wearable. I went for Hot Chocolate, a shimmery bronzey-brown and Vanilla Sky - a bright, almost-white, cream. 

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The pigmentation is really very good for a drugstore cream shadow. The pencils are shimmery, but not so much so that they drag across the eyes. The pencils themselves are pretty big, but with a bit of effort you can line the lower lashline as well as lids. The product applies pretty thinly because its so pigmented. It doesn't lose its colour when your blend them out either. However, because they apply so thin the drying time is unbelievable. I'd advise applying the darker shades in very small patches then blending, then building it up some more. Once they've tried they don't budge at all. Trying to remove these pencils at the end of the day is an absolute pain, especially if you've only been wearing them a couple of hours. But I guess thats not a bad thing?
My biggest gripe is with Vanilla Sky. I find that in the inner portion of the lid it sits much funnier than Hot Chocolate. I'm not sure if all the pencils sit this way and its only noticeable on the lighter shades. It was my sister that pointed out I had a 'lump' of product on the inner corners. Now these are very fine, apply very thinly and don't budge at all. It turns out the 'lump' was where the product had undergone some sort of creasing in a small section. However, this only happened once, only within a small area and only with Vanilla Sky. I'm going to pretend it never happened for 2 reasons - I am pretty animated in my faces so it's probably my fault anyway, and they're too good in other areas not to use anymore.  
Have you tried any Collection 2000 Eyeshadow Pencils? Which are your favourites?


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9 comments :

  1. I need these! The Vanilla Sky is gorgeous
    ♥ Filthy Fashion ♥

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  2. I love these :)
    http://peachy-em.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. i just got vanilla sky and love it :)

    www.oliviaroses.blogspot.com

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  4. All my photographs today have been icky because it's so grey outside. I totally sympathise! I have one of these in Vintage Blush and looove it. It lasts so long! Going to need to buy these two though at some point!

    http://ramblingofabeautyblogger.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I really like these, I have Vanilla Sky and Vintage Blush and they are both beautiful colours x

    Prettylittlefashionista 

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  6. love the look of these! Xx

    http://atypicalenglishrose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. These look lovely and I love all the shade names! I love vanilla sky, but I also love the look of the NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk! xxx

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  8. I hate Hot Chocolate, it's such a gorgeous colour! Vanilla Sky looks beautiful too :)
    xx

    www.elisedopson.com

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