This product combines two of my make-up fascinations - eye-colour enhancing and eyeshadow pencils. The first stems from having sludgy colour green eyes that need all the help they can get to not look a bit meh. The second is because, well, no drop down, minimal blending, lovely finish, incredibly quick to apply. What's not to love about a good eye shadow pencil?
Charlotte Tilbury's Colour Chameleon is a good one and it appeared in Bronzed Garnet under the Christmas tree in a rather lovely package that also included the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and Lipstick in Bitch Perfect. The latter two I had requested, the eyeshadow stick was a complete surprise but one I had wanted to try out since their release earlier in 2014. And he got the colour right, for the first five years we were together Joe would insist that my eyes were brown, such a romantic.
The idea: These pencils come in eight colours, two for each of the four eye colours (blue, green, hazel and brown). The colours chosen are to enhance your natural eye colour and, well make them 'pop' (shoot me... god I hate that expression). No of course you don't have to get a colour you don't like just because it's supposed to emphasise your eye colour - get the one you like best but it's incredibly helpful to know what is going to work for you - and they really do work. The colours chosen are those that directly contrast with the eye colour to create a more dramatic look.
The product: The concept of an eyeshadow pencil is a great one - easier to deal with than a cream in a pot but still with a creamy formula, portable, fast - but they can dry out if the lid is left off or is not designed properly, can be difficult to sharpen and some are just a bit of a pain to apply, you end up scrubbing your lid for ages. These really do glide on (and they should as they are the higher-end of the price range for something like this) and you can blend the edges out beautifully. They are also buildable from an effective wash of colour to something much more dramatic. The claim is that they last 10 hours. I haven't timed them but I have worn it all day and it's looked good when I've come to take it off before bed - but then I love a bit of grungy look so if they soften and smudge a bit that's fine with me.
You can run this along the lash line and using your finger or a brush blend up towards the socket and out - it's best to build and blend the colour until you get the look you want. These are highly pigmented so you get a lot of colour pay-off. You need to work quickly, this is really quick drying so do one eye at a time, you have about 30 seconds to blend before it sets.
It's not cheap for an eyeshadow pencil but it's definitely worth it if you are a wearer of eyeshadow. The speed of application means you can really transform yourself in minutes meaning you can look well put together for work or more dramatic for going out at night. It fits in your make-up bag, handbag, desk drawer. Quick review to come soon.
What You Need to Know - Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil