Eye shadow pencils seem to be a bit of a 'thing' at the moment. In fact, any kind of chubby pencil is having its moment.
I've had the By Terry ombre blackstar pencils on my wishlist for a while but at £28 a pop, I decided to look for something more affordable. The No7 shade and define shadow pencils popped up on Alix's blog as a dupe and sounded like the thing I've been looking for. A while back, I picked up two pencils in the shades glistening ray and cool mink.
Packaging wise, these are thicker than your standard eyeliner pencil but easy to hold while applying. They're a twist up pencil with a sharpener hidden at the end - genius idea!That way you can still keep the pencil pointed.
These are really pigmented and glide on over the eyelid without dragging. The texture is creamy and soft but without being overly so. I've worn them both for several hours over a primer and they don't fade or crease, bar a boiling hot day when cool mink started showing signs of creasing at the end of the day.
Glistening ray (left) is a shimmering golden beige - its definitely more pigmented than the swatch photo would have you believe. It makes a great highlighting shade!
Cool mink (right) is a cool taupe shade,which isn't the most unique shade but it makes a nice base or a simple wash of colour on its own.
The best thing about these is the price - they're just £8 each, which is a snip considering the high quality of them. I managed to get mine on buy one half price but no7 always pops up on offer. These are definitely ones to check out the next time you're in Boots!