The Line + Illuminate Pencil in Belize was released as part of the current Fallen Angel Collection. It's available to buy individually as well as part of the Smokey Eye Gift Set. On paper this sounded perfect for me; a sooty black/violet liner with a smoky mauve grey creme eyeshadow. After watching a video of the pencil in use, I had to have it.
I did something quite unusual for me and bought the pencil from Ebay. When it first arrived and I swatched it, I worried that I'd bought a counterfeit item. The liner end swatched black and I struggled to find any hint of violet. The lovely Pretty Addicted confirmed that this was indeed the case for the pencil she purchased directly. So, not a counterfeit pencil, just my mis-understanding of the description. You will see from the swatches it is hard to spot the violet reflects and I can only see it in the photos taken with flash.
The smoky mauve grey end is lovely, it's quite shimmery and definitely leans more grey. This end is very creamy and soft, and this is where the real problems start.
This pencil will not sit still. Almost as soon as it's on the eye it starts moving around and creasing. I've tried is without primer and also over powder. The pictures taken today show the pencil applied over Too Faced Shadow Insurance on one eye and MAC Painterly paint pot on the other. I haven't annotate which is which, as within 10 minutes they both looked exactly the same. Once the lids had been primed, I used the black/violet to line. I smudged the line a little, then applied the mauve grey up to the socket line and smudged. I found the liner never stays put when applied first, I was surprised as I copied the application used in the Zuneta video (looking back though, I see the MU artist added the mauve grey in very thin layers). I found the liner had to be reapplied otherwise it just ran into the grey colour and left no definition at the lashes.
You might need to enlarge these photos to see the full extent of the creasing
|Movement half an hour after application|
Even with primer, the creasing began in the time it took me to apply undereye concealer and mascara. These photographs were taken immediately after I had finished my eye make up! As you can see the creasing is visible and it makes the application look very uneven. As it moves immediately, I don't think any amount of priming will stop it. I haven't investigated whether the liner moves when used on it's own.
So, sadly this is a big thumbs down from me. The colours are nice but if you're looking for a product to give you a quick smoky eye this just isn't it. It's not going to last on it's own. I will see how it works as an eyeshadow base or just an eyeliner but as I had planned to use it on it's own, I am really disappointed.
*Update* Just in case you wondered how it looked after a whole days wear, here you go....
Random question of the day. Where do you stand on the spelling of smoky/smokey? I asked about this on Twitter today, mostly prompted by this post. The dictionary says smoky but aesthetically, most people prefer smokey. How do you spell it?