My first attempt didn't go well. I applied the liner to primed eyes and tried to smudge with a brush. All it did was soften the line slightly. So today, I applied straight on to lid without using an eye primer. My lids tend towards a little oiliness, so this helped a little with movement (too much information I am sure). I slapped the pencil on quickly and smudged with my finger. I found I had to layer to get the desired amount of colour and this became harder to do as the lower layers began to set. As you can see the effect is a little patchy. I did find it acted a little like a primer as it removed natural oiliness.
I wonder if an experienced makeup artist like Kenneth might get better results than I did. However, I suspect it would be tricky to use this as a base if you have naturally dry lids. It's a shame the formulas aren't true across the shades as the brown is much easier to work with as a base.
Although I had limited success with smudging the pencil, I discovered it makes the most amazing base for the purple eyeshadow (Dynamique) in my Le Metier Le Cirque Kaleidoscope. Without a base this colour can seem quite muted but over Funky Violet it stands out beautifully. The coverage isn't perfect because the base underneath isn't even, however this is only visible in close up. Hopefully I can work on making the pencil less patchy underneath as I love the combined effect.
I used the taupe (Spectacle) shade in the crease to blend out the purple and the oyster shade (Flamboyantes) above the taupe. I've included photographs with flash as it shows up the pretty iridescence in these eyeshadows.
|The colours used in the eye look. From the top of the Kaleidoscope down: Flamboyantes, Spectacle and Dynamique|
Thank you for posing the question Kenneth, I'm not sure I would have tried this combination otherwise and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. If you're not already following Kenneth's blog Musings of A MakeUp Artist I urge you to go and have a read. He has such great insider knowledge and his posts are very well written. His work on models is spectacular to look at too.