Words cannot express how excited I was to find out about this 7-piece Anastasia Eye Covet eyeliner pencils limited edition set for the Fall 2013 collection. I've been lusting over these pencils for the longest time but never had a chance to buy them. So as soon as I saw this online, and together with the 20% off coupon, I didn't even think twice.
These pencils come in a twist-up style, no sharpening required. They are color-coded on one end so you can spot the right shade easily and claim to be waterproof, smudge-proof, and can even be used on the waterline. Well, here's what I think. The waterproof and smudge-proof claim – I wholeheartedly agree! But I find the formula to be very drying. They are not in anyway as smooth and creamy as I'd like. This is such a total surprise (and letdown) for me because when I swatched these pencils in store a while ago they were so incredibly creamy and they glided on so silkily and that's why I've been lusting after them. I wouldn't think the formula should be any different between the travel size and full size? I just couldn't think of a reason why these perform so poorly. And with such a dry formula like this, I wouldn't dare line my waterline with it. Is it possible I may have a dud set?
The 7 colors included in the set are:
- Noir – matte black
- Absynthe – green with sparkles
- Lavish – medium brown with sparkles
- Azure – matte navy
- Gilded – golden brown with sparkles
- Steel – matte dark grey
- Midnight – black with sparkles
It also states on the website that all the colors are rich. While I find the tone of the colors subtle, more mature and good for everyday use, I don't find them rich. The pigmentation is almost a joke. I had a hard time building the color on my eyelids. The combination of dry texture and poor color payoff makes application a nightmare. I felt like I was pulling my eyelids while trying to get anything to show up. Especially for Midnight – it is the worst. Not only is it almost impossible to see the color, the chunks of glitters are scratching the skin of my eyelids as well. I am also disappointed with Absynthe since the color is too light and unbuildable. The matte colors (Noir, Azure, and Steel) are a bit better. They are slightly creamier and go on more smoothly but nothing compared to today's standard of eyeliner pencils. I will probably keep the matte colors and toss the rest. It's such a shame as I hate throwing away new makeup.
I sincerely hope that I have a dud. If you bought this set, let me know how yours performs so I can update this post with more information. :)