In addition to the visually alluring pret-a-palettes (reviewed here), shu uemura has also released a Crayola-worthy line of Drawing Pencils ($28 CDN) in 21 shades and 4 different textures (matte, pearl, metallic and glitter). With such an array of colours and finishes, we can relive the freedom we felt as children when given a fresh set of crayons. No lines to stay inside of and no need to shy away from colour.
You can see below that I definitely had a bit more fun with these Drawing Pencils by creating an eye makeup look that took me outside of my comfort zone! I will give a full tutorial on how I created this below.
There wasn’t too much to this look other than to just have some fun!
I started by lining my upper lash line and literally colouring in half of my eyelid with Pink 12 (metallic finish) and creating a thick wing. The Drawing Pencils are VERY creamy making the tip of the pencil go rounded fairly quickly. TIP: I would sharpen the pencil just prior to drawing the wing to get as sharp of a wing as possible.
Taking Green 51 (metallic finish), I coloured around the pink stretching the green to just below my brow bone and creating another wing. I then brought the wing down and lined my lower lash line.
Finally, I applied one coat of shu uemura petal lash mascara followed by a pair of false lashes (still trying to get the hang of it!).
Final Verdict: What I found interesting about this collection of Drawing Pencils is that 10/21 shades have been designed with Asian skin colour in mind. I never stopped to think that a black eyeliner could be in a shade that either made my eyes look stunning or very plain Jane (no offense to me).
I mentioned that these pencils are very creamy, but set quickly so if you want to blend your colour you need to work at light speed. If crisp lines are what you want, I’d get a liquid liner instead as the tip is quite soft. If you’re looking for a long-lasting eyeliner, these are AMAZING. They are waterproof, smudgeproof and whatever else “proof” you can think of. The secret lies in a 2 polymer formula that evaporates once the colour sets on the skin. The result is colour that requires a few swipes of an oil-based eye makeup remover to remove. I should add that the metallic finish took some work to remove along my lower lash line.
At almost $30/pencil, having all 21 shades is a bit of an indulgence, but for how long-wearing these Drawing Pencils are, I would invest in a colour that you could see yourself using a lot of. There are some wonderful neutrals that are meant as shadow and sculpt shades (4) or defining shades (6) meant to beautifully frame the eyes. THESE are the shades I would look to buying if I was going to spend the money!
Now, go and play with your makeup!
PR samples sent for review. All opinions are my own.