I'm so loving the new drugstore product releases this season! I'm not sure if it was just my preference but, for awhile, none of the new makeup was really "wowing" me at the drugstore. These Maybelline Master Smoky mechanical eye pencils and the Fit Me Shine-Free foundation sticks have been high on my "drugstore scavenging" radar, so count me surprised when I finally found them last week.
Confession time: I think this has sparked an eyeshadow pencil frenzy inside of me. Yesterday, I spent at least a good 20 minutes at Sephora swatching all of the eyeshadow pencils I could find from different brands (Clinique, Sephora Collection, and Laura Mercier had some GORGEOUS colors that I had to make myself walk away from). When us makeup junkies go into phases like these, it's great to have budget drugstore options, right?
Keep reading to read my thoughts and see swatches, pictures, and an eye look with the new Maybelline Master Smoky by EyeStudio eye pencil in Smoldering Violet!
Having green eyes myself, this type of plummy-purple is usually the first shade to catch my attention in a makeup collection. Smoldering Violet is one of six shades in the Master Smoky long-wearing shadow pencil range, also including an emerald green, navy blue, dark brown, black, and charcoal. I can't speak for the rest of the shades in the collection, but this one doesn't seem to have full-on shimmer; just a very subtle sheen (you can see it more in the eye look at the end of this post).
This chubby pencil is creamy but not overly so (for comparison, creamier than the Stila or Make Up For Ever shadow pencils, but not as creamy as Laura Mercier's or Clinique's). Once it sets, it stays put- though it takes several minutes for it to completely dry down. I've found it best to wait a bit before curling my lashes so as to not mess up the application.
My preferred way of using a color like this is for eyeliner, though they are, of course, also intended to be an all-over shadow. It's easy enough to create a thick line, but I wish the slightly pointed tip (see picture above) stayed intact- it would allow for a little more control during application. As soon as you use this a few times, that tip wears away and you're left with a much chubbier pencil.
All that being said: if you like a clean, thin line of eyeliner, this will probably be too much for you. Since I typically go thicker and like to smudge it out, this is a nice alternative to have in my collection. And I like the color!
|Left: One swipe, Center: Multiple swipes, Right: Blended out|
Smoldering Violet on eyes, used as eyeliner:
Overall, I really enjoy this for the shade and how easy it makes creating a thick line (I end up spending a lot of time building up my eyeliner to the thickness I like).
The new Maybelline Master Smoky shadow pencils are about $7.99 and should be popping up in stores where Maybelline is sold (I found mine in a display at Target).
Are you into the eyeshadow pencil trend? Have you tried any of these from Maybelline? Thanks so much for reading, as always!