Saturday, 9 April 2016

Crayon-crazy with Barry M - review & swatches

I know, I know, long time no post! I'm working on getting things back up-and-running with this site so bear with me for more posts and regular reviews. I'm always active on Instagram though so make sure you're following me there for my latest cruelty-free product finds! Anyway, back to normal proceedings. I recently re-discovered my love for Barry M eye pencils...

...and so I went a little overboard in Boots recently. I've banged on about my love for Barry M enough times - but it's just such a solid bargain brand, whether you're after colour or more natural basics. Years ago I interned on the PR team for them, and while I took away loads of great products that I've used over and over, for some reason I completely forgot about their brilliant pencils.

The Bold line was what started my spree - the original black shade was my jam back in the day! I ended up picking up black, white, purple and bronze (oops); all are wonderfully pigmented, smooth and creamy. They're have that gel-like kind of formula - one swipe for full pigment. Personally I've never found an eyeliner that lasts properly on my significantly er, watery waterline, but these certainly wear better than others. They're particularly lovely on the lash line.

From there I couldn't resist buying a couple of the Eyeshadow Pencils too - I went for the shades bronze and brown-black. As a budget alternative to the more expensive eyeshadow sticks, they're great. So easy to use - pop it all over the lid, blend, done. I will say the 'bronze' shade (it's more a yellow gold I'd say, much like the Bold version of the same name) is slightly patchy when blended, but it would still make a good base for eyeshadow and can be used as a liner. The brown-black shade is a gorgeous taupey brown that I am DIGGING.

If you're in the market for eye pencils that don't break the bank (and are cruelty-free, obvs) then give these a go - they've hopped straight into my makeup bag!

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