Hi, everyone! Eye shadow crayons have been increasingly prevalent in the beauty world for a lot of reasons: they're portable, versatile, and easy to use! They can be worn precisely as a liner, or smudged all over for a more sultry look. Many such handy eye crayons are also touted as bullet-proof long-wear wonders. Given these claims and the popularity of these products, I thought I'd put three higher-end eye shadow crayons to the test!
Since I have a research background (I didn't get a PhD for nothing, haha!), I tried to make this as valid of an experiment as possible. Here's a breakdown of the controls put in place, as well as limitations:
Factors that make this a solid experiment
- I used the same eye shadow primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion) under each of the eye shadow crayons
- I didn't layer any other eye colour products (eyeliners, eye shadows) with the eye shadow crayons
- I took all of the "Before and After" photos as close to 10 hours apart as possible.
- I applied all of the crayons in the same manner- more densely closer to the lash line/on the lid, blending up towards the crease
- I didn't use any eye cream on the days I was experimenting
- I took the "Before and After" closeups on the same eye each time, in case one eyelid is more/less prone to creasing than the other
Limitations to this experiment
- Clearly, I only tested one shade per formula and there may be variation in quality/longevity across shades
- I didn't control for my daily activities and/or the weather on the days of testing; thus, some of the days might have been hotter/sweatier than the others
Now onto the products I tested! They are:
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Colour Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in Bronzed Garnet ($27 USD)
Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner in Glamorous ($32 USD)
By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Colour Fix" Cream Eyeshadow in Misty Rock ($44 USD)
As for the long-wear claims of each product:
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons
"A long-lasting, easy-glide formula that smooths on and stays in place for up to 10 hours, or until it's time to take it off" (from charlottetilbury.com)
Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner
"This creamy, pigment-rich, shimmering eye shadow pen glides smoothly onto the lid or lash line for endless shading and eye defining options with maximum staying power. Crease-proof. Long-wear. Colour true" (from trishmcevoy.com)
By Terry Ombre Blackstars
"Its "tattoo-hold" stretch texture evens out eyelids with a waterproof radiance-lift reshaping film. Smudge-free formula." (from byterry.com)
Regarding the packaging, the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons come in a chubby pencil with a rounded tip that has to be sharpened when worn down. On the other hand, both the Trish McEvoy 24-Hours and By Terry Ombre Blackstars come in nearly identical packaging: metal tubes with a twist- up mechanism. The tips of the products are thinner and more precise than the Colour Chameleons.
Now for some swatches! Here is each of the eye shadow crayons swatched on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone), first with one swipe, then layered more heavily:
Now let's let the experiments begin! Here are the same swatches above, subjected to the experiments labelled in the photos:
As you can see, the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon holds up much better to the dry finger smudge and water swipe tests, but breaks down much more quickly than the others when subjected to an micellar cleanser.
And now onto the most important tests- how the products held up on the eyes after a 10-hour day! For each, I've included 2 "Before" pictures (a full-face shot and an eye close-up) and 1 "After" shot (a close-up of the same eye). The "Before" and "Afters" are designed to show how the products wore over the hours in terms of fading, smudging, or creasing.
1) Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet
|Before- Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon|
|After- Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon|
2)Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner in Glamorous
|Before- Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner|
|After- Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner|
3)By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock
|Before: By Terry Ombre Blackstar|
|After: By Terry Ombre Blackstar|
So what were the findings of this epic eye shadow experiment? Here's a summery of the main results:
All three of these eye shadow crayons performed wonderfully, with very minimal creasing and fading after 10 long hours.
The Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon was not too creamy nor too dry. It was the most resistant to smudging and sweat, but broke down the quickest when exposed to oil. It faded only slightly during the day.
The Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner was the most pigmented and least creamy of the bunch. Bold colour, but was most susceptible to getting a bit patchy by the end of the day. It did hold up quite well to oil, though!
The By Terry Ombre Blackstar was the most sheer and creamy of the bunch. It was prone to fading when directly smudged with fingers or water, but evidenced the least amount of creasing and patchiness during the day.
So while this post might have been more exciting if there had been a real stinker of a product, this was not the case! All three of these shadow pencils pack a high-end price, but also high-end performance to boot! None was perfect, with minimal fading throughout the day, but each still looked perfectly presentable at the end of 10 long hours.
Overall, I think the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon looked the best at the end of the day. The Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liners have the most vivid, bold colour and the By Terry Ombre Blackstars are the lowest maintenance and easiest to apply and blend.
If you've made it to the end, thanks for sticking it out! Hope you found this experiment to be helpful!
What is your favourite eye shadow crayon formula? Which of the ones I featured tempts you most?
Have a wonderful weekend! xo