07/10/2011

The Body Shop Metallic Eye Definer


I've finally acquired them all, so here they are in all their colourful glory!



A couple of years ago, the Body Shop launched a seasonal makeup collection that featured a range of shimmering eye pencils; the latter became a permanent feature on the Body Shop makeup line.

The reviews found online on this product vary from the very positive to the extreme opposite. I attribute this misconception to the fact that not each shade works the same- some are trully brilliant while others fall short of pigmentation.

But first, let's talk about the good and bad news that are common in all shades:


The good news: all pencils are extremely soft, the softest I've come across!

The bad news: while it's ok to use them on top&bottom lashline or even as a wash of colour on the lids instead of an eyeshadow base (cause I've mentioned it above: they're sooo creamy!), if you want to use them on the waterline... forget it. Won't happen. Somehow they're so slippery that the pigment can't stick to the waterline!
Although I found out that if you apply a layer of black pencil on the waterline and then go over it with one of these, you're more likely to see some shimmery pigment there...

Now let's talk through each shade individually!
Starting with my least favourites up to my favourite:


The shades that dissapointed me the most were the ones I had high hopes for: the purple (Glowing Amethyst) and the green (Vibrant Emerald), with purple being the worst: the colour is not that purpley, while the shimmer is ever so little! The green one, let alone that is far too minty as a colour, seems to contain more emollients than actual pigment, which makes it difficult to leave some colour on the skin.

Next, we have the silver (Shimmering Steel) and bronze (Burnished Amber): both are equally pigmented and look amazing smudged on the lower lashline. A sales assistant had told me that she uses the bronze pencil on her lips too, and she tops it with a clear lipgloss!

But my absolute favourite pencil is the blue (Brilliant Blue) colour: again, the pigmentation is excellent and it makes brown eyes stand out like no other! And that's why I put it top of silver and bronze, tehehe! It's also the only pencil that is sold out from time to time... Coincidence? Don't think so!


Now, the best way to use these pencils to their full potential is to go over them with a matching shimmery eyeshadow- as a demonstration, I've used 4 eye shimmers by the Body Shop (for which I've blogged about here) and a silver eyeshadow:


Don't they look just gorgeous?
The pics don't do them justice, they're far more vivid and bright in real life! The silver eyeshadow, when used on top of the metallic silver pencil,
looks like liquid metal! No joke!

As a conclusion, I would totally recommend the blue, silver and bronze metallic pencils- it's a nice way to wear colour during daytime without looking too made up, and when they're smudged with an eyeshadow they can really glow in the dark! Although you must forget about using them on the waterline, that's their only drawback :(

What do you girls think?
Do you use colourful eye pencils during daytime and/or when going out in the evenings?

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19 comments:

  1. είμαι fun του the body shop..και εγω έχω πάρει τα συγκεκριμένα μολύβια και μερικές απο τις σκιές που παρουσιάζεις..συμφωνώ με τις παρατηρήσεις που έχεις κάνει..το πιο σημαντικό είναι οτι δεν σου προκαλούν αλλεργίες και μπορείς να τα φοράς όλη μέρα!!

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  2. πολύ όμορφα φαίνονται! μου άρεσε πολύ το bronze και το ασημί και βλέπω οτι μιλας με καλά λογια για αυτα τα δυο άρα στην επόμενη μου επίσκεψη σε καταστημα Body Shop θα τα δοκιμάσω! Καλό ΣΚ!

    http://crushwith-eyeliner.blogspot.com/

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  3. Τα λατρεύω τα πολύχρωμα μολύβια!!! Δεν χρησιμοποιώ όμως του Body Shop αλλά της seventeen, με τα οποία είμαι πάρα πολύ ευχαριστημένη. Μ'αρέσουν γενικά τα Body Shop, αλλά κυρίως κρέμες, shower gel kτλ...

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  4. Tελεια χρωματα!
    Ααα με κανεις να θελω να ψωνισω απο TBS!!
    xx

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  5. Im such a nude kind of makeup girl , the naked palette sums up my taste in eyeshadows. The bronze looks really nice and i like the silver for christmas ! I am going to have to get one of these for sure !! xo

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  6. Πολύ όμορφα χρώματα.. Έχω ξανά ακούσει για αυτά τα μολύβια αλλά εγώ δεν τα έχω δοκιμάσει ακόμα!!
    Πολύ θα'θέλα το μπλε και το πράσινο να δοκιμάσω! Είναι τα αγαπημένα μου χρώματα! :)

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  7. ax ti wraia pragmata! k pragmatika exw polu kairo n perasw apo t body shop! :D
    s euxaristw g tn aformi!

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  8. Λατρεύω,πεθαίνω για το πράσινο!

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  9. I remember a promo image for a summer collection that The Body Shop did a couple summers ago, the look featured a purple liner on the lid and a blue on the outside, filling a V/Cat-Eye shape. I think the eyeliners from that collection were LE & quickly sold out, so I tried the purple and blue from this range.

    And tbh, I've never been more dissapointed, like you say, they're too creamy (for my taste anyway) and the pigment seems to dissolve into sparse bits!!! Too bad cos these have been pretty much collecting dust ever since!

    xx

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  10. @myStickland, α δεν το είχα προσέξει! Ναι, μέχρι στιγμής δεν είχα προβλήματα με αλλεργίες, κτλ. Θετικό αυτό!

    @Daphne, ειδικά η bronze απόχρωση είναι και multitasking- κάνει και για μολύβι χειλιών και κάνει ένα φοβερό metallic smokey eye που είναι πολύ trendy αυτή την εποχή!

    @Βeauty Εditor , τα έχω δει τα μολύβια της Seventeen και κάποια στιγμή θα τσιμπήσω κανένα, πάντως τις προάλλες έψαχνα μια off-white απόχρωση αλλά δυστυχώς δεν υπάρχει πουθενά στις "δικές" μας μάρκες- Seventeen, Radiant, Erre Due :(

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  11. @Artemi, χαχα δε θέλω να προμοτάρω ακατάσχετο shopping σε καμία περίπτωση! xx

    @glittermeup, oh girl let me tell you, a little punch of colour on the lower lashline combined with a neutral eyeshadow on the lid looks very interesting! You should def try it out! xx

    @Claire D. T, ε κινήσου προς το μπλε καλύτερα... Το πράσινο δεν είναι τόσο καλό!

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  12. @FashionSugarBubbles , πού να έρθει και η καινούρια Χριστουγεννιάτικη συλλογή, εκεί να δεις αφορμή που θα σου δώσω! lol xx

    @Glayki, κι εγώ τρελαίνομαι για το πράσινο αλλά δυστυχώς απογοητεύτηκα με το συγκεκριμένο...

    @Tina, I remember that collection you speak of, the Pixiwoos had mentioned it in a vid! Ah the good times... It's been so long since TBS came out with such inspiring makeup collection! Too bad the eyeliners didn't work for you, it's a shame some products are a complete let-down!
    xx

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  13. They're all so pretty, I love shimery metalicy colours but I'm always too scared to use them in an eyeliner : /

    xx

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  14. Wow, the swatches look amazing!! And since I don't use eyeliner pencil in my waterline, they are perfect for me!! I think I'll go for the blue and the silver one, bronze doesn't look very good on me. Lovely post doll!

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  15. @Eloise, oh no, don't be scared girl! They look amazing paired with a neutral eyeshadow on the top lid!

    @NatalieDouka, the blue pencil is absolutely fantastic, I'm hooked on it more than any other colour! Bronze doesn't look good on me either, it doesn't compliment my brown eyes as much as the blue xx

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  16. αααα μολυβια ματιων. γγκκρρρ μα να μην μπορω να βρω κτ της προκοπης εκτος απο μαυρο? εχω ενα μαυρο του κορρε, πολυ καλο. ευχαριστημενη απο αυτο παω κ αγοραζω αλλα δυο, το μεταλλικο καφε (ενα πολυ ωραιο καφε μωβ) κ το πρασινο της ελιας. ε μα να γραφουν με πολυ δυσκολια κ ισα που να αχνοφαινονται? τι να κανω? εχεις κανενα κολπο? ειδικα το καφε μου αρεσει τοσο πολυ. και εινια κριμα να μην τα χρησιμοποιω. μια με αποτυχημενη αγορα σε κραγιον ή σκια κτ γινεται αν τα αναμιξεις με κπ παλαιοτερη αγαπημενη αλλα με τα μολυβια?
    btw, εχω και ενα αχρηστο ασημι της maybelline, αλλα εκει το περιμενα. αφου τπτ απο την maybelline δεν βγαινει της προκοπης.

    σορυ για το μεγαλο μηνυμα, αλλα που αλλου να πω τον πονο μου για να με καταλαβουνε :D?

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  17. Χαχα, πέστα όλα εδώ ελεύθερα!!

    Μάλλον θα το έχουν αυτό τα φθηνά μεταλλιζέ μολύβια- δε θα "γράφουν" καλά στο δέρμα. Πάντως, κάνε μια δοκιμή φορώντας το δικό σου πάνω από μαύρο μολύβι, έχεις περισσότερες πιθανότητες να δεις χρώμα έτσι. Μην πάει και χαμένο τελείως!
    xx

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  18. θα το δοκιμασω κ αυτο. thanks! ;)

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