Eye Pencils

Sisley Spring 2016 Phyto Lip Twists and Eye Twists with Swatches

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Sisley is back this Spring with 6 more additions to their super popular Phyto Lip Twist range. If you don’t already know about my love for this jumbo lip pencil formula, read these past few posts here and here to get some history (and to see swatches of all current shades in the range). Even though Sisley is known for their amazing skincare (read my prior reviews here), this Phyto Twist range both for the eye and lip has been an instant hit.
The newly released shades for the Lip Twists vary between very fleshy nudes to a wearable nude, to bubblegum pink and to bold fuschia and red. If I have to pick my favorite, it would most definitely be shade 15, though 14 is an absolute stunner if you are looking for a jewel tone garnet shade. The formula is creamy and hydrating while still being long wearing and comfortable on the lips. The paler shades do fade a bit faster than the bold shades, but they are so easy to reapply that I usually don’t even use a mirror! And being a packaging junkie, the zebra stripes appeal to my animal print loving self. I still hold these as one of my favorite jumbo lip pencil formulas and think there is a shade for any and everyone in this range.
The Eye Twists were released a bit later than the Lip Twists, and have proven to perform just as well with a wide range of shades to choose from. Here is my review on the other shades which spans both neutrals and bolds, while the hues for spring 2016 balance the scales perfectly.
There is a gorgeous gold shade perfect for everyday or as a base under powder shadow, a warm bronze which will universally look beautiful on anyone, and two vibrant shades in a royal purple and deep jade for those that want a bit more excitement in their eye makeup. Of course I have been wearing the heck out of 9 and 11, but have challenged myself to find a way to wear the two other shades. Maybe I will put that on the agenda for a future tutorial. From a staying power perspective, these fall in the medium range where they still stay emollient enough on the lid to blend them seamlessly, but will not smudge or crease for up to 6-7 hours (that is my experience not a proven statement from the brand). Jumbo pencil lovers will definitely want to pick up at lease one shade from both the eye and lip formulas because these still remain some of the best ones in my collection. The Lip Twists are available now, but the Eye Twists will be launching within the next few weeks, though UK customers can get them now on the Sisley website here.
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Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencils

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It’s been a while since I’ve felt excited about eye liners. Mostly because they never seem to do what I need them to do. I usually find most liners are soft and don’t last or stiff as a board and tear my eye apart while trying to apply. So you can imagine my surprise when I tried the (reformulated) Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencils and actually liked them. Wore them. And found them to be worthy of a blog post.
Upon first swipe, I was impressed. They almost look like a mechanical pencil (though they are not) and have a glorious gel-like texture that makes them glide right on. They feel and smudge like a true kohl pencil, blending easily and comfortably with the sponge tip at the end. But be warned, once these bad boys set, you can run a marathon through a rainforest and they will not move. I tried to use a make-up wipe to remove the swatches on my arm and nothing. Nada. They were still there as if nothing had happened. But don’t worry, my trusty cleansing oil took them right off (currently I am loving this one) so there is a solution. Below are swatches of each shade that I tried.  
The shades listed from top to bottom are: Onyx, Burgundy Suede, Electric Cobalt, Night Violet and Gold. I wanted to grab Burgundy Suede and wear that one first, but I forced myself to start with a bolder color so I chose Night Violet. When worn super close to the lash line and coupled with inky black mascara, it’s not as bold as I anticipated and looked quite natural. 
The sponge on the end is probably my favorite feature because it has such a unique angled shape that makes it perfect for creating a clean smudge and/or cat eye. I hate that dragging feeling that many liners give me and I didn’t find that to be an issue at all with these. I like the idea of possibly adding a bit of color into my morning routine with the addition of an eye liner, rather than the commitment of a full eye shadow. If you are in the market for a new eye liner and need it to go the distance while still leaving your lid in tact after applying, give these new Double Wear Pencils a go. And then drop me a line and let me know what you think! 
*pr samples included

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