Review | No7 Shade & Define Pencils

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Until a few weeks ago, I was under the impression that Boots' own-brand products were not cruelty free. However, a blog post by Camila at Humanely Chic showed that Boots do not test their own-brand products on animals and do not sell them in China, which does in fact make them cruelty free after all. This is wonderful news - get me to Seventeen's matte lipsticks please!

No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Pencils

That said, No7 have been popping up in the blogosphere a lot more than they used to, and, from what I've heard, they really seem to have upped their game. I could have happily spent my money on several things on the stand but in the end I went for two of their Shade and Define Eye Pencils in Cool Mink and Velvet Truffle.

The pencils twist up, and come with a little sharpener in the base, which I thought was a nice touch. You can use the pencils as an eyeshadow or an eyeliner, but I think they work much better as eyeshadows. You literally just swipe the colour across your eyelid - job done. They're not quite sharp enough to work as liners; it's quite difficult to get close to the lashline, and they don't always smudge very well. However, I think this is because they set so quickly, and this reduces the amount of time you have to work with them.

No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Pencils in Cool Mink and Velvet Truffle (swatched)
Cool Mink (swatched); Velvet Truffle (swatched)

Pigmentation is excellent, and the shades are really beautiful  shimmery but not too glittery, which makes the neutrals ideal for daytime. Cool Mink, in particular, is a really good goes-with-everything shade. The range also includes shades such as Black Shimmer and Deep Purple, so there's something for evening too. I think my favourite thing about these pencils is the staying power  they last all day. I've worn them out in the rain and even once in the shower, and they just stay put; there's no smudging whatsoever. Definitely worth the purchase!

No7 Shade and Define Pencils cost £8 and are available from Boots.

Have you tried any of the Shade and Define pencils? Which colour is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

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