Greetings from my own personal treasure hoard, fellow rogues!
Despite being a beauty blogging rogue adventuress extraordinaire, my hoard of glittering makeup loot is actually pretty small. I’m not sure there’s any real yardstick for ‘how large is large?’ when it comes to makeup stashes, but let’s just say the entirety of mine fits in one of those Tupperware type boxes that you can put the average birthday cake in and not ding the icing. As such, finding a collection within my collection (as it were) that I hadn’t talked about before and didn’t muscle in on previous Beauty Spotlight Team entries proved a bit of a task…
That is, until it dawned on me that there’s one brand disproportionately represented in my stash, and within that brand, there’s one item that I can truly say I’ve collected! The brand is Urban Decay, and the item is (you guessed it) eyeliners!
A little background: I’ve only really been seriously wearing makeup for a little over a year, but when this rogue falls for a hobby, she falls hard (see: the 6.5 hours of ballet I do a week). At heart, I am and will always be a lipstick girl, but there was one previously unexplored area of the makeup jungle that I fell in love with almost immediately upon trying it, and that was eyeliner. While the eyeliner that started it all was a Lancome one (a tale for another campfire), almost every other liner I own comes from Urban Decay. ‘But Syl!’ I hear you cry, ‘Urban Decay isn’t even a thing in New Zealand! How do you get all your magical loot from them?’. The answer to that is YouShop, my friends, combined with the awesomeness that is a site that allows you to order with a non-US billing address. Urban Decay has my undying love for this – they make their stuff accessible, at the normal price point (+/- for exchange rate) outside of the US. I find it difficult to articulate how much I love the brand, and I’ve adored everything I have bought from them. Pretty much every makeup look on this blog features UD stuff (shadow or liner) somewhere in it!
Anyway, I’m rambling (what a surprise). 😛
My point is that there are very few ‘lines’ in makeup that I would consider collecting all of, but UD’s 24/7 liners are one of them. Someday, I will collect them all, Pokemon style (although throwing down an eyeliner pencil and screaming ‘Perversion! Use: ‘Waterline’!!’ just gets you funny looks from people). I may even spend time just stroking them and whispering ‘precious…’ – although, ironically, the one shade range I have yet to own is a gold one!
Note: please do click on any of these pictures to zoom in!
Most of my UD eyeliner collecting was done via the medium of sets (such as Ocho Loco 2/Foxy Four-Way, hence my LE shades and double ended pencils), but I purchased four shades individually (Junkie, Psychedelic Sister, Chaos and Cuff). The first UD liner I ever owned was Junkie, which I bought to try the formula while making my first UD order, and immediately fell in love with. Appropriately, Junkie was my UD liner gateway drug, and I have never looked back (but also never looked more fabulous, or so I believe, anyway ;-)).
A general note: I find all of these shades to be long lasting on the lids, wearable in the waterlines whether they have glitter or not (although when it’s as chunky as in Delinquent I tend to leave it on the lash line) and to have such lovely colours, shimmers, duochromes and sparkles that I feel there’s one for every mood and occasion.
In the interests of absolute honesty, I have had one negative experience with these. My first go at the famous Perversion pencil was an umitigated disaster: while the Demolition end of that Perversion/Demolition pencil is a daily staple and absolute favourite, the Perversion end was painfully stiff, dry, skippy, waxy and generally impossible to use unless you wanted pandas to start asking you why your eyelids were bleeding. Since trying the full size Perversion pencil that came with Ocho Loco 2 (and given what EVERY OTHER PERSON EVER has said about the Perversion pencil) I have to conclude that my early experience was the result of a random dud. Disappointing, but they do happen – I never got around to contacting UD or sending the faulty liner back, so I bear them no ill will! Besides, I was too busy enjoying the Demolition end, and didn’t that just sound kinkier than ‘perversion’ itself?
You may be wondering if I have any particular favourites or recommendations, or even wishlists for my little collection here! If you don’t own any of these liners yet, I would definitely recommend Delinquent and Junkie – Delinquent is great for everyday (substitute with Zero if you prefer black, or Perversion if you prefer VERY black), whereas Junkie has the dual advantages of being colourful and sparkly, but still deep enough to be wearable on an everyday basis if you’re not into the whole ‘electric’ deal. My wishlist consists of either ‘all of them’, or ‘a gold one’ if you force me to pick just one colour to acquire next. 😉
I’ve included a few looks here using my UD liners (and some UD eyeshadows) that were ispired by some of the colourful characters that I saw recently at the Annual Adventuring Wizards Workshop (Awww!): a frost mage, a druid, a necromancer and an illusionist. Some of the photos were taken with a mobile device, so I apologise for the variable quality, but I hope you like the looks! I tend to wear eyeliner on its own, but you can easily toss these concepts over an eyeshadow look too.
Thanks for sticking with me throughout this rambly tour through my UD eyeliner collection!
What do you think, party members? Are eyeliners your thing? What do you collect? Have you tried UD, or do you have another favourite brand?
The practicalities: The 40 (!!) shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils cost US $20 each 0.04 oz / 1.2 g, are permanent, and may be acquired from www.urbandecaycosmetics.com (not an affiliate link! Just here for your convenience :-)).
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your innear ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…