All black errrrthing!
So, yeah. I mostly wanted to try the new NUDESTIX makeup line because of the black pencil packaging.
I mean, come on. Black is sleek, chic and never goes out of style. Plus, what’s not to like about easy-to-use pencil packaging? Anything with the potential to free up my schedule for more REM sleep gets automatic cool points just for that.
Coming exclusively to Space NK stores and spacenk.com this June, the new NUDESTIX makeup brand of neutral-toned makeup for eyes, lips, cheeks and skin already has my makeup-loving heart’s attention.
The brainchild (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence, “brainchild,” LOL!) of CoverFX co-creator and former MAC product developer Jenny Frankel, who left Cover FX in 2011 to start the new brand, NUDESTIX is debuting with a 30-piece collection…
The entire (as of now) NUDESTIX collection
- Lash Lengthening Mascara, $24
- Eye Pencils in Cream, Shimmer, Stardust, Golden, Bronze, Burnish, Pewter and Smoke, $24 each
- Magnetic Eye Color Pencils in Night, Angel, Twilight and Moon, $24 each
- Skin Concealer Pencils in Light 1, Light 2, Light 3, Medium 4, Medium 5, Medium 6, Deep 7 and Deep 8, $24 each
- Lip & Cheek Pencils in Whisper, Love, Blush, Mystic, Ripe, Soul, Sin and Flesh, $24 each
- Pencil Cap Sharpener, $5
Jenny worked with her two daughters, both aspiring models, to create the new line of natural-looking, easy-to-apply products — products designed to be easy enough to apply without separate brushes.
After giving all five product families a try over the long holiday weekend, here are some thoughts…
The Eye Pencil Crayons in Stardust and Burnish
Burnish and Stardust burnish some serious multitasking muscle. These Eye Pencil Crayons do werk!
What kind of work, you ask? Well, you can line your eyes with them, use them on your lids as eyeshadows, and/or use them as highlighters, applying them on the high points of the face, which, by the way, is my favorite way to use them.
I’ll swipe either one, shimmery golden peach Stardust or bronzy golden Burnish, on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and a little on my Cupid’s bow, and then blend.
Great for glow on the go without having to fuss with a brush.
As for using them in other ways, like as shadows and liners, I don’t do that as much. When I use them as liners, my super sensitive water lines freak out a little, and both colors crease (a lot) on my lids when I use them as shadows.
Like, a lot. Within 10-15 minutes of applying.
And I’ve tried them with and without primer at different levels of coverage.
Maybe they just don’t particularly like my combination oily/dry lids.
That said, though, the finish on these is absolutely gorgeous. When I wear them as shadow, my lids look totally rockstar chick — all glowing, shiny and distinct. If you like rebellious, undone eye looks, give these a try when you can.
Magnetic Eye Color Pencil in Night
Super dark and black as night, matte black Night Magnetic Eye Color Pencil works as a liner, an eyeshadow and/or an eyeshadow primer.
Supposedly designed for oily lids, I dunno…this one also tends to start creasing on my lids within 15 minutes of applying. My water lines do seem to prefer the Magnetic Eye Color formula over the Eye Pencil Crayons, though, where it last 4-5 hours.
The Lip & Cheek Pencil in Blush
This creamy peachy rose has a satin finish and doubles as a blush and lipstick.
As a lip pencil, this one’s got it goin’ on. I think it tastes a little waxy at first, but it subsides within about 10 minutes, and the semi-sheer, lip flake-friendly coverage looks gloriously natural.
Now, as a blush, we’re talking super sheer — barely there — and, you know, when I wear blush, I kind of like to see it on my cheeks, but if you’re a lighter lass looking for the ultimate no-makeup makeup look, check it out.
Skin Concealer Pencil in Deep 7
This shade is probably closer to my skin tone around the end of summer, after I’ve picked up a shade or two, but I’ve tried it both on my face and under my eyes.
Definitely easy to blend, it also starts scooting around after about an hour.
El Hub’s prodding finally got me to watch an episode of True Detective on HBO last week, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, who play partner detectives working on a decade-long murder case in Louisiana.
All I have to say is this: give it some time. I wasn’t sold until after the first couple episodes, because it took a little time to get going, but the tension kept building and building and building!
Great cop show/character study if you’re into that kind of thing.
Boy, Matthew McConaughey is having a moment right now, isn’t he? He sure has come a long way since How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, yeah?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday so far.