This year at Urban Decay HQ, spring is a season of covert concealers and secret government agencies — or so it seems, based on the cool code names given to these new 24/7 Concealer Pencils ($18 each).
CIA, DEA, FBI, NSA, ATF, DOD, KGB and MI6? Those are some heavy hitting acronyms right there.
The first four — CIA, DEA, FBI and NSA — are repromotes of Urban Decay’s existing concealer pencils, with the same formula, but dressed in new packaging, while the other four — ATF, DOD, KGB AND MI6 — are new additions to the line designed for darker damsels/covert spies.
Last weekend I worked with the ATF, DOD and KGB on a very important case involving my dark under-eye circles and skin imperfections on my face. I directed ATF, a mid-toned dark golden beige, to take out my dark circles and dispatched DOD (a warm, dark tan) and KGB (a dark golden caramel) to work on my face.
Was the operation a success? Well, yes and no.
These guys are soft! — and creamy, but I mean that in a good way. I like the way they feel and what a cinch they are to apply. The formula sinks right into my skin and doesn’t look like it’s just chilling on top.
24/7 Concealer Pencils from the left: CIA (a light creamy ivory); DEA (a light peaches and cream); FBI (a light medium beige) and NSA (a medium beige); $18 each
24/7 Concealer Pencils from the left: ATF (a medium, dark golden beige); DOD (a dark, warm tan); KGB (a darker golden caramel) and MI6 (a deep cocoa); $18 each
Swatches of the 24/7 Concealer Pencils from the left: CIA, DEA, FBI, NSA, ATF, DOD, KGB and MI6
But none of the shades I tried are spy-caliber experts in disguise. They don’t quite offer enough coverage to fully conceal the purple beneath my eyes or cover my dark post-acne discolorations, although they do make a noticeable difference, and when I tried to up their opacity by adding a few more layers, they started to look a little too thick.
I also noticed that when I didn’t prep my skin first with primer and then set it with powder, the formula faded after 3-4 hours; when I did, though, they lasted much longer.
If your secret agency is looking to recruit a new operative able to provide light-to-medium coverage, these creamy 24/7 Concealer Pencils should serve as effective new hires. Just be sure to partner them with primer and powder to prep and set; otherwise, you may find yourself having to reapply every few hours.
PRICE: $18 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now online at urbandecay.com, and coming soon to Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
For more on the Urban Decay Spring 2012 collection, check out…
- Urban Decay Spring 2012 Is Drawing All Writers With Lots of Pretty Pencils
- Lovechild and Apocalypse Walked Into a Barâ€¦ No, Itâ€™s Not a Joke. Theyâ€™re Urban Decayâ€™s Newest Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colors
- The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Demolition, Perversion and Woodstock Are Giving an Encore
- Urban Decay Spring 2012
2012: The Year of the Dragon…and Yoga
I need some deep breathing relief, so I’m off to yoga in a few. I sure hope I come back in a better mood and with the knots in my back untied.
How’s it going out yonder way? Tell me something good that happened to you today.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,