Of the many valuable lessons I’ve learned watching Game of Thrones, including 1) that dragons can’t really be tamed, 2) always bring a weapon to a wedding, and 3) stay away from places called King’s Landing, the most valuable lesson by far has been this: just say no to blood magic.
Because it never turns out right! I just think as a general policy, it’s wise to avoid it.
Thanks for the sage advice, George R.R. Martin. 🙂
While we’re at it, it’s probably also a good idea to avoid black magic. I mean, I may have been expelled from Hogwarts after one semester (my parents were so bummed!), but even I know that.
Of course, black magic as it pertains to makeup? — that’s a different story. By all means, feel free to allow Urban Decay’s new pigmented, silky smooth Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set ($39) to cast its spell on yo’ lash lines.
This captivating kit comes with four dual-ended pencil liners. Each one comes with one of UD’s signature black liners (black cream Zero, smokey black Black Velvet, charcoal satiny black Black Market or blackest black matte Perversion) on one end and a different intense, colorful shade (deep brown matte Demolition, deep gray matte Smoke, dark eggplant Tornado or bright turquoise LSD) on the other.
This time, there are no new shades up in the mix. Zero, Black Velvet, Perversion, Demolition, Smoke and LSD are re-promotes from the permanent line, while Black Market and Tornado are re-promotes that previously appeared in other sets.
Even lacking new colors, I still think this set is pretty neat. Being dual-ended gives these pencils a slight edge over the ones in the new Ten set.
Unfortunately, the pencils themselves are tiny — 0.01 ounces each — which is even smaller than the 0.03-oz. minis in the Ten set.
How small is that?
Well, if I were forced to use these tiny liners by themselves and they weren’t dual-ended, and were just individual pencils, I’m pretty sure they’d be awkward to hold and almost impossible to use, especially after sharpening them a few times.
UD, by slapping pairs of pencils together into these duos, made them easier to control (feels like you’re holding a full-size pencil).
I’ve been wearing the 24/7 Glide-Ons for years, and they’re still staples for me, but I’ve been noticing that lately when I wear these liners on my upper lash lines, they seem to transfer up into my crease more readily than the Glide-Ons I’ve worn in the past.
Is it me or the pencils? I dunno.
Far as I know, they use the same Glide-On formula. I guess it could my changing skin (it’s super moody these days, going from dry one day to oily the next), but I mention it just in case. Food for thought.
You can find this Black Magic casting its spell online now and at Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s stores.
PRICE: $39 for a set of four 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencils
AVAILABILITY: Available at Sephora, Ulta, select Macy’s and online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,