I was at CVS recently hunting down Neosporin when this box caught my eye. Pencil eyeliner is kind of my desert island makeup item, and there were not one but two in there. Plus, the goldish liner looked a little like Stila Koi in the box! The marble eyeshadow looked pretty too, so I simply had to pick it up.
You can see that this looks like a pretty good basic set in the box. The brushes are forgettable, but everything else looks pretty good. It looks like we might have an actual brown liquid liner too!
First of all, let’s talk about the packaging. The pencils are good, but then again its pretty hard to mess up the packaging on a pencil liner. The shadows are in a fragile feeling compact that should work fine at home but may not be able to withstand travel. The liquid liner is a pretty unusual shape. It is almost a mascara-like square tube. Although my dabbles in liquid liner usually end in raccoon-eyed disaster, I actually handled this brush pretty well. It is long, so product tends to glob near the top of the brush. However, it is a stiff enough brush that it isn’t really a problem.
The gold looks more like Urban Decay El Dorado than Stila Koi, but it’s still pretty. Recently, I’ve been wearing it on my waterline and on the inner corner of my eyes. Both pencils are smooth and reasonably easy to apply. The liquid looks brown in the tube, brown on the brush, and brown when its wet. Once it dries on my lashline, it somehow turns charcoal black. I have no idea how this happens. It does blend really nicely. I can make a 30 second smoky eye with the liner alone if i let it dry for 10 seconds then smudge it upwards.
I do not like the eyeshadow. At all. The medium EBMP and the baked eyeshadow look identical on my skin. Glitter glitter glitter and no actual color payoff. That might actually be a good thing sometimes, though. The dark EBMP seems like it might be usable in my eyelid crease, and it has a nice slight metallic finish. The light color, though is a chalky glitter nightmare. It doesn’t blend at all and it has this random silver glitter even though the entire rest of the set has a gold undertone.
Recap: This set is worth it overall. I really like the all the liners. The eyeshadow palette is 25% good, 50% ok, and 25% crap. That’s alright, though, because it’s only $5.