Sunday, 2 March 2014

Rimmel Scandaleyes

Rimmel has always been one of my favourite budget brands; right from my first ever black eyeliner pencil purchase, via my Lycra Polish obsession during my teens, up until now, when their Kate Moss lipsticks have stolen everyone's hearts. My latest Rimmel loves are from the Scandaleyes collection, and I have been wearing these two little finds quite a bit lately.

As my first ever eyeliner was a Rimmel one, I was quite excited to hear that the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencils were of a really high quality. Often hailed as a dupe - in formula if not colour range - for Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, these have a creamy, smooth texture, and are almost like a gel eyeliner in pencil form. I absolutely love this about them; there's nothing worse than a hard, dry pencil that drags across your lash line. Furthermore, the pigmentation is perfect, one swipe is all you need for a good colour wash. As the name suggests, this little gem is also waterproof, so really lasts all day long. I cannot bear eyeliner that smudges down my face after half an hour, especially when the cold weather makes my eyes run, so this is an important factor for me. I only have Black at the moment, but I am keen to grab a few more shades, especially Taupe and Bronze.

I have also been loving the Scandaleyes Shadow Paint lately, which I have in the shade Golden Bronze.  I was actually a little hesitant to buy it, as I have never been impressed with Rimmel's eyeshadows in the past, but as this isn't a powder shadow I gave it a chance. I'm glad I did, as I love so much about this little gold tube, that it has been worth its price twice over! For a start, I love the applicator, an elongated doe-foot with a slightly tapered tip, making it easy to quickly cover the lid or, if you choose, sweep a thinner line across the lash line. If I am wearing this over my whole lid, either alone or as a base for a similar colour, such as Urban Decay's Half Baked, I tend to blend it out for a much softer finish than the one you can see in my swatch. However, if I am creating a thin line (just above my eyeliner) I leave it as it is, and the finish is intensely metallic. I also love how fast it dries (it would be very annoying having to wait an age!), despite it being so wet when first applied. Once dry this stays put all day long, at least the promised eight hours, and doesn't crease it all. I can't ask for much more than that. Except maybe a wider variety of available shades. I got this in November, when I was looking for a product to create a gold eyeliner effect with, so obviously bought this on the basis of the shade. However, now I know how much I love the formula, I wish it came in a larger selection of prettier shades. Other than this one, I only really like the look of Rich Russet and Slate Grey. 

Have you tried anything from this range? I fancy the Shadow Sticks next!

Scadaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal (£3.99) and Shadow Paint (£4.99) are available in Boots.


  1. I've got the eye pencil in nude and it's perfect for making the eyes look more fresh and awake if you haven't had much sleep, so I'd definitely recommend that colour. I haven't tried any of the show paints yet but I've seen them doing the rounds on the blogosphere so maybe I'll have to pick one up!

    Life of a Trainee Journalist

    1. That sounds like a nice alternative to using a white pencil, perhaps I will give it a go! xx

  2. the golden bronze looks pretty awesome!! i feel like you could make a couple of really dramatic party looks and more subtle work looks with it!
    A Beautiful Zen

    1. It is very versatile - if you don't blend it out it is so metallic and dramatic, but if you do it looks subtle and pretty. I really want the Rich Russet one, as I think that one looks versatile too. x


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