Sunday, January 20, 2013

Not So Scandalous


I finally understand what it's like to have a love-hate relationship with a product. The Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner pencils were so highly anticipated, and when I eventually located the two shades I wanted, Taupe and Nude, I was torn. On one hand, they're so silky and pigmented, they're lovely to swatch. On the other hand, they're too soft, the liner's tip has a tendency to break off and sometimes upon application, smudge along the lower lashes. Not the lashline, no. The lashes. 





The packaging is basic, and the pencils are easy to sharpen. They're easily accessible and inexpensive. They're really easy to find on sale too, which is always nice. The shade range is impressive, there's the usual black, an unusual 'sparkling black', bronze, blues, brights, metallics, and these two, 004 Taupe and 005 Nude.
Taupe has been affectionately described as 'CHANEL's Frenzy in a pencil', and it's a unique cool grey-brown taupe. It applies more grey, but when blended out, leans more brown. It makes for a really easy lid colour when blended out near the lash line. 
Nude is a peachy beige meant for using on the lower waterline, to reduce the appearance of any redness and brighten the eyes. It's a welcome drugstore alternative to the MAC Chromographic Pencil in NW15/20, the Stila Kajal Pencil in Topaz and NARS' Larger Than Life eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte. I, for one, wanted to try out a peachy nude pencil liner without having to fork out for a high end one, so I was glad that Rimmel had the insight to produce the Nude shade. I'm not sure it's as effective as brightening the eyes as an inner corner highlight, and it's definitely noticeable when used on the lower waterline, but it's a marginally more natural than a white eyeliner. Whether or not I'd use it regularly is another matter, but I do appreciate having it in my stocks for when it's necessary to look truly, scarily awake. (That's a nice visual image for you, isn't it? :p) Lena mentioned it can make the eye look bottom-heavy, which is another reason why I wouldn't wear it often. Maybe with heavier eye makeup it would be passable, but as I rarely do more than a sheer lid colour, I doubt I'd reach for it very much.

These certainly hold up to their waterproof claims. I'd initially purchased Taupe and wasn't too enthused as I hadn't much use for it, but after seeing this post demonstrate their budge-proof, smudge-proof properties, I was convinced that I needed more, if not all of them. :p It's a very worthwhile review, that one. I do like these, and I will buy more of them when I use up my current stocks. They've got a great colour selection, they glide on so so smoothly, they're waterproof and they're affordable. Honestly, being 'too soft' isn't all that bad a crime. :)

14 comments:

  1. The colours you've chosen are so pretty, shame they decide to smudge everywhere. I once had a product like this and damn it was such a pain in the ass!

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    1. Haha it bugs me a little, but the silkiness of the liner almost outweighs the smudging! :) x

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  2. I bought the nude eyeliner too recently and have only used it once... I'm not too sure what to think of it actually, I am undecided about whether it is a nice addition to my eye makeup or not. :S xx

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    1. :S I'm mostly keeping mine in the event of a presentation after a late night cramming! :P xx

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  3. I've heard quite similar things about these, I might give them a miss though.
    They swatch nice!

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    1. They're really lovely and they seriously don't budge. Give them a go if you ever need a good liner! :) x

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  4. I have been using a nudey-champagne liner from the Body Shop which is slightly shimmery and have been really liking it! Unless I find the Rimmel nude liner (which has been a pretty tough task!) on sale, I don't think I'll pick it up.

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    1. I saw the Body Shop one when it first came out, but I was waiting to find this one instead! :P x

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  5. I think something that's more like a whitish pink would be better for the lower waterline, as opposed to a nude/yellow-leaning colour. I find that my lower waterline is fairly neutral naturally, and you're right in that an inner corner highlight works much better for a brightening look. Never heard Taupe being described as Chanel Frenzy in a pencil - that somehow makes it much more attractive to me! :p

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    1. That's a good thought- peach may not be the best. I think I heard MeganIsobel say that? A couple of beauty Youtubers. :) x

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  6. The color looks more like yellow ocher. I think it would be great to delineate the water line. Serviri but also to illuminate one of the equine eyes. I think a simple taupe-brown tone that would use daily to outline my eyes maybe but would use a brush. Thanks for your review.

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  7. I wanted to buy the Taupe and the Bronze colour, but I decided against it and tried the Sparkling black, as I thought it was quite unique. I love its soft consistency however it ended up smudging all over my eyelids even after I had used primer! Definitely something that needs to stay away from the bottom lash line at all costs :P

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    1. That's unfortunate! I was contemplating picking up Bronze too, but I have Essence's Teddy at home that's a bronze-brown and I never use it so I didn't. :) xx

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