I have quite an obsession when it comes to eyeshadow pencils, I just love how quick and easy they are to use and they can create an eyeshadow look in a matter of seconds. One of my favourite YouTubers; Emily of Beauty Broadcast, always raves about the Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils so when I saw them on offer on Amazon for only £3.79 each, I decided to purchase four shades.
Milani is a cruelty free, US based makeup brand with really affordable products which we can’t get here in the UK. There are a few online retailers that sell US beauty products, but they often charge an extortionate amount for the products which I hate, so I was thrilled to see them on sale for cheaper than they actually would be in the US.. they’re $7.49 each on the Milani website (so they’d be £4.95 in the US).
The Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils can supposedly be used three ways; as a shadow, a liner or an highlighter and they’re described as being water-resistant and crease proof. There are twelve shades available in total, and I chose four neutral shades as I love neutral shades. I opted for Champagne Toast, Almond Cream, Café Au Lait and Sand Dunes. Each pencil contains 2.8g and they’re identical in packaging to the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils.
Champagne Toast: a shimmery, champagne gold which can look a little rose gold in some lights. It’s such a pretty all over the lid shade, and it reminds me of the cream shadow version of Urban Decay’s Sin Eyeshadow. The formula is super creamy, and this swatch is just one swipe of the pencil.
Café Au Lait: a warm, medium brown cream with no shimmer or glitter particles. I am head over heels in love with this shade, and if I had to choose just one from the four it’d be this one. I love drawing all over my lid very messily with this shade, and then go in with a blending brush to blend it out and neaten up the edges and in under a minute it gives me a rich, neutral smokey eye.
It can be worn quite lightly or intensely depending on what look you’re going for, and this shade in particular does work brilliantly as a liner too. This swatch is two swipes of the pencil.
Almond Cream: a matte vanilla cream. This is possibly the most versatile shade from the four Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils that I bought.. it works well as an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base, as a liner within my lower waterline for a brightening effect or it works really well as a brow highlight similar to Benefit High Brow. This swatch is only one swatch of the pencil and it’s very opaque.
Sand Dunes: a shimmery, metallic champagne. This was the least pigmented shade, but it’s not poorly pigmented by any means – they’re all just so impressive. Sand Dunes looks so pretty all over the lid, with Café Au Lait through the crease and outer corner for a little definition. I love that when I wear Sand Dunes, it takes me a matter of seconds to apply but it looks as if I’ve put a lot more effort into my eyeshadow – massive win. The swatch is two swipes of the pencil.
All four Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils are incredibly creamy and smooth, and they apply and blend effortlessly with a brush or fingertips. Once you’ve applied the pencil, you have to work quickly because once they set, they literally do not budge so you only have around 20 seconds playtime before they begin to set.
Whenever I wear these Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils, they never crease or fade.. the weartime is completely dependant on how long I choose to wear them, they stay perfect for the whole time they’re on my eyes and are the best eyeshadow pencils I’ve tried in terms of longevity.