29 August 2011

YSL Dessin Du Regard Long-lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Shimmering Burgundy: Review, Swatches and first FOTD!

Purple is BIG NEWS again this Autumn/Winter but it’s a shade I’ve always found a little tricky, especially on the eyes. I own a few purple eye-shadows but rarely wear them as I think they make me look not dissimilar to having two black eyes when I do.  So I was delighted when I was sent this Yves Saint Laurent eye pencil to try out as it seemed like an easier way for me to buy into the purple trend. Other than that I didn’t give it much more thought, thinking something along the lines of ‘an eyeliner is an eyeliner is an eyeliner’.
But I was wrong.

This eye pencil surprised and impressed me in a number of ways. Firstly, I was surprised by the colour, because it’s much darker and less reddish toned than the name suggests. It’s more like a smoky amethyst, which is fabulous because it’s so right now. The shimmer is very subtle, which I liked. I was also surprised by the rich, creamy formulation and how easy this was to apply. I loved the colour and how it looked on my eyes but the biggest surprise was when I looked in the mirror about 4 hours after application, expecting at least a little bit of smudging, to find it looking perfectly intact, as if just freshly applied. And when I checked a few hours later, it looked exactly the same. And again a few hours after that! This, to me, is unheard of with a pencil, especially as I had applied it thickly and on both my top and bottom lashline. Oh, and I’d also been out in the rain!

Costing €25 for a pencil plus sharpener, this is also available in Black Ink,  Patent Leather (deep brown), Ultramarine and Amazon Green. I highly recommend.
Now I’m going to end this post with a first for Fluff and Fripperies…my very first FOTD! Some of you requested this when I asked what you’d like to see more of on this site. Please do bear in mind that despite my fondness for makeup I don’t think I’m particularly good at applying the stuff and am just an enthusiastic amateur! But here’s what I wore yesterday for a big girly Sunday brunch in town.

Face: Clarins Everlasting foundation; Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer; Bourjois Eclat Mineral Pressed Powder; Bourjois blush in #33 Lilas D'or; The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Shade #4 (contour).
Eyes: Nude and medium purple shades from Estee Lauder quad in Berry Quartz; Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Du Regard Long-lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Shimmering Burgundy; La Roche Posay Respectissime Waterproof mascara in black; Rimmel Professional Eyebrown Pencil in Dark Brown.
Lips: Avon Colordisiac lipstick in Drawn To You
Nails: NOTD coming up soon!

Have you tried these eye pencils and what did you think?

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