** Update – I used this eBay seller to buy the pencils, they arrived within a week **
When I spotted this new release from Etude House, a brand which if I am honest I have found very samey of late, I was like YEAH BABY!
Play 101 Pencils is a collection of 50 (yes, 50!) multi use pencils that went on sale in April 2014. These pencils were developed with Korean make up artist Pony (she is on You Tube frequently creating that very typical girly, clean, pretty Korean make up look). I love multi use products and I love the wide selection available in this range. I ended up buying 9 pencils in total at around £6 each:
These pencils work as blusher, lip colour, eyeliner, brow colour etc etc. They also come in a selection of textures, matte, glitter, creamy shimmer, metallic and so on. I tried to pick a selection of colours that I could use to do a ‘whole’ face make up.
So my choices were –
05 (GLITTER) – use as eyeshadow or eyeliner.
08 (MATTE) – use as a base/concealer or eyeshadow
13 (GLITTER) – use as lip colour, blush or eyeshadow
16 – (CREAM)Y – use as a lip colour or blusher
20 – (CREAMY) – use as a lip colour or blusher
29 – (SHIMMERING) – use as a eyeshadow, lip colour or eyeliner
36 – (GLITTER) – use as an eyeshadow and eyeliner
42 – (MATTE) – use as an eyeshadow, eye liner, contour or eye brow pencil
47 – (SHIMMERING) – use as an eye shadow or eye liner
I wanted to get a selection of textures and colours.
All of the pencils swatched well on my hand but I had a mixed experience with them – the quality is quite inconsistent so I will review them one by one.
05 – This glittery shade is quite nice to use on the eye, pigmented and relatively soft.
08 – Used as a concealer it’s fine but to use as an eyeshadow it’s not very smooth or easy to spread. Quite a disappointing dry texture.
13 – Glittery orange which is almost clownish to wear on the lips – I prefer this on the eyes.
16 – Pale cool pink which is unflattering on my warm skin tone as a blush but it’s quite a nude and pigmented pink to wear on the lips. Dry textured and snapped easily when in use.
20 – Rich pigmented hot pink, nice to wear on the lips but it’s also dry textured and more matte than creamy. Accentuates lines.
29 – Wanted this to look good on the lips but it looks chalky and dry so works better as an eyeliner. Still lacks softness and pigmentation overall.
36 – An absolutely glorious turquoise eyeliner, beautiful soft buttery texture by FAR the best pencil for pigment and texture in all of the ones i bought.
42 – Matte and cool toned taupe brown, great to contour with and also is quite precise. Somewhat pale for my brows and the pencil is a little too creamy, I prefer a harder pencil for the brows.
47 – Copper bronze shade, which I wanted to be as gorgeous as 36 but it’s drier and applies just ok. Somewhat disappointed with the texture as the colour is lovely.
Anyway some looks I did –
Here I have 08 (to conceal) 16 (on the cheeks – I know it’s OVERDONE but basically the pencil snapped off and rather than wasting it I used it on my cheeks. All at once.) 42 (on my brows and crease) and 29 on the lips.
This one is 47 on the lid, 36 on the waterline, and 20 on the lips.