I’ve been on the hunt for a rose gold eyeliner for… oh, a year now? Probably longer? It’s the holy grail of eyeliner pencils, rarer than rare, and I’d basically given up after going through every makeup counter, every blog, every obscure company and outlet looking for the right colour, or even something vaguely approaching the dream colour.
But! All hope is not lost. I wandered into Mecca Maxima recently – because if there’s one thing the Mecca family of stores does well, it’s sourcing amazing Christmas gift packs and limited edition releases – and saw this Urban Decay Cosmic Eye Pencil Kit in the window, practically demanding that I look at it, pick it up, swatch it, buy it.
It has a rosy pinky copper eyeliner. It has an eyeliner that’s as close to rose gold as I’ve found in a year of searching.
I had to have it.
Cosmic Eye Pencil Kit contains five travel sized Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eyeliner pencils, each approximately 2/3rds the size of a full sized pencil. The pencil and liner itself are identical to a standard 24/7 liner, just a little smaller in length. The five classic neutral pencils included in the set are:
- Zero – classic matte black. This has a smooth creamy consistency and a flat opaque finish, although it pulls slightly brown when blending out.
- Stag – deep burnt umber brown with a teeny touch of dark brown shimmer.
- Cosmic – translucent lunar pearl. This reminds me a little of MAC Gilded White Power Point pencil.
- Trick – pinky golden copper. Trick is halfway between rose gold and copper, with a pearly metallic finish. MAC Brass Band Technakohl, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 10L Copper and MAC Copperthorn Fluidline are all more golden yellow based.
- Supply – deep burgundy brown with a strong red undertone in a satiny pearl finish. Supply has a stronger red undertone than Urban Decay Roach, and doesn’t have Roach’s deep brown metallic sheen.
The colours in this set are analogous to each other and can be used in any combination with each other. I like taking a line of Stag or Supply along the upper lashline with a little wing and quickly blending it out slightly with a stubby brush. Then I dot Zero into my lashline to give extra definition and shape. The combined effect of a soft focus cats-eye flick and a darker lashline gives a gorgeous slept-in Bardot eye, without any real effort.
The formula of these pencils are very soft, so be prepared to frequently reach for your pencil sharpener (cosmetic sharpeners only! They have a different blade profile and don’t waste as much product as a a regular pencil sharpener). While this softness makes the 24/7 eyeliner pencils super easy to apply, especially for sensitive eyes that get teary at any kind of tugging or pressure, it takes a light and confident touch to keep a tight and crisp line.
As with most waterproof/longwear eyeliners, the trick to getting the best result from these pencils is to apply two or three very thin layers, keeping enough time between applications to allow the eyeliner fully set. It only takes a little longer to apply, but the improved colour and longevity is worth the effort.
Cosmic, Trick and Supply are new 24/7 Glide-On colours, but I’m not sure if they’re going to be added to the regular permanent line of pencils. I would love for Trick to be available regularly because I already know that it’s going to be one of those pencils I use day in and day out until there’s nothing but a tiny nub of pencil left.
Who: Urban Decay
What: Urban Decay Cosmic Eye Pencil Kit
How Much: AUD$48, USD$29, GBP£25.00
When: limited edition, available now.
Where: Mecca Maxima (AU), Macys (US), House of Fraser (UK), Nordstrom (US), Beauty.com
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.