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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Swatch, Comparison, and Dupes - Nude, Brown, and Gold Eye Pencils

A few days ago, I swatched the new Milani Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez pencils and I had the genius idea to swatch the rest of my nude pencil/shadow liners. I didn't realize I had that many until it came to sorting them out, taking the pictures, and editing...Hollycow that is a lotta pencils and work! I hope it is will be of some use for yall.

For the record, all of these liners are creamy, pigmented, and easy to work with. Some will tug just a little more than others but very minimal. The best formula are those who are the creamiest, last longest, without fading, smudging, or creasing.

Shimmery Nude Pencils

1. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeshadow Pencil Rehab - shimmery medium brown with pink shimmers
2. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeshadow Pencil  Juju - light shimmery taupe, leaning more brown
3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeshadow Pencil Sin - light shimmery pink nude
4. Ulta Eye Crayon   Birthday Girl - shimmery light champagne
5. NYX Retractable Eyeliner Silky Cashmere - medium shimmery pink nude
6. Rimmel ScandalEyes Bullet Proof Beige - shimmery light golden beige
7. Milani Shadow Eyez Champagne Toast - light shimmery pink nude. Spot on dupe for UD Sin (#3)
8. Milani Shadow Eyez Sand Dunes - Sparkly light golden beige
9. NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil Yogurt - light shimmery pink nude. Almost identical to Sin and Champagne Toast. Just a touch pinker.

Dupes: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeshadow Pencil Sin, Milani Shadow Eyez Champagne Toast, and NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil Yogurt.

Best formula: Urban Decay, Milani, and Rimmel

Creamy Nude Pencils

1. Milani Shadow Eyez Almond Cream - light beige with cool undertone. The creamiest of the three.
2. NYX Wonder Pencil Light - very pale beige, almost white. This one looks the most natural on the eyes.
3. Rimmel ScandalEyes Khol Kajal Nude - medium nude with peachy/warm undertone.

All these nudes have a matte finish.
Best formula: Almond Cream is the smoothest and most pigmented out of the three.

Brown Pencils

1. Rimmel ScandalEyez Bad Girl Bronze - shimmery reddish brown with gold shimmers
2. NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil French Fries - shimmery golden brown
3. Milani Shadow Eyez Brown Deluxe - shimmery bronze
4. Sally Hansen Forever Stay Eye Pencil Chocolate Brown - matte dark brown
5. Urban Decay 24/7 Whiskey - matte brown with a slight red undertone
6. NYX Retractable Eyeliner Bronze - dark brown with pink shimmers
7. NYX Slide On Golden Bonze - shimmery reddish brown with a metallic finish
8. Rimmel ScandalEyez Kohl Kajal Taupe - medium taupe
9. Ulta Eye Crayon Toasted - Shimmery Bronze, spot on dupe for Brown Deluxe (#3)
10. Milani Shadow Eyez Espresso Line - dark matte brown Creamier and darker than Chocolate Brown (#4)
11. Milani Shadow Eyez Cafe au Lait - medium matte cool toned brown.

Dupes: Milani Shadow Eyez Brown Deluxe (slightly more golden) and Ulta Eye Crayon Toasted Shimmery Bronze. The Ulta Eye Crayon was part of a holiday set and I don't think they sell this shade on its own.

Best Formula: Rimmel, Milani

Gold Eye Pencils

1. NYX Slide On Glitzy Gold - shimmery greenish gold
2. Milani Liquif'Eye Gold - shimmery antique gold. Very close to Glitzy Gold but shinier and more metallic.
3. Milani Shadow Eyez Golden Bronze - shimmery golden peachy gold. Not sure if that make sense.
4. NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil Gold - shimmery golden bronze. Not a true gold. It's a bit too orange.

Best formula: Milani.

Whewww...I think I'm done! 

Do you own any of these? Thoughts? Know any dupes to these liners?


  1. This post is like the mother load of swatches! OMG thank you so much!

    1. You're welcome. I had more fun swatching than editing.

  2. You have an amazing stick eyeshadow collection! Love all the nude colours, super pretty & very helpful swatches! xx

    1. Thank you. I didn't realize I had that many nude colors until I did this post.

  3. Great post! I have not been able to located any of the limited Milani shadow eyez!! Grrrh. ;)

    1. You can get them at Cherry Culture. They have a sale on the entire site for 20% off but hurry cause the sale end 6/24

  4. ARGH! I immediately went online on Ulta to get that gorgeous Toasted color and they don't show it! :( I'm so very sad now... any chance you want to send yours over to me? :P

    1. I feel bad swatching things that aren't available. I didn't realize that until after I took the pictures. Sorry. You're better off getting Brown Deluxe. It's easily available and the formula is better too.

  5. Okay its settled! I need NYX yoghurt in my life, that gold from NYX and any of those brown shadow pencils from UD!! I love love the browns and champagnes! I actually don't have too many pencils in these shades but I can see these being soo useful!

    1. NYX yogurt is great as a base or for highlight. Definitely can't go wrong with UD pencils.

  6. gosh, look how many do you have!! beautiful, really! great post!

    1. Thank you. I change my eyeliner color almost everyday so I never really noticed I have that many nudes and browns.

  7. Hehe, now that my spending ban is over I can go hunt down some Milani eye pencils! I love all of these swatches, thanks for all of the work you put into them. It makes it a lot easier to decide what I want to buy if I can see swatches side by side and see how they compare.

    1. The Milani pencils are awesome! Have fun shopping :D

  8. thanks!!! loved this post, nude and gold are my fave for eye pencils :)

    1. I think they are flattering on everyone too :)


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