First impressions: the names of the shades are pretty dreadful. They could have named them Midnight, Gunmetal and Denim - still descriptive but a lot less tacky than with 'glam', 'glitz' or 'diva'. For me, it just conjures up memories of those dreadful freebies you used to get with Mizz and Shout magazines - lip jellies with garish chunks of plastic glitter and eyeliner pencils that seem to be more wax than anything else. You get the picture. But I digress!
Names aside, the pencils themselves are great. Lovely and pigmented, smooth to apply, and easy to blend - though they do set quite quickly, so you have to work fast if you want to blend them. Once they set, they won't budge unless you use a waterproof makeup remover such as an oil-based cleanser.
|Top to bottom: Denim Diva, Midnight Glam, Gunmetal Glitz.|
They last just as long as their Urban Decay counterparts, although there are fewer colours and they're not as bright. Some good neutrals too - Hot Chocolate, a deep brown, and Vanilla Sky, good for highlighting.
I was a little disappointed by Midnight Glam, as I was hoping it would be a matte black rather than a silvery black (I already have Barracuda by Urban Decay), but it's less glittery than Barracuda so might be easier to wear.
Their longevity and smudge/waterproof formulation makes them perfect for hot days, gigs, parties or anywhere you won't have time to touch up your makeup.
Collection Work The Colour Shadow Pencils cost £3.19 from Boots/Superdrug (currently on offer in Superdrug for £2.50 each)