I have two brands of these eyeshadow crayons, Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks, and Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last.
First, Rimmel. The crayons are soft and go on very smoothly, and have pretty decent pigmentation. They are supposed to last 24 hours and be waterproof. While I haven’t yet put them that far to the test, I will say they do seem to have pretty nice staying power and be pretty blendable with a fingertip. The colors I currently have are White, Black, Turquoise, Purple, and light Gold. (called beige, but shimmery) They all have a shimmery finish except the black.
They don’t stain, but they do leave a slight bit of color behind even when just having been put on, but moisturizer can usually remove what the makeup remover cloths don’t. Because they have such good staying power, I’ve been thinking of doing some experimentation with them and seeing what kinds of looks I can do.
The Jordana MtL sticks are all of that and MORE. I have zero doubt they could stay put for the 12 hours and then some, maybe even outlasting the Rimmels. The pigmentation is much better, but they do a good job of blending if you work quickly enough. I have 7 colors of theirs. In addition to turquoise and the rest, I have a metallic forest green, and also a pale pink shimmer. Their beige, Continuous Almond, is actually more of a creamy matte, (as are the black and white sticks) and can do solid double duty as a primer, especially on light to medium/light skin. I often use it for when I want a classic cat eye and want my lids to be fairly neutral. I use it as a base and then just a touch of beige and brown shadows to accentuate my eye shape.
Otherwise, they can usually be used on their own or as a base for powder shadows to give them something to stick to. And they have a bit more tendency to leave a slight bit of color behind but I have no complaints about that.
The Jordanas are SO pigmented and stay in place so well, in fact that I discovered that they are fabulous for halloween makeup. I did a version of the Day of the Dead sugar skull look* this year and found that they stayed in place better than the grease paints I used for parts of my look. When doing my eyes I used black for the eye sockets and a deep turquoise on the eyelid to give a bit of spooky depth. When I removed the makeup at the end of the night, while they did take a bit of help to remove (I used a face cream that had a high oil content as cold cream, and then swiped it clean with my usual makeup cloths) they didn’t stain, and the pink and purple grease paints did. BADLY.
I decided then and there that the Jordanas had earned a permanent place in my makeup drawer and my heart!
Price-wise, they are comparable, but I stocked up on the Jordanas recently when Walgreens had a sale. I think they were clearing out older colors for more recent ones to come in, but haven’t had a chance to check them out. Still at only about $3.99 USD, They are not too terrible to pick up once in a while. The Rimmels were slightly more as I recall, but not by a huge amount. Walgreens (my personal favorite place to shop for makeup) usually has revolving sales on SOMETHING so it’s possible to pick up just about anything there on sale if you’re patient.
*I’ll cover this more in depth in a separate post soon!