thrifty thursday: rimmel london's shadow stick

I recently unlocked a brand badge on an Influenster VoxBox challenge.  (If what I just said sounds like a foreign language, you need to join Influenster. Send me an email requesting an invite, if you're interested.)

Anyway, when Influenster informed me I'd be receiving a box of Rimmel goodies, I was stoked.  
I read the email, but I didn't really register how many great things I'd be receiving until this came in the mail: 
Doesn't knowing this was all free just make you so happy? What makes me particularly happy is knowing that anything I fall in love with out of this box (which is already quite a few products) can become a regular in my makeup bag, because Rimmel is so affordable!

I'll spend some time reviewing more of these products in the future, but today I want to focus on the Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick. It retails for just $4.49! Mine came in the color Bulletproof Beige, and I quickly adopted it as my base shadow color. It's right between the shades of Sin and Lit in Urban Decay's Shadow Pencil, so I thought it would be fun to compare the two products. (I have Sin on hand, so that's what I'll be using.)

For starters, Rimmel's pencil is much larger than the Urban Decay. Yes, it's true that I've been using the Urban Decay one for awhile, but to begin with, Rimmel's pencil is 0.11 oz and Urban Decay is 0.088 oz. 
 As you can see below, each pencil's color is true to appearance. I'd say the pencils are equally vibrant for the colors they purport to be, but I prefer the pinky shade of Sin over the more nude Bulletproof Beige.
Urban Decay, Left / Rimmel, Right
 With a simple smudge test (I smudged my finger over each line a few times), you can see the Urban Decay pencil stays in place better.
 If all you care about is the shadow staying in place, then obviously the Urban Decay is a better bet. However, I use these pencils as bases, which means I need them to blend. In that regard, I appreciate that the Rimmel pencil moves a bit, making it more blendable with my powder shadows.

I'm a big fan of both of these pencils. I've been using the Urban Decay for years, and I think I'll continue to experiment with different shades of the Rimmel. At the end of the day, it really depends on what you're looking for. If you want a pencil that allows a quick swipe of color that can stand on its own, invest in the Urban Decay. If you're more price-conscious and only need the pencil to act as a base color, I heartily recommend Rimmel.

Have you used either of these products? What did you think?


  1. I love that you said purport.

    Good review and it's something in my price range that I may try.


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