Urban Decay’s 24-7 pencils do get quite a lot of love. They’re available in a wide range of colors, including hot pink and gold and bright green. They’re soft, easy to apply, and they tend to stay put even on hooded eyes. Other makeup companies do make liners, even waterproof liner pencils, but none have the color range, ease of application AND staying power that Urban Decay’s 24-7 pencils do. The 24-7 pencils get a lot of airtime on beauty blogs, forums, and chats; and for good reason. One of the big downsides, though, is the price point. A single pencil costs $19, which is a bit steep for many people.
The best ways to get these pencils is in sets, like the Ocho Loco kit that was released for the 2012 winter holiday season. That was a truly outstanding deal, not only because it had so many previously unreleased or exclusive colors, but because it had fullsize pencils instead of the “travel size”! Even the travel size pencils, though, are a good deal - provided you don't have more than one or two of the colors already. The Vault collection, recently released for an extremely limited run, contained 40 fullsize pencils for less than $7.50 per pencil. Problem there was that for people who already had a goodly amount of UD's 24-7 Glide On Pencils, it wasn't such a good deal; and even to those whom it was a fantastic opportunity, not everyone has nearly $300 available to splurge.
At the time of this writing, the collection has changed, with 13 brand new shades introduced, 15 previously-released pencils added to the regular collection, and 12 shades being discontinued. I'm listing all the names here, because some people may want to know when certain shades were added or removed from the lineup.
This collection contained:
1999 — medium red-plum with gold sparkle (discontinued March 2013)
Abyss — medium-deep blue with silver sparkle (released March 2013)
Asphyxia — (previously released; added to the regular line March 2013)
Binge — navy blue shimmer (discontinued March 2013)
Bourbon — medium-deep gold brown with gold shimmer
Chaos — vivid cobalt-blue matte (released March 2013)
Corrupt — metallic dark brown with silver shimmer (previously released; added to the regular line March 2013)
Covet — blue-green shimmer (discontinued March 2013)
Crash — deep red-plum with silver shimmer (discontinued March 2013)
Cuff — metallic silver shimmer (released March 2013)
Deep End — metallic bright teal-aqua shimmer (previously released; added to the regular line March 2013)
Delinquent — deep purple sparkle (previously released; added to the regular line March 2013)
I had hopes that Sephora's Flashy Waterproof Pencils might offer some good competition to these 24-7 pencils. They had similar easy application, great coverage, and fantastic staying power, AND they cost a lot less per pencil than the 24-7 pencils...but lately, the line has been quite severely reduced. They have fewer shades, and almost no brights. There's also the whole "they're only available at Sephora" thing, while Urban Decay is at Sephora, Ulta, and some Macy's locations as well as through Beauty.com.
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