Product Type: Soap & Glory makeup
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Soap & Glory Daily Double Eyeshadow Stick
Member Name: helenc72
Soap & Glory Daily Double Eyeshadow Stick
Advantages: Eyeliner is a nice colour
Disadvantages: Shadow is patchy with horrible finish, eyeliner is too thick, flakes under eyes, hard to remove
Soap & Glory are a relatively new brand which sells shower are body care products, skin care and cosmetics. Their products are available from many Boots stores. They can be easily recognised due to their distinctive branding which is quite girly and retro in style, often featuring puns and wordplay. The Daily Double has quite a simple look to it compared to many of the Soap & Glory products. It is a simple chunky double ended pencil which is about 6 inches long including the caps. Each pencil end is covered with a see through cap and the pencil casing is two colours, with each half corresponding to the colour of the product inside. The Soap & Glory logo is printed in the middle of the stick. It does not come with a box.
The Daily Double comes in three different colour combinations:
1. Fresh cream and Greenlight, which is the one I have and will be talking about more in this review.
2. Velvet Pink and Cookie, where the lid shadow is a very pale pink and the liner is a mid brown.
3. Ultra Violet and Plum Plum, where the lid shadow is a mid lilac shade and the liner is a fairly dark and bright purple.
The concept of this product, a time saving and space saving 2-in-1 eye makeup kit, was quite appealing to me in theory. It would be easy to throw in my makeup bag and as there is no liquid or powder there is no risk of any mess in my bag from leaks, spills or powder crumbling everywhere. However, unfortunately I haven't found the results too impressive.
=== The Linerstick ===
I have the linerstick in the shade Greenlight.
I actually really like the shade. It is very dark, almost black, but has a hint of greenish brown khaki to it. This means it is not as harsh as a true black, but still gives the definition and darkness that you get from a black eyeliner. It doesn't immediately stand out as being a coloured liner, so it is not too bold or daring and the colour goes with everything. The dark khaki colour is like a darker version of my own eye colour (hazel green) and so it picks out the colour. I think it would also look good on someone with different coloured eyes as a bit of contrast.
The eyeliner pencil itself is really chunky. The thickness of the pencil makes it comfortable to grip in the hand and it does feel quite creamy and smooth to apply but the thickness does slightly hinder application as when applying the linerstick I have to be quite careful to hold it at the right angle and work very carefully and softly, so that only the thinnest tip or edge touches my eye. Otherwise the line would be far too thick for my liking and you hardly ever see anyone with eyeliner that thick, so I'm not sure that such a chunky pencil is necessary for most people! It might be better for a dramatic look at night time. I also find it difficult to get right between the lashes with this thick pencil, which I normally like to do to make my lashes look thicker and define the eye better, so I usually just try to do a thin line above the upper lashes with this. I don't put it anywhere near my lower lash line as I normally don't put anything much there anyway and this would be far too thick in my opinion.
The colour pay off from this eyeliner is very good. The colour glides on and looks quite rich and dark on the eye. It lasts well and is still on my upper lash line by evening when I go to take it off. However, this liner does smudge a bit and cause some fall out under my eyes as I wear it. After a few hours I start to notice the odd dot of this dark colour under my eyes and as the evening goes on it gets worse. This is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to eyeliners (and some mascaras) as it obviously makes me feel that I need to keep checking the mirror and removing any stray eyeliner which ends up where it shouldn't. It is easy enough to wipe these bits off with a cotton bud and apply concealer over the top to brighten the undereye again, but it is a pain.
When it comes to removing the eyeliner at night, it is actually quite stubborn. I use a good quality oil based makeup remover from Clinique, which usually easily cuts through all makeup even waterproof mascara very easily, but this eyeliner needs some rubbing with the makeup remover and takes a bit of effort to get off. Most stuff just dissolves immediately onto the cotton pad. Even when I think I have got this all off, sometimes a tiny bit has still been there unnoticed even after makeup removal and washing my face, and it has left me with a slight panda eye in the morning. I was not impressed by that at all!
Both ends of the stick are easy to sharpen with a thick barelled eye pencil sharpener. Obviously they won't fit into a standard sized one. Unfortunately when I sharpened the eyeliner end, the whole new sharp tip snapped off, as the pencil is quite soft, so this was wasteful and a bit messy.
Overall, I find the linerstick just about okay. The colour is really nice but its downsides outweigh the good points for me. I will occasionally use it but with caution!
=== The Lid shadow ===
I have the lid shadow in the shade Fresh Cream.
As the name suggests, this shade is very pale and I think it is suited as a good base or a brow highlight. Personally I wouldn't generally wear such a pale shade all over my eyelid. It seems more of a yellow based cream than a pink based shade.
I was intrigued by the idea of an eyeshadow pencil as I don't think I had ever seen one before. I usually use solid powder eyeshadows. I really like the Soap & Glory Lid Stuff eyeshadow quad which I use almost daily, so I was hopeful that this eyeshadow pencil from Soap & Glory would be decent.
I apply this lidshadow by simply drawing all over my lid with the pencil. As I'm used to using eyeshadow brushes it feels a bit weird to do this, but it is very simple and quick to do. However, it does not feel as smooth and creamy to apply as the liner stick. I find it a bit waxy in texture when drawing it on initially, and it doesn't really give even coverage as sometimes barely any colour seems to be transferred onto the lid. It goes on in quite a patchy way, however hard I try to get it looking smooth. After it has settled, it ends up looking dry and chalky. It is not a good base at all, as it isn't smooth or even, so any other eyeshadow I put on top also ends up looking a bit patchy and rough. After a while, it starts to look a bit flaky and scaly on my eye lids - basically just a right mess! I would not recommend the shadow stick at all and it definitely doesn't save any time!
When using it as a brow highlight or to brighten the inner corners of the eye obviously you don't have such a large area to cover as when applying a base to the whole eyelid so this patchiness problem is reduced, but it still isn't a smooth application and the colour pay off is still very variable.
Luckily this eyeshadow stick is very easy to remove from the eye! When I use my eye makeup remover on a cotton pad and lightly press it onto the lid before sweeping it off, the eyeshadow is completely dissolved and cleaned away without any residue being left behind.
The lid shadow end of the stick was very easy to sharpen and as it is a harder consistency than the liner, it did not snap.
=== Value ===
This costs £6.50 in Boots as it is currently on offer. The normal price is £8.50. For your money you get
3.79g of product.
I don't think it is worth it even at the reduced price, as half of it is awful and the other half is just okay but with its own drawbacks too. I would advise you to save your money and I'm glad I didn't pay for mine.
Summary: An interesting concept but not a great makeup product