I have a confession: despite my attempts to remain as bipartisan as possible and not just avoid things because they are drugstore vs. high end, I hadn’t really explored a lot of the Marcelle and Annabelle cosmetic ranges because I tend to speed through the drugstore aisles in an effort to avoid impulse buying.
Thankfully, Annabelle reached out to me and now my spending habits are at risk again
Annabelle was kind enough to send me three types of products of their recently re-launched cosmetics line – all ‘point’ makeup products, and in my favourite colour scheme (how could they tell I’d be partial to pink?) as well! I received the following to try:
- Pink-A-Boo Quad Eyeshadow
- Twilighting Retractable Eyeliner
- Monroe, Vamp, and Cherry TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons
Versatile Quad, perfect to create a natural or more intense look! Silky, lustrous and highly pigmented powders providing a pure colour and a radiant finish. Long-wearing formula. Paraben-Free. Perfume-Free. 8h wear. Size: 0.25 OZ 7.2 g
I found the quad to have light pigmentation that performed much better over an eyeshadow base such as Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or MUFE’s Eye Primer. Without a base (as in the above swatches) the colours were translucent with a soft satin finish. The four shades included in Pink-A-Boo, while appearing quite contrasting in pan, were a soft gradient pink more than appropriate for office or school-wear. The back of the packaging provided a convenient eye chart for application techniques. Without primer I only got about 5 hrs of wear before I noticed visible fading (my eyeshadow was mostly gone by hour 6). With primer I got 8 hours. For more intense results I recommend layering over a coordinating or neutral cream shadow base!
Twilighting Retractable Eyeliner:
Annabelle describes these as:
Retractable pencil with integrated sharpener. Rich, intense colours and creamy texture that glides easily. Waterproof and long-lasting formula. Ophthalmologist Tested. Waterproof. 12h wear. A must have for a decadent dose of resistant colour! Size: 0.01 OZ 0.34 g
Twilighting is a blackened purple with a small amount of purple shimmer to add to a pearl finish. If you’ve been even a short term reader of Sakura, Lovely you know that I am a die-hard liquid liner devotee, but for this FOTD I thought I’d give Twilighting a try – the pencil was soft (it may have been the heat) to the point that I accidentally broke off the tip swatching it! There was minimal tugging on application though I did find it hard to do my normal one-swipe eyeliner application (that being said, I’m not used to pencils anymore, so this probably impacted my ability to do a ‘normal’ line). Although Annabelle suggests 12hr wear, without primer I got about 6 hrs of wear, and with primer closer to 8. This pencil is easily smudgeable for a smokey look but does set in place after a few minutes – so work quickly!
TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons
These were, by far, my favourite part of the package (and I’m so excited there are SO MANY COLOURS). Annabelle describes them as such:
Dare to be colourful with this easy retractable lipstick + lipliner in one. No sharpener required! Formula enriched with nourishing natural ingredients such as Omega 3 + 6 and Shea Butter. Definitvely a new way to wear lipstick. Try one of these easy-to-wear stunning shades. Paraben-Free. Perfume-Free. Size: 0.05 OZ / 1.5 g.Available in 24 shades!
These pencils are amazing! I love that they are retractable, as it allowed me to use the tip as a ‘normal’ lip liner and the sides of the pencil to fill in my lip shape. The pencils were soft, intensely pigmented, and did not require lip balm underneath – although I recommend exfoliating before hand for a smoother surface as the small bits of chapped skin tended to cling to the pigment. They lasted through a glass of water and snack, though word of warning – keep a mirror and tissue handy as they never completely set for me – after my glass of water I was surprised to still wipe off colour with a tissue! They do bleed a little bit after drinking, but not enough for me to protest a lot.
I tend to wear bright lipsticks so I gravitated towards Monroe, which is a bright coral, but I also really loved Cherry – it was the first vampy lip I’d ever worn and now I’m thinking a whole new world of lipstick options is open to me… let me know what you think!