Here's what I received:The tin: All of the NUDESTIX products come in a matte black tin with a large mirror in the lid. The mirror had unfortunately fallen out of mine but I popped on some glue and voila, good as new. The tin has a really high end feel to it and reminded me of NARS packaging. The only drawback is that my grubby little fingers leave marks on it, which you can probably see in the photos!
Eye pencil (golden): NUDESTIX have a range of 8 nude colours touted as a multi-use liner, shadow and highlighter in one. Each pencil comes with a sharpener which is handy because the eye pencil is quick chunky and may not fit in a standard size sharpener. This can also be bought separately for £5. The colour I received is a beautiful gold so I was a little apprehensive at first because gold is not a colour that I think my Nordic hued skin tone can carry off.
I used the pencil as an eyeliner at first, to jazz up my usual work makeup look of browns and well, more browns! It glides on smoothly and doesn't budge. I finally worked up the courage to wear it as a shadow and again it blended well and it is very easy to build up from a sheer wash of colour to a more dramatic and intense look. The pencil comes with a smudger on one end which I have to say isn't very easy to use (it's rigid with no flexibility) so I just blended it with my fingers.
Verdict: The eye pencil was lovely to use; it's highly pigmented and long lasting. It's priced at £24 in Space NK which puts it most firmly in the high end bracket. I'm afraid that as much as I loved it, I wouldn't pay £24 for it. If you could buy the pencils separately without the tin and sharpener for about £15 I might be tempted. The additional products you get with the purchase are a great idea if you're buying a one off item but from a personal point of view I'd have nowhere to store more than one or two of these pretty matte cases!
Mascara (black): If you've read this post (5 things I just don't rate) then you'll know how I feel about black mascara. We just don't get on. We share mutual friends but the most we'll ever say is an awkward "hello"! What I'm trying to say is that it won't matter how awesome this is (and the reviews on the Space NK website are favourable) I can't really accurately report because the colour is far too harsh for my features. One reviewer calls it "blacker than black" so it's definitely not for me!
Verdict: The packaging is sleek and attractive and the brush itself is a good size and the kind I prefer. It coated well and didn't clump. I didn't like the colour; it's black. If NUDESTIX did this in brown or even brown/black I might be tempted but not with the £24 price tag.
The NUDESTIX range seems to only be available via Space NK where everything (aside from the £5 sharpener) is £24. They have eye pencils, lip and cheek pencils, magnetic eye colour pencils, mascara (in one colour only!) and a skin concealer pencil which comes in 8 shades, the lightest of which does actually appear light enough for us pale skinned beauties!
Overall I'm impressed by the eye pencil, its longevity and rich pigmentation being major plusses. I'm grateful I got to try this range but unless there is a price reduction I don't think I'll be splashing out on any of the other items any time soon.
Have you heard of this range, or tried anything by them? Do you prefer a neutral look or are you more playful? Let me know in the comments section!