Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Beauty Products Countdown of 2013 – Products 1 and 2

Four days…four days into February, a diet I started on the 1st of the month and already a product down, but when I saw this, there was no hesitation.
I had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Rimmel Scandal Eye Pencil–in Nude.

On day five, enter a fan girl moment of support and Cream Soda blush was added to the pile.
*Throwing hands in air*

Rimmel Scandel Eyes Review 

Raved about by the lovely ladies across the pond, this lil fellow finally arrived states side so I'd thought it would be high time to put him to the test.

My beloved MAC Chromographic pencil in NC15/NW20, now available on the MAC website but the formerly limited edition product has maintained a constant space in my makeup bag. 
Competition time.

MAC is on the left, and Rimmel on the right.
The MAC pencil is a bit brighter, the Rimmel a touch more peach.

I applied the MAC pencil on my right eye, and the Rimmel on my left eye.

MAC: First applied

Rimmel: First applied 

For creaminess, Rimmel wins. It just glides on easier than the MAC version which is a harder consistency and drier (mine is significantly older). Opacity is tied, lasting power will be the main event.

Fast forward about 4.5 hours

Looks like a bit of my tight line transferred but you can see the MAC pencil more in the inner corner only
This photo does not show case it well but there was a faint nude line across my eyes, just incredibly maintained in the inner corner area.

Ignore the random green lines of light. 
You can see the Rimmel evenly on the waterline.

Long lasting Winner?
By the slightest margin MAC out ran the Rimmel pencil, but I mean by about 1 hour? Maybe 30 minutes. Shortly after these photos were taken the pencils were long gone.
I wore these with contact lenses on, and my eyes are a bit more watery when I wear my contacts.

I re did the test the following day wearing glasses, and MAC still lasted longer than Rimmel.

In the end:
I would recommend the Rimmel pencil over the MAC
Sometimes the MAC can look too bright if layered too many times (may look better on more fair cool skin) The lasting power was longer but marginally. Also the MAC is harder to get a hold of, by either pro store or online.

The Rimmel is smoother, the color is a bit more natural for my skin, and the price is better.
Glad to find a nice nude pencil up the drugstore aisles, I think these types of pencils really are saviors for early Mondays.

Now on to my second purchase
I passed by the MAC window knowing full well new collections release on Thursdays, but my MAC had it on a Wednesday! 
Just went in for a peek ^^ (yeah right)

I was such an Archie's fan as a kid. I still have them all, and cant bear to throw them away
 (Anyone else still have theirs!?)

I was always a Betty fan so only looked at her side of the collection really.
 The Veronica stuff did not interest me a bit.
Though the gloss was pretty, and the Beauty powder was also nice, I only walked away with one item.
 I am salvaging (but at an absolute terrible rate thus far)

I will be keeping the box!

I had seen the swatches on Temptalia for this blush and was luke warm on the color, a bit too milky maybe, but I just couldn't not support Team Betty! (I know, I'm sad!) 
So here is one for the girl next door! 

Anyone else partaking in the Archie's Girls collection?


  1. This new mac collection seems to be too tempting for everyone!

    That rimmel pencil looks great - have you tried the tarte version yet? I have my eye on that one but the rimmel would obviously be the more economical choice.

  2. i did not know Tarte had one of these shades! interesting! well now i have two so i wont need that, maybe during the FF sale?

  3. I just purchased one of the Rimmel eyeliners in the shade Taupe and so far really love it! I love how you included a comparison, now I know that these are a great (cheaper!) alternative to the Mac Chromographic pencils. Great post :)

  4. I am not into the bare/nude pencil look on the bottom waterline on me. I feel like it makes me look so weird! I think it is because I wear smudgy ink black liner all the time on my water line. I would rather line my bottom waterline than my upper lid! And I actually am not an Archie's girls fan. I know nothing about it. Of course I have heard of it, but I didn't grow up with it so this collection was easily passable for me. Glad you picked something up though, it means something to you!

  5. First MAC collection item in a while! I'm trying my best to stay away :X
    Your Archie collection sounds like a fun all weekend read! I've only read a few here and there as a kid.

  6. Hi J,

    I loved the Archie comics! I haven't had the chance to look at the collection, but I should make it a point to do so. I think I'm more Team Veronica :-D

  7. I've been eyeing the Rimmel nude liner since I saw ViviannaDoesMakeup rave about it! I've never tried a nude liner on the waterline since I normally leave that area alone but now I'm curious to see how it'll look on me. I was never a fan of Archie so this collection is lost on me. I liked the beauty power but I dislike the packaging so it's a definite pass :(

  8. Finally! A comprehensive comparison of the Rimmel and MAC nude pencils! Like you, I've been eagerly waiting for the Rimmel one to reach our shores. I've had a nude pencil on my wish list for over a year! Thank you. :)

  9. I think that anything that goes on the waterline and lower lash line fades quickly. I've been using my concealer stick from hardcandy and it's an "okay" product. Nothing too drastic or special about it. I'll use it up and probably purchase the Rimmel one next.

    I'm in favor of brunettes but I've always been Team BETTY! :)

  10. I am trying really hard to not fall into the Archie collection/MAC hype….I really want to save my money for big items…but I have to admit, I know I am going to regret not picking an item up….and I am dying for the Rimmel pencils. I have been looking for them but they haven’t reached my neck of the woods….thanks for the post….

  11. Me too, I still have all my Betty and Veronica comics! I loved them as a kid. I don't know if I'm team Betty or Veronica, I loved them both. I loved the fact that Betty was the girl next door, but at the same time I love how Veronica is always shopping.

  12. Rimmel got me more and more intrigue. First the lip glosses now this.

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  14. I've been dying to get my hands on that collection from MAC but they still don't have it here in Manila! I love your blog! Specially the photos because they are so
    detailed and clear, I can really understand about your post. I followed you on
    GFC and on BlogLovin'! Maybe you can come by mine too and maybe follow each
    other? :) Thank you for this post! I can't wait to read more of your posts.
    More power to you!


    Your new follower,

  15. I'm a huge fan of Archie too! I grew up reading all their comics and yes, I can't bear to throw them out either :P I was so excited to know about this collection. However, I didn't really like their human portrayal of Archie, Betty and Veronica :P

    This was a nice read and you have very pretty eyes! xx

  16. i got the rimmel liner in nude and taupe! I think i may try the black and brown too, but i ought to try what I have first, lol! I am pretty excited though!


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