I don’t know if you guys have noticed or not, but cream shadow crayons/pencils seem to be all the rage these days. Hot on the heels of Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour (which was released in 2011, I believe, with some new shades out for spring) and Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (released last month), respectively, comes a similar release from another one of my favorite brands–Jouer Cosmetics.
Jouer’s Crème Eyeshadow Crayons are brand new and part of a 19-piece collection for Spring 2013. These shadow crayons twist-up to reveal new product so there’s no need to sharpen. I received the shades Avant Garde, a “shimmering navy charcoal”, and Rococo, a “shimmering french vanilla”, according to Jouer’s site.
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My first impression was “Wow…these are smooth!” I mean seriously, they skate across the eye with all the grace and ease of an Olympic gold-medal figure skater. One pass across the lid yields a rich, pigmented layer of color–and all with nary a tug or skip. I found the shadows very easy to blend and work with. They don’t look dry or emphasize skin texture like some other cream shadows can do.
These did crease on my eyes just along the inner corner after about an hour, which isn’t too bad (I’ve definitely tried worse. Nars, I’m talkin’ to you!) but obviously it’s still a bit disappointing. However, Jouer specifically did not market these as being long-wearing, which was smart on their part. They use words like “crease-proof” (which they are, otherwise they would have creased immediately on my oily lids) and “waterproof” (which they are–I ran my arm under the faucet for 30 seconds and came away with perfectly-intact swatches).
(the tip of Rococo got smooshed during transit so apologies for the appearance)
Jouer also claimed that these shadow crayons are fast-drying and I did not find that to be the case at all. After about 10 minutes, I found that the unblended swatches (like the ones in the swatch photos below) had still not set and were still creamy. I got the best results when I applied a thin layer of product and blended. Better still is if you apply a thin layer of the shadow over a primer. Over primer, these shadows lasted about 3 hours til I saw just a bit of creasing, mainly from Avant Garde–Rococo held up much better.
Finally, I tested these over a primer then set with a powder shadow on top. I found Rococo acted quite nicely as a base–it allowed for easy blending of the shadow over it and added a nice shimmer and dimension to the shade (I paired it with Pixi’s Boho Bronze the other day and it looked awesome!). Avant Garde was just a bit creamier in finish and didn’t set as well as Rococo so as a result, I found that any powder shadow applied on top of it really stuck to the shade and wasn’t as easy to blend out. Still, it made for a wicked dramatic smoky eye–I liked it a lot! The powders did extend the wear time quite a bit, clocking in at about 6 hours.
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In the photo below, you’ll see how the swatches of Avant Garde and Rococo smudged after I had allowed them 10 minutes to set and used a finger to rub back and forth 5 times using medium pressure.
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I liked these shadow crayons a lot–they were fun to play with–but if you’re looking for a budge-proof, long-lasting cream shadow, these probably aren’t for you…that is, unless you’re willing to put in the time and effort to make these work. Applied over a primer and set with a powder shadow, these shadows lasted a decent amount of time on my oily eyes. I would say these are good compared to the average cream shadow but unfortunately, there are just so many brands that are going above and beyond and really perfecting these new-age, long-wearing formulas that Jouer’s rendition kind of gets left in the dust.
But the pigmentation is awesome and the richness of the hues and the stunning shades were impressive! I do wish there were more shades available (there are only 5 in all) and that the formula was a tiny bit more long-wearing (or at least that Avant Garde had a similar wear-time as Rococo) but these were certainly fun to play with, the texture was exquisite, and I think will be a great option for those without super oily lids like me. I have not tried Jouer’s regular Crème Eyeshadows that come in their signature little square compact but I have heard many great things (read Best Things in Beauty’s review for Cashmere here) which leads me to believe that these new Crème Eyeshadow Crayons would be nice and long-wearing for those with dry or normal lids.
»»Pricing: $24/0.07 oz. (2 g.)
»»Availability: Beauty.com (all shades except Abstract, a shimmering black), Jouer.com and all Jouer counters (click here to find a location nearest to you) *these are not yet available on Nordstrom’s site but as Nordstrom does carry the rest of Jouer’s line, I’m sure it will be made available soon!
»»Recommended for: those with dry or normal lids
»»Overall Rating: B+ for Rococo/B for Avant Garde
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