Technically, the 24/7 Concealer Pencils aren't new, but they did get a little packaging update and the amount of shades were doubled to match more skin tones. There's the original four (CIA, NSA, FBI and DEA) plus four new deeper shades to round out the line, KGB, ATF, MI6 and DOD.
The new packaging is a deep gem-tone purple and each one features a color-matched band to indicate the shade of each pencil.
MI6, DOD, KGB, NSA, DEA, FBI, ATF and CIA.
I accidentally broke my DEA one when I tried to swatch it. Oops :( This one in particular seemed a little more fragile than the other shades.
- Good coverage without being heavy or sticky.
- Easily blendable.
- Precise application.
- Because of the precise pencil application, it's really easy to use them for contouring.
- Pencil applicator is more sanitary than my usual brush-tipped pen concealers.
- No need for a separate brush, and no need to warm the formula first. Apply directly to the desired area and blend with a fingertip. Simple and not messy!
- Attractive packaging.
- Better shade range than before.
What I didn't like about the 24/7 Concealer Pencils:
- The pencils must be sharpened, and they're larger than eyeliners so you need the Urban Decay Grindhouse sharpener (or other larger-barreled sharpener). A twist-up pencil would be easier and waste less product.
- While they have added some deeper shades, and there's a great selection for fair to medium-tan shades, the darker end of the range is still lacking.
- If applied over areas with dry or flaky skin, the concealer tends to look dry and accentuates the flakes.
I am not a regular concealer user, but when I do use one, I usually go for creamy concealers like Benefit's Erase Paste (in a jar) or Milani's HD Advanced Concealer (in a brush-tipped pen). I actually bought one of these 24/7 Concealers right when they came out, but I bought the wrong shade and never ended up using it more than once or twice, so I never really got a chance to test the formula until now. The formula of the 24/7 Concealer Pencils is nice and creamy and easy to blend, but the pencil form makes it super easy to apply. The coverage is good over freckles, scars and hyperpigmentation and once you set it with a powder, it really does last all day. It doesn't feel sticky or heavy or cakey. It's light but dense. I like it; next time I need to use concealer, this is the one I'll choose because of the ease of application (apply directly to the face, no need to blend on the back of your hand first), light texture, blendability and level of coverage. My shade is DEA, but FBI works well on my skin tone too.
Woodstock, Demolition and Perversion.
Woodstock is a hot pink with pink shimmer, Demolition is a neutral blackened-brown and Perversion is the blackest, richest matte black eyeliner pencil I've ever used. The texture of all three is smooth, creamy and silky. They glide on effortlessly, can be smudged if you desire, and then once they set (about a minute or two), they last all day. They're just all-around really nice pencils. The only flaw with these is that Woodstock isn't as pigmented as it could be and needs a few swipes to build up opacity.
But, yay! How cool is it to ask a company to make something permanent, and then they do it? I know I'm not the only one who has been wanting these and practically begging for them to be made permanent. Super awesome.
The new shades are Apocalypse (left) and Lovechild (right). Apocalypse is a deep plum and Lovechild is a pale pink.
Apocalypse, Lovechild. See how glossy they are?
These are currently a Sephora exclusive.
Urban Decay Super-Saturated Lip Color in Apocalypse. In the tube and on my arm, it looks a little more purple-based. In a thin layer on my lips (like here), it looks more wine colored, but has a strong brown tone to it when it's applied a little more heavily.
- They were a lot more silky and glossy than I expected! I thought they'd be more dense and lipstick-like. They're not so smooth that they're balm-like, but they're not dry and stiff like lipstick, either.
- Easy application, no lipliner or brush required unless you prefer using one.
- Reasonably long-wearing.
- I really like the Lovechild color on me.
- The tubes are color-matched to the lipstick shade. I like that style of packaging.
What I didn't like about the Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color:
- They need to be sharpened with a large-barrel pencil sharpener. Twist-up pencils would be easier and less wasteful.
- They're not scented, but still have a sort of strange waxy smell to them.
- They're not moisturizing, but I didn't find them to be particularly drying, either.
- Apocalypse wanted to settle into my lip lines instead of being completely even like Lovechild.
I'm really interested in comparing these to the rest of the shades now. I'm quite fond of Lovechild, and if all of them are as nice and light-feeling as that one, I think I could really fall in love with them. I'm not big on lipstick most of the time because they tend to feel heavy and drying, but these feel nice and glossy.