Hey everyone long time no see! I’ve actually just come back from a 3 week holiday in Malaysia, (which was fab), and so of course I’ve brought back a tonne of makeup and skincare to try out. Since I went to an Asian country there were many brands from that region, so I got my hands on lots of Korean and Japanese products that would be harder to get in the UK. I’ve got a bunch of stuff to review now, ranging from items from Sephora (when will we get one in the UK?) to road shop brands. So today I’m reviewing 3CE’s Long Wear Eye Crayon in two shades, #Pleasure and #Bebop.
3CE is a makeup line from Stylenanda, a Korean clothes shop, and I would say it caters for a young adult audience with a mix of sophisticated / classic colours and formulations, however with quite a few more bold shades not typically made by Korean companies. From yellow lip pigment to cream compacts housed in hot pink packaging, 3CE has a cohesive aesthetic and seems to be a brand willing to experiment with shades to cater to all tastes.
I’ve always been attracted to 3CE’s packaging. Perhaps for some, the simple black and white boxes that their makeup is usually housed in may be a tad boring, but for me I find it simple yet classy without being overbearingly so. However, if you need your fix of pink, there is a whole collection with pink packaging, as well as the new collaboration with Barbapapa. With these eye crayons I also appreciate the fact that the box includes an indication of the colour, even though it isn’t exact and the finish isn’t correct (both #Pleasure and #Bebop are shimmer shades).
I think most, if not all of 3CE’s products come with a sticker showing that your product has not been opened, which I also had when I bought a lipstick and blush a while back.
The product itself is very similar looks-wise to the box. The plastic is matte and there is the colour indicator at the bottom making it handy if you have several of these. The shade is printed on the side. The tube is quite light, but sturdy, (like holding a fountain pen) and you get about 2 1/2 cm of product which is moderate. Since the formulation of the actual crayon is significantly softer than, say, an eyeliner, I’m curious as to how long it will last. You have to pull the cap to open the tube and then twist up the crayon, (which can be twisted back down thankfully).
(Left) : #Bebop – a bright copper shimmer
(Right) : #Pleasure – an icy, pale pink shimmer
I hope you can tell in the photos that when 3CE say shimmer, they really mean it. I think #Pleasure will be great to highlight the inner corner of your eyes or your aegyosal and #Bebop would look stunning in a halo eyeshadow look in the centre or even used for a pop of colour below the water line. As I mentioned previously the crayons are quite soft and so glide very smoothly across the skin. When applied straight from the tube the colours are bright and very even, although it may take a swipe or two to build up the intensity. However, once you try to blend it out a little, the colours, especially #Bebop, lose their richness. You can also start to see less of a shimmer, making the finish look kind of glittery. Since it is more difficult to blend than an eyeshadow, I would recommend sticking to the lower lash line and inner corners, or applying the crayon first and then working on top with eyeshadows if you wanted to use other colours / mattes.
While experimenting with the longevity of the crayon, I noticed that once left to set the colours don’t necessarily smudge when rubbed, but rather you pick the product up? I’m not sure that really makes sense… Basically, when I swatched these on my hand I left it on for about 10-15 minutes and then dragged my finger across them. The swatches didn’t really budge but I ended up with some of the colour and a lot of the glitter on my finger. So I guess that if you do unfortunately rub your eyes while wearing this you’ll just end up taking some glitter and pigment off but won’t end up with a massive streak?
Overall I feel like I should give a different score to the two shades, simply because of how I would use them. For #Pleasure, I would give it a 4 out of 5 when used for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes, since the area is quite small and therefore fairly easy to blend. You could get away with one swipe of your finger.
For #Bebop, I really want to give it a 4.5 because the colour is stunning, but as an eye crayon to use on my eyelid I would give it a 3.5. Whilst the colour is beautiful, the depth of colour is lost when it is blended into the skin. And since it is an eye crayon, you’re can’t really skimp on the blending. This also means that it is more work than just using a shimmer eyeshadow which may ultimately have more pigmentation than the 3CE version. The blended out colour still is very pretty but it doesn’t have the same kick as the one straight out the tube. However, if used to line the eyes I would give it a 4. A word of warning though. Do not use this if you are wearing foundation on your eye area as the foundation will transfer onto the crayon and therefore change the colour. This is therefore best applied over a naked eye or fully set one. A plus though for both of them is that they’re waterproof if that’s what you’re looking for.
Here’s a look that I did for my upcoming review, (hint – an eyebrow product) where I used both of these colours. I used #Pleasure on the inner corners and #Bebop on my lower lash line.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
I’m afraid to say I’m on the fence with this one. I really want to like it because I love the brand so much, but the pro’s and con’s pretty much weigh each other out. I would recommend you this if you like simple eyeshadow / liner looks and like delicate shimmers. I would say if you like the convenience of a stick eyeshadow maybe check this out, however, the time needed to blend these out if you wanted it over the lid may render this useless as it may be more time consuming that sweeping on a wash of powder eyeshadow.
WHERE TO FIND IT + PRICING
If you’re interested in trying out these eye crayons for yourself there are several places to get them from. I bought mine from Sephora in Malaysia, but there are several websites that sell 3CE’s products if you don’t live in a country where it is sold. (I won’t use links but just use the search bar to find it).
Sephora (Malaysia) – RM65 / £12.49
Tester Korea – 15,000 won / $14.09
That’s it for this review, I’m sorry it’s so long for just two eye pencils but I like getting carried away! I have a lot of products to review so expect another post very soon!