Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion – Review and Swatches
I don’t know about you, but for a long time I thought all eyeliner pencils were created equal. I was proven horribly, horribly wrong through experience. So – like any good beauty blogger, I began a search for the darkest, most pigmented liner ever. Many recommendations lead me to the same path – Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion. And here is what I found…
One pencil costs $19 USD. To me, this was…a bit of a whopper. Then again, I was braced for it (i’ve been eyeing Illamasqua’s S.O.P.H.I.E pencil, $20.63 for a while.) It’s definitely going to be sticker shock for $1 Wet n Wild girls. Each pencil contains approximately .04 oz of product. Of course, you have to expect you’ll shave a good chunk of that away when you sharpen the pencil. Currently, there are 24 shades available on Urban Decay’s website.
Quick note: Make sure not to get this confused with their Glide-On Shadow pencils, which are a lot like NYX’s Jumbo Eye pencils. Remember, Glide-On Eye Pencil not Glide-On Shadow Pencil. Here’s the ingredients list for Perversion:
Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, C20-40 Alcohols, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4, Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Polyethlene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol.
This is a fairly standard-sized pencil. It’s about the same size and length (maybe a touch thicker) as a Wet n Wild Color Icon pencil. It feels sturdy and has a plastic cap that doesn’t break nearly as easily as the typical clear-plastic caps that cheaper pencils come with.
I know, I know. How many variations of black can there be? A lot it turns out, according to this Temptalia post. Urban Decay describes perversion as a “blackest-black matte.” Blackest black? Check. Matte? Ehh…
Swatched on the back of my hand, it looks pretty matte. But I have to be honest, it stays kind of satiny after the application. It’s still a lot matter than other “cream” or “gel” liners, but not totally matte (see the application pic below.)
Oh my gaaaaaaaaaaaaawd. Guys! This is so-so pigmented. It’s easily one of the most pigmented pencils i’ve ever tried. Ever ever ever!
This is an extremely creamy, pencil. As UD themselves say it just “glides on.” With that said, the fact that it glides on the skin so easily also means it’s easy to go askew and mess up your line. It’s a medium width pencil which is quite hard to get a thin line with. And because it’s soft, you can’t sharpen it to a particularly fine point either. At the same time, this also means you won’t get scraggly thin lines or eye-tugging. So it’s a matter of personal preference.
UrbanDecay does claim that this is pencil that is both waterproof and “WILL NOT budge.” Well…Swatches speak louder than words!
I like the liner set for about five minutes before I gave it the rub test and as you can see it did smudge and fade the color ab it. But there are no glaring streaks of runaway color either!
Now, to its credit – it didn’t disappear completely. But it did fade consierably and a lot of the liner DID go away. On the plus side, it didn’t really streak either.
The wear was only a little worse than the above on my actual eyelids. As you know, I have oily lids – so there was some minor smudging but thankfully no transferring. I’ve read some reviews advising against wearing this on your waterline or using it for tightlining if you have contact lenses. I did both and I had no such problems. In fact, this sucker went for a shocking 6 hours on my waterline! And I have rather watery eyes and am constantly using eyedrops. It faired a little better on my top lid, 7 hours before some minor smudging took place and it never completely faded. Overall – very impressive wear.
This is a pencil for a very specific market. You can’t be afraid of true pigmentation or a thicker liner.
Definitely a pricy pencil!
Very nice, easy to handle and sturdy.
Color Accuracy: 10/10
A blacker black was never seen before or since!
This is one of the most pigmented liners i’ve ever seen.
It can be a bit tricky if you’re used to less slip and a thinner pencil, but it’s really quite effortless once you get used to it.
This has excellent wear. With that said, it doesn’t WHOLLY live up to the water or smudgeproof claims.
Overall: 88% (B+)
With that said, would I repurchase? Probably definitely! I’m still going to try out Illamasqua’s S.O.P.H.I.E but I can’t imagine how much improvement could be done on this aside from improving the smudge and water resistance.