Hi, loves! I'm really excited about today's product because it was such a pleasant surprise. I wrote on my last haul that I bought this because I had been looking for a creamy black base for smoky eyes. I was thinking of getting NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean or MAC's Blackground Paint Pot. I bought Rimmel's Blackmail on a whim and it definitely satisfied all of my needs. I'm so surprised by this product because cream shadow pencils are usually a creasing mess. P.S. Another range of cream eyeshadow sticks that I really love from the drugstore are the Milani Shadow Eyez. A review is coming in the future!
Blackmail is as black as any of my other black eyeliners. In the swatch picture I compared it to Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero and L'Oreal Extra Intense Eyeliner Pencil in Black. Once it's blended on the eyes, the intensity is diminished and it looks grey. That's fine with me because I intend to use it as a base not alone. Plus, I don't suggest "crayola"-ing on cream eyeshadows because they will crease.
Blackmail is very creamy. The texture is really nice and easy to work with. The only problem I encountered with this product is that it sometimes "skips" when being blended. I got some uneven patches that were lighter and some that were darker. I was able to apply two thin layers of Blackmail and didn't see any creasing.
Using Blackmail as a base helped my eyeshadows stay on longer, made the colors deeper and richer, and reduced fallout. I wore theBalm's Jealous Jordana on top of Blackmail. Blackmail isn't labeled as an eyeliner but I still tried it out on my waterline and it worked perfectly.
I love this pencil! It's just what I was looking for to help amp up my smoky eyes. I only own one NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (Cottage Cheese) but so far I like the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Stick much better! I found the Jumbo Eye Pencil to be oilier. I can't use more than one thin layer or it'll crease instantly. With the Rimmel Eyeshadow Stick I was able to get away with two layers and saw no creasing.
-Doesn't crease easily
-Makes a great eyeshadow base
-Wears well on the waterline
-Can look patchy if worn alone
-If you live in warm climate (like me) the tip of the pencil can get squashed easily because of how soft it is
- Doesn't dry to a matte finish (if you were looking for a cream-to-powder product)