I love an eyeshadow in pencil form. All you have to do is colour within the lines (of the eyes) and blend out with a finger for a simple eye look. They can be used on their own or as a base to add intensity to another shadow. The CoverGirl Flamed Out Pencils ($9.99) are perfectly versatile in this way and feature 10 vibrant shades in the line.

Silver Flame (a shimmery gunmetal grey) and Gold Flame (a yellowy gold) are just a few that I’ve tested out. The pencils feature a gel-cream formula that is ultra rich. It has an odd cooling effect when applied to the eyelids, which is kind of great for those mornings when I’m feeling a little tired. These shadow pencils blend out beautifully but dry to a more powdery finish so that they stay put for 5+ hours.

A few issues with these pencils: Firstly, they’re advertised as being an eyeliner and shadow in one. It’s quite a challenge to get the pencils to tip sharp enough to line the eyes, but these pencils are perfect as eyeshadows or eyeshadow bases. Secondly, the product is so creamy that the tips of the pencils break off easily. So a little word of warning, use the product with care.

In a nutshell, the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils are easy to use, ultra pigmented, and long-lasting. As we approach the end of the year, these two metallic shades will be perfect for a holiday look.

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.