NYX Retractable Pencil vs Urban Decay 24/7 – Budget Buy Alert!!

Necessity is the mother of invention, and being low on cash is the mother of learning to make better buying choices.

Now this is much easier now that I’m not doing it in a vacuum. For one, I use my new blogosphere for information and buy what people recommend. Second of all, I use http://cosmeticscop.com to search for the cheapest “best” products.

Both have made me feel like my beauty budget has doubled, when in fact, it has been cut in half. 😦 (Necessary sacrifices made to live on one income + variable income).

The friend I was having coffee with last week said she still can’t find an eyeliner that doesn’t print on her lids. Now I have exactly the same problem. I have been using Urban Decay 24/7 pencils, which I never actually purchased. They were given to me in a swap.Β  They are very likable pencils. They are all I’ve worn since the day I’ve gotten them but they are, for crying out loud, $24 a pencil.

Enter http://cosmeticscop.com. I clicked on beautypedia reviews > best products > eyeliner > pencil. Narrow it down to anything below $6 and you had onlyΒ 5 choices. One was discontinued which left 4. One said you had to scrub off the eyeliner with a silicon based remover, and one said it really didn’t last as long as the others. So I picked the cheapest and best sounding – NYX retractable liner.

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So this is the liner in the morning and two hours later.

And this is the liner 8 hours later.



1. This eyeliner sets and doesn’t budge or print.
2. This eyeliner, though retractable and not able to be sharpened, still makes a nice defined line.
3. It is not as smudgy and last longer than 24/7. Some people might like the way you can easily make a smudgy smokey look with the 24/7. You can nicely do it with the NYX retractables, too, though.
4. The 24/7 pencils have more sparkle and variation in the color.

Conclusion: I wouldn’t buy a 24/7 pencil for $24 when I could buy one that’s even more long lasting for $4.19. Or 3 for $8.



Oh yeah, I got 3 colors. Black, lime green and bronze. Because when I got to Ulta there was a buy one get one 50% off, and there was a $3.50 off coupon, and the single product only costs $4.19. So I got all 3 pencils for $8.

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21 thoughts on “NYX Retractable Pencil vs Urban Decay 24/7 – Budget Buy Alert!!

  1. NYX is great! They have some not so good products, but the majority of their stuff is amazing and so affordable. If you want any more UD alternatives, NYX Slide On Pencils are a dead on dupe for UD’s Glide On Pencils.


  2. Just found your blog…I, too, have Returns OCD (my fiance thinks it’s borderline clinical :)), I love PC, and I think I have tried and hated and loved almost all of the products you’ve reviewed. I’m so glad there are others of us out there!

    Regarding this particular post, have you tried Boots No7? Some of their products are real misses for me (e.g., all skincare except the Expert Sensitive line, foundations, concealers), BUT their blush in Honey is gorgeous and their eyeliner pencil is fantastic (once you sharpen it). I’ve tried a few of their mascaras, too (all based on PC and Makeupalley recommendations–which usually steer me very well in the right direction). Loving the Exquisite Curl.

    Just thought I’d drop my two cents in, since we seem to have the same budget, skin concerns, and general outlook πŸ˜‰

    Happy new year!


  3. *oh ya, forgot to mention: My frustration with the Urban Decay 24/7 pencil (SUCH beautiful colors, but SO smudgy on my oily eyelids) is what led me to Boots in the first place…it’s sold at Target in the US.


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