The Neutrals | Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil review, photos, swatches

The product: Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils in Melonade, Mokamirage, Cocoaloco, and Licoriche.

The shades: Annabelle’s definitely outdone themselves on this colour range, if you ask me! It’s great to see such a variation of shades from a drugstore company, and to be honest, I wouldn’t expect any less from my favourite Canadian drugstore brand ;) There are eight shades available right now, four neutrals and four brights, and while that isn’t a ton, what’s really great about it is that all eight shades are different.

So,  yeah. If you give the formula a try and you really, really love it… well. You’re going to need all eight of ’em.

Melonade is a distinctive peachy, melony shade. Mokamirage (my favourite) is a lovely taupey-champagne. Cocoaloco is a medium-light brown, sort of a slightly bronzed chocolate. Licoriche is a smooth, matte black.

I’d love to see an inner corner shade added to the line (Melonade’s rather too orange to use as such, at least for me), but aside from that, I can’t really think of any “essentials” that they missed.

Swatched L-R: Melonade, Mokamirage, Cocoaloco, Licoriche

Swatched L-R, blended: Melonade, Mokamirage, Cocoaloco, Licoriche

The formula: as I pointed out in our review of Licoriche, these feature the exact same formula (and really similar packaging, to be honest) as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($24) – so at under $9 CAD, Annabelle Smoothies are definitely a great buy. Both lines have a great colour range, in terms of brights and neutrals, but I don’t know if there are any spot-on dupes.

I find these pencils a bit difficult to work with; they glide on really smoothy, but don’t blend out very well – I have to pull at my lids in order to move the colour, and they tend to go a bit patchy if sheered out.

The wear: The first time I tried these, I tried a really sheer layer… and, predictably, was a mess within the hour. The wear is a lot better if they’re applied thickly, but I still feel like the colour sort of “slides” down my lids, ending up thicker around my lashline and sparse on the edges. I don’t end up with a thin, crinkly line of eyeshadow, like I do with a lot of other products, but the colour migrates downwards if I’ve blended it out too much.

Unfortunately, I also found that I can’t wear the shimmery shades on my waterline – I was really impressed by Licoriche (which is matte) when I tried it there, but the other three itch and slide off within a quarter of an hour. Not for the sensitive of eye, I suppose! :P

The verdict?

Okay, so I’m right on the fence with these. They’re a fantastic drugstore dupe if you’re into Urban Decay’s 24/7 shadows, and I know a ton of bloggers who love them, but they just don’t work on my lids. Which, I mean, kind of sucks, because they have some pretty awesome shades, but – well. Nothing you can do, right?

(Except quench your sadness in ice cream and pie, of course.)

(What? Don’t look at me like that. Creasing eyeshadow is totally a good reason to sad!eat ice cream.)

Try them if…

  • You’re going for a graphic shape: if you can refrain from buffing them out (I can’t), they honestly do not budge.
  • You like the UD pencils, or you wanted to try them,
  • Your lids aren’t as finicky as mine – if TFSI or UDPP work for you, I think these would, too!
  • You usually like eyeshadow pencils – though I didn’t love these, they’re the best eyeshadow pencils I’ve tried thus far.

P.S. Check out Licoriche in superhero form!

The ingredients:

Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, C20-40 Alcohols, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhyroxystearate/Sebacate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Tocopherol, Iron Oxide.

Bleh, I’m sorry, I feel like this was a very unsatisfactory review. And not because this is an unsatisfactory product! I’m just really exhausted; my midterms just ended and I’ve been ill since forever.


(Okay, probably more like “for two weeks,” but whatever. It totally counts as forever.)

Hope you’re all doing a little better than I! xxx

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  • This is excellent pigmentation! I hope you feel better soon!
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  • I love these neutral shades, especially Mokamirage & Cocoaloco, but knowing my history with eyeshadows pencils these are probably going to smudge and fade out on my lids too. Licoriche was awesome in your bandit look though!
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    • Aww, sorry to hear that shadow pencils don't usually last on you! These ones wear a TON better than the others I've tried, but still aren't *quite* enough for my super-picky lids :P

      Glad you liked Licoriche in the bandit look! :D

  • I really like Mokamirage. I need to try the Big Show mascara too!

  • Awww…you need to get over the sickies. These are pretty, but I'm not generally a fan of shadows in pencil form.
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    • I find pressed shadows so much easier to work with – but, well, to each her own, right? :P Maybe us + shadow pencils just wasn't meant to be!


  • BeautyReflects

    I have not been able to find Mokamirage. :( I so want that one. I do like these a lot. They stay put for me! :)
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    • Tee hee, you and Arianne were the bloggers I had in mind when I was writing this! I know how much you two love the Smoothies ;)

      Hope you can find Mokamirage soon! :(

  • Oh Rae. I don't understand why your dissatisfaction is my satisfaction. ;o)
    Pssstttt: Melonade is GORGEOUS on lids of pretty green and blue-eyed gals. Every time I wear it, I feel like my eyes are the center of attention.

    • Haha, I don't understand why *everyone's* satisfaction is my dissatisfaction! >.< Oh well; there are plenty of other products in the Annabelle line-up that I can love instead of these. /wistful sighs

      I can totally see Melonade being gorgeous on your lids ;) I need to go find myself a blue-eyed girl to assault with it, clearly, because my colouring just doesn't do it justice! It's oh-so-pretty, though.

  • I've been hearing a lot of raves about these. Even though they don't work for you, I'd like to give these a try at some point. Cocoaloco is a really pretty colour!
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    • Hope you like them, Jenn! They weren't perfect for me, but they're still really good ;o) Cocoaloco and Mokamirage are definitely my two favourites – give 'em a swatch sometime!

  • D: I can't find these around here. Which is too bad because i'm loving the first and last color you've swatched here. JEALOUSY!

  • Jilliterate

    I think I'm with you. I have Mokamirage and Licoriche, and I LOVE the colours and the pigmentation and how long-lasting they are. I just find them too hard to work with. I don't mind using Licoriche as a black base for something else, but otherwise they don't blend easily, and I don't like to wear just one colour on my lids. Which is a shame, because Annabelle's new Gypsy collection has two more of these babies in purple and green (!!!), and they look amazeballs. I want them so badly, but I'm pretty sure I'll never use them.

  • Jamilla

    Feel better soon! We don't have Annabelle in Europe, so I stick with UD.

  • These colors are lovely!! Aw, too bad they didn't work out for you. I haven't gotten around to trying and of the UD pencils…but I've been meaning too (and these as well if I can find them!).

    Good luck with you midterms!!! Take plenty of breaks when needed. ^^
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  • kirenai

    Mokomirage reminds me a lot of NYX's Iced Mocha! Hmmm need to check these out as soon as possible.

    • Hmm. I'll have to check out Iced Mocha, then – Mokamirage is just such a lovely shade ;o)


    Sorry to hear you're ill. Sending you lots and lots of good thoughts! xoxo
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  • AdorableOnYourVanity

    Ugh what's with the weather? Everybody is sick or has been sick. I just recovered…hope you feel better hon! I agree with you on the shadow pencils, I have Licoriche, its nice but not my cup of tea. I just love my old school eyeshadows. I am soo old fashioned like that – set in ways! haha
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    • Bleh. Well, it *is* October :P Nice to know I'm not alone with my anti-eyeshadow-pencil thoughts, lol!! I just find pressed eyeshadows so much easier to work with, you know?

  • I love Mokamirage but you're review is spot-freaking-on. The Smoothies are hard to blend and crease when used in thin layers.

    Feel better soon, Rae!

    • Thanks, lovely! :) It's good to know there are others out there that share my Smoothie sentiments :P

  • Gorgeous shades! I love eyeshadow pencil stick-y thingys (technical term) because they are so quick and easy, swipe swipe go! I used them so much this summer, and although I have been using more powder shadows in the fall, I still cling to my jumbo pencils for a good base. :) I wish Annabelle was sold in store here!

    • LOL, do you have a favourite eyeshadow pencil stick-y thing? :P Would love to hear your recs!

  • These are really pretty eyeshadow colors. Too bad they aren't too nice when blended.
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  • I think I'd use these under powder eyeshadow. I have Cocoaloco and the light blue/teal one, but I haven't used them yet. :x

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