Inexpensive Beauty Find: Move over Ellis, Barbara’s in town!

Posted by Lipglossiping On August - 10 - 2010

Whilst dodging the weekly shop by loitering down the health and beauty aisles, I thought it might be high time to give the Barbara Daly range another once over after being so impressed by the nail polishes.

I was glad I did, because my eyes alighted on these:

Barbara Daly Easy-on-the-Eye Eye Shadow Pens!

I have to draw the comparison to the Ellis Faas eye pens don’t I?  I mean, c’mon… how could I not?

With the Barbara Daly eye shadow pens costing £5.62 in Tesco vs. Ellis Faas’s £22 only stocked at Liberty offering – there’s no prizes for guessing which is gonna win the price/accessibility war but let’s take a look at some of the colours and application shall we?

Let’s face it… these budget versions from Barbara Daly are never gonna win the “which is sexier” battle.  Take a look at the wonderful Witoxicity for an indepth view at the new Ellis Faas Eye Lights pens if you’re unfamiliar with the eyeshadow pen concept.

Pulling off the lid reveals a nylon brush…. pliable and soft with plenty of give (perhaps a little too much give).  The goal is to draw the creme eyeshadow into the chamber and down the middle of the brush head until it emerges onto the tip of the brush.  To do this, you twist the opposite end of the pen which clicks as it rotates and forces the creme up through the bristles… like so…

Out of the four products that I put to the test, each dispensed product accurately and smoothly.  None of this sudden gushing of eyeshadow that the Ellis Faas pens have been known to do.

There’s some beautiful shades in the range, all very wearable both as shadows or eye liners.  I think I saw another shade while I was on holiday too…. I may have imagined it though, a neutral called Hazel?  Anyway… I think you’ll agree, these look pretty pigmented and lovely no?

The cremes glide on (I use the brush pen to apply directly to the eyelid) and blend with my little finger or a separate brush.  Don’t even bother trying to blend these with the built-in brush… it’s only good for creating hard lines, you’ll be turning the air blue before you know it!

Here’s a quick FOTD with Otter as the main focus.  A great shade for bringing out any green lurking in your eyes!  I’m also currently addicted to wearing Airforce as a thick eyeliner (slightly blended along the edge with a smudger brush).

Wear is pretty decent, it sets fully within a couple of minutes and lasts without creasing for about 5 hours when worn with no base.  I know they’re not hugely sexy… I mean, for god’s sake – they have the words “make up” printed on them, but they’ve impressed me!

Check them out next time you’re in Tesco!

Have you tried the Barbara Daly Easy-on-the-Eye pens before?  Which shades are you liking the look of?

15 Responses to “Inexpensive Beauty Find: Move over Ellis, Barbara’s in town!”

  1. Dempeaux says:

    These look great! I do love that the pens are clear so you can monitor how close the product is to gushing out. Definitely one to try out.

  2. AlicatAHL says:

    I’ve got two. In fact I’ve had mine about a year already! I’ve got Willow and Cobweb. Not so keen on Willow, I have green eyes so this just doesn’t do it for me, but the Cobweb is gorgeous! A slatey, taupey colour. I use it as a base quite a bit. I like the look of Otter, I think it might go better with green eyes.

  3. neeta says:

    oooh these actually look good, need to check these out next time I’m at Tesco!

  4. Wordbird says:

    I’ve been using these for a couple of years because they’re so user-friendly. Love them! Colours are great and I too like the slatey taupey one. Barbara Daly’s range is ace – her taupe pressed eyeshadow is well worth a try too.

    (Oh and I’m not affiliated to her or the shop, I’m just always interested in a bargain!)

  5. Shifa says:

    you have used them so beautifully hun that I’l have to get these pens now! great find :)

  6. Holy crap Calico is pretty :O

  7. These look gorgeous and a much nicer price point! Wish we could get ahold of these in the US! L’Oreal used to have awesome cream eyeshadow in pens (I think it was L’Oreal though now thinking about it – it may have been Cover Girl) – anyway, they were awesome, pigmented and didn’t crease and then they went and discontinued them! Ugh!

  8. woahhhh I’m off to Tesco tonight! Have loved BD makeup for a while but these are too pretty to pass up! xx

  9. Julia says:

    Hey, just had to ask, what lipstick are you wearing? :)

  10. Lily says:

    Otter and Calico look very pretty :) Your eyes look am-a-ziiing in your FOTD pic, too!

  11. Abbie says:

    I’m off to Tesco’s tonight so I might check these out :)

  12. LeanneOCD says:

    Buggeration! I walked past the BD counter in Tesco on Sunday!! Will have a mooch at the weekend. Airforce and Willow are nice. FOTD is lovely too.

  13. Meeta says:

    Airforce is calling me! I love the name too. They look gorgeous.

  14. adele says:

    those make your eyes look wonderful! x

  15. Gorgeous colors!! And I love your shirt! Purple is one of my fave colors! :)


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