Wednesday, November 4th, 2009


Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils Set: Celebrate, Wish, Hope, Love, Dream

Holiday Glitz & Glamour with Smashbox’s Perfect Pencils

Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Pencils ($32.00 for 5 0.04 oz. eyeliners) includes five stunning, limited edition shades of pencil eyeliners.

  • Celebrate is a bright, metallic silver.
  • Wish is a deep forest green black.
  • Hope is a bright pop of violet purple.
  • Love is a rich bronze with a cool tone to it.
  • Dream is a deep black.

First, I demand to know why Smashbox doesn’t have a whole line of permanent eye pencils available.

I really, really would love to know why they keep such a fabulous product limited to seasonal offerings. (I believe the last set of liners they offered was with the Muse collection, but my memory often fails me, so perhaps they did it in summer/fall, too.) BUT WHY, SMASHBOX, WHY? I’m totally serious!

These eyeliners are incredibly smooth, easy to use, line beautifully (no dragging), and they stay all day. In fact, in a blind-lining-challenge, I wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference between these and Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liners (which I love, love, love!). They even have a similar look to them. I’d say these are, perhaps, not quite as soft, but it’s really debatable and almost undetectable in difference. They’re even the same size (0.04 oz.)! But since they’re packaged together as a set, you’re actually getting a very nice deal at $32 for five full-sized liners. That brings each of these down to $6.40 a pop–cheaper than a lot of drugstore brands–and they’re some hardy liners.

I found they didn’t wear all day on the waterline (not much does), but I got about three or four hours of bold wear on the lower waterline and then the rest was just slightly faded–so it wasn’t super noticeable unless you were inspecting me and all in my face. On the lower lash line, they performed like true champs. They stayed true to their bold color, lasted all day, didn’t migrate, fade, or smudge. It’s truly a fantastic formula, and I want to be the first one to start the petition for Smashbox to make a permanent, full range of these pencils!

Plus, I love any time a brand gives part or all of their proceeds to charity: Smashbox is granting wishes this holiday season! With each purchase from the WISH collection, you are helping make miracles happen. Smashbox will donate $1 of every purchase up to $25,000 to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that grants the wish of life by providing medical care, life-saving research, and on-going education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Seriously, less than $7 a pop, fantastic colors, long-wearing formula? I don’t know how you can resist, but I give you props if you do.

Availability: Sephora

See more photos and swatches


Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils Set: Celebrate, Wish, Hope, Love, Dream (left to right)


Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils Set: Dream, Love, Hope, Wish, Celebrate (top to bottom)


Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils Set: Celebrate, Wish, Hope, Love, Dream (left to right)

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34 thoughts on “Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Pencils Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Emm

    How do they compare to the HiP Metalllic ones? Because it is a cheap price but you get a lot less product.

  2. These look beautiful! Very similar to the UD liners, which I love, especially since Smashbox is more available (than UD) at some department stores.

  3. Anitacska

    They look nice. Would you recommend them over the L’Oreal HIP liners? How do they compare to the Urban Decay 24/7 liners?

    • They’re different from the HIP liners, since those are very, very metallic/chrome, IMO. I think I said it in the review, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between these and UD’s, so they’re the same in my book.

      • Anitacska

        Yes, you said, sorry, wasn’t paying full attention. I think I will just stick to UD, Smashbox is not easy to come by in this country.

        • I wasn’t sure if I did or not, and I was too lazy to go back to the review, LOL!

          They’re really, really equivalent. Smashbox’s are just a better deal (if you can get them) since they’re always in sets and end up cheaper than a single Urban Decay one.

  4. I need to check if the counters in Vienna have these! I’ve been looking for something that lasts on my lower lashline and we don’t get Urban Decay or MUFE here. Thanks for the review!

  5. Nicole15

    I am such a UD 24/7 liner junkie but am never objected to finding dupes to them. These pencils look like perfect dupes. So gorgeous. This is going to definitely be a “must have” purchase. That green & brown are phenomenal. I am in love with the new UD brown liner called Corrupt. Is the Smashbox brown anything like it or is it more like UD’s Bourbon??

  6. amy

    I have no idea that Smashbox does not stock eye liners in their regular product line and that they are limited edition. These are pretty though, but I just picked up the U/D Super Stash and that would last a while and I am really happy with them. I will be on the look out for these once my U/D stash runs low. The Wish colour is beautiful. The colour reminds me of my MAC Kohl liner in Tarnish.

    • I looked, and I didn’t see anything – checked both Smashbox’s site and Sephora. :(

      But they’re really fantastic, so I’m so curious as to WHY NOT!

  7. Avatar of Alannah Alannah

    Argh, I wish they were sold individually! I really love the green but the others are too similar to ones I already have.

  8. Heidi Chao

    How do they compare to UD and MUFE liners?

  9. Lorna

    they look really nice. I wish i had heard about them before i just bought the MUFE holiday set with 5 liners from Sephora’s freiends and family sale…

  10. Ooh, sorely tempting, especially as I have been on the lookout for a purple liner. Don’t know if I need the whole set though! How would you compare these to the Prestige WP liners? The UD 24/7s tend to smudge and migrate on my lower lashline after a few hours and the Prestige WP hold up just a tad big better. I already have a grey, brown and black in that formula…

  11. kurisu

    I love the colors! I actually prefer pencil that’s not as creamy as UD’s, but doesn’t drag, so I might check these out! I know you said they’re really similar, except not as soft (but still very soft!). :]

    I have a question – how would you go about sharpening these? They look like the kind of pencil that you “twist up”, but I’m not really sure on that. Thanks :D

    • I believe they sharpen like UD – using a sharpener. Since they’re so similar to UD, I’ll probably just use my UD sharpener for these! I tried to twist, but nothin’ happened!

  12. Yokohunter

    “wish” is awesome !

  13. haha how random, i went on sephora.com this morning to see this set and wondered if you’d make a review on them… turns out you already did :)

  14. Jess

    These pencils are FANTASTIC! The purple one (hope, I believe?) is just a stunning colour! Thanks so much for the suggestion – these guys are my favourite holiday purchase yet!

    Do you plan on reviewing the lipgloss set too, by any chance? (Because, I’d love to read your thoughts on that!)

  15. Ru

    Wow Christine, you are amazing. I got Hope as a bonus when I ordered from Smashbox, and was wondering where it came from. Googled it and came across your site (which I frequent) and thought to myself: “of course she has it!” You have one of the best makeup sites and archives. Thanks so much for all the information you provide us. (BTW- I agree with your review- love this liner!)

  16. luv it, you get what you pay for, but this is that and more, good by chanel hello smashbox!!!!