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New Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils – Best Waterliners!

New Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils – Best Waterliners!

Hello there!

It’s no secret that I love my eyeliners. My personal preference being soft pencil eyeliners that glide on easily and are smudge proof. Why? Because it is so easy to wear, you don’t even have to ensure the line is pin straight because you can always smoke them out for that sultry look. However, most of such soft eyeliners do not always work well on the waterline or tightline (the waterline on the upper eyelid). What’s worse is when I have annoyingly oily eyelids that causes even Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On liners to smudge on me!





Shu Uemura has recently launched 14 new pencil eyeliners called the Drawing Pencil. When I first saw these at the Mika for Shu event, I was skeptical because when swatched, they glided on so smoothly – which could mean that they might just smudge on me! Boy, was I wrong!! Let’s go through different aspects of the eyeliner and why I rave about it so much on Instagram (@sheshopsmakeup).






Color Range

There are 14 colors in the collection. Whether you like matte or metallic shades, there’s something for you. I like that there’s a good selection of browns for different skin tones. As a personal preference, I would always pick brown over black because black just seems too harsh on my eyes. There’s even one that’s an edgy red shade!



The drawing pencils are ultra smooth and glide onto the skin so easily without tugging onto the eyelids at all. This also makes it easy to wear on the waterline and tightline which is usually slightly moist. You know how some pencil liners refuse to show up on the waterline due to the wetness? Well, there would be no such problem with these ones.


Staying Power & Smudge-Proof

On the eyelids – these work wonderfully, the colors are vibrant and glide on so easily. They also have the best staying power and did not budge one bit even after an hour’s hot yoga!

On the waterline and tightline – these wear pretty well on the waterline and tightline (better on the tightline though). It does disappear from the waterline after about 3-4 hours but this is already such a stretch for me since most eyeliners don’t stay on my waterline at all and would require setting with eyeshadow.


So many positives.. so are there any negatives?

I wouldn’t call this a negative, but just not what they market the pencil to be. The pencil was marketed to be able to line and smudge/smoke out but I find that the formula dries very quickly, leaving extremely little time to smoke or smudge out the liner, which is a shame because I actually like smudging out my eyeliners for a more natural look. This also means that you have to ensure you sharpen the pencil almost everytime you use. Yes, I tried using an angled brush to apply but the formula dries out really fast and very little color would transfer onto your eyelids from the brush.

In general, the matte shades dry out faster than the metallic ones. I guess I can’t really complain about this because it’s probably the reason why it is so smudge proof on the waterline!


How much is it?

Each pencil is going for $30 which is very reasonable for an eyeliner that is so smudge proof.




How I like wearing the Drawing Pencils?

My personal favourite is the brown pencil. I don’t wear much makeup on weekends, but I like to tightline with the brown pencil just to look more awake and slightly define my eyes. Because it is so smudge proof, there is no need to “set” the eyeliner. This technique also makes my lashes appear more voluminous. I also like using the brown for the waterline to balance out my eye looks. Black would be too harsh in my opinion so brown is perfect!




Yesterday was a #shuuemurasg kind of day  Used the new Shu for Mika eyeshadow duo along with the drawing pencil which I LOVE for a really simple eye look for dinner with my bestie ☺️ Yes, I pen-knife sharpened the Shu brow pencil myself, hence the jagged


The Look…

For the above look, I used the Mika for Shu Spiral Duo eyeshadow all over the eyelid and added a pop of color with the metallic purple drawing pencil. Here, I used an angled brush to “pull out” the ends to create the wing.

Face – Shu Uemura Lightbulb foundation set with Shu Uemura Compact Powder

Brows – Shu Uemura Hard Pencil in Soft Brown

Lips – Shu Uemura Tint-In-Gelato in AT01

Mascara – Shu Uemura Tokyo Lash Mascara – this creates some serious volume!

More on the Mika for Shu review here.

Overall Thoughts

Get it if you are looking for a good waterline eyeliner pencil! There are many reasons to love this! 🙂

Thanks for reading and hope this has been helpful. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


  1. You look gorgeous with this look! 🙂

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