EYES | Rimmel Scandaleyes vs. L’Oreal Color Riche


After discovering how easy it is to work with cream eyeshadow, I set out to find a golden-bronze eyeshadow stick. The search was harder than you might think, and all the high end ranges I looked at favoured taupe for their brown option, over bronze. I ended up spending not very much money on the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in 003 Bad Girl Bronze. Then, about a week after that arrived, I received the L’Oreal Color Riche Eye Color Pencil in 02 Enigmatic Brown in my Makeup Obsessives meetup goodie bag. They look remarkably similar, so I’ve pitted them against each other.

The good news is that both of these are readily available, in New Zealand stores as well as the rest of the world. The L’Oreal one retails for $22 here, and the Rimmel for $17, although I bought the Rimmel shadow stick from Beauty Joint for much less.

The Rimmel Scandaleyes eye shadow stick claims to be ’24 hour waterproof’, and it doesn’t disappoint. I absentmindedly doodled on my ankle with it while I was playing a board game with Maddy and Adam when I was in Auckland, and the doodles lasted for a good week. A week. (I was showering during that time, of course, just not scrubbing at my ankle.)

The L’Oreal Color Riche eye colour pencil doesn’t claim any specific longevity, but it does go on and stay there as much as it should do. It hasn’t been subjected to the ankle test, so I can’t give it a truly fair rating in this area.

Both need sharpening, which is slightly annoying. The L’Oreal pencil is made of plastic while the Rimmel one is wood.


Although the caps at the ends of the tubes are identical, you can see in the swatches that Enigmatic Brown has golden/yellow undertones, while Bad Girl Bronze leans more red. (See if you can guess which is my favourite.)

The Rimmel pencil is significantly smoother and creamier than the L’Oreal one, so it is easier to blend out on the eyelid. The L’Oreal pencil is perhaps more suited to rough liner or being smudged on the lower lash line.

In this eyeshadow look, I used the Rimmel pencil all over the lid and blended the edges out into my crease with a blending brush. I smudged the L’Oreal pencil on my lower lash line. While these two pencils are by no means dupes, they are complementary to one another. Lastly, I applied Inglot #12 Shine eyeshadow to the centre of each eyelid with my ring finger.


(I’m wearing MAC Lip Pencil in Spice on my lips.)


If you were expecting these pencils to be dupes, you’d be disappointed, but I suppose I am relieved to see they are different, considering I own them both! I see myself getting more use out of the Rimmel one, just because it’s easier to work with and to sharpen – I always cringe when I’m sharpening plastic!

Have you tried the Color Riche eye colour pencils or Scandaleyes eye shadow sticks? Do you have a preference? And while we’re here, what’s your favourite eyeshadow stick formula? 

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  • Jay S

    I love the rimmel pencil on bad girl bronze! I picked it up a few months ago.


  • Arrabella Bolter

    Looking very Nigella Lawson glam in the top pick! lovely cheeks. Ive been swatching those loreal ones everytime I go into a pharmacy, but Im more drawn to the gold and the champagne. I just love love minimal effort maximum effect make up. I wonder how the NYX ones compare because I love those; MAC technakohl, they made for Temperature Rising collection, swallowed my throat when she said they were $42 each, but they DO NOT MOVE, is my stand-by.
    Gonna try grab that Rimmel though!

    • Thanks Arrabella! I don’t think I’ve had Nigella before… but she is beautiful!
      Of the NYX pencils, I’ve only got Milk, which is matte so it is hard to compare. I should have grabbed a NYX one while I was shopping on Beauty Joint!

  • MAC Spice looks great with this eye look! Lovely.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Would of actually expected the L’Oreal one to be the creamer option. But like you said they are so different I do need both!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Zoe

    Random question but what do you use to sharpen the Rimmel one? I tried using a pencil sharpener that had a small and large size, but to no avail.

    • I used my NARS pencil sharpener and it fit in the large slot. It also fits NYX jumbo pencils. I think it was about $12 here from Mecca, so that’s not toooo bad?

  • this looks so good on you – (on that note – you always look great!) – the Rimmel one looks like something that would suit my skin tone – how do you think it compares in terms of texture, colour staying power with the NYX jumbo pencils? I have depotted those and they work brilliantly but keen to see if there’s any real difference other than brand 😛

    • I have only tried NYX’s Milk which is matte, so it is hard to compare! I think the Rimmel one dries waterproof which the NYX ones don’t, but otherwise they are similarly creamy.