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The Eyeshadow Stick Edit

1 June 2015

Eyeshadow sticks are all the rage at the moment--and for good reason! They're practical, quick, and oh-so-breezy to use. Whether you're after a quick wash of colour for work or you're looking to short-cut your way to a smokey eye, here are five fabulous options that'll make your peepers pop.

It's no secret that I adore cream eyeshadows, but the adoration is even greater when a cream eyeshadow comes in stick form. Even though eyeshadow palettes bring options and versatility, sometimes I just don't feel like going in with a lid colour and a brow bone highlight and an inner corner one that makes me look like I'm trying too hard (why does it never look good on me?), not to mention a crease colour for my non-existent crease, and then accidentally turning the whole look into a muddy mess for lack of blending skills. I also prefer the precision and ease that comes with sticks, rather than pots. They're a clear winner in my eyes.

Top to bottom: By Terry Ombré Blackstar 'Bronze Moon', Laura Mercier Caviar Stick 'Cocoa', CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil 'Melted Caramel Flame', MUA 3 in 1 Contour Pen 'Auburn', and Models Prefer Infinite Colour Shadow Pencil 'Pop the Bubbly'

You can also be onto winning ways by picking up a By Terry Ombr√© Blackstar (pictured in the shade 'Bronze Moon'). Crazy expensive, yes, but if you're in the market for a long-wearing cream eyeshadow that literally glides on like butter and, for the next fortnight, leaves you only being able to afford meals of bread and butter, then look no further! The hype is most definitely real on this one.

Just as buttery smooth but for almost a sixth of the price is the surprise package of today's post: the Models Prefer Infinite Colour Shadow Pencil (pictured in 'Pop the Bubbly'). I really can't understand why I don't own more of these. The shade I have is so soft (literally no tugging on the eyes) and it doesn't budge. This would totally be my inner corner highlight colour if, you know, that look suited me. From what I've seen, the rest of the shades in this range are a neutral-lover's dream.

I've included the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in 'Melted Caramel Flame' and the MUA Makeup Academy 3 in 1 Contour Pen in 'Auburn' for the colours. CoverGirl's offering is a beautiful mix of taupe and bronze that isn't too shimmery--perfect for everyday wear. It's not particularly long-wearing though, and the formula is a bit too stiff, making it tug on the eyes a bit. Similarly, the MUA colour is amazing; a warm brown with a slight blue duo-chrome effect reminiscent of MAC's Pigment in 'Blue Brown'. I absolutely love how this looks on the eyes (the price point is also something to shout about), but the shape of the nib hurts my eyes. It resembles an eyebrow pencil; something like the Hourglass Arch Brow, the shape of which is obviously great for the eyebrows but a little too harsh on the eyelids. The colour though...

Finally, we have my most-used cream eyeshadow: the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in 'Cocoa'. I own a few of these but Cocoa is my go-to for a quick brown smokey eye. Although not quite as smooth or long-wearing as the By Terry, it swipes on with ease and allows for sufficient blending time before setting. This shade isn't glittery or metallic, but it does have little shimmer particles that give it a sheeny, dimensional look on the eyes. Great for an 'I put effort I didn't, I only used one eyeshadow' look, and we all want that. Just beware of the cap as it doesn't seem to snap shut as tightly as others. I feel like mine has become just a tad dry, but I've also had mine for well over a year.
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