Hey, everyone! I’ve been rocking eyeshadow for quite some time (9 years to be exact) but even I still have trouble with applying it. It can get messy and time-consuming using brushes and getting that blend to be juuuust right. Luckily, there’s a fairly easy solution for those who want to look fly and spend minimal time. The answer? EYESHADOW STICKS.
That’s right, folks. Say goodbye to traditional brush-to-pot eyeshadow and say helloooo to these! I’ve said here before that I love stick products but I’ll say it again. I LOVE stick products.
I wanted you guys to know which sticks are the best, so I tested out three different brands and these are my honest opinions on each one. Each shadow is in a different price range (high, mid, and low).
I actually received the Bobbi Brown stick from the 500 point Sephora gift set (which is why it’s mini!) and I was so stoked. I’ve been wearing this shadow at least once a week since I got it. This stick retails for $30.
This eyeshadow is super easy to apply! It glides right onto skin with no hassle.
This eyeshadow isn’t bright or boldly colored, but even though it’s subdued, the pigmentation is pretty good. The color is nice and neutral and it’s totally appropriate for an everyday look.
When worn all day, this eyeshadow can get creasy, meaning the pigment will start to form creases on your eyelid where your eyelid naturally folds. This doesn’t happen each time I wear it, but definitely some of the time. I guess it just depends on the weather/humidity/time worn. Other than that, I really like it!
I chose this Clinique shadow because of its mid-range price point at $17. I reviewed their lip chubby once upon a time, and I was curious to see how the eye version would do.
This was not the easiest to apply. It took a lot of force to get the color to show up on my eyelid. Once I got the color to show up, it looked great, but this was harder to apply than the Bobbi Brown one.
The color is gorgeous, but again, it took a lot of effort to get the pigmentation just right. I went over my eyelid several times to reach the desired color.
This eyeshadow looked exactly the same at the end of the day as it did at the beginning of the day. Small signs of creasing here and there but overall, it stayed on very well.
I decided to buy this Maybelline stick because I’ve been looking for an alternative charcoal-colored shadow (my Urban Decay one isn’t cutting it for me anymore). I wanted something creamier and easier to apply. For this post, I also wanted to have a drugstore option in order to cover each price point. This stick is the cheapest, at $7.
While I had no trouble getting it to be pigmented, this shadow came out a little too strong. I had sharp lines in my crease and I tried blending it out with a brush, but that didn’t really work. Also, as I was finishing applying this shadow, the stick broke :(. It’s still usable, I just have to be really careful- but hey, this was the cheapest one on the list.
This shadow is highly pigmented. It’s a great lazy alternative to a smoky eye.
This had great staying power, like the Clinique. When I did the swatches on my arm, this shadow was the hardest to scrub off!
While each stick had its pros and cons, overall, this is definitely a faster and cleaner way to apply eyeshadow. If you’re really in a hurry, I definitely recommend the Bobbi Brown or the Clinique. The Clinique was definitely the best value- it lasted the longest, didn’t crease, and has beautiful pigmentation. The Maybelline one is a good value, but it would probably look nicer in a lighter color than the charcoal I chose. The Bobbi Brown one is the quickest to apply but doesn’t last as long as the other two. I really enjoyed experimenting with these and I hope you guys like this post! I’d love to hear about other eyeshadow sticks you’ve tried; please leave comments below! 🙂