Why Eyeshadow Sticks Are An Absolute Makeup Must-Have For Fool-Proof Blending

I wish I had the eyeshadow blending skills of a TOWIE cast member, but I really don’t. I can just about manage to buff in a base colour and add a darker tone around the lash line, blending with my finger or (at best) using a small brush to work colour into the socket. Short of booking myself on a professional makeup course (who has the time!) there’s little I can do to improve my skill-set, which is why eyeshadow sticks and cream formulas have become a firm favourite. They’re essentially a lazy girls approach to the perfect smokey eye, providing a creamy formula and tonnes of pigment in an easy-to-apply format that’s practically fool-proof.

From nude tones and delicate golds, to rich metallics and deep charcoal colours, there’s so much to choose from when it comes to this new format of choice. Previously only available on counters and commanding a premium price point, the trend is filtering down to the high street and can now be found everywhere from Kiko stores to NYC counters in Superdrug. The pen format means you can literally ‘colour in’ your lid, blending with either a small brush or the tip of your finger and building-up the result as you go; the creamy texture makes it easy peasy and prevents a lot of the colour ‘fall out’ that occurs with traditional powder format, meaning it’s a lot less messy and takes no time at all. You can even draw a line under the eye and blend the colour out towards the edge, for a super simple take on a smokey eye.
Some of my favourites include the taupe and golden tones available at Kiko, the rich coppers from Charlotte Tilbury and the smokey greys from Bobbi Brown. They all work incredibly well while you’re in a rush and are easily blended if you want to use more than one tone at a time. However, everyone from NYC and Rimmel, to Bourjois and Revlon now have their own take on the trend so that creamy eyeshadow sticks are even more affordable. Elizabeth Arden have even launched a trio of summer-appropriate shades, including a beautiful aqua green, to add a touch of colour to eyes that works perfectly with bronzed skin. There’s no trick to using these effectively – you just have to have a play around and see what works for you; if the tip is too chunky, you can always use a brush to grab some colour and apply it more precisely around the lash line. Eyeshadow sticks have definitely reignited my love for being creative with my daily makeup, so why not give them a go yourself?Are you a fan of eyeshadow sticks and creamy formulas, or prefer a traditional powder format?

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  1. Anonymous
    March 23, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Agreed! I absolutely love the GOSH ones!

  2. Gill McLaughlin
    March 23, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    I love Kiko shadow sticks – they last ages too!!! x gillmclaughlin.com

  3. Philippa
    March 23, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    I love these chunky crayons! The new ones from bourjois are really nice, though I wish they didn't crease so much! ABlogByPhilippa

  4. WhatWouldJadeDo Jade McShane
    March 23, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    The GOSH ones are just incredible – super blendable and last forever. They are just lovely – cannot recommend them enough! x

  5. Antonia
    March 23, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    I rely on eyeshadow sticks – they're so quick and easy to use! Charlotte Tilbury's Colour Chameleons are my favourites, although I picked up a couple of the Bourjois Colourband ones recently and so far i'm really impressed.Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  6. Jasmine Stewart
    March 23, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I loooove eyeshadow sticks – I genuinely would never be in work on time without them haha. They're just so versatile and make it look like you tried a lot harder than you really did…the KIKO ones are my favourite 🙂 xx Magpie Jasmine

  7. Anonymous
    March 24, 2015 / 12:27 am

    I really love eyeshadow sticks. So handy when you are in a rush. My faves are the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks and By Terry Ombre blackstars. Would love to try the KIKO and CT. thebeautybloss.com

  8. lyn
    March 24, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Love the sound of these new crayons.. Which reminds me, I must order a couple today for my holiday next week. They will be good to travel with. I've already got the kiko and Bourjois ones saved and they are both a similar price.If Im honest I'd prefer the kiko but think it's a min £25 spend on their website and from memory they ship from overseas. Just for ease will probably choose the bourjois.

  9. lyn
    March 24, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Just order 3 of the Bourjois ones from superdrug . They are on 3 for 2 at the moment (same with Boots) but superdrug offer free delivery. £12 Total

  10. Birdie
    March 24, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Kiko! They are absolutely brilliant for staying put all day, and the colours are great.

  11. Allthat Shimmers
    March 24, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    I love creamy eyeshadows and eyeshadow sticks for when I'm in a rush as they're easy!allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

  12. lamesha
    March 25, 2015 / 4:53 am

    I love the ones from NYX and Milani but I haven't used them in a while. Your post just reminded me that I have them with all my makeup.

  13. Jay
    March 31, 2015 / 10:21 am

    I've never tried a eyeshadow stick because I assumed they would be difficult to blend but perhaps I will now! Jay

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