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Eye shadow in stick form is easy to glide on, blend and go. It adds a small pop of color or shimmer to your lids, and if applied properly, it can instantly brighten your eyes.
For example, you can apply an eye shadow slightly lighter than your skin tone to the corners of your eyes and under your brows to look instantly refreshed, especially if that eye shadow has a little bit of light-reflecting shimmer to it.
For those who prefer a bolder look, eye shadow sticks also offer more precision than a brush. The eye shadow only goes where the stick goes, and there’s no flaking or fallout on your cheeks.
Are you convinced yet? Take a look below at the five best eye shadow sticks on the market. They all glide on effortlessly, blend well and promise to stay put for several hours.
1. Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, $29
Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks are the creme de la creme of eye shadow sticks. They glide on smoothly, blend well and come in over 30 high-pigment metallic and matte shades to choose from. Plus, you don’t have to sharpen them like a pencil — simply twist the bottom to raise the eye shadow stick from the container when you need more. Another reason they’re great is that the application surface isn’t too wide, so you can apply with more precision.
2. Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color, $26
Nudestix’s whole brand features makeup in stick form, from eye shadow to foundation to highlighter. Its eye shadow sticks come in over 20 satin and matte finishes that are easy to apply and blend. They also come in a trendy tin container with a sharpener, and by sharpening them, you get a finer tip, so you can use them as eyeliner as well.
Clinique makeup is great for people with sensitive skin and eyes. Its Chubby Sticks have a lightweight, sheer formula that you can layer for more color. You could also pair them with a stick to contour and another to highlight.
Charlotte Tilbury’s eye shadow pencils are highly pigmented, waterproof and last up to 10 hours. They’re blendable, but due to their staying power, you need to blend quickly when applying. The pencils are also all metallic, and according to the product description, they’re infused with synthetic sapphire to enhance your eye color.
For those who prefer a matte makeup look, Bobbi Brown offers more options with its Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks. The creamy shades come in sheer, light and bold colors. Plus, the sticks have a similar design to Laura Mercier’s, and the eye shadow stays put for up to eight hours.
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