If you’re anything like me, you’re a very high-maintenance and glamorous woman who also happens to be extremely lazy. (Not to mention, you can’t wear a white T-shirt without spilling coffee on yourself immediately. Like I said, glamorous!)
My natural laziness is only amplified in the summer months, when I prefer to be in the prone position, basking sloth-like in the air conditioning at all times. These two facts together explain why I’ve recently become addicted to eyeshadow sticks.
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After years of practice, I’m a lethal weapon when it comes to a quick cat eye with liquid liner. But when it comes to eyeshadow, I haven’t known what I’m doing since the days of those tricolor drugstore palettes. Luckily, you don’t have to be good at eyeshadow application with a cream shadow stick. You don’t even need a brush! You can just smear that stuff all over your eyelids and go! And since it’s supposed to be a little smudge-y, it’s perfect for sweaty, sunny days.
I first became obsessed when I got Eyeko’s Fat Stick in my latest Glossybox beauty subscription. The retractable twist-up cream stick in Satin (a metallic gray) can be used as a liner or a shadow and goes on opaque with a shimmer finish. You just apply to the lid, use your fingers to blend, and voilà: smoky eye with minimal makeup skill.
Here are a few more eyeshadow sticks for those of us who like putting on makeup to feel a little like an elementary school art project.
Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow and Liner
I like my cosmetics the way I like men: chubby. Sephora’s jumbo eye pencils are nicely chunky and come in 30 shades and three finishes: glitter, matte, and shimmer. I wouldn’t recommend the true black unless you really know what you’re doing, but the light ones, like my favorite in Pink Glitter, are pretty much unscrew-up-able, as well as providing a bright, light-reflecting wash. (Just make sure you wash your hands after blending a glitter shade or you’ll end up with glitter all over your face.)
Some of the really bold shades Fresh Limeade (a light neon green) and the metallic Gold would really pop on darker skin tones. The white shimmer stick is perfect for brightening up the inner corner of your eyes. This stick really stays on and doesn’t crease — you can eve use it as a primer to grab eyeliner and make it stick through a long day ($14).
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes
Again, how adorable is a chubby eyeshadow stick!?! This cream shadow goes on a little sheerer than the Sephora stick but can be layered to build and is perfect for those like me who apply eye makeup a little bit like the way a toddler holds a spoon. In other words, precision not necessary ($17).
Ciaté London Skinny Shadow Stick Shimmer Eyeshadow
This option gets a little bit of side-eye for having “skinny” in the title, but the really cool part is the built-in applicator. The tip is basically a little sponge that you swipe in the color pigment inside the lid. It works best if you sort of “pat” or stipple this one onto your lid instead of smearing. Charmed, a light blue with a shimmer finish, is surprisingly wearable, and I use Maneater, a sort of an eggplant shade, when I do a brown smoky eye à la the Olsen twins ($15).
Bobbi Brown Longwear Shadow Stick
Though a little pricier than the previous options, this stick is truly long-lasting and has a variety of near-neutral pinky and peachy shades for that “no-makeup” makeup look. It’s also waterproof in case you cry from happiness that you didn’t have to use a brush. OK, Bobbi Brown also sells a brush designed to use with cream shadows, but again, I prefer to apply these directly and then smear with my fingers like a finger-painting kindergartener ($29).
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick
If, however, you are not interested in looking natural or “like an adult lady,” may I introduce you to Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Tempting Turquoise? (It comes in more natural colors too.) The drugstore pick is an easy way to try to trend at just four bucks a pop ($4).