Save, spend, splurge: cream eyeshadow sticks

Save, spend, splurge: cream eyeshadow sticks LIDS

I’ve spoken a lot about my love for eyeshadow sticks/crayons—there’s something really satisfying scribbling on your eyeballs and blending it a bit with a finger, in addition to the fact that it’s great for work days because it takes about 7 seconds. Almost every brand does a version of one but I’ve chosen three of the most similar at different price points: none need sharpening, all have the same shaped tip and, coincidentally, the three here are almost exactly the same shade.

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The cheapest is from Kiko. I’ve talked about these before – they have excellent staying power, the colours are great, and they’re an absolute bargain at £6.90 (currently on offer for £4.80!). This is 05, which has long been touted as a dupe for the By Terry Ombe Blackstar in Misty Rock (which is the ‘splurge’ option, see below). It’s a gorgeous shimmery taupe leaning towards the purple—more mauve than the swatches show. The one downside is that they’re quite hard to blend out, as they set so quickly, and if you’re unlucky enough for it to set in a crease, it’s almost impossible to rectify. Other than that, they’re ruddy fantastic.

The middle, rose gold-encased, version is the Rosie for Autograph in Movie Star Crush, which is a reasonable £12.50. As you can see from the swatches, it’s incredibly similar in colour to the Kiko—slightly darker and less shimmery, but almost identical when blended out on the eye. It feels smoother going on than the Kiko and is easier to blend, but never sets in the same way so it lacks the staying power. If you have drier eyelids, I think this one would be better for you, but I find it a bit creasy.

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L-R: Kiko; Rosie at Autograph; ByTerry

Finally is the most expensive, and the most hyped-up—the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock at a hefty £29.50. It’s basically a hybrid of the other two, in that it’s the almost identical in colour to the Kiko and in texture to the Rosie for Autograph. It’s has slightly better staying power than the Rosie but has more slip than the Kiko, meaning that blending is easier but there’s still a bit of creasing. The Ombre Blackstars are such a cult product but I really don’t think that they’re worth the money, especially when there are such good alternatives. The shade range is gorgeous though, and it’s worth trying one in store to see if they work on your eyes.

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L-R: Kiko; Rosie at Autograph; ByTerry

Have you tried any of these? Do you like cream shadow or do you prefer a powder?

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