Beauty | Eyeshadow Sticks

Although I'm not very good with powdered eyeshadows, I decided I wanted to try and up my eye makeup game a little bit recently, so I purchased some eyeshadow sticks in the hope of adding a little something to my makeup looks. I purchased one each from Kiko Milano, NYX and Collection, all at varying prices to see how they matched up against each other. Look out for swatches at the bottom of the post!

Kiko Milano Double Dare Eyeshadow & Eyeliner in 03 Lilac & Plum
£7.90, bought in sale at £2.30
This eyeshadow stick is double-ended, coming with a complementary eyeliner. The eyeliner is a plum colour which is great as I had only had black and brown eyeliners in my collection. I also love how well the plum complements the lilac of the eyeshadow. I found the eyeliner needs going over a couple of times as it isn't pigmented strongly enough to produce a solid line in one stroke. That being said, both the eyeliner and the eyeshadow have great all-day staying power. The eyeshadow is creamy enough to blend with fingers but doesn't fold or crease at all. The only issue I would flag up is that the eyeshadow stick and eyeliner are both retractable rather than sharpenable, so there is less control to be had over the thickness and precision of them.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt
Yogurt is a bronze colour and works well as a neutral eyeshadow with which to just add a little something to the eyelids. The formula is creamy and durable but firm enough that it doesn't make a mess. Most importantly, it stays on all day (but is easily removed with a quick wipe of make-up remover), doesn't fold or crease at all and is easily blendable for creating different makeup looks. The pencil comes in a huge variety of colours, from neutrals to brights, with Milk being hugely popular as a white eyeliner.

Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Vintage Blush
The cheapest of the bunch, Collection's Eyeshadow Pencil still stepped up to the plate and had just as good a staying power as the rest. Additionally, it didn't fold or crease but was creamy and easy to apply and blend. Vintage Blush in particular is hugely versatile as it can act as an eyeshadow base and matches well with most other eyeshadow shades. I also think it would do well paired with NYX's Yogurt because as you can see in the photo below, they're similar shades that could be blended together to add a little more definition to a neutral eyeshadow look.

Have you tried or are you planning to try any of these eyeshadow pencils? I'd love to see your thoughts down in the comments below!