For the record, I do not recommend living a secret sneaky makeup double life.
Bolting out the door to school without so much as a stitch of lipgloss on your lips, only to covertly cosmeticize yourself from start to finish before the first bell rings, is initially a thrill, but it gets old fast…
Trust me on this. Half the time I’d be in algebra class with one sloppy purple-rimmed eye and little else. I did this for three years until, at age 14, I was given the official “OK” by my mom to wear makeup to school.
I did learn a few things, though, during those secret squirrel makeup days, like how to appreciate makeup that’s easy to sneak in and out of the house. It’s one of the reasons I was interested in the eyeshadow sticks from Bobbi Brown’s new $38 Mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Trio.
Each of the little minis fits nicely in the palm of my paw.
Perfect for covert makeup application. 🙂
There’s a shimmery pastel rose called Pink Sparkle, a shimmery heather mauve called Smokey Topaz and a shimmery blackened charcoal that goes by the name, Espresso Bean.
The 0.02-oz. sticks fit into most of my pockets and makeup bags, even the really small ones, and are easy to quickly apply. I just run a stick directly on my lids, and smudge out the edges with a finger or blending brush (being careful not to go too far up into the crease).
Yeah, man, that’s it! The formula sets in less than a minute and lasts all day long, even without a primer.
Because the formula does set quickly, you do want to work fast; otherwise, you could be S.O.L., and no one wants to end up with patchy, uneven eyeshadow.
Of the three for me, Smokey Topaz is the belle of the ball. I think it looks complex on my skin — gold, taupe, gray and lavender — and it’s a mix I just don’t see every day.
I like Espresso Bean, the blackened charcoal shade, for dramatic smokey eyes. Tiny flecks of silver give it depth and flair. Keep this one in your makeup bag for impromptu drinks/dinner dates, ’cause hey, you never know.
Pastel rose Pink Sparkle is a wee smidgen too frosty for me, but still absolutely doable. I apply a bit and buff it out like cray-cray for a sheer layer of shimmer.
With these cream sticks in your life, you will most certainly get out the door in time to catch the express bus to work (shout-out to the 38AX Geary!), or make it to your first class before the bell.
Both good things. 🙂
PRICE: $38 for three 0.02-oz. stick eyeshadows
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now at Bobbi Brown counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,