I don’t know if I’d call these “The Edgiest,” because I don’t see Khal Drogo or Robert Smith, who are in my mind two of the edgiest makeup-wearing peeps around, rolling up to a Sephora and making a beeline for The Edgiest Kohl Shadowsticks from The Estée Edit (I see them more as NARS guys), but I’d certainly call them “Edgier Than Most,” or “Somewhat Reasonably Edgy…”
I mean, they aren’t so edgy that I feel tempted to use them to color in my adult coloring books, which, doesn’t that sound funny? As if you’d open a coloring book and see, like, “adult” (airquotes) things in there? Haha, nasty…
FUN FACT: Adult color books are actually just regular coloring books, except they’re for adults, and they’re currently very trendy. And yes, sometimes I’m tempted to color mine in with makeup.
But I digress…
So, these aren’t your standard-issue chunky-monkey shadowsticks, because you can use them on your lids like an eyeshadow or along your water lines and lash lines like a liner (except for the purple shade, which says that it’s only for lids and lash lines), so they’re two-for-one products for $22.
I’m hooked on three of the nine shades — Violet Taboo (a glittery, shimmery violet), Grounded (a pearly brown with a hint of grey) and Iced (a stark white).
All of them feel smooth against my skin, kinda like when you leave ice cream out on the counter for a while and it gets all soft and runny… Thank goodness they’re not like those hard kohl pencils that feel like I’m poking my eyes out with a rough piece of plastic, because those are never fun.
I’ve been getting back into my makeup groove lately, but most days I still only have time and energy to spend about 15 minutes on my looks, so these have been up in mah mix. Because there’s an eyeliner and a shadow in each stick, they save me from having to dig through my makeup bag.
I wore them the other day when I was rushing to get ready to go to the dentist (pumped the boobs, slapped on some makeup and ran out the door!). I grabbed Grounded and applied it in a half moon shape on my lids, then buffed out the edges before it set (these take about three minutes to dry). Then I ran it along on my upper lash and water lines.
Then, I took Iced and dragged it along my lower water lines, and I was done with my eye makeup in less time than it takes to say, “Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension reeks of conspiracy. GO WARRIORS!”
Anyway…the Edgiest Eye Kohls are also supposed to be super long-lasting with a wear time of — say wha?! — 24 hours.
I’m not so sure about that, because I have to reapply them about every four hours on my water lines and every 10 hours when I use them as eyeshadow.
Now, since these are chubbier than most skinny-minnie eyeliner pencils, I probably won’t use them for fine, detailed lines, but you could, since there’s a hidden sharpener tucked in the bottom of the pencil. It’s just that I think the real beauty in these is in how messy you can be with your lines and smudging. It’s fast, fun, easy makeup.
Of the three I like, my favorite is Iced, because it’s really, really hard to find a white kohl that you can just pop on your water line and get a stark, opaque white liner look with just one layer. I plan to wear it on the daily.
You can find Iced and the other colors now for $22 each at Sephora.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,