Cream shadow sticks! Now, if you’re thinkin’, “Been there, done that (*snaps*),” and wondering why you should spend a hot second contemplating another cream shadow stick, well, GURL, when I walked up on Laura Mercier’s new $24 Caviar Stick Eye Colours at Sephora a couple weeks ago, I suddenly heard this Lionel Richie song…
Okay, not really, but I did achieve makeup nirvana…
I love these things so much that I just got a great idea! — you, me, all of us, mojitos (and Shirley Temples) and a HUGE karaoke bar.
And criss-cut fries.
We’ll all wear different shades of Laura’s Caviar Sticks on our eyes and take the stage by storm!
For the record, these sticks aren’t new, but Laura’s adding six spring shades to go with the 12 shades currently in her permanent collection (here are swatches).
I wish I knew why it took me so long to notice these, and now I’m kicking myself in the butt for that…
It’s not that we haven’t seen shadow sticks before. At one point in time, MAC had something similar, the Shadesticks, that are now discontinued, and Bobbi Brown recently released something very similar for spring.
So, shadow sticks, what are they, exactly? Generally, they’re cream eyeshadows that come in twist-up packaging.
You take one, draw directly on your skin, blend out the edges, and BAM! — you’re wearing eyeshadow.
Simple, and really, really easy.
Great idea, right? Because you get to skip the brushes and fallout, but here’s the deal: most of the ones I’ve tried suffer from one or more problems. Either they’re hella chalky, or they disappear halfway through the day, or they crease like crazy, prompting my fine lines to hold up a sign that reads, “Hello, world!”
But not Laura’s. Laura’s cling to my lids for at least 8-9 hours, aren’t chalky and refuse to have anything at all to do with my fine lines.
Plus, they are eminently easy, to which you might be thinking, “Karen, you’re so predictable!” and you’d be right. But what can I say? I just really appreciate products, particularly eye makeup, that’s simple and easy.
On top of all that, Laura gets the volume on the shimmer just right…
Obvs, if you’re a makeup minimalist who firmly believes in never wearing more than gloss and mascara, these do constitute an extra step, but if you’ll regularly go a step further than that, by also doing your brows, wearing a single eyeshadow, concealer and lipstick, these could be a great fit.
With 18 available shades, there’s a lot to choose from, and I’ve been vascilating between three — one, Sand Glow, from Laura’s batch of six new colors, and Grey Pearl and Seashell from the previous 12.
I’m leaning toward Sand Glow…
Picture this: golden tan MAC Soba, but more golden and shimmery, and with a cream shadow formula.
Oh, but then there’s purplish taupe Grey Pearl. That one might drive the cool-toned girls wild, and it also reminds me of something I’ve seen from MAC, namely Shale, in a cream version.
Last, but not least, Seashell, a lemony gold. So pretty! A dab at the inner corners of my eyes works like a quick nap.
PRICE: $24 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Laura Mercier counters and lauramercier.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (wish these were about $10 less)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,