Lighten Your Load this Spring with the Road-Trip Ready Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks

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buxom waterproof smoky eye stick

The new Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks ($18 each) make me wanna holla ROAD TRIP! New for spring, the line of eight twist-up shadow sticks sports uber-lightweight packaging perfect for throwing into a makeup bag filled with just the bare essentials (there’s even a hidden sharpener tucked away at the bottom of the pencil).

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Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks from the left to the right: Bow & Arrow, Nunchucks and Silver Sword

Buxom designed the long-wearing shadows to line and shade eyes in flash. I tried three of the eight colors, Bow & Arrow (a shimmery dark green), Nunchucks (a shimmery blueish black) and Silvery Sword (a smokey graysish black), and, using the new Smoky Eye Brush ($17), followed “The Buxom Method” tutorial included with the product.

The Buxom Method

  1. Gently brush the Smoky Eye Brush against the eye stick tip, then sweep color back and forth on the lid near the lash line and into crease.
  2. Line the lash line with the pointed tip.
  3. Soften the edges with brush to get down and smoky.

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Buxom Smoky Eye Brush
Buxom Smoky Eye Brush, $17


Buxom Smoky Eye Brush

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Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks, $18 each

buxom waterproof smoky eye stick pencils

buxom waterproof smoky eye sticks in hand

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Swatches from the left with the flash: Silver Sword, Nunchucks and Bow & Arrow

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Swatches withouy the flash

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Silver Sword

buxom waterproof smoky eye stick nunchucks

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Bow & Arrow

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Silver Sword on eyes

All three resist water well, but I had a hard time blending out the edges, and when I tried layering I got patchy and uneven color. The brush feels scratchy against my skin, too.


Although I like the cheeky names, streamlined packaging and the long wear time, I think there’s some room for improvement. If Buxom could find a way to smooth out the shadows and make them easier to blend, these little sticks could become gems worthy of your next big trip.

PRICE: $18 each for the Smoky Eye Stick and $17 for the Smoky Eye Brush
AVAILABILITY: Exclusively at Sephora stores and online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Speaking of cute packaging, I was surfing the web earlier today and saw a couple of sweet new eyeshadow palettes from Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay. I now have monster crushes on Bobbi’s Peony and Python Palette and UD’s Feminine, Dangerous and Fun Eyeshadow Palettes. Too cute!


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  1. AnieJ says:

    Yeah, these don’t sound like my cup o’ tea (which is fruity). Do you think these could still work as liners? I love the names too, like the shadows with Husky, etc. So Cute! Why is this feeling like my humpday?! I’ll never make it to Saturday now….
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  2. Tiffany says:

    I have one of these that I got in a set but I haven’t tried it yet. story of my life.

    I LOVE any and all Buxom lip products though!

  3. kalcedon says:

    Thanks for the review-I mean, I guess I would have been suckered into purchasing at least one of these just because of their names and the little images on the top of the box… in a second… how friggin unique and cool are they? (is there an alcoholics anonymous-like aid movement for those who buy make-up products solely because of their names??? :D)

  4. stacie says:

    These sorts of things annoy me a bit they bring out one product then a product you have to have to use the first product and neither sound great. Hurrah for reviewers we can save our pennies for products that deserve it πŸ˜€
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  5. Chris25 says:

    Silvery Sword looks neat. I have been looking for an alternative to MAC Blackground.
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  6. Gina says:

    I love Buxom mascara by Bare Essentials. It works very well! I also use the Buxom lip gloss. “Dolly” and “Gina” are my favorites. πŸ™‚

  7. Cute products! shame about the blending issues..
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  8. Alka says:

    I love the idea of these but I would definitely get frustrated with them if they were difficult to use – especially if I took them traveling. Thanks for giving us a heads up on their limitations. I love my BE big and bright liners and often smoke them out since they are so creamy but I always have to set them with an eyeshadow for staying power. Kudos to BE for trying to simplify our lives.

  9. Glosslizard says:

    I kinda have a grudge against Bare Escentuals. They used to be my favorite place to buy bath goodies and they completely abandoned their bath line in favor of all the mineral makeup (which I don’t particularly care for). I must confess, however, that I’m irrationally attracted by the warlike, bada$$ names! I might check one out, but I’ll provide my own brush! πŸ˜‰

  10. Krista says:

    Love the colors! πŸ™‚ I’m going to have to give these a whirl…
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  11. Lucie says:

    Oh man, I love those UD palettes! I’ve been wanting Woodstock (the bright pink) forevaaaa so I’ll so be picking up the ‘Fun’ palette and maybe the ‘Dangerous’ one too! Thanks for the heads up, I’ve been waiting for these to be available online since they were announced! Yay!

  12. mkdallas says:

    So glad you reviewed these, Karen! I was coveting them but based on your review, think I’m going to hold off. Between the MAC Greasepaint Sticks and the UD 24/7 Shadow Pencils, I’m good to go with more user-friendly products. I do love me some BE, though…I wish they’d add a few more shades to their Big & Healthy Lip Stick line.

  13. Meghan says:

    I LOVE Nunchucks!!! πŸ™‚ The heart swatches are adorable!! You are SO creative Karen!
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  14. Nina says:

    they are all going into my shopping list / shopping cart. <3333

  15. These look quite waxy so I’m surprised they scratch – love Nunchucks! recently posted … Smashbox hosts Burlesque make-up range

  16. Kim says:

    It’s funny because I thought the same thing about the names and the icons. Right up my alley. πŸ™‚ However, you know I’ve yet to master the smokey eye without looking like a train wreck, so I wasn’t too tempted to try them.

    • Karen says:

      LOL… they need to make a shade called “Taser.” I’d be all over that!

      Soooo. Smokey eyes. Have you tried smudging a creamy eye pencil on the lid and then sweeping a shadow directly on top? You could always do a black liner and then a shimmery silver or gunmetal on top. Easiest smokey eye ever, I swear! If you’re feeling more adventurous they line your waterlines if you wanna look all sultry (like Tabs).

      • Kim says:

        Oh, that was funny. Taser, indeed!

        I’ll give it a try, but I think it might just be because I’m getting older and the dark eyes kind of make me look like a zombie. And the fine lines and droopy eyelid aren’t helping. πŸ™‚ 40 next month, you know. Tick tock. πŸ™‚

  17. Hazel says:

    love the names of these! love the colors too but i think i’ll stick to my mufe aqua eyes lol
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  18. Yelena says:

    thnx for the review karen. i agree, blending is not their strength but definately great colors. and the armed and gorgeous set has all of 6 colors to choose from. i am liking them as liners but have only tried them once on the lid and blended ok with my fingers (i didnt have the brush with me at the time). it worked to take me from work to happy hour in about 2mins πŸ™‚

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