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).
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
- 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.
- Line the lash line with the pointed tip.
- Soften the edges with brush to get down and smoky.
Buxom Smoky Eye Brush, $17
Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks, $18 each
Swatches from the left with the flash: Silver Sword, Nunchucks and Bow & Arrow
Swatches withouy the flash
Bow & Arrow
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
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
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!