Many months ago, after falling in love with my Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, my interest in eye shadow sticks was ignited. I’d dabbled in the occasional cream shadow, but the stick form had alluded me. Shortly thereafter, I tried one of the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows that I received in my swap with Gyudy. I was sold. Next on my list to try were the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks but I’d put off purchasing because I found that my Caviar sticks (which are travel sizes purchased in a holiday set) were lasting me a really long time. Sephora comes to the rescue. A little over a month ago, I spotted a duo mini set of the Bobbi Brown sticks on the site for $20.00 USD. That, along with a 100 point perk, meant I could try out three of the shadows at a steal!
Bobbi Brown says: A long-lasting, do-it-all eye shadow that’s a stroke of genius. Glides on lids tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. Comes in subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to 8 hours without creasing, flaking or fading (and it’s completely waterproof). Swipe across lids and blend with fingertips for effortless application on the go.
As I said, these are mini sizes but they are actually more than half the size of the regular version (.03 oz vs .05 oz). Bark and Sunlight Gold were included in the duo sold at Sephora while Shadow was the 100 point perk.
SUNLIGHT GOLD – A beige gold.
BARK – A rich brown.
SHADOW – A smokey blue grey.
The Bobbi Brown shadow sticks are creamy and comfortable to apply, gliding on fairly smoothly. The matte shades, Bark and Shadow were creamier and more smooth than the shimmer, Sunlight Gold. Once the shadows set, they remain pretty much in tact for 8 hours, as promised, without creasing or flaking. I haven’t jumped into a body of water wearing them, but they seem to withstand sweat pretty well.
Comparing these to my Caviar Sticks, I noticed some distinct formula differences. First, lets talk about blending. The Laura Mercier versions tend to work better if you blend them out – using a brush or fingers. They are thicker, more saturated and if you simply apply to the lid or lash line without at least a little blending, not only will they not look as good, but they will crease. On the other hand, I found that because the Bobbi Brown shadow sticks are thinner in texture, I lose quite bit of the pigment as I blend. With Sunlight Gold, for example, I almost blended the color away completely. The exception to this was Shadow, which performed best and is actually my favorite out of three (creates a beautiful smoky eye). That being said, blending these with your fingers works much better than a brush. Secondly, the Bobbi Brown sticks set much faster than the Laura Mercier Caviar sticks. Therefore, with the former, it’s probably best to work on one eye at a time.
It may sound as if I prefer the Caviar sticks. Maybe a little. But the Bobbi Brown versions have their strengths as well. The good thing about their thinner texture and faster setting time is that I’ve found them to work much better on the lash/waterline. You can just swipe and go. Also, because they are little less saturated, you can create a subtle look more easily.
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