Aug 25 2015

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks


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 Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks Review


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. 


Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks Review


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.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks Sunlight Gold

BARK – A rich brown.


Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks Bark


SHADOW – A smokey blue grey.


Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks Shadow


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.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks Sunlight Gold, Bark, Shadow
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks Swatches

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.

When last I checked, the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks duo was sold out on the Sephora website, but I’ve seen it on the Bobbi Brown website as well as Macy’s.





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  1. These shades look absolutely beautiful <3 I haven't tried many of their product, but I really want to give these a go x

      • Kimmy on August 27, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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      The minis are the way to go. They’ll last forever!

  2. Oh based on the swatches, I was going ga ga over the mattes, but then upon reading your descriptions, I am a bit (just a BIT) let down by the formula. I LOVE the LM Caviar sticks and want more but most of them are shimmery so I was interested in the possibility of the matte ones. I love the look of Bark.

    1. They’re still really nice, hehe. I especially enjoyed Shadow. Bark is nice as well and I actually keep it in my purse when I’m running late and need to do a quick eye look. I just enjoy the Caviar sticks a little better…but as you say, most of them are shimmery so that could be why they are easier to use.

  3. Wow, I love sunlight gold, so pretty! (:
    Nati xx

    1. It is very pretty, just wish it had a tad more staying power. 🙂

  4. Sunlight gold and bark are so pretty. Also they look so creamy and pigmented! xx

    1. They are really nice shades but Shadow is actually my favorite performance wise. 🙂

  5. I have tried these and some Laura Mercier ones, both at my mums place (she has quite a collection…) and couldn’t make up my mind which I preferred. I got the feeling it depends on the color, as some of each line seemed to fall short.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. That’s probably the case. The LM ones that I have are all shimmers (as I believe most of the line is) and I found them to perform better than Sunlight Gold which is the one shimmer here.

  6. Kimmy, these cuties looks like they’re for someone who doesn’t have expertise on applying shadows like me hihi.. I think they are easier to use than those applied with brushes.. well, I’m not sure but I guess so. 🙂
    Have a lovely day!

    Jhem |

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm
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      Cream shadows are definitely great for quick looks and on the go – when I’m in a hurry, they are what I reach for! 🙂

  7. Yay, Kimmy, I love shadow sticks, I had actually forgotten about them (I used them all the time last Summer) I was in love with the By Terry one in Mystic Rock.
    These look awesome and sample size is really all I need – although I don’t think I’m totally in love with the colours on these ones. hmm.
    God I have been remiss on your blog lately and I’m really kicking myself because now I have a makeup shopping hankering I have to catch up on everything here to see what good!
    Any neutral lip liner recommendations lately? that’s really what my life is about right now.
    Kelsey x

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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      You’re such a sweetie! If you like the By Terry shadow sticks, I hear that Kiko has all kinds of dupes. I’ve tried the Kiko formula as well as its pretty fantastic. Haven’t purchased any nude liners as of late but today I’m using NYX’s lip liner in Peekaboo Neutral and it’s a lovey rosy nude. Do you have a hard time finding the brand?

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on August 26, 2015 at 12:32 am
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    I haven’t tried them yet! Shadow sticks can be a hit or miss depending on the texture, and after a bunch of disappointing experiences I kind of stopped buying them altogether. A small travel kit like that would be a good way for me to try new formulas though!


      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm
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      Have you ever tried the Kiko ones? They are more affordable and pretty decent. 🙂

  8. I haven’t tried too many face products & what I have tried so far has been mostly for the face but love the idea of these shadow sticks. They are perfect for quick everyday kind of makeup looks. Bark & Shadow are just gorgeous x

    Beauty with charm

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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      Bobbi Brown actually makes a couple of these mini sets it seems so a great way to explore the formula at a better price point. 🙂

  9. I love shadow sticks, but I mostly use them as a base. I haven’t tried the Bobbi Brown ones you mentioned here, but they look really nice. Especially that gold!

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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      These days I find myself using shadow sticks more on their own probably because I’m so pressed for time! Hehe.

  10. i’ve never tried these, so i’m glad you shared these with you. happy friday-EVE 🙂

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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      You’re welcome, sweetie! Hope you had a great weekend!

  11. That’s such a bargain, now I really want these. I have been in love with eye shadow sticks too.. They are soo easy, fuss free.

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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      If you can score one of the mini kits, I definitely recommend. 🙂

  12. I was always wondering how these were and have considered buying them! I loved reading this to know the best way to use them!! I may need to check out a color or two.

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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      Let me know what you think if you ever do try them. 🙂

  13. I’m always a bit weary of shadow sticks, always think they’ll crease up…but these sound almost too good to be truth!! I absolutely love the color Bark – such a rich chocolatey color!

    Loved the review and think you really talked about the important things, I just wish you’d also put in the price of the full size.

    Rosie’s Life

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm
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      Thanks, Rosie. Sorry about that…the full sizes are $29.00 USD. 🙂

  14. What a great little set! Bark looks especially gorgeous! I have the shade Taupe and it’s my perfect base 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

      • Kimmy on September 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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      Ooh, I’ve got to try Taupe at some point…I wonder if they have it available in a kit?

    • shaimaa on October 12, 2015 at 2:33 am
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    Love Bobbi Brown , need to check these pencils …

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