I've been wanting to try the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick for quite some time now so when I saw this set online, I knew it was time I took the plunge! Not only is the set of 3 minis super cute, all 3 colors are limited edition, too!
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick comes in a simple, retractable, twist-up pencil (no sharpening required!) with a color-coded end for easy color identification. I usually store all my cream shadow pencils upright so I can spot the color I want to use right away. The cap closes with a tight snap so these are safe to throw in the makeup bag. I prefer cream shadows that come in a stick like this much more than those in a jar; they are more convenient to carry and the application is much quicker and does not require a brush. You can just swipe them on the lid, blend with fingers, and you are ready to go.
The Bobbi Brown Mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Trio is a limited edition set released for the Holiday 2014. It features 3 brand new and exclusive shades (not sold as singles):
- Smokey Topaz – medium shimmery mauve taupe
This shade is what drew me to the set! I can never have enough taupe eyeshadow, let alone one with a hint of beautiful mauve! This shade is the easiest to work with compared to the other two since the pigmentation is not too light and not too dark. The texture is just right, too. It goes on smoothly and evenly. It is basically a pleasure to apply. You can swipe it all over the lid as a wash of shimmery taupe, or line along the lower lash line for a subtle brightening effect, or layer and blend for a soft and wearable smokey eye. It is truly one very versatile shade!
- Pink Sparkle – sheer sparkly cool pink
Light pink is a little hard to pull off in general and now with sparkly particles, too? To be honest, this shade is a little tricky to achieve a smooth and even finish. I usually reserve this shade just for in the inner corner of the eye, a dab in the center of the lower lash line and maybe in the middle of the lid as an accent.
- Espresso Bean – rich shimmery black chocolate
This one feels the most slippery and creamy. The pigmentation is so high that you only need a tiny dab to get a good color payoff. The application is smooth and buttery but achieving precise placement can be challenging due to the chubby tip. I prefer to use a brush with this shade to smudge or blend and if I were to use it for lining, I'd use a pointed-tip eyeliner to pick up the color directly from the pencil tip and apply to my eye. I find that I can control the thickness of the line better this way.
In terms of consistency, all 3 shades glide on easily and I did not experience any tugging or pulling at all. With the exception of Pink Sparkle, the rest two shades apply evenly and beautifully. They go on semi-sheer but can be built for more intensity. I like that the layer underneath stays put as you build and the formula offers an ampule time for me to smudge, blend, and soften to my desired effect without setting too quickly.
They also make an excellent base for powder eyeshadows. Not only do they intensify the shadow color, they help extend the wear time as well. And if you want to add some beautiful twinkly sparkly effect to your shadow, try Pink Sparkle as a base! :)
These are not as long wearing as some other cream shadow pencils I have, though. When worn without an eye primer, they do crease and fade, albeit slightly, at around 3-4 hours. The longevity greatly improves when applied over a primer as there are no signs of creasing or fading until I remove them.
The simple smokey look
In the eye look below, I applied Smokey Topaz all over my lid up to the crease then followed with Espresso Bean and stopped just below the crease area. I used a small eyeshader brush to blend the two colors together. Then I picked up Espresso Bean with a pointy eyeliner brush and lined along the lash line (all the way top, outer half bottom). I finished with Pink Sparkle in the inner corner.
When I say mini, though, I mean they are really mini (0.02 oz). In fact, I didn't expect them to be this mini! I probably will never use them up anyway (considering the amount of shadow sticks that I have) but for the price, I thought it was worth mentioning. I bought the set when it was 10% off at Nordstrom but sadly, the price is now back to its original price at the time of this post. It's still a nice set to try different colors and formulation if you haven't used cream shadow sticks before. :)
I was going to pick up the Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Set as well but then I realized I already have 4 of the colors out of 6. At that price I think I should just buy the full-sized version of the two colors I don't have instead. But the mini size, though! So cute! :D
Do you use cream shadow sticks, too? Do you tend to buy things more easily when they are mini size?