Are you struggling to pick the right makeup products for your makeup collection? One thing I have learned in the time that I’ve been applying makeup is that everything comes in different formulas even eyeshadow. From Loose Pigments and Pressed Powders to Cream shadows and eyeshadow sticks, you have so many options. So which one is right for you? This is one one of the things I struggled with when I first started using eyeshadow, but I kept looking, eventually, I settled on eyeshadow sticks as my first eyeshadow tool. To find out why I decided to go with eyeshadow sticks keep reading to see if you want to give them a shot too.
Eyeshadow. What can I say about applying eyeshadow? I think it’s one of the hardest parts of a makeup routine, at least that’s been my experience so far. Eyeshadow was the first aspect of a makeup routine I wanted to learn, after eyeliner of course. It seemed like one of the areas you could get the most creative and that’s what I loved about makeup still do in fact. I was very excited to give it a try so I bought my first eyeshadow palette, but my excitement was short-lived.
How I Got Started With Eyeshadow Sticks
I practiced and practiced with eyeshadow palettes, but I didn’t have much luck applying the product with my finger, it was just too big and some areas looked more pigmented than others, it was one of the times I learned there was such a thing as too much makeup, (well depending on the look you’re going for), but for me, it wasn’t working. I even tried using a brush, but, I just could not figure out the size and how to hold to properly apply, my eyeshadow, at least not at the time. I was stuck, so I gave up. I didn’t try again and I was starting to accept that eyeshadow would not be a part of my daily makeup routine, that is until I discovered eyeshadow sticks.
The first set of eyeshadow sticks I used were NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencils for 4.99 each. I fell in love with the rust and cobalt colors which are a copper-like red and a deep blue respectively, each had a shimmer finish. I started working with them and although it was far from perfect it was a start.
Reasons Why Eyeshadow Sticks Are A Great Makeup Choice
Easy To Hold & Apply: An eyeshadow stick can give you more control over your application and the handles are bigger than the eyeshadow brushes This makes it easy to hold at least it did for me and apply directly to your eyelid. The fact that the pencil is easy to hold makes it easier to apply the product.
Good Way to Practice Blending: The thing about eyeshadow sticks, is just like a lot of makeup products, the eyeshadow stick itself is the applicator so unlike a brush or your finger, you can’t use it to blend in the product. You can apply a little bit at a time and practice blending it in with your finger or a brush. When I first started I applied very little and blended it or at list tried to blend it with my finger, now when I use this makeup product, I try blending it with a brush to practice with it and diffuse the intensity of the color.
The Downside To Using This Form Of Eyeshadow
Price/ Shade Range As with most things there is a downside to using eyeshadow sticks. In an eyeshadow palette depending on the size, you can get anywhere from two to over 30 different shades. When it comes to eyeshadow sticks, you’re getting one eyeshadow shade for anywhere between 5 and 30 dollars depending on the makeup brand. In addition, the shade range isn’t as great as it is with a palette, for example, the NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencils only come in 14 different shades while some eyeshadow palettes have much more than that for a good price. For this reason, I wanted to work on applying makeup from a palette with a brush.
Eyeshadow is one of the best aspects of makeup in my opinion because you can let your creativity run wild, but it is also one of the hardest aspects of a makeup routine for me. Using an eyeshadow stick helped me test out eyeshadow as a part of my makeup routine in a simple way. I practice more often with eyeshadow palettes these days, but eyeshadow sticks were a huge help to me and I still have a few favorites in my makeup collection. Do you use eyeshadow sticks over eyeshadow palettes or other forms of eyeshadow? Let me know in the comments below