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We definitely love conventional eye shadows, whether it be a novelty, a multi-pan palette with every color you could ever imagine or a simple single shadow that’s the perfect, go-to natural for everyday looks. While we love the versatility and unique packaging these products have to offer, unfortunately, many conventional eyeshadow products just aren’t very on-the-go-friendly. Pan eyeshadows are naturally more susceptible to breakage and they’re often the culprit of major fallout, leaving you stuck with having to start your entire makeup look over from scratch. Eyeshadow palettes have plenty of beauty bonuses to offer, and sure, they may have all of the shades that you need (and probably more than you need) but they’re not exactly portable.
They don’t usually fit comfortably in your tote and they take up ample room in your carry-on luggage, which also means that you run the risk of your pricey palette shattering into pieces—one of the worst beauty tragedies to experience. Of course, you can always just resort to using your lipstick as a DIY eyeshadow, but then you’re compromising color payoff, pigmentation, and versatility. The best solution? A solid and long-wearing eyeshadow stick that you can easily toss in your handbag for touchups and on-the-go fixes. These lightweight, compact, and long-wearing sticks allow for the utmost color payoff in a limited amount of space. Check out our favorite formulas below to test out for yourself.
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1. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Jumbo Eye Pencil
If you like to take risks with your makeup, this is the eyeshadow stick for you. It comes in several highly pigmented shades, including cobalt, purple velvet and strawberry milk. This super blend-able shadow can also be used as a highlighter or eyeliner.
2. Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème to Powder Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick
Put your brushes away—this shadow stick doesn’t require any. You simply glide it across your eyelid to get highly pigmented color and use the sponge on the other end to blend it in. It includes ingredients like Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The eyeshadow comes in so many fun shades, including evergreen, midnight blue and clay.
3. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Eyestudio ColorTattoo Concentrated Crayon
Retouching up your eye makeup can be so irritating, but this product will last through your all-nighter. It glides on easily and then stays put as long as you need to—no touch-ups required. You can get this eyeshadow in cool shades like Audacious Asphalt and Lilac Lust.
4. Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick
Conveniently packaged and on-the-go-friendly, this formula is designed to stay crease-proof and smudge-resistant for up to sixteen offers of high-pigment wear.
5. Glo Skin Beauty Cream Stay Shadow Stick
Featuring a built-in sharpener, this dual-ended eyeshadow stick is the ultimate convenient beauty product for on-the-go makeup. The creamy and blendable formula glides on like a dream, and it stays put for hours upon hours of wear.