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Although we might be suckers for eyeshadow (we own way more than we care to admit), we can’t say we love the lack of portability of a palette. Besides the obvious factor that most palettes simply won’t fit in a standard handbag, you have to worry about packing the right brush to use not to mention our personal biggest fear, the possibility of accidental openings and spills. And if you only bring single color pots to cut down on space, you’re vastly constricting your color options. And what kind of life is that? So when we’re in a real space bind—but don’t want to sacrifice color payoff—we turn to eyeshadow sticks. These handy products are petite, totable, and offer maximum amount of color in a minimal amount of space. For all your shadow needs, here are five of our faves to toss in your purse right now.
MILK Makeup Shadow Liner ($26, milkmakeup.com)
This might be a new kid on the block when it comes to the beauty world, but the Shadow Liner from MILK is already becoming a staple in our book. Thanks to its chiseled tip, this stick is perfect for applying a super bold layer of color as well as a slim, artistic line. Talk about double duty!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($29, sephora.com)
There’s nothing quite like an old favorite, and no doubt this cream shadow stick from Bobbi Brown is a classic go-to. Its smooth formula, rounded tip, and lasting power has made this a cult (and Daily Makeover editor) fave!
Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Shadow Stick ($27, charlottetilbury.com)
When Charlotte Tilbury launches a product, we take note. This shadow stick from the British makeup maven is a must for anyone looking to layer on the bold color. With eight highly pigmented colors to choose from, there’s a gemstone-sparkle stick ideal for every skin tone. We’re partial to this Amber Haze hue for a fresh take on a bronzed smokey eye.
Flower Beauty Eyes on the Prize Eyeshadow Chubby ($8, walmart.com)
This might be the stick with the biggest bang for your buck. For under $10, this chubby has massive color payoff worthy of any department store find. Blend with the crayon or your finger to create a gradient effect.
Mally Beauty Ever Color Eyeshadow Stick ($25, ulta.com)
Perfect for an eyeliner or shadow, this shimmer stick from Mally is a must for anyone looking for a stick that lasts. The formula is smooth and blendable (hello perfect smokey eye!) yet lasts without creasing or clumping.