12 Foolproof Eyeshadow Sticks for When You Can't Deal With Powder

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It's no secret that shimmery eyeshadow or a perfectly executed smoky eye can take your run-of-the-mill going-out makeup to new, head-turning heights. (If you need some inspiration, may we suggest these five looks?) But sometimes, we just aren't feeling up to the extra time and effort it takes to get out our eyeshadow brushes, devise the perfect shadow combo, and apply. That's when we turn to our trusty eyeshadow sticks. Much like our favorite beauty hacks, they simplify our beauty routines while delivering flawless results. In fact, after experiencing the time-saving bliss of these easy-to-use sticks, you may never go back to traditional powder again.

Don't believe us? Read on to discover a dozen of our favorite eyeshadow sticks that just might revolutionize your makeup routine.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick $30

Bobbi Brown's suggestion to "just swipe and go" with this cream shadow stick is music to our ears. The stick's budge-proof formula will stay put for up to eight hours of wear without creasing or fading. Swipe it all over the lid, blend with your finger, and you're good to go. 

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow
Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow $28

We're on a mission to try all seven shades of this shimmer-finish shadow. The smooth, buildable formula can be used all over the lid or mixed with other shades if you're feeling creative. It's infused with soothing Alpine snow water from the Swiss Alps, which hydrates lids while you wear it.

Nyx Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil
NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil $5

The silky application of this eye pencil is extra impressive considering its price point. It comes in 12 complementary shades that work for both day and night and don't get dry or cakey in the process. "Very creamy and pigmented. Stays all day," one Ulta buyer shares. 

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencil $27

Each one of the eight shades is customized to complement different eye colors. Once applied, the shadow is completely waterproof and proven to last up to 10 hours. In fact, it has such staying power that the brand recommends blending it quickly once you apply. Otherwise, you won't be able to get it to budge.

Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner
Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner $14

This shadow-liner hybrid from Sephora Collection caught our eye thanks to its shade range of 30 different matte, glitter, and shimmer shadows. The highly pigmented formula is designed to resist heat, water, and humidity so that it lasts for 12 hours. It's also ultra-creamy to allow for easy blending with your fingers. 

Shiseido Kajal Ink Artist Shadow, Liner, Brow
Shiseido Kajal Ink Artist Shadow, Liner, Brow $25

A four-in-one liner, kajal, eyeshadow, and brow color, this product from Shiseido is ready to meet your every need. It glides on easily for weightless coverage that is smudge-proof, crease-proof, and waterproof. Use the sponge blender for an extra-smoky effect. 

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick
Nars Velvet Shadow Stick $29

As the name implies, this shadow stick applies with an ultra-smooth consistency. It blends easily but sets in seconds to ensure that the shadow won't move or smudge throughout the day. The formula also contains a unique blend of ingredients that are proven to slow the signs of aging. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes $19

Available in 10 different shades, this lightweight shadow provides buildable, creamy coverage. Simply dab it on your lids and then blend it upward and outward with your fingertips, and build until you reach your desired effect. One Nordstrom buyer raves, "Creamy, even coverage. Color is subtle and can build for intensity. Portable and so convenient for on-the-go touch-ups." We're sold. 

Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon
Maybelline Eyestudio ColorTattoo Concentrated Crayon $7

The vibrant shades of this eyeshadow crayon are perfect for a night out. They're highly pigmented to deliver a bold, shimmery finish. Sweep all over your lids, then blend with your fingertip to create a polished eye look. 

Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème to Powder Eyeshadow Stick
Julep Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick $14

A unique crème-to-powder formula sets this shadow from Julep apart. After you apply and blend, it will set and dry into a powder that's waterproof and long-lasting. Plus, it's infused with vitamin E to soothe your delicate lids. 

Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color $26

Nudestix, a line of products built off of the ease of having one handy tool that need only be blended with your fingers, is pretty much expected to make incredible eyeshadow sticks—and that it has. The brand's eyeshadows are easy to blend, a cinch to sharpen (like butter), and don't crease in the slightest. 

E.l.f. Cosmetics No Budge Metallic Eyeshadow Stick
e.l.f. Cosmetics No Budge Shadow Stick $4

The metallic shade offerings of this eyeshadow stick are mesmerizing. Each stick includes a built-in sharpener so you can ensure that you achieve your desired level of precision. Pro tip: In addition to using it on your eyelids, try using the rose-gold shade as a creamy highlighter. 

FYI: These eyeshadow brushes will make it look like a celebrity MUA did your face beat

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