The e.l.f. display at my local Superdrug is tucked right at the back of the store and I often forget that it’s even there. I have tried a few e.l.f. products including their baked highlighters, primers and eyebrow pencils and have really impressed with their performance so far. I’m a huge fan of the Kiko Milano Eyeshadow Sticks but have almost run them down to their nib and have been searching for an alternative. Creamy stick eyeshadows are this lazy girl’s best friend as they’re such an easy and fuss-free way to add a little bit of glam to my look when I’m in a rush.
I have three shades: Rose Gold, Perfect Pearl and Bronze Metal. The e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Sticks come in a box and are encased in a matte black stick with a twist up top. It wasn’t until I’d finished taking my photos that I realised the base actually unscrews to reveal a plastic sharpener that allows you to sharpen the tip to use as an eyeliner. The eyeshadow is very soft and almost melts on to your eye. As you can tell from the swatches below, the pigmentation is impressive although Perfect Pearl is sheerer but looks stunning as an inner corner highlight or topper. What’s most impressive is their longevity. I originally swatched these in store and it wasn’t until I tried to wipe them off the back of my hand that they truly grabbed my attention.
When applying these as an eyeliner or all over the lid, either with your fingertips or directly with the stick applicator, you need to blend very quickly before they set. The long-lasting formula is smudge-proof, smear-proof and crease-proof. It seriously does not move. The blinding metallic finish doesn’t fade either and there’s no sign or any glittery fallout.