On the subject of my most reached for eyeshadow sticks, it is nearly at all times a cross between my previous City Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Juju, the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks and my MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow and Aqua Matic sticks. Juju is now all the way down to the scale of the tip of my pinky and since UD discontinued their chubby eyeshadow pencils, I have not been reaching for this final bit because the product is beginning to get tough to work with which leaves me with LM and MUFE. I like each, however the MUFE pencils have edged out LM as a result of the formulation fits my eyelids higher. MUFE has gone by way of quite a few product upgrades and adjustments over the past 5 years with a lot of the adjustments leading to some lovely formulation so was that the case with the brand new Aqua Resist Smoky Shadow Sticks?
This can be a vegan formulated, 3-in-1 product that can be utilized as an throughout eyeshadow, kohl or liner that’s powerful sufficient to final within the waterline or the lid for as much as 24 hours. This formulation is claimed to be transfer-proof, smudge-proof and waterproof and although I’ve by no means had the posh of carrying make up for that size of time, if my eyeshadow can look first rate after 12 hours I am fairly completely happy!
There are 11 shades every coming with their very own sharpener on the again. I’ve performed with these eyeshadow sticks just a few alternative ways. The primary method was what I name “the lazy method” which is actually my favorite methodology of making use of eyeshadow as I begin feeling overwhelmed as soon as extra and extra brushes of various sizes become involved. The formulation itself may be very clean and glides very simply over the eyelid. I’ve seen some evaluations of individuals saying that the formulation is just too waxy, but when I am utilizing only one shade I do not thoughts. I simply use my finger to pat and clean out the sides and all is sweet. The formulation begins to get difficult after I need to mix a number of shades of Aqua Resist as a result of the “resist” half will get actual! For the make-up look under, I used the shade “Jungle” to create a smoky look and needed to work FAST and then mix fairly aggressively with a brush.
Utilizing this to line my waterline and lash line has been good because the pointed pencil tip makes it simple to be exact. That is one thing I admire in regards to the Aqua Resist vs the earlier iterations which had been a bit extra on the chubby facet and as somebody with a smaller eye form, going too thick could be overpowering.
What I’ve discovered works finest is to make use of the shadow sticks throughout and if I need to smoke out my eyeshadow look, to make use of a powdered shadow just like the Artist Shadows and a brush because the waxy floor provides a pleasant stickiness for issues to stick to.
I photographed the swatches in each pure and synthetic gentle, however you’ll be able to see that the extra shimmery lighter shades are barely detectable on my pores and skin. It was the same concern to after I utilized these on my eyes and I used to be a bit upset that I did not get extra depth like what I’d get with the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. At the same time as an inside nook spotlight, I felt just like the final two shades Desert and Peony fell in need of bringing some shine to my eyes. Maybe it is because this can be a vegan formulation?
The shades Jungle, Copper and Photo voltaic had been nice and very pigmented and although Quartz is nearly the identical shade as my pores and skin when utilized onto the lid, it has been a simple go-to within the mornings for a pure eye look. I simply add a tiny little bit of a darkish brown eyeshadow to smoke issues out and I look put collectively in a pinch!
Right here I’m carrying Copper everywhere in the lid and alongside the lash line and Jungle on the outer V.
Closing verdict: Whether or not I used primer or not, these shadows appear to carry up for a similar period of time which is round 7-Eight hour mark on my eyes. Round this time is the place I begin to see the color depth fade, however fortunately doesn’t get patchy and nonetheless appears first rate sufficient to exit after work. I’d say yay to the darker shades, however nay to the lighter shades as they did not have the color payoff or depth I’d have anticipated from a water-proof eyeshadow stick like this one. I’ll decide up one other shade or two in darker tones to see how these are as I’ve a sense they are going to dwell as much as my expectations of depth!
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