When I watch videos about using long-wear eye shadow sticks-youtubers drawing on big smudgy blobs of color to blend out to big smokey eyes, or drawn on to precise sharp wings…
I think, I can do that.
I don’t use a lot of quotation marks here.
As always, I answer the siren call of obsession with a product when I become convinced I NEED IT NOW!
Such is the case in my collection of Bobbi Brown eye shadow cream pots and sticks.
Ditto with my Laura Mercier eye shadow sticks.
Love them both on you tubers, but they feel like dragging a rubber eraser along my eyelid.
In the ripe age of approaching the next decade mark, I’m thinking a lot about the texture of products I put on my eyes.
I recently consulted with the Nords Fresh counter manager and he suggested it might be that my eye shadow was drying out my lids.
I have quite a collection of powder eye shadow palettes.
It makes sense that if you put powder on to keep dry in the summer, than powder would dry out your skin on your eyelids. Duh.
He suggested one of my fave brands-Nars eye shadow stick in Goddess, a peachy, rose gold color which can be worn alone or as a primer.
I received it a few weeks later in the mail.
Excited to use it-I compared it to my Laura shadows. Somewhat softer, but still felt a little draggy.
My heart is always searching.
So I wandered into Saks and I’ve always loved the By Terry hand cream….
Wanting to buy and needing nothing….scary.
The salesgirl was actually from the La Mer counter but she spoke highly of By Terry products.
I took out the eye shadow stick and glided it on my hand and I couldn’t believe how creamy and soft it was….sigh. But, I just bought the Nars version and thought the color was really close.
Bought it anyway and came home and compared colors-not the same.
However, the By Terry shadow stick is waaaaaaay softer.
Kirsten’s glide rating of shadow sticks:
Bobbi Brown-like dragging a rubber eraser across your eyelids.
Laura Mercies-Like dragging a softer eraser, but somehow feels abrasive-like the glitter particles are scratching my eye.
Nars-Better slide, but I can’t help but wonder if the product was old and maybe dried out?
By Terry-soft like sliding whipped cream on your eyelid.
Price wise, the By Terry product is the most expensive, but it’s cheaper than plastic surgery.
The other lesson learned? Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much of sale another line might offer, the product will drive the purchase when the benefit outweighs price rationalization.