11 Eyeshadow Sticks That Will Make Smokey Eyes Simple

I’m announcing it: I’m throwing away my eyeshadow palettes ever since I tried about-face’s eyeshadow stick.

Okay, that’s pretty bold and not true. But I AM dead serious when I say I’m investing. 

If a product comes in a stick, I probably have it in my cart, tbh. So when I decided that I didn’t want to use a brush and powder palette one day, I did my research. Turns out eyeshadow sticks are super frickin’ popular! 

I stocked up. And now, I have a collection of sticks in all colors, ranging from neutrals to out-there, notice-me-shades. And it’s so convenient! Just draw it on, buff it out, and you’re good. No need for precision, making it ideal for days when you just need some depth. Swipe and go.

Sound a little too good to be true? I’m promising it’s not. These 11 eyeshadow sticks will give you a smokey eye, a pop of color, or a precise line – it’s up to you!

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about-face shadowstick

Halsey has been #KillingIt with about-face, and our next spotlight is on her Shadowstick. You have the option of a matte or pearly finish in plenty of fun colors, including teal blue, Butterfly-Collection-orange, and Aliens-R-Real-yellow. While many shades are sold out, the ones that are still available are just as fun. Just put one layer on, and you’ll have eyeshadow that lasts for more than 10 hours.

BUY NOW – $10.50


elf no budge shadow stick

elf’s eyeshadow stick is perfect for those who want a lil extra shine to their makeup. The metallic finish is flattering on every lid, and the formula is super clean – you won’t find any of the bad shit here, like parabens and phthalates. Instead, find argan kernel oil to lock in hydration and glycerin to moisturize. The sharpener is convenient, so you can simply twist for more product. It’s crease-proof and long-wearing, so you won’t find a smudge halfway through the night.

BUY NOW – $5


nyx cosmetics eyeshadow pencil

Yes, it’s less than $5. No, it’s not shoddy quality. Instead, this insanely affordable and gorgeous eyeshadow stick is cruelty-free, one of their cult favorites, and super gorgeous. Coming in 15 shades, you’re bound to find a color that is flattering and/or fun; so, if you aren’t feeling purple or pink, consider pulling out a beige or chocolate brown for a subtle-yet-sexy emphasis on your eyes.

BUY NOW – $5.50

11th Hour Cream Eyeshadow Sticks

11th Hour Cream Eyeshadow Sticks

Give yourself a smokey eye with these eyeshadow sticks. They go on creamy, perfect for smudging and rubbing; they then dry down and stay put until you take makeup remover to them. Filled with natural ingredients to make the formula nourishing – including jojoba oil, which softens and seals – the waterproof eye-shadow-liner combo will indeed last you until… the eleventh hour. (Are you surprised I went there? Do you know me?)

BUY NOW – $24.99

24/7 Shadow Stick

24/7 shadow stick from urban decay

Urban Decay is iconic. Period. And if you’re iconic, you need to have an eyeshadow stick, right? While many brands miss that point, Urban Decay has created an eyeshadow stick that is bold, bright, and beautiful. Pick from colors such as deep green Mildew (pictured), shimmery champagne Pop Off, or the jewel-tone LSD — all will give you eyes to die for. One stellar ingredient you won’t find in many other shadow sticks (if any, pls fact check me on this): caffeine, which helps to revitalize tired eyes and reduce puffiness. Love that for you (and me. Yeah, especially me). 

BUY NOW – $26

Sephora Colorful® Waterproof Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Multi-Stick

shimmery soft thistle purple multiuse eyeshadow stick from sephora

Mul-ti-use! Mul-ti-use! We can’t cheer for it enough over here at QUILL, because why use multiple products when one can do it all? Sephora combines eyeliner and eyeshadow in this stick, which is creamy; long-wearing; totally clean; and humidity, water, and heat resistant. Basically: put on any color, like shimmery Soft Thistle purple (pictured) or matte dark brown or glittery beige, and then go about your daily biz without worrying about melting or smearing. There are two standard sizes in blue and copper, but we recommend the jumbo sizes for efficiency (and color options!).

BUY NOW – $14

Caviar Stick Eye Shadow

caviar eyeshadow stick from laura mercier

Why the name Caviar? I’m sure I could find the reason if I googled it, but I’d like to think it’s because this eyeshadow stick is a delicacy. Laura Mercier certainly did the work to make it one: with 25 color options (currently 24 — shimmering plum rose is sold out) in shimmer, matte, and metallic (pictured) finishes — and all of which are transfer-proof and crease-resistant — you’re basically wearing the caviar of eyeshadow sticks when you swipe one on. The product is dermatologist-tested as well, so you can trust that it won’t totally f*ck up the sensitive skin around your eyes. 

BUY NOW – $32

Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick

kiko milano eyeshadow stick

I’m not gonna lie, I’m kinda fond of this brand because their name was a Neopet. On a more serious note, Kiko has created an eyeshadow stick that lasts a long time and comes in plenty of shades and finishes. Whether you’re a fan of deep, matte brown, or an in-your-face, glittering rose, you’ll find a shade and finish you like in this collection. And if you’re feeling adventurous, the formula is creamy enough to blend multiple shades together.

BUY NOW – $10.99


nudestix magnetic eye color eyeshadow stick

NudeStix doesn’t just offer nudes – they fully believe in brights as well! The Magnetic Eye Color is just like a magnet: when it’s on your lid, it doesn’t fade or smudge. You can thank the fact that it’s multiuse; the Matte is a 3-in-1 (aka a primer, eyeshadow, and eyeliner pencil), while the Luminous (which is a satin finish) is a 4-in-1 – aka an eyelid primer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and highlighter. The shadow stick lasts for up to 11 hours and is clean, vegan, and cruelty-free. Bonus: it comes with a sharpener, so you don’t have to dig around for one.

BUY NOW – $26

101 Crème to Powder Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick

julep 101 eyeshadow stick

Julep’s eyeshadow stick is rooted in neutrals, all of which feature a light shimmer. If you’re wanting to add a little attitude, they have subtle evergreen and mauve, which are noticeable but won’t steal the show from the rest of your face. It also comes with a sponge on the opposite side to help diffuse and blend. I do have one bone to pick: there is only one deep brown shade, so is there really a “nude” for those with darker skin? It has high ratings and gorgeous shades, but don’t rely on this for a true nude if you’re not porcelain.

BUY NOW – $15


cheekbone sustain eyeshadow pencil

Cheekbone’s founders have Indigenous roots, so they incorporate their heritage into their products. This is brought to the forefront in their sustainability measures – they vow to be as green as possible when creating their products. Their Sustain Eyeshadow Pencil comes in two nudes and three exciting shades, including cobalt blue and seafoam green. Blend out for a smokey look, or line for a defined, precise look.

BUY NOW – $20

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