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15 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. 

As we all know, I love the concept of a good stick. If it 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 15 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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Universal Crayon

fluide universal crayon for eyes, lips, and cheeks

Surprise, it’s Fluide again! Okay, so there’s no surprise here, but for good reason. Fluide’s Universal Crayon looks good on everyone, and it’s a multi-use product – you can place it on your lips, your cheeks, and your lids for a monochromatic look. With four shades ranging from the translucent white Celestial to the fiery orange Aunty Gravity, you’ll have the flattering shade you desire in the form of an eyeshadow stick.

BUY NOW – $12

11th hour – Cream eyeshadow & liner stick

alleyoop 11th hour cream eyeliner and eyeshadow stick

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


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 – $21

Shadow Crayon

trestique blue eyeshadow 2-in-1 zero-wste shadow crayon

Is it a trestique product if it doesn’t do double duty? Or if it’s not zero-waste? Didn’t think so. Their Eyeshadow Crayon is cruelty-free, clean (no gluten, parabens, or phthalates here), vegan, and PETA-certified… but that just isn’t enough for trestique. So, the crayon is also 100% recyclable and refillable. The product itself is straightforward: use the crayon side to draw on the lid, and the opposite side’s sponge to diffuse. Efficiency? We love to see it.

BUY NOW – $24


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 16 shades (currently 15 – Milk, aka white, is out), you’re bound to find a shade 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 – $4.50

Visionary Eye Shadow Stick

twenty twenty makeup visionary eyeshadow stick

This eyeshadow stick comes in three colors, but that’s honestly all you need for a striking gaze. Coming in shimmery rose, deep brown, and camel, the neutrals are taken up a notch with a creamy formula that glides along the lids effortlessly. The formula has argan kernel oil to hydrate, while also featuring castor oil to help reduce puffiness and general inflammation. Your eyes will light up in the best way.

BUY NOW – $22

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, glittering forest green or an in-your-face electric blue, you’ll love these Extreme Hold Eyeshadow Sticks. And if you’re feeling adventurous, the formula is creamy enough to blend multiple shades together.

BUY NOW – $9.50


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

Dazzle Vegan Eyeshadow Stick

kvd beauty dazzle eyeshadow stick

It’s truly dazzling, is it not? This eyeshadow stick comes in four can’t-miss colors and finishes. If you’re looking to go big or go home, I can guarantee that you won’t be heading back to your house in defeat when wearing these vegan eyeshadow sticks. Surprisingly, the base is water; this doesn’t mean your eyeshadow will run down your eyes, though. It’s highly-pigmented and will stick around once it evaporates, making it perfect for nights out.

BUY NOW – $22


beauty pie wondercolour eyeshadow stick

I personally love the lavender color from Beauty Pie, but other pigments – like purple-toned bronze and a glittery bright orange – also look gorg against any eye color. Made in Italy, the Wondercolour eyeshadow stick is long-lasting, staying on for up to 8 hours without a single crease, flake, or fade. Finally, it’s water-resistant, meaning it won’t melt when you’re caught in the rain but will come off with a swipe of a makeup removing wipe.

BUY NOW – $30

Metallic Shadow Stick

girlactik metallic shadow stick

Reviewers with oily skin are saying this shadow stick is the holy grail, and understandably – it prides itself on being long-wearing and crease-resistant, while also using a creamy formula that easily glides on. The eight shades are all loud and proud; for an extra bold look, press on a topper that gives you shine. With five stars out of 119 reviews (and only four receiving less than top marks), you can trust that this stick is the real deal.

BUY NOW – $20

Eyelusive Eyeshadow Pencil

nanacoco eyelusive eyeshadow pencil

Nanacoco prides their Eyelusive Eyeshadow Pencil on being a 3-in-1. First and foremost: it’s an eyeshadow stick, with six neutral shades (including a gorgeous rose) that have a slight shimmer. It also works as a primer, prepping your lids for the strong pigment, and a highlighter to use for your brows, inner eyes, and cheek bones. In one little stick, you have an entire strobed face of makeup.

BUY NOW – $8


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

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

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