We’ve all been there: you need to leave in 15 minutes, there is definitely not enough time for a full face of makeup, but you don’t want to leave barefaced. You’ve done the basic base products but you want something that will make it look like you didn’t get ready in a rush and actually have your shit together. Luckily for you, I have found such a product and even better is that you could feasibly apply whilst walking out of the door.
While I love dolling myself up and lathering on the full coverage foundations, I am also partial to a no makeup-makeup day, or something that takes no longer than five minutes. On those days, my go to has to be eyeshadow sticks. My current favourites are the Rosie for Autograph sticks which M&S Beauty kindly sent me last month. If you’re wondering why they caught my eye in the first place, that would be due to the packaging. Unlike the regular black Autograph packaging the Rosie for Autograph packaging is on a whole new level: it’s beautiful.
The shadow sticks are just a little smaller than a Sharpie in size, so if you do use them on the go you’ll be able to slip this into your bag and it won’t take up too much space. The outer packaging is very ‘blogger’, it’s a lovely rose gold plastic, it’s a very sturdy closure too, so there is no worry about it ending up smushed in your bag. They each also have a plastic stopper on the bottom which tells you which colour you are grabbing – so you won’t end up with pink eyeshadow when you’re hoping for a slightly more muted taupe.
The three shades I have are Movie Star Crush, Feline Fox and Magic&Sparkle. Movie Star Crush is a burnt pink with shimmer running through. To be honest when it’s straight swatched onto your hand it almost looks bronzy, whereas when you blend it out you can see the pink a little more. Feline Fox is a browny bronze shade also with shimmer running through. Once you blend Feline Fox it becomes a lot lighter and slightly warmer in tone. Magic&Sparkle is probably my favourite of the three. In swatches, it looks like a taupey gold, which is beautiful on the eye alone. One you smudge it becomes a much subtler taupe with gold shimmer. All three have a metallic finish which looks gorgeous.
The formula is dreamy; it’s soft, super creamy and blends out with almost no effort at all. You can mix two shades very easily. My favourite combo at the moment is Magic&Sparkle over the lid and Feline Fox along the upper and lower lash line. Smudging out Feline Fox defines the lash line while adding a slightly smoky effect. I often use my finger to blend it as it’s so quick and easy, just be careful to wipe your finger after or the next thing you hold will likely become shimmery.
Longevity wise I was also impressed. They lasted a good 8-hour day worth of wear without too much creasing. There was slight transfer, but this is normal for me due to my slightly hooded eyes, but this was nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a slight finger touch up. I didn’t use an eye primer underneath these, as in my mind, cream shadows should be able to last without. However, if you wanted to make them last longer I’m sure a primer or concealer base wouldn’t hurt.
The shadow sticks retail for only £12.50, which I think is a reasonable price for them. The formula is well worth the cost in my opinion, and you get around 3cm worth of product (there was no indication how many grams so I improvised) which will give you quite a few applications. I just wish they would expand the shade range with some matte shades also, for those who prefer a less shimmery finish.
Trying these shadow sticks has cut my morning makeup routine down in time nicely. If you’re often running late but still like to look put together then these are the products for you. I have also tried the KIKO version, and can say they are a cheaper alternative but the colours do not match the beauty of the M&S ones. I also don’t like to be the one to say it, but these were designed with Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s help, and I don’t know about you, but I would love to look even a little like her. Next time you’re out shopping, I would suggest taking a minute or two to browse the M&S beauty hall, you never know what hidden gems you might find!