I mentioned yesterday that my makeup routine takes me around five minutes, and it does. Some days, I can barely be bothered applying makeup at all, and so a little liquid liner and a bright, bright lipstick is all I do, over a CC cream, or something. On the days when I want a stronger look, I increasingly find myself reaching for eyeshadow sticks, as they’re pretty foolproof, and I am both lazy and a cackhanded muppet.
Here we have ByTerry’s cult favourite Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow sticks in Midnight Forest, a deep, deep blackened green, plus Ombre Mercure, a greyish taupe, and Black Pearl a shimmering softly glittering black.
|Closeup of Ombre Mercure|
I like these because they give a multi-dimensional glow to the eyelids, making it look like you’ve spent a lot more time on your eyeshadow than you actually have done, and, whilst I might be lazy, I don’t want to look sloppy.
Here you can see there are subtle hints of bronze in the green, but the taupe is pretty much a universal shade. I like to use Black Pearl and Midnight Forest as thick liners, applying close to the lashes, then smudging out over the mobile lid. Ombre Mercure I use more as a traditional eyeshadow, and wear with a separate liner.
They’re gloriously smudgy, and blend beautifully, but they do eventually set, and will stay in place most of the day. I do experience some creasing after a particularly long day, but that is easily rectified by just re-blending with a fingertip. You can wear them over primer too, which increases their opacity, and decreases smudging, but I rarely bother.
However, they are glittery, especially Black Pearl. You will end up with glittery lids. I normally abhor glitter – especially on nails for some reason, and bar glitter actually makes me feel a bit sick – but eye crayons like this are about the one thing I’ll make an exception for, convenience trumps sparkle!
byTerry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadows are £29 each and are available from SpaceNK. I am just miffed they never EVER have the purple one in stock whenever I visit …
The Fine Print: Purchases. Look there was a sale on, okay? And I had a voucher. Any rumours that I had to sell a kidney to buy these are completely unfounded.
The Even Finer Print: We’re not featuring full fragrance reviews on Get Lippie at the moment owing to illness – please see The Parosmia Diaries for more.