Every product I’ve tried from this brand, I’ve loved. I was overjoyed when these beauties landed tame doorstep - the Balm Batter Up Long Wearing Cream Eyeshadow Sticks! I’ve been trying them out for the past few days, so keep reading for my full review with swatches!
The packaging is lovely, the usual fun colourful theBalm kind of packaging. I especially like that the lids actually ‘click’ shut - so you know the eyeshadow sticks won’t dry out. I’ve had that happen before with much more expensive products! The lids are represent the shade colours, another very useful thing that most brands don’t do! I don’t know why! Who has the time to read the shade names or open the lids to see the shade every morning?! The packaging for these are winners for me.
Now on to the actual product, the formula is super creamy and glides on like butter. I know, I know - overused description, but honestly not sure what else can describe it so well. Really soft and creamy formula that blend really well on the skin. They do set, so I’d recommend working quite fast with them. They blend really well either with your finger or using a brush, I’ve been using my Real Techniques eyeshadow dome brush to blend and it has worked perfectly. They blend really well with each other too, when layering them. I surprised by this, although the shadow below had set, the top layer shadow still blended well with the existing one; if that makes sense!
I’ve tried the eyeshadow sticks with and without primer. Although primer does prolong the life of the shadow by a couple of hours, the shadow sticks themselves are really long wearing. I have the oiliest eye lids known to man, and they’ve lasted 4-5 hours without creasing. That’s pretty impressive - considering most cream eyeshadows crease on me within the hour! I’d say these are pretty comparable to the famous By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Sticks, at almost half the price, these have come pretty close to the kind of longevity By Terry offers.
The cream eyeshadow sticks are highly pigmented and one swipe is completely opaque, as seen on the swatches. If you want a light wash, you can lightly dab the shadow directly on your lid and blend with your fingers. I love the vibrancy of the shades even without a primer! The shade range of the eyeshadow sticks are decent too.
There are eight shades (left to right):
Night Game - Shimmering Black
Outfield - Mossy Green
Slugger - Rich Plum
Pinch Hitter - Lavender Taupe (similar to By Terry Eyeshadow Stick in Misty Rock!)
Dugout - Chocolate Brown
Shutout - Cool Bronze
Curveball - Light Copper
Moonshot - Cool Champagne
I’m pretty obsessed with these right now, if I’m honest. Really enjoying using them as they’re so easy to use. For once, I’m not constantly checking if they’ve creased either! My favourite shades has to be Slugger, Outfield, Shutout and Curveball. I go in with a lighter shade on the inner half of my lids and blend the darker shade on the outer half and voila! Yu can do this for day or night looks depending on how much you actually apply - for a night look, I apply couple of extra layers to deepen the colour and I’m done! Obsessed, I tell you!
What do you think of theBalm Batter Up Cream Eyeshadow Sticks? Which are your favourite cream eyeshadow products? Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!