Monday, 23 March 2015

Drugstore Dupe // Shadow Stick Edition

No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define shadow stick swatches from left to right – Cool Mink, Velvet Truffle, Black Shimmer, Gunmetal Grey, Coffee Bean, Deep Purple, Pink Pearl, Glistening Ray

Today I am bringing you a post that will hopefully be the start of a new series called Drugstore Dupes. I won’t do this type of post every week because I want to wait until I find things that are truly worth writing about, but when I find the next spectacular lipstick or mascara in the aisles of Boots you will be the first to know. I'm not normally very good at saving money but I do have a skill in finding inexpensive makeup bits that are just as good (if not better) than their counterparts four times the price. Let’s kick off the series with my most recent discovery in the eyeshadow stick world...

So you probably remember the lip crayon craze a few years ago when every brand was bringing them out. They were so well loved due to their ease of application and since then we have seen most types of makeup released in crayon form, including contour, blush and eyeshadow. I am the first to admit that applying beautiful eyeshadow is not a skill that I possess – more often than not I end up looking like a raccoon when attempting a smoky eye. Eyeshadow sticks have been my saving grace on this front as they are almost impossible to mess up. Trust me on this one because if I can use them, so can you! I first encountered shadow sticks when a lovely lady in Space NK tried the beautiful By Terry Ombre Blackstar stick in Misty Rock on me. I was amazed that it took less than a minute to apply but the effect that it gave looked just like she had spent half an hour perfecting my eye makeup. I was hooked.

Although I fell in love with the By Terry offering, I couldn’t bring myself to part with £29 for an eyeshadow crayon so I made it my mission to find a drugstore dupe. I struck gold with the No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define shadow sticks which were the first ones that I tried. I won't lie, I was drawn to these ones because of the £3 off No7 makeup voucher that I had (Boots are currently giving out these vouchers if you spend £4 or more and the vouchers are valid until the 29th March in case you are interested!) which made them a total bargain at £5 each. Initially I just picked up the shade Coffee Bean to test it out but after the first application I knew it was love so I went back and purchased Cool Mink too. These are the only colours that I own so far but I went into Boots to swatch all the shades for the picture above so you guys can see the full range! Glistening Ray is next on my hit list (lid list?).

The versatility of these sticks is incredible, I like to draw Cool Mink all over my lid and blend it out with my finger or a brush for beautiful shimmery look and I use Coffee Bean smudged into my lower and upper lash lines for definition. You can also use them together because they blend very smoothly, just make sure you work quickly when you first apply them because they do not budge after they have set. Even with my oily eyelids! I just hope that No7 bring out more shades in this range, I would love to see a bronzey brown and I could even be tempted to embrace colourful eyeshadows if they brought out an olive or a bright blue for summer. If these sound like your kind of thing, go and swatch a few shades or ask the lovely No7 ladies to try them on you - you will be amazed that they still look perfect by the end of the day!

*Even though I work for Boots, this post is not sponsored at all. My employers don't even know that I write a blog!*


  1. Hi there! I nominated you for the Liebster Award; all the information you need is in this post:
    Louisa xx

    1. Sorry I have just seen this! Thank you so much for the nomination, I have already done the award but I really appreciate it :) xxx


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