No 7, Shade and Define, Cool Mink, Coffee Bean,

Just lately I have been using 3 eyeshadow sticks, which I have been loving. At £17 Clinique's Ample Amber is more expensive than No 7's Stay Perfect Shade and Define range, however the quality and lasting power is on par. I must say I am very impressed with No 7.  I am not the worlds best eyeshadow applier, I am more of a slap-dash and hope for the best kinda girl.  

These do the work for you! I sweep 2-3 coats over the eyelid just to provide a wash of colour and then use my trusty MAC 217 brush to blend all the edges. Also ideal to smudge along the lash line. These sticks are well-worth their purse-friendly price. 

Highly pigmented and beautiful to blend. Using an eye shadow primer they will last all day, if not then around 5 hours. Creasing is fairly limited.

My top picks are Coffee Bean. A rich (as the name suggests) brown coffee colour and Cool Mink, a taupe colour. Perfect for those minimal makeup days. 


No 7's shade range is limited, I was hunting for a bronze-toned stick, however could not find one, so headed to Clinique. Ample Amber is a warm-toned, rich russet. Perfect to enhance blue eyes. Easy to blend, creamy and lasts ages. I tend to smudge this along the lower lash line and it looks great with lashings of black mascara.

By Terry's Ombre Blackstar's are very tempting, especially Bronze Moon and Misty Rock. However is there really any need to buy them when No 7's line does such a great job? 

Hell, you could buy 3 of these and have a fivers change.  Would I REALLY notice any difference?  I may think differently if I actually tried one. Curiosity may get the better of me, but for now I am very happy with the budget option.

*Note: Since writing this I did splurge in Space NK and curiosity did in fact get the better of  me.  That's 2 to add to the stick collection.