#1 Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess, $44
Simone: The eyeshadow has a slight metallic finish and glides on smoothly. But I had to work fast – once it set on my skin, it stayed put. As the day wore on, the highly pigmented formula smeared a little on my oily eyelids; it took more time to remove.
Larry: The creamy formula is easy to apply and works great for drier skin.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sugar Frost, $46
Simone: The durable, buttery formula lasted all day. It left a metallic sheen that brightened up my eye area instantly. But when I tried to blend it to reduce the colour intensity, it became a little patchy.
Larry: It glides on smoothly, comes in a great selection of colours, and suits most skin tones.
Sisley Phyto Eye Twist in #5 Lagoon, $58
Simone: It had a silky texture with wonderful colour payoff. I found it easy to blend and layer on for a more dramatic look. The colour wasn’t patchy at all.
Larry: I like the wide range of vibrant colours in a formula that sets well on the skin, and lasts the whole day.
Shu Uemura Drawing Crayon in M Soft Brown, $38
Simone: The colour is moderately pigmented and leaves a frosty sheen. It was super easy to blend, whereupon it looked more sheer. The formula doesn’t set as quickly, giving you time to correct mistakes.
Larry: This went on superbly without dragging on skin, and stayed on for a long period without smudging.
Eyeko Me & My Shadow Waterproof Shadow Liner in Topaz, $25
Simone: This comes with cream shadow on one end and a soft brush on the other for blending. It goes on smoothly and leaves a slight metallic finish.
Larry: The creamiest of the lot, it glided on smoothly, didn’t tug on skin, and had good holding power.
This article was first published in Simply Her February 2016.