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The eyeshadow stix come in a gold cylinder similar to the Arabian glow eyeliner except the cylinder is shorter and wider. At the end of the cylinder it says the name of the colour inside. When you take off the lid one side has the powder which almost looks like it should be a lipstick. But is actually the eye shadow powder pressed together I think this idea is great as it is all compact and the stix can fit easily into your handbag and make up bag on a night out. It also stops the eye shadow from breaking as quite often mine do when there in my make up bag. Now onto applying the eye shadow all you do is sweep the eye shadow across where you normally put your eye shadow and there you are it's done. It's similar to drawing it on with a pen so is quite simple to do. I found the eye shadow went on quite well but when I wore it on a night out by the end of the night it had all nearly come off. Another negative thing is when you are putting the eye shadow on you can't really do any fine detail as the end bit is quite thick so looks more like you have just shoved it on rather then taken time to do it. I brought mine for a promotional price a while ago and to be honest I probably wouldn't pay the five pound it costs now. The colours that I have are sea blue, intense bronze and emerald but I noticed on the site there isn't a bronze anymore. I have to admit I do love the colours there nice and bright and cheerful and great for the summer. I sometimes wear them with the Arabian glow eyeliner and they look quite good as the colours are similar but lighter so show up well. When I saw the eye shadow in the Avon catalogue I have to admit it looked wow but now I've got it I wouldn't say it is as good as it looked.
I've rambled before about my journey towards using Avon products, so I won't bore you with the full version again. Cut short, it goes a little like this: I love make-up --> good friend became Avon representative --> I was very excited about her becoming an Avon representative --> I have started to spend a lot more than is sensible on make-up. Ok, now that's out of the way... Arabian Glow Shadow Stix really appealed to me because I'm sick of buying lovely expensive eyeshadows, only to have them break up in my bag and cover everything in beautifully coloured powder for months to come. It's easy to understand, then, why solid eyeshadow that came in a foolproof looking pen arrangement might suit my travelling make-up collection slightly better than one in a compact. Excited at the prospect of a handbag free of eyeshadow frosting, I decided to order two of the beauties - one in green and one in blue. When I first tried these on, I was fairly impressed - they're ultra portable, and application isn't too much of a headache when you first use them - just draw the eyeshadow wherever you want to put it (I tend to favour my eyelids, but whatever floats your boat really). It takes a little bit of doing to build up the colour, but eventually you will be left with nicely eyeshadowed lids, ready for your eye make-up to be finished off. The next time I gave them a whirl, I was wearing foundation, which I always apply all over my face - including my eyelids. This is never a problem with normal eyeshadows, so it didn't occur to be to be concerned about this one. I apply the foundation on the lids in the first place as it evens out the skintone around my eye area (which I think a lot of us like to do), and also because it usually helps to give eye make-up a base. Expecting application to be a breeze again, I cracked open my Shadow Stix and set about drawing it on. It didn't take me long to realise that the colour just wasn't coming out very well. Well, to be more accurate, it was barely coming out at all. Confused, I tried the Shadow Stix on my hand - it still wasn't coming out very well. Considering it's actually just a stick of pressed powder eyeshadow, I was confused, and took a closer look. It turns out that if you apply this over your foundation, the stick picks up a layer of foundation, which then sits inpenetrably over the top of the eyeshadow, stopping it from working properly. This can be overcome by drawing whilst applying loads of pressure on your hand, but as soon as you take the stick back to somewhere with foundation on it (like, er, your eyes), the same problem happens within about two seconds. I think the product is inherently flawed - to work as a stick, instead of a compact, it makes sense that it needs to be quite hard - so it doesn't break up when you're using it. But at the same time, because it's so hard, it doesn't dispense much eyeshadow and it picks up your foundation to seal the eyeshadow in. Not very impressive. Now I have the evil foundation layer over the top of both of these, even when I've managed to get that off on my hand, I seem to have to push harder when I'm trying to apply to my eyelids. Obviously, prodding your eyes really hard with a solid stick isn't a particularly pleasant thing to be doing. Because you have to press so hard to get a result, the product drags on the eyelids and has been known to leave mine red and irritated - this is a sensitive area, Avon! Why make us mistreat it?! All in all, I'm pretty unimpressed with these. I'll be sticking to softer sticks or regular compact eyeshadows in the future. These were a nice idea, but very badly executed. Avon Arabian Glow Shadow Stix look as pictured above. They cost £5 but can usually be found on special offer - at the moment, Avon are offering 2 for £8.
Powder glides on with one sweep of the brush /