Let me tell you a secret. I’m lazy as hell about makeup. I love lipstick as it’s minimal effort for maximum impact. Beyond liquid liner which I can do in my sleep, I find eye makeup takes up valuable time that could be better spent sleeping. Eyeshadow involves brushes, blending, creasing this, blend that. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Recently thanks to allergy issues, I couldn’t wear anything on my lips for weeks on end so was forced to make more of an effort with the rest of my face. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I rediscovered ILIA Silken Shadow Sticks, which were one of the ILIA launches I got a sneak peek of last year when I met the founder Sasha Plavsic.
SWATCHES OF ILIA SILKEN SHADOW STICK
The ILIA silken shadow sticks glide on for a gorgeous wash of colour which can be built up. You need to see the colours on skin to really appreciate them and how beautifully they catch the light. What I love about them is how multidimensional the colours look on the skin. Like you’ve spent years blending several colours when in reality you’ve swiped one on, dabbed your finger and you’re done in 60 seconds.
- And She Was – a champagne white gold
- Next To You – a rose gold
- In Between Days – an old gold
- Age of Consent – a burnished almost duochrome bronze
- Take On Me – autumn red leaves meets rust
- You Spin Me Round – shimmery gunmetal grey
Feel free to hum – they are all 80’s songs!
I use a translucent powder as a primer then apply the eyeshadows and have had no or very minimal creasing. They don’t set immediately so you have time to blend. If you have very oily eyelids then I’m not sure if these would work for you, especially as coconut oil is the first ingredient.
Be aware that these eyeshadows are not super long lasting. After a couple of hours the colour starts to melt in to skin so you need to add more if you want the same colour impact. To prolong wear, I use these on top of a powder eyeshadow. Ingredients wise the ILIA silken shadow sticks are a mix of organic ingredients, clean synthetics and all vegan-friendly.
DAYTIME LOOK WITH TAKE ON ME, ILIA SILKEN SHADOW STICK
Though on my arm it looks very red, on my face it works with my brown skin and golden undertones to be a gorgeous rose tinged copper.
EVENING LOOK WITH YOU SPIN ME ROUND, ILIA SILKEN SHADOW STICK
I very rarely do a smokey eye. ‘You Spin Me Round’ makes it super easy and I love how it brings the party too with the sophisticated sparkly grey glitter. This colour is perfect too if you’re heading straight from desk to disco, and it fits neatly in your bag with no need for brushes.
In short I love these and will be reaching for them throughout party season. If you want an easy, effortless, elegant eye look, I suggest you check the ILIA silken shadow sticks out pronto.
ILIA Silken Shadow Stick, 1.3g, iliabeauty.com £23
ILIA SILKEN SHADOW STICK INGREDIENTS: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Olivate, Cyclomethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Silica, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxide (Ci77491, Ci77492, Ci77499), Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Green (Ci 77288). *certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.