Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Bow & Arrow, Silver Sword, Nunchucks, 5″ Stiletto, Two By Four, Brass Knuckles, Ice Pick, Smokin’ Pistol

Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks

Released this past spring, Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks ($18.00 for 0.03 oz.) might seem familiar–MAC Greasepaint Sticks look awfully similar. They feel similar, too. Both formulas are creamy but yield slightly uneven, almost patchy application, because they set really quickly. Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks don’t budge, smudge, or crease when worn alone, but you have to work fast to soften the edges if you plan to wear it as a one-and-done shade.

There are eight shades available: Bow & Arrow (smoky moss), Silver Sword (smoky silver), Nunchucks (smoky royal blue), 5″ Stiletto (smoky plum), Two By Four (smoky black-brown), Brass Knuckles (smoky bronze), Ice Pick (smoky gray), and Smokin’ Pistol (smoky coal).

Like MAC Greasepaint Sticks, though, as pretty as they look, they tend to “eat” color, so you might find yourself packing on an eyeshadow if you plan to layer additional products on top. The tip of the pencil is pointed but still thicker than your average eyeliner pencil, which may be cumbersome to use for some (I do). On the bottom, there is an included sharpener (just like MAC Greasepaint Sticks). There is some overlap in the shade range, but a few shades do not. MAC’s Greasepaint Sticks were limited edition, so they are not longer available, and when they were available, retailed at $17.50 a pop.

  • Bow & Arrow is a dark, mossy green with subtle yellow undertones. It is not as cool-toned (it reads much yellower) than MAC Greengrease.
  • Silver Sword is a dark, silvery-gray with a brownish base. It seemed darker than MAC Zinc Zone, which I’d say is the most comparable.
  • Nunchucks is a medium-dark navy blue. It is very similar to MAC Uniformly Blue.
  • 5″ Stiletto is a blackened plum-purple. It’s red-based, while MAC Charred Mauve is blue-based.
  • Two By Four is a dark brown with a near-matte finish. It doesn’t have a comparable shade in MAC’s line-up.
  • Brass Knuckles is a reddened brown-burgundy. It is very similar to MAC Below Ground.
  • Ice Pick is a dark gray (which almost casts a bit green) with a near-matte finish. Like Two By Four, MAC does not have a comparable shade.
  • Smokin’ Pistol is a creamy black with a near-matte finish. It is very similar to MAC Slick Black.

You can usually tell within a couple of hours whether a product that extolls long-wearing properties is actually going to live up to the claims. I splashed my eyes with water, and I didn’t experience any bleeding or running color, so they seemed waterproof to me. I didn’t go swimming or anything with them, though. With summer in full swing, I thought this might be an appropriate time to review these, given they just don’t budge!

Have you tried Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks? How did you like them?

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Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks Review, Photos, Swatches

You have to be willing to move quickly (I recommend working on one eye at a time!) in order to soften the edges after applying, but they do apply fairly smoothly with good color payoff.











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Bow & Arrow, Silver Sword, Nunchucks, 5″ Stiletto, Two By Four, Brass Knuckles, Ice Pick, Smokin’ Pistol

Bow & Arrow, Silver Sword, Nunchucks, 5″ Stiletto, Two By Four, Brass Knuckles, Ice Pick, Smokin’ Pistol

Bow & Arrow, Silver Sword, Nunchucks, 5″ Stiletto

Two By Four, Brass Knuckles, Ice Pick, Smokin’ Pistol

Bow & Arrow, Silver Sword, Nunchucks

Silver Sword, Nunchucks, 5″ Stiletto

Two By Four, Brass Knuckles, Ice Pick, Smokin’ Pistol

Buxom Bow & Arrow Smoky Eye Stick

Buxom Silver Sword Smoky Eye Stick

Buxom Nunchucks Smoky Eye Stick

Buxom 5″ Stiletto Smoky Eye Stick

Buxom Two By Four Smoky Eye Stick

Brass Knuckles Buxom Smoky Eye Stick

Buxom Ice Pick Smoky Eye Stick

Buxom Smokin’ Pistol Smoky Eye Stick

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Where can I purchase a Smoky Eye Stick? How much is it?

Sephora, $18.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

See individual shade review.

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24 thoughts on “Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sarah

    LOVE how they’re named after weapons! silver sword is beautiful!

  2. These look just okay to me. For $2 more I’ll buy Urban Decay’s shadow pencils!

  3. I’d love to see a look with one. The colors seems so intense to be used on their own.

  4. MC

    I’m in love with Nunchucks and Brass Knuckles. <3

  5. Regina Reed

    I have these in Two by Four and Ice Pick and I LOVE them! I put them on the outer 3/4 of my top and just a tish below and smudge the heck out of them with the brush. Since I am smudging them anyway, I don’t have issues with the color being blotchy and never really noticed it when I initially apply them. I love that these give enough drama that I can sweep 1 color on my lid with the smudged liner and look like a movie star. This is one of my favorite products!

  6. I kinda love these just for their names! The colors do look very pretty as well.

  7. Renee

    Great review as always Christine! I have a few of these and I do like them. My favorite is Brass Knuckles…although I’d say it’s similar to MACs Brown Now, it’s not really anything like MACs Below Ground, IMO.

  8. NessaMBaby

    Some of these colors remind me of semi precious shadows but as a stick form,do you think these will be a good base for some of them? Xoxo

  9. Yvonne

    I was super excited to try these after I heard about them and saw swatches a while ago. I bought one (the dark green one Bow and Arrow) and was disappointed. It felt really heavy on my lid, kind of like I had smeared an oil pastel on there. It didn’t really blend well either, but maybe I just didn’t work fast enough. And the color wasn’t that great. Not for me.

    I wanted to love these though, because they looked like a more matte version of UD’s shadow pencil.

  10. leahbobeah

    Hmm…pretty, but I’m not sold yet.

  11. Alexia

    The swatches remind me of the semi precious eyeshadows.

  12. Giselle

    hate how i cant find any true purples :(

  13. Mo

    These look really nice!

  14. DarkGlamour17

    ewww..the only one I that looks good is Smokin’ Pistol.

  15. Maureen

    Aren’t these permanent? I really like my 1 greasepaint stick for lining my eyes, and I really love Buxom. I may wait and see if they reformulate or something. These are neat, but not “musthaves” for me.

  16. I love Ice Pick and my matte grey eyeshadow is about to bite the dust too…

  17. I’m kind of digging Ice Pick. I think I’m going through a gray phase…I might be sick.
    If there were dupes for the Greasepaint sticks in Dirty or that one Venomous Villains shade (the one that wasn’t the black, ah, what was it called? Something relating to New Orleans, since it was a Facilier product), I would buy them in a heartbeat (or as soon as I found money for them).

  18. meme

    I tried one because I so like the fact that ‘most’ of what BE makes is natural now…but these were horrible – dry – hard to put on – too thick always if you wanted to vary your line. Give me a brush any day for liner over a felt tip pen. I like the control I have with a brush. I do keep some pencil liners around for overlays and super fast applications needed. i would not waste my $ on these…hope BE pulls them out of their line up soon. UD pencils have it all over most of these other brands.

  19. Rebecca

    These look gorgeous….I’m in trouble, LOL. Buxom looks to have some neat stuff. I haven’t bought anything from the brand, but from testing their products in the store they seem awesome. I will definitely be eyeing these.