Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “cool emerald green.” It’s a deep, dark, smoldering emerald green with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is greener, lighter, and a powder product. Urban Decay Loaded is bluer and a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Max Volume is slightly darker. OCC Poison is greener, less teal. theBalm Jealous Jordana is the most comparable.
Bobbi Brown claims that her new Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks should last “eight hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.” Forest had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable enough to get mostly opaque color, though there was some very slight sheerness if you looked really closely. From afar, I doubt anyone could tell. As an eyeliner, it is easier to apply it with enough pressure to get really opaque color, but the tip of this is a bit bigger than a regular pencil eyeliner. What I liked about the consistency was that it didn’t tug or pull on the eyelid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set–there was enough time to work the product in or blend it out, but I didn’t have to sit there and close my eyes waiting for the seconds to tick by for fear of it creasing before it set.
I also think that the brand was rather reasonable with their long-wear claim, only going for eight hours, rather than more ambition 12-, 16-, or even 24-hour wear. Forest lasted well for eight hours; it was after ten hours that I saw some very faint creasing only on the innermost corner (I wore it all over the lid for testing). I didn’t have any trouble with flaking, fading, or smudging, though. All in all, Forest was impressive; not too creamy that it would take awhile to set but not so dry that it didn’t glide easily over lids.
Also, if you were ever a fan of MAC’s Shadesticks, I felt that these were rather comparable in feel and formula, though perhaps a smidgen creamier and more refined–like an improved Shadestick.