This Clean, Foolproof Shadow Stick Is So Good, I Keep Buying More Colors

I’m officially back in my eye-shadow era.

By Only1 Brands Inc.

Elle Loves stamp featuring a purple and gold eye pencil with a cap removed.

Over the past few years, eye shadow has rarely made it onto my face. Because I work from home, I’ve been sticking to makeup basics like concealer and brow gel. But now that I’m venturing out more and more often—setting up shop at cafés, attending work-related events—eye shadow is making a comeback in my rotation. To ease in, I’d been looking for a product that’s quick and easy to apply, lasts all day, and provides major color payoff.

Cut to: A fellow beauty industry friend had been raving about Only1 Clean Cosmetics and its clean, vegan, and cruelty-free formulas, and insisted I try its Swipe & Go Eyeshadow Sticks. Now the creamy long-wear sticks are among my most-reached-for products.

The buttery-smooth formula is featherlight and blends seamlessly with fingers or a fluffy brush. It’s enriched with marula and hydrogenated castor oils to nourish the delicate eyelid skin, yet somehow doesn’t feel greasy or heavy. In fact, I often forget I’m wearing anything until I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror.

The first time I tried one of the Swipe & Go Shadow Sticks was on a long and busy workday when I had a packed schedule of meetings and events. Twelve hours and a brisk walk later, the color was still in place, and looked as pigmented as it had in the morning. I immediately texted my friend—the makeup matchmaker—to tell her how impressed I was.

Now let’s discuss the shades. There are nine in total, including bold hues like cobalt blue and an electric purple, as well as neutral everyday shades. One of my winning combos involves applying Coffee Cream, a rich beige, all over my lids and smudging the deep Black Forest Green into my upper lash line for definition. I finish with a few swipes of the brand’s Clean Chemical Free Mascara (PSA: If you buy a tube, you can enter to win a sleek, custom-wrapped electric car. Learn more here.)

All this to say: If you’re anything like me and want to ramp up your makeup game with minimal effort, look no further than these dreamy shadow sticks from Only1 Clean Cosmetics. They might just become your new staple, too.