7.07.2012

Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 For Hazel Eyes Review and Swatches

Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 for Hazel Eyes
Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 for Hazel Eyes

I haven't had amazing luck with shadow sticks (i.e. MAC Beth Ditto Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask), but I rolled the dice again with Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 for Hazel Eyes ($7.99) to see how it compared. This double-ended cream shadow stick is definitely an improvement, but there are still some flaws that will keep this product from becoming one of my makeup mainstays.

Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 For Hazel Eyes has an edge on other shadow sticks because of its extremely smooth application. The stick glides well across your lids and the shadow feels very creamy and blendable to the touch. However, both ends of the shadow stick are pretty wide, so it's difficult to be precise in your application. This product is best suited for simple looks.

Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 for Hazel Eyes
Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 for Hazel Eyes

Despite its name, Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 For Hazel Eyes does not apply intensely at all. Instead, both of the colors apply very sheer and require quite a few layers to show up. Sheer color isn't necessarily a bad thing and I think Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 For Hazel Eyes looks very pretty in person. However, the results look a bit smudgy in these photographs.

Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 for Hazel Eyes
Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick for Hazel Eyes

My eyes are blue, but I chose the duo intended for hazel eyes because of the appealing colors (they remind me of mocha!). Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 For Hazel Eyes includes a greyish taupe with gold shimmer and pearly light pink.

I think these colors would look great with any eye color, particularly if you have cool-toned skin. 

Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 for Hazel Eyes Swatches
Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick for Hazel Eyes Swatches

Bottom Line: Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick in Shade 030 For Hazel Eyes is far smoother and easier to use than some other stick shadows I've tried. Though the "Intense I-Color" name is a bit of a misnomer, this products works well for sheer, simple looks to flatter a variety of colorings. Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Stick For Hazel Eyes will likely work fine for you as long as you're not expecting strong pigmentation or plan to attempt elaborate looks.


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