elf Magnetic Pull, Blue Steel, Midnight Sapphire, Rich Amethyst No Budge Shadow Sticks Reviews & Swatches

Magnetic Pull

elf Magnetic Pull No Budge Shadow Stick ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen.

  • Semi-opaque, somewhat buildable coverage
  • Lightly creamy, glided on comfortably without tugging
  • Applied evenly, best blended out with a fingertip
  • Long-wearing (10 hours without creasing)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.05 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is comparable across both the Matte and original (Shimmer) ranges. I felt like the Matte shades were ever-so-slightly thicker in a way that enabled them to have higher coverage and a smoother laydown of color overall whereas the Shimmers felt a touch thinner but the shimmer seemed to be forgiving (as it can be).

The formula is supposed to have “high pigment” and “long-lasting color.” They had a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that had enough glide to comfortably move along the lash line or over the lid space without tugging. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque color payoff, and while not every single one applied evenly, most did.

I found that using a fingertip was the most foolproof method to even out the product for all-over color while a dense, synthetic brush worked well to buff out edges. If blending out the edges of a more contrasting shade (against one’s skin tone), you’ll want to work one eye at a time as the formula dried down and set to a more transfer-resistant finish. The matte shades seemed to have a bit more play-time relative to the shimmer shades but not by much!

Once the formula set, it stayed on well and lasted for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

Browse all of our elf No Budge Shadow Stick swatches.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Lauroyllysine, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow Iron Oxide (Ci 77492), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Blue Steel

elf Blue Steel No Budge Shadow Stick ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with cooler undertones and flecks of pink and silver micro-sparkle over a metallic finish.

  • Medium, somewhat buildable coverage
  • Lightly creamy, glided on comfortably without tugging
  • Could have applied more evenly, best blended out with a fingertip
  • Long-wearing (10 hours without creasing)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.05 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is comparable across both the Matte and original (Shimmer) ranges. I felt like the Matte shades were ever-so-slightly thicker in a way that enabled them to have higher coverage and a smoother laydown of color overall whereas the Shimmers felt a touch thinner but the shimmer seemed to be forgiving (as it can be).

The formula is supposed to have “high pigment” and “long-lasting color.” They had a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that had enough glide to comfortably move along the lash line or over the lid space without tugging. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque color payoff, and while not every single one applied evenly, most did.

I found that using a fingertip was the most foolproof method to even out the product for all-over color while a dense, synthetic brush worked well to buff out edges. If blending out the edges of a more contrasting shade (against one’s skin tone), you’ll want to work one eye at a time as the formula dried down and set to a more transfer-resistant finish. The matte shades seemed to have a bit more play-time relative to the shimmer shades but not by much!

Once the formula set, it stayed on well and lasted for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

Browse all of our elf No Budge Shadow Stick swatches.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Lauroyllysine, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow Iron Oxide (Ci 77492), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Midnight Sapphire

elf Midnight Sapphire No Budge Shadow Stick ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a purpled, navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen.

  • Medium, somewhat buildable coverage
  • Lightly creamy, glided on comfortably without tugging
  • Applied unevenly, hard to layer, best blended out with a fingertip
  • Long-wearing (10 hours without creasing)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.05 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is comparable across both the Matte and original (Shimmer) ranges. I felt like the Matte shades were ever-so-slightly thicker in a way that enabled them to have higher coverage and a smoother laydown of color overall whereas the Shimmers felt a touch thinner but the shimmer seemed to be forgiving (as it can be).

The formula is supposed to have “high pigment” and “long-lasting color.” They had a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that had enough glide to comfortably move along the lash line or over the lid space without tugging. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque color payoff, and while not every single one applied evenly, most did.

I found that using a fingertip was the most foolproof method to even out the product for all-over color while a dense, synthetic brush worked well to buff out edges. If blending out the edges of a more contrasting shade (against one’s skin tone), you’ll want to work one eye at a time as the formula dried down and set to a more transfer-resistant finish. The matte shades seemed to have a bit more play-time relative to the shimmer shades but not by much!

Once the formula set, it stayed on well and lasted for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

Browse all of our elf No Budge Shadow Stick swatches.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Lauroyllysine, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow Iron Oxide (Ci 77492), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Rich Amethyst

elf Rich Amethyst No Budge Shadow Stick ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen.

  • Medium, somewhat buildable coverage
  • Lightly creamy, glided on comfortably without tugging
  • Could have applied more evenly, best blended out with a fingertip
  • Long-wearing (10 hours without creasing)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.

  • Sydney Grace You, Only Better (P, $6.25).
  • Ciate Wicked (P, $24.00).
  • NABLA Cosmetics Craving (PiP, ).
  • Sydney Grace Glory (DC, $8.00).
  • Sydney Grace Lunar Illumination (PiP, $6.25).
  • Sydney Grace Dear Reader (P, $6.25).
  • BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #26 (PiP, ).
  • Sydney Grace Twisted Shifter (P, $15.00).
  • Too Faced Wham Bam (LE, $16.00).

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.05 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is comparable across both the Matte and original (Shimmer) ranges. I felt like the Matte shades were ever-so-slightly thicker in a way that enabled them to have higher coverage and a smoother laydown of color overall whereas the Shimmers felt a touch thinner but the shimmer seemed to be forgiving (as it can be).

The formula is supposed to have “high pigment” and “long-lasting color.” They had a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that had enough glide to comfortably move along the lash line or over the lid space without tugging. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque color payoff, and while not every single one applied evenly, most did.

I found that using a fingertip was the most foolproof method to even out the product for all-over color while a dense, synthetic brush worked well to buff out edges. If blending out the edges of a more contrasting shade (against one’s skin tone), you’ll want to work one eye at a time as the formula dried down and set to a more transfer-resistant finish. The matte shades seemed to have a bit more play-time relative to the shimmer shades but not by much!

Once the formula set, it stayed on well and lasted for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

Browse all of our elf No Budge Shadow Stick swatches.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Lauroyllysine, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow Iron Oxide (Ci 77492), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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