This Budge-Proof Shadow Stick Creates a Smoky Eye in 30 Seconds

In the era of the 5-minute Zoom face, there’s nothing I appreciate more than products that help me out in a pinch. What makes the Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick worth its weight in gold is the effortless eye it can produce in under a minute, which is just enough time to turn on my camera. 

Speaking of gold, the metallic shimmer shades (there are a combination of 11 shimmer and matte finishes) brighten up the upper eyes while the creamy mattes give the perfect smoky eye in seconds. It’s hard not to collect a Crayon’s box full of the highly pigmented colors that range from a deep ocean blue to warm cranberry and sienna. My favorite is the Elena bronze berry shimmer, a light 90’s style bronzy plum that makes my green eyes pop. 

, This Budge-Proof Shadow Stick Creates a Smoky Eye in 30 Seconds

The Benefits:

Number one: It’s waterproof and glides on the lids smoothly without dragging. I love that one end of the stick houses the eyeshadow and the other end has a sponge tip for blending. Remove that sponge tip and you’ll find a handy built-in sharpener for when you want to give your shadow stick a pointier edge. Genius!


Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin B5 and aloe leaf extract nourish and moisturize the eyelids while the semi-permanent micropigments give a high-color payoff that emphasizes the eyes.

How to Use It:

Swipe on clean lids to create a uniform color look and use the tip to blend out edges. Use it on the lower lash line for added definition. Let it sit for 30 seconds to set—it’s waterproof after all—and remove with eye makeup remover.

The Bottom Line:

Easy to apply is one thing, but the long-staying power of this shadow is just as impressive. Whether you’re into minimalist makeup or just want to shave time from your daily routine, this on-the-go shadow is a game changer. Plus I love that it comes in 11 shades that complement a wide range of skin tones and eye colors.

Price/Where to Buy:


*You can also try it (full-size) in this year’s Luxury Review Box, along with 37 other products!

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