Although it’s a brand I didn’t discover until fairly recently, I’ve become a huge fan of Buxom. Its products work well on me, and I find the majority of its shades are very pretty and easily wearable. (No neon oranges here!) Theirs have become some of the most heavily used products in my rotation, which, if you could see the vast amount of makeup in my drawer, really means something. Out of all their products, right now I’m most obsessed with the Stay-There Eye Shadows.
The Stay-There Eye Shadows is a collection of eye colors that come in a cute little pot. The interesting thing about them is their texture. It’s totally different than any other eye shadow’s I’ve ever seen before—it’s kind of spongy and mousselike. It’s not a liquid, but it’s not really a powder either. It’s almost bouncy when you touch it, and as silly as it sounds, I find myself sort of poking it with my shadow brush every time I use one, because I think it’s so cool. The shadows themselves come in a big variety of colors—everything from a shimmery black to an opalescent pink, with a wide range in between. My favorites are Pug, which is a smoky pewter, and Schnauzer, a bright violet plum. But honestly, there isn’t a bad color in the bunch. (If you like neutral shades, you should try Mutt, gorgeous bronze taupe that you can’t afford to pass up.) The formula is great, too—for such a “different” texture, it applies easily and blends really well. Plus it’s waterproof, it’s infused with minerals, and it contains vitamin E and aloe extract. I’ve been sort of quietly stockpiling them, buying one per week or so. This is doable because they’re only $17 each. I just realized that I finally own all fourteen shades. I’m very proud of my achievement, although I’m also refusing to add up how much I’ve spent because, well, it’s probably not the smartest financial move to spend it on more makeup.
Another cool thing about the shadows is that they’re all named after breeds of dogs and to honor that, Bare Escentuals is making a charitable donation to Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that enhances the lives of disabled people by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs. I’m always happy when companies go above and beyond to do things like this. It makes me feel much less guilty about spending all the money on their products that I should be using to pay off my credit card. Guilt-free shopping? I love it when that happens!
Read more of Stacey’s musings at The Daily Obsession .