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2 Eyeshadows You Need if You Stink at Applying Eye Makeup

Are you like me? Do you stink at applying eye makeup? You love makeup and eyeshadow but feel like you just can’t get the hang of applying it right? Well, I’ve found 2 eyeshadows that I absolutely love. They’re simple to apply and you’d have to be super bad at eye shadow application to mess them up. Sound good?

Sometimes I miss the days of the ’80s where we just wore one shade of eyeshadow and we either applied it to our lower lids only or spread that stuff all over our eyes! It was so much easier! It may not have looked that good, but man was it easier!

But here we are now trying to learn all these techniques of applying eye shadow. We have to know our eye shape, know what brushes to use and know where to apply what color. And that’s just the beginning! I’m always trying to learn techniques, use the right brushes and apply my shadow “properly.” And not to mention actually liking how it turns out!

I’ve found 2 products that are my fail-safe options, especially when I’m running low on time or patience.

FLEKK Cosmetics Eye Makeup

I had seen Flekk Cosmetics advertised on Instagram. The eyeshadow palettes seemed interesting but it took me a while before I decided to actually purchase one. But I’m so glad I did.

FLEKK eyeshadow

Each Eyeshadow Palette Has 5 Shades

You know how you buy these large eye shadow palettes and only end up using 4 of the colors? Please tell me I’m not the only one. You don’t have to worry about that with FLEKK. Each palette only has 5 shades.

Each Palette Shows You Where You Should Apply Each Shade.

Better yet, there is no guessing which shade would look best on what part of your eye because they tell you! That’s right, it’s like paint by numbers with your eyeshadow. Their claim is “Four Minutes to Flawless.” And they aren’t fibbing. Applying the shadow is super quick and hard to mess up, especially if you buy their brush set.

You Can Purchase A Set of Brushes With Each Eyeshadow Palette

FLEKK has an eyeshadow brush set you can purchase with their palettes. You can just purchase the eyeshadow palette, but I highly recommend their brushes.

Why do should you buy the brushes too? I’ll give ya 2 reasons.

Number 1 – they are some of my favorite eye shadow brushes. They are soft, quality bushes and apply the shadow so smoothly to your lid. Seriously, people, I absolutely love them!

Number 2 – get ready to have your mind blown…the brushes are numbered too! You don’t even have to wonder which brush is best to apply which shadow. The brushes are numbered! Seriously people (I realize this is the 2nd time I’ve said, “Seriously, people”), but seriously, it’s like eyeshadow application for dummies! Not that we’re dumb, of course. But it takes all the guesswork away. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

eyeshadow brushes

And I really can’t say enough good things about their brushes. The crease brush is the absolute best crease brush I have used. I have hooded eyes, so applying to my crease is always a pain. But their brush does it seamlessly. It’s almost like magic.

The Eyeshadow Is High Quality

I have found the shadow to go on smoothly, blend beautifully and last all day. And I don’t use an eye primer either.

5 Eyeshadow Palettes to Choose From

FLEKK offers 5 color palettes to choose from.

Honestly, the colors themselves look pretty similar, at least they do to me, which can make you wonder which one you should purchase. But FLEKK has you covered there too! They actually have a quiz you can take! The FLEKK Finder Quiz. After you go through the questions on the quiz it gives you a suggestion of what palette would be right for you.

The quiz recommended Flirty FLEKK for me and I love it!

Now let’s move on to another eyeshadow perfect for those of us who are less talented at application.

Thrive Causemetics

No, I didn’t misspell “cosmetics” in my heading. They call their makeup “causemetics” because for every purchase made they donate money to help a woman thrive. How cool is that?! You can learn more about what they support here.

Thrive is another brand I saw advertised on Instagram. Darn those ads! They get me every time. Well, not every time, but a lot!

I purchased an eyeshadow stick and blush. The eyeshadow stick ad was what got my attention. It’s called The Brilliant Eye Brightener. It claims to brighten and open the eyes giving you an instant eye lift. Now you’re understanding why I clicked the ad, aren’t you? Who doesn’t want an instant eye lift?

A Cream to Powder Eyeshadow

I’ve used eye shadow sticks before and haven’t been impressed. They left my eyes feeling sticky because they were so creamy. This stick really does convert to a powder pretty quickly so it doesn’t leave behind any sticky or overly creamy feeling.

It Highlights Beautifully

I don’t know if I’d go as far as saying it gives me an instant eye lift, but I do feel like my eye lids are brighter and I do look “more awake” when I wear it.

Super Blendable & Super Quick

The stick blends so nicely with just my finger. No brushes required. And it’ss quick! It’s my go-to when I’m running late or just want an easy makeup day.

7 Eyeshadow Shades to Choose From

There are 7 shades to choose from in the Brilliant Eye Stick, although some of the colors are often out of stock.

eye makeup chart

As you can tell from the chart above, you can also use the stick with their other eyeshadows as a liner and brightner or you can use it alone as an eye shadow.

I use the Muna as my shadow and eyeliner on my lower lashes when I wear it.

Final Thoughts on These 2 Eye Shadows

I highly recommend both of these eye shadows, ladies.

If you enjoy wearing multiple shades of shadow and having some definition but you’re tired of trying to figure out HOW to apply eyeshadow and feel like you don’t always get it right, I’d definitely give a FLEKK pallet a try.

If you are looking for a shadow that is super simple, quick, and beautiful, give the Brilliant Eye Brightener Stick from Thrive a try.

What do you think? Would you try one of the shadows? Maybe you already have. Either way, leave a comment below and let me know. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

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  1. J Carlton

    Enjoy all of Jennifer’s Blogs .. lots of information !!

    • J Carlton

      Started following Jennifer’s blogs in November 2020.. have enjoyed them ALL …!

      • Jennifer

        Thanks so much! I still have lots to learn about blogging. Thanks for coming alongside me on the journey.

    • J Carlton

      Started following Jennifer’s blogs in November 2020.. have enjoyed them ALL …!

    • Jennifer

      Thanks so much! Glad to hear you enjoy them!


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