Rare Beauty recently launched their fall collection, featuring the Brow Harmony Precision Pencil, Perfect Strokes Longwear Gel Eyeliner, and the Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Sticks.
To my knowledge, these are permanent products, but as I have a soft spot for Selena Gomez and seeing these all over YouTube and TikTok, I knew I had to pick a couple up.
I absolutely adore eyeshadow sticks, especially as I love a ‘one and done’ shadow. Sometimes, you don’t have time to do a full makeup routine in the morning so being able to keep things simple is a plus point in my book.
In this Rare Beauty review, I’ll share my honest thoughts on the All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick, including the formulation, staying power, and shades.
Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick Price
The Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick is priced £22 or $22 in the USA via Rare Beauty for 1.3g of product.
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Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick Review
Here’s a rundown of how the Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick performs, as well as some swatches of the product. I purchased the 3 lightest shades in Well-Being, Integrity, and Contentment.
Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick Overview
The Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick is a twist-up chunky eyeshadow pencil with a built-in sharpener at the bottom.
The shadow stick has a creamy formulation that can be used as eyeshadow, highlighter, or eyeliner. This vegan and cruelty-free shadow contains multi-dimensional pearls for a beautiful glimmer. I’d say they’re more of a shimmer shadow but without any glitter.
Formulation and shades
There are 6 shades currently available in the range. I have the lightest 3 to show you in this Rare Beauty shadow stick review.
These are Well-Being (a pale pink), Integrity (champagne), and Contentment (taupe).
If you prefer bolder pops of color, then these shades won’t be for you, but if you like wearable tones that are beginner-friendly, then you’ll possibly like these.
Formulation wise, each shade has wildly different performance.
All the 3 shades that I own are super creamy. I use shadow sticks from Hourglass and Bobbi Brown, and I can honestly say that they’re not as creamy as these which can be a blessing and a curse.
Well-Being – the lightest shade, looks somewhat sheer when you apply it to the lid. As it doesn’t dry down quickly, it looks patchy and creases where the natural crease of your eyelid is. This shade was a disappointment for me as it looks beautiful when swatched.
Integrity also creases – I do expect this from cream products since they will have some slip. This one isn’t patchy like Well-Being and can be built up. The pigment is still slightly sheer and it’s just so-so. It doesn’t look as nice on the lids as it does swatched on the skin.
The shade Contentment is almost too creamy. I can’t apply this directly to my eyelids as it’s prone to being slightly crumbly. For this shade, it’s best to apply directly to your finger and then use your finger to dab it onto your eyelids.
Contentment is nothing like the other two shades. This one dries down fairly quickly so it doesn’t look patchy. It also has good pigmentation too. In terms of formula, this is by far my favorite.
All the 3 lightest shades blend out well without dragging. On my fair skin tone, you can use all three shades as liners, but only the lightest shade (Well-Being) works as a highlighter.
As ‘one and done’ eyeshadows go, you can wear these alone. However, due to lack of pigmentation, Well-Being works best as a base.
I love the twist-up packaging of these shadow sticks and that they have a pencil sharpener that pops out at the bottom of the stick.
The plastic packaging feels sturdy to protect the eyeshadow and the gold toned lid just adds that little bit of luxe to make it look nice on your dressing table.
Size wise, while these are thicker shadow sticks than some other brands, they fit easily into your makeup bag so that you can transport them on the go.
£21/$22 is what I expected for these as that fits in the brand’s other product pricing. Rare Beauty is what I consider to be a mid-price point – not luxury but not drugstore either.
Longevity and wearability
Thanks to my oily eyelids, I have to use all shadows with a primer. I tend to use the Dior Backstage Concealer and these last for several hours on my skin with slight fading.
I’m impressed with how well these last as cream formulas tend to wear off quickly on my skin. And despite Well-Being not drying down quickly, it stayed put on my lids.
However, as these are transfer-proof and water-proof, they require some extra help to remove them. A good eye makeup remover like the Lancome Bi-Facial Makeup Remover does the trick!
Suitability for different skin types and ages
The Rare Beauty Eyeshadow Sticks will likely suit all skin types – if you have oily eyelids like I do, then use an eyeshadow primer beforehand as it lengthens the wear of any eye product.
If you have mature skin, you may not like these as glistening colors tend to highlight wrinkles and lines, particularly on darker shades. While these eyeshadow sticks aren’t glittery as such, the way the light catches the shadow may not be flattering on mature skin types.
Rare Beauty has paraben-free, vegan ingredients that are suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive skin.
Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick Swatches
Here are swatches for the Rare Beauty Eyeshadow Sticks in Well-Being, Integrity, and Contentment.
From left to right: Well-Being, Integrity, Contentment
Benefits of the Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick
If you’re still on the fence as to whether the Rate Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick is for you, here are some benefits of this product.
- Feels soft and creamy
- Pigmented color – Contentment
- Easy to blend
- No smudging or fallout
- Feel lightweight on the skin
- Water-resistant and transfer-proof
- Has a built-in sharpener
- Can be used as eyeshadow or eyeliner
Cons of the Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick
Here are some cons of using the Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick.
- Not super affordable
- Well-Being applies patchy and sheer
- The shade ‘contentment’ feels almost too creamy so need to be careful during application
- The formula may not suit mature skin types
- Only 6 shades available so may not be for everyone
Top tips for using Rare Beauty’s All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick
Here are some of my tips for using the Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick.
- If you have oily eyelids, then apply an eyeshadow primer to ensure the shadow stays put for as long as possible. If you have normal to dry lids, you may want to apply a little concealer to smooth out your eyelid.
- Twist the stick up slightly and apply directly to your eyelid, or use a shadow brush or your finger to apply the eyeshadow all over your lid.
- Blend the shadow out with your fingers or an eyeshadow brush, paying attention to the crease and outer edges.
- You can use one shade as a ‘one and done’ eyeshadow, or you may prefer to add other shadows for extra drama and dimension.
- Additionally, you can also set your eyeshadow stick with a powder shadow in a similar shade and sweep it all over your eyelid.
- Consider using one of your eyeshadow sticks as a liner to line your bottom lash line. You can use the same hue or one slightly darker. Blend out with a small shadow blending brush.
- Clean up any rough edges with concealer by using a small flat concealer brush and applying concealer directly to the affected areas in tapping motions.
How do you wear stick eyeshadow?
You can glide the shadow directly from the stick over your eyelid and blend outwards, or you can add a little of the shadow to your finger or a brush and apply it to your lid.
Are eyeshadow sticks easy to use?
Yes, eyeshadow sticks are super easy to use. You can use them alone or with other shadows depending on the look you wish to create. Use directly from the stick or apply with an eyeshadow brush – the choice is yours.
Do I need to use primer with an eyeshadow stick?
Yes, if you have oily eyelids, it’s best to use an eyeshadow primer underneath an eyeshadow stick as it will make it last longer. If you have normal to dry eyelids, then you may not need to use an eyeshadow base, depending on the individual formulation of the shadow stick.
Rare Beauty All of The Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick Review: Final Thoughts
The Rare Beauty All of the Above Weightless Eyeshadow Stick is a real mixed bag. Contentment is a beautiful shadow and if you were going to choose any of these three, I’d highly recommend it.
Well-Being and Integrity are a skip. If you’re looking for similar shades that apply better, I’d look at the By Terry Ombre Blackstar shadows. These are a little more expensive but the lighter shades are much better in terms of pigmentation and application.