Cream eyeshadows are always touted as the perfect throw-on-and-go products. An effortless way to swipe a bit of colour onto the lid and get out the door. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but that’s not always how it works out. Often, it takes me twice as long to blend the formula in and make sure the colour hasn’t transferred halfway up my forehead. But as I continue to reach for them, I find that I’m getting better and better with each application. Maybe that’s because I’ve weeded out the formulas I had that don’t work for me or maybe it’s just me taking a little more time to get it right. The trick is, pat it onto the mobile lid with a finger, lightly blending it out, before going in with a dense-ish (clean) blending brush to blend the edges out.
Anyway, as I mentioned, my collection of cream eyeshadows is relatively small but full of awesome formulas and shades that are perfect to wear all over the lid. I’ve been reaching for them a little more lately and wanted to take you through the stash. Here’s a look at my round-up of cream eyeshadows that are worth the hassle.
The first formula I tried, back in the day, and it still remains a favourite for me. I just repurchased my first love, Bad To The Bronze, recently and can’t stop reaching for it. In fact, it’s been what I’ve been going for most days while travelling. The formula is beautiful, I find it’s best to apply in layers. Starting off with a small amount on the finger, blending it out, before going in to add a bit more colour onto the lid. Bad To The Bronze is such a wearable shade, it would look awesome on anyone, I think. It’s got a hint of metallic to it without being too over the top. This formula is the perfect budget introduction to cream eyeshadows, with a shade range full of wearable beauties.
The Colourpop Supershock formula took the world by storm, when they first came onto the scene. And even now with a hugely extended product range, the Supershock shadows remain a huge talking point for them. The formula is really unique but so easy to work with. It feels incredibly lightweight but has plenty of pigmentation. They wear beautifully all day long and the range of finishes is super impressive. I personally prefer using the metallic shades in the range as a finishing touch in the center of the lid, but lately, I’ve been enjoying using the more matte shades to blend into the crease. La La and Weenie are my favourites. When you think about it at $5USD a shade, how can you go wrong?
I’m still hoping and praying that Kiko will make it’s way to Australian shores, even if it’s just to try more of these stick eyeshadows. This formula doesn’t mess about. It’s a fairly slippy stick formula when applied but you only need the tiniest bit on the lids to make it work. I prefer patting them in with a finger to ensure they don’t look too intense. They’re beautifully metallic (at least the shades I own) and stay put really well throughout the day. 38 and 05 are both beautiful shades that look great lightly applied all over the lid.
Maybelline Bad To The Bronze, Maybelline Creamy Beige, Colourpop XO, CP Wattles, CP La La, CP Weenie, Kiko 38, Kiko 05
Everyone is always talking about the MAC Paint Pots, and it’s hard to deny just how good they are to use as a base for any eye look. Although I don’t have any of the lighter shades that people use as an eye primer, Groundwork is a beautiful, easy to wear brown that often serves a similar purpose for me. The formula is super lightweight and easy to work with. It doesn’t require a lot of effort at all to make them work beautifully all over the eyes and the staying power is awesome. The Paint Pots range is full of awesome neutral shades so if you want a cream shadow that doubles as the perfect eye primer, start here.
I’ve been a long time fan of these eye sticks from Laura Mercier. The metallics, in particular, come in such flattering shades and again, even with an incredibly creamy formula, these are so easy to work with. I simply draw a little bit of the colour on and blend outwards. One layer provides a light, beautiful wash of colour but I like to add a second layer to the center of the lid to make it a little more intense. Moonstone and Amethyst are my favourite shades because they’re so unique. They’re perfect by themselves or as a complement to other shadows.
Stila blew everyone away last year with the release of their Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows and they are seriously gorgeous, I’ve been loving the shade that I picked up in the range, but the Shimmer & Glow formula that followed them really caught my attention. Especially as it came in the universally flattering eyeshadow shade, Kitten. It does take a bit of getting used to, to work with something this liquid-y on the eyes. But as long as you remember to work slowly and precisely, these give a beautiful finish to any eye look. It’s beautiful all over the lid by itself or just placed in the center of the lid after using other eyeshadows. You can really intensify the colour or just use a light wash all over the lid. I am obsessed and can’t wait to swatch the rest of the range.
MAC Groundwork, Laura Mercier Rose Gold, LM Moonstone, LM Copper, LM Amethyst, Stila Shimmer & Glow Kitten (heavy & blended out)
I’d had my eyes on the cream shadows from Charlotte Tilbury from the longest time and I’m so glad I picked one up for myself. The formula is a little more on the mousse-y side so I like to place a little on the lid and blend it out quickly with a dense blending brush. I find this way works better than spreading the colour around with a finger. They give a gorgeous, really chic sheen to the eye and I can’t get enough. Marie Antoinette is the perfect wash of bronze-y goodness – I reach for it all the time. If you’re ready to splurge on a foolproof formula, look no further.
I also dreamed of owning a Chanel cream eyeshadow for the longest time and the LE shade Mirage was too beautiful to say no to. Even though as you can see in the swatches, it’s very similar to the CT I already owned. For the cream eyeshadow beginner, this formula would be much easier to work with. This is your classic cream eyeshadow formula that requires very little effort but looks so beautiful and surprisingly unique when applied. It’s creamy but not ‘wet’ and so easy to work with. Another high end pick that I can totally recommend if there’s a shade in the line-up that appeals to you.
Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette, Chanel Mirage
What are your favourite cream eyeshadow formulas?
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