Monday, April 25th, 2011


5 Long-Wearing Cream Eyeshadows

It seems like a lot of readers are looking for cream eyeshadows that are also long-wearing on their lonesome, and these are five of the best I’ve personally tested and reviewed!

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36 thoughts on “5 Long-Wearing Cream Eyeshadows

  1. Irina

    Hi, I’ve got the Benefit ones and they’re terrible. They crease, smudge and are absolutely NOT long wearing at all. Am I the only one who seems to think so?

    I wore it to work the other day and my colleague commented that it looked as if the eyeshadow had “melted” of my eyes after we had been outdoors for awhile. Complete waste of money.

  2. Eibhlin

    Thanks Christine – always on the lookout for these but hard to find a good fit with my really oily lids :( Finding buxom good at the moment – what do you make of their stuff?

  3. Avatar of Thu Thu

    Can you recommend any budget-priced cream shadows that are good too?

  4. I really love paint pots from MAC and hydrowpowder cream eye shadows from Shiseido. They are really creaseless.

  5. Rosie

    I want to try some of the MUFE ones. Have you tried the Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow? I bought two of them during the VIB sale and they have a weird texture to them but the colors are gorgeous and super sparkly. I reach for Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows usually but Buxom is just so golden and summery pretty.

  6. Avatar of Gina Gina

    I LOVE the Benefit Creaseless Creams! Urban Decay’s are actually really nice too, though I prefer the more neutral shades, since their creams are a bit sheerer (although you can definitely build them up). Midnight Rodeo is great for a quick look with a bit of glitter.

  7. Nichole

    Where is Giorgio Armani?

  8. With It

    Awesome! Thanks Christine!
    What is your opinion of Stila’s smudge pots?
    Thank you! :)

  9. Verna

    Nothing affordable.

  10. Jill

    The Shisheido Hydro did not last long on me at all, and it creased–but I didn’t set it with any powder or anything. I use the MAC Paint Pots and also the Benefit cream shadows, and they are both great! I wish they came in more colors!

  11. I adore cream shadows! I’ve been lusting after the Aqua Creams forever. <3

    • Avatar of Cristina Crissylex

      I found the Shiseido ones not up to par with the other on your list. I bought 3 at one time and regretted it. In my experience, the hydropowders do not apply opaque and they crease like crazy. I even have UD Primer potion underneath and powder e/s above it. They are definitely not as good as MAC paint pots or Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow.

      • They last all day on me, so I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like them!

      • Further proof that everyone is different (Good thing there are SO many products out there then!). I’ve never had a problem with the Shiseido ones creasing at all – In fact they are my favorites on this list :) The feel like a cold drink of water for your lids when you apply them too! Which I love! (So few makeup products actually feel PLEASING on your skin when you apply them).

  12. Avatar of Leticia Leticia

    Thanks, Christine! I would have probably not been interested at all on Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows if not for you…now I want to get them all, ha ha!

  13. Avatar of Tabi Tabi

    I have multiple of all of these and love them all. I have pretty oily eyelids, so long-wearing cream eyeshadows are great for me. Even so, I’ve found that within most of these lines, at least one shade will crease, even if it’s set with powder. For example, I love MUFE Aqua Cream #2 to death, but it creases every time on me. I’ve pretty much learned that no matter what, things will crease on me, and I’m fine with that. =) It happens!

    Anyway, I recommend trying them out. If they don’t work to your liking, return them and try other shades. Not all of the shades within a particular line work the same.

  14. My favourites are theBalm Batter Up cream shadows. They last a good 12 hours on my lids!

  15. Avatar of Mandy bxboricua

    Love MAC paint pots, but hate those Benefit cream shadows- they always crease on me and melt right off!

  16. coco72

    Benefit creaseles shadow-liners don’t crease on my lids, I love them! Have four: RVSP, Stiletto, Pre-nup and Skinny Jeans.
    Also I have a Painterly paint pot

  17. Amy

    Love the paintpots but they dry out(even with the jar’s lid tightly sealed) – is there anything that you can do to keep them moist especially the limited edition ones?

    • I haven’t had that problem except when I left the lid off for a few days, then I just microwaved it for 10-15 seconds and stirred with a toothpick!

    • Sarah

      I store mine upside down (I do this with all cream and gel type products) and haven’t had a problem! I’ve had them for over a year with no issues.

    • Toni

      Keep the paintpots tightly covered and place them upside down.

  18. Avatar of Stacey Stacey

    I love MUF aquacream in #15 taupe. I put it on at 7 am this morning and it still looks wonderful.

  19. Valerie

    I love love love Paint Pots, and I wish they came in more colors!

  20. Emily

    Benefits worked so well for me but i found out it was what was giving me horrible allergies. Im scared to use cream eyeshadows now. lol

  21. I love make up for ever aqua collection, you have to move fast though because once they set they do not budge, you look beautiful the next morning just like a movie. Lol