5 Must-Try Cream Eyeshadows for Summer

One of my favorite products these days are cream eyeshadows, particular one-and-done shades, which I’ve included three of here, and then two brighter, more vibrant shades that could be used as bases or incorporated with other eyeshadows for a major look.

  1. Benefit Birthday Suit — a bronzy taupe
  2. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy — tangerine orange
  3. Shiseido Esmaralda — a bluish-teal
  4. MAC Rubenesque — a coppery peach
  5. Dior Lune — a shimmery white

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Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) & Intrigue (995) Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a brightened, medium, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dior Vie d'Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Tiny Pink (269) & Rieuse (373) Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some translucency, but it covered the natural lip color for the most part. There was some minor settling of the color into vertical lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is a touch lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer

Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a fuchsia-shimmered, pink-red with cool, bluish undertones. Formula X Spectrum (P, $12.50) has larger shimmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) has no shimmer. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $23.00) is darker, no shimmer. China Glaze Love’s a Beach (LE, $7.50) is brighter. China Glaze 108 Degrees (LE, $7.50) is more of a jelly-finish. Essie Super Bossa Nova (LE, $8.00) is more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Dior Front Row (769) Vernis Gel Nail Lacquer
Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer Front Row (769)
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Product
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Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%

Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition, cool-toned palette that features three blue-hued eyeshadows, a shimmery silver, and a medium brown (that is very warm-toned, so it seems out of place). The good news is this wasn’t as bad as Rivage, which made any blue eyeshadow lover instantly tear up. It’s still not a hit, and it’s hard to forgive major errors at this price point. The darkest blue is incredibly powdery, dusty, and sheer. The silver shade is mostly silver shimmer, and the light blue is so-so. The best performer was the medium blue, followed by the brown, which was still a little powdery. On the lid, wear time varied dramatically depending on shade, so if that’s a deal-breaker, I’ve noted the wear times with each shade below.

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Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Atlantique (344)
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Product
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Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
74%
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Dior Magique (479) & Wonderland (575) Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

Dior Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a formula that has the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also supposed to be long-wearing, lightweight, and have coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” They have a very creamy, slightly gel-like consistency that’s light-medium in thickness, an ultra-glossy finish, and good color coverage. The texture is non-sticky initially, but it develops moderate tackiness within a few minutes of wear. The major issue I had with this formula was that it was very prone to getting on my teeth, and there’s a fine line between even coverage and over-application. It’s comfortable to wear and fairly hydrating over time, and the formula, thus far, has lasted longer than the average gloss on me. It feels, behaves, and looks more like a really pigmented lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it. I love the color payoff, glossiness, and length of wear, but the tackiness and scent/taste keep me from being in love personally.

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Dior Magique (479) Dior Addict Fluid Stick