Monday, March 14th, 2011

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: LIQUID EYESHADOW!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about liquid eyeshadow.  Do you use them all the time?  What are your favorites (or least favorites)?

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35 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Liquid Eyeshadow

  1. Britni

    I have no idea what it is, but everytime I’ve tried a liquid eyeshadow, my eyes break out. I thought it was just because I was allergic to green, but I tried another, a gray and a pink, and it was even worse! I haven’t and won’t try again. I like my pressed powders enough.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gina Gina

    I’ve never used it! But I think I’ll stick to powder and cream, because liquid shadows sound like they’d be hard/weird to blend.

  3. I skipped from eyepencil liner to liquid eyeliner quite soon, because I wanted a product which could last all school day. As a matter of fact, I have started to use gel/creme liners since one year and a half. What I like about liquid eyeliner is the glossy finish, that makes elegant and refined even the simplest cat-eye.
    The only isssue was to find a liquid eyeliner which could “write” on coloured eyeshadows. After some research, I found the perfect eyeliner in the Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss. I love it.

  4. I’ve only tried the Avon and Clinique liquid shadows and I did not like them. The Avon ones creased pretty fast. The Clinique one I just could not blend out to well so I had a harsh looking line that I didn’t like. Overall, they provide beautiful color but like to crease and are hard to apply sometimes.

  5. I’ve only used one, and it’s the Ulta brand one… I dislike that if you blend it, it looks very sheer, but if you pile it on thick, it dries feeling tight, but I love the metallic look of it, and I love how powder shadows stick to it if I put them on while it’s still tacky. Using that on top of my primer, my shadow lasts all day without budging!

  6. Ali

    i have a bunch of double ended one from la senza… i got them when they were on sale for a $1…awful colors and i never use them!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    Liquid shadow looks a hot mess on my oily lids. I used to wear it a lot as a teen (Covergirl I think). I wear UD Greed Primer Potion in a pinch sometimes. Don’t know if that counts as a liquid shadow b/c it doesn’t provide a whole lot of color.

  8. snm

    looks like I am one of the rare people who loves liquid liners more than gel ones.I think liquid liners always look more vibrant and fresh.I also find them easier to use.What I dont like is that they are not the longest living members of a make up collection.When a gel liner dries,several drops of glycerin solves the issue but most of the liquid liners are getting useless after some time,just like mascaras.

    • snm

      haha,I misunderstood the subject and wrote about liners,just like
      Lidalgirl:D I dont have much experience with liquid shadows though,but I think they wont be super on my oily lids.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    I’ve never used a liquid eye shadow (except maybe 25 years ago when Clinique had these non-creasing liquid-type things in little vials) – the closest I get to “liquid” eye shadow is cream products (MAC Paintpots, Benefit Creaseless Cream, etc.)

  10. I like the idea of liquid shadow, but haven’t met a good one yet. ELF has to make the absolute worst one. The tube is tiny (I only got 3 or 4 uses from mine before I started having trouble getting any out) and the shadow itself creases, even on primer.

    • Kendall

      I can’t stand ELF liquid shadows! They also dry in just a couple seconds, which drives me crazy, and They have absolutely no grab as a base.

  11. lily

    I apply urban decay primer potion , then clinique quick eyes cream shadow in muffin and its beautiful , lasts all day and i dont evan need to set it with an eyeshadow.
    I dont think cream shadows would work well on oily lids though.

    • lauren

      Actually… cream shadows are made for oily lids… they have more staying power than powder.. try Bobbi Browns cream shadow. Wear alone or as a primer for traditional powder.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariel maryelle

    one of my first chanel beauty products was the chanel liquid eyeshadow. i bought it because i wanted to recreate the look for chanel s/s’07 for prom. i think it’s great for layering.

  13. Haven’t tried liquid shadows before…any good brand recommendations? I really love creams and powders, but find pigments a pain to apply and clean up. If liquid shadows are similarly high-maintenance, then I’ll probably be giving it a miss. It’s not as if creams and powders can’t serve my needs satisfactorily! Of course, being the beauty addict that I am, I’m rather curious to check this out now.

  14. Steph

    I adore the chanel ombre ones. Gorgeous pay off and last all day.

  15. Leenie

    I like them all, liquid, creams and gel liners I use them all on a regular basis

  16. Leenie

    OK I thought I read eye liners, I don’t use liquid eye shadows only because they seem to crease on my eye lids yuk! I hate creasing

  17. Jen

    There’s a brand that’s supposed to be really good… I think it’s called SenseCosmetics, and it creates a product called ShadowSense, which looks like a liquid eyeshadow. I personally don’t have it, but I’ve heard reviews that praise it a lot. It might be a bit hard to find, and it’s expensive, but if what I heard is true, it’s beautiful.

  18. lauren

    Liquid eyeshadow seems to be confusing for a lot of people. I first started using Chanel liquid eyeshadows, ‘Ombre D’eau’. I must say I’m not very impressed with the whole concept. I prefer a cream shadow… they last longer and are easier to use.

    • lia

      I love these! The colors are neutral and so easy to use – one swipe and I’m done! I don’t even need to blend them out or anything, so simple :) Too bad they’re expensive.

  19. Dorna

    The cheap ones are terrible; too creamy and greasy. Chanel makes a fabulous one though.

  20. I purchased a few of the ELF and Clinque liquid eye shadows and I can’t say that I love or like them. Clinque was almost impossible to blend and the ELF was just strange.

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Denise S. Denise

    I have a hard time controlling the placement of liquid eyeshadow.It tends to look streaky, not my favorite medium. I love and can easily use liquid eyeliner though.

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Victoria Victoria

    I have a couple that are quite good. There was this Bourjois one called Shimmering Shine Liquid Eyeshadow. I love it but they don’t make it anymore.
    There is also this Chanel one. Ombre d’eau or something like that. That one is decent but kind of pricey.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gabrielle Gabby T

      I didn’t see your response before I replied below! I agree that Bourjois one was great! I wish I had picked up more colors…….

  23. Yida

    I don’t mind liquid eyeshadow. Actually, I think it’s really great for when you are in a rush, and you want just a wash of colour, for example, I love urban decay’s shroom in the liquid eyeshadow, because it’s a really me colour and all I do is apply it in the mornings, when I don’t have time to think of some thing.
    Personally I found that the urban decay ones crease on my eyelid, and I like the but primer on top, but i realise they only crease after about 4 hours and if it’s something like, going to class for an hour or something, and grabbing lunch, then heading back home, I think it’s fine :)

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gabrielle Gabby T

    Bourjois has this shimmering shine liquid eyeshadow in a gorgeous color that was a dupe of Stila’s Kitten. I snatched it up before Sephora stopped carrying the line and I still pull it out to use on weekends every now and then when I don’t want to mess with an eyeshadow primer – it holds up pretty well.

  25. Sri

    love: long lasting, waterproof, sweatproof, oily-lid proof, and I can get solid black color
    hate: hard to use (due to my shaking hand, need more practice)
    favorite brands: Revlon colorstay liquid eyeliner (cheap & good), never try another brands..but my cousin use LTPro (my country’s local brand), and she said it’s good..

  26. Sara

    My favorite liquid eyeshadow has to be Laura Mercier, the shadow in the tube. The metallic ones are the best, so creamy and easy to use. Works excellently as a base.

  27. Minou

    I’ve been using an Avon one lately and I quite like it…I definitely can’t do anything precise with it though and I always set with a powder.