Friday, February 7th, 2014

Choose or Lose


What type of eyeshadow do you prefer working with?

  • Pressed powder (87%, 2,679 Votes)
  • Cream (10%, 302 Votes)
  • Loose powder (3%, 88 Votes)
  • Liquid (0%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,077

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23 thoughts on “What type of eyeshadow do you prefer working with?

  1. Most of my eyeshadow is pressed powder, but I don’t mind loose pigment or cream either. I don’t have any liquid eyeshadow though.

  2. I prefer pressed powder… There are lots of finishes and they can be very blendable. I do use a cream eye shadow as a base sometimes, or a primer though, but all my eye shadows are pressed or loose powders.

  3. kurohana

    i really like cream especially in the stick form i just swipe it on blend and walk out the door plus it last longer for me than powder

  4. Avatar of kimberly Kica

    Pressed powder and creamy sticks. I hate loose pigments with a passion!

  5. Pressed powder for me. I have a hard time applying/blending liquid/cream eyeshadows, and loose pigments are an accident waiting to happen; it’s almost guaranteed that if I’m working with loose pigments, I will knock over or drop the container and make a huge mess. :(

  6. Pressed hands down! It’s the easiest for me to work with and isn’t really messy lol
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  7. Avatar of KaseyCannuck KaseyCannuck

    Pressed are the easiest to work with, but creams win out for longevity on my lids, and they make a good base, and loose ones are slowly overtaking my pressed ones in numbers. I love these for their multi-faceted colours. I don’t believe I’ve ever crossed paths with a liquid eyeshadow.

  8. I find pressed powder easiest to apply (with some exceptions, depending on what I’m doing) but I have major creasing/transfer problems, even with primer. The only way I’ve found to get through a day reliably is primer-sheer powder-paint pot and THEN eyeshadow, which is a bit much every day. So I do use creams a lot. They can be a pain to get even/blend out though. Depends on the formula.

    I love Becca’s baroque eye tint, which I see as more of a gel than anything. Goes on great and gives a nice neutral definition for an easy day (and lasts well). But I’ve tried the darker colors (like pewter) and they go on horribly.

  9. Pressed powder for sure! And I typically prefer cream over loose powder because things can get messy! I’ve only had one experience with liquid shadows, but I don’t find them as long lasting on my eyes.

  10. Christy

    I really find cream eyeshadows work best on me and stay longer (oily lids). I especially like Bobbi Brown long wear. UD pressed shadows are the best for pressed powder.

  11. I’m only semi-qualified to vote here, as 99% of the shadows I own are pressed powder (mostly Urban Decay). I only have 2 loose powders (Bare Minerals) and two creams (MAC paint pots), and no liquids!

    However, based on that lmited experience, I’d have to say high quality pressed powder shadows are the easiest to apply evenly and blend, personally!
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  12. I chose cream, because I really liked the Maybelline Colour Tattoos (just the neutral colours). I find them much easier to work with than powder eyeshadows. I’m really terrible at eyeshadow so I find the creams really no nonsense and good for a wash of colour, which is what I do 99% of the time – maybe with a contour in the crease using my face contour shade.

    If I do like a powder eyeshadow, I like the really creamy kind. So why not just stick with creams! (except I have had bad experiences with other cream stick form eyeshadows which crease horribly, even if you set it with a powder)
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  13. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I answered pressed powder, but I really like using all mediums equally, depending on what I’m going for. Pressed just seem more common/accessible, therefore my stash is mainly pressed powders.

  14. Avatar of Elisa Elisa

    Cream is always my go to when I travel so I don’t have to take a bunch of brushes. But for daily use, I use pressed powder. It blends easily, has more staying power, and is the most polished look. I don’t mind loose powders, but find they often crease quicker on my oily lids.

  15. Avatar of kellly kellly

    I’ve always liked loose powder best, in spite of all the issues with it, particularly fallout. It’s just been my preference for years now.

  16. Avatar of Carole Carole Eisemann

    Only loose and BE only! nothing cream, liquid or pressed for me. I’ve switched it all up in 1999 and I I have over 500 BE shadows. LOVE my loose!

  17. Michelle Reece

    I’d like to go with cream because of the texture, but it’s either deceptively matte (usually, I find lots of glitter in it) or makes my eyelids far too shiny for my liking after 4 or so hours. Right now I have to settle for pressed powder.

  18. Pressed powder less mess!

  19. There’s liquid eyeshadow? Who knew? I learn something new from your blog every time!
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  20. I love the huge variety that indie companies offer, but I find loose shadows to be incredibly messy. I recently pressed about 15 of my loose shadows, and they came out perfectly! I’m so happy to have some of my favorite indies now much more accessible.
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  21. I prefer cream and pressed powder shadows. I never mess around with liquid or loose ones.

  22. Astrild

    Love cream shadows for a daily look. Very quick and long-wearing.