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Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Photos, Swatches, Review

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner ($19.00 each) is available in twelve different shades, ranging from soft white-gold to golden brown to gray. The Creaseless Cream Shadow is a crease-proof formula that can be sheered out or layered for a more intense effect.

I found that they did indeed live up to their name — they didn’t crease or smudge on me at any point during the day, when worn alone or as a base. I will say they did seem to perform better when used as a base, but I imagine most cream-based products do. Since I didn’t notice any creasing or fading when they were worn alone, I think they held up incredibly without anything on top, too. All of the shades I tried had a light sheen or subtle shimmer to them, which was just fine with me, but I’d definitely love to see Benefit add some more matte shades to the line-up in the future.

If you’re a big fan of MAC paint pots, I think you’d adore these! I found these more blendable/buildable than some paint pots, and I didn’t have as much trouble blending shadows on top of the deeper shades as I have with some of MAC’s darker colored paint pots (e.g. Nice Vice).

Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows

  • R.S.V.P. is a slightly warmed-up champagne shade with not much shimmer but more of a golden sheen. This makes for an excellent all-over lid color when you need a quick look, but it also works well as a base shade, particularly for golds and greens.
  • Skinny Jeans is a smoky, pewter-green shade. It’s kind of like like gray meets green meets gold. So, basically, all sorts of awesome. (I’m totally obsessed with the color pewter–go figure!) I love using this as a liner on the lower lash line or as a base for a really dark green smoky eye.
  • Stiletto is a soft, reddish-burgundy shade flecked with microfine golden shimmer. I found this to be one of the sheerer shades just from the get-go, but it layers really well so you can increase the intensity if you want to use it on the lid. When I used an angled eyeliner brush to apply it as liner, I didn’t have any sheerness issues, it was pretty deep and intense.
  • Tattle Tale is an opaque shade of white-gold with golden shimmer laced throughout. This was one of my favorites, just because it looks amazing on my warmer skin tone. It works well as an all-over lid color, neutral base (and I love that it’s a bit on the white side, so it helps colors pop more), as well as a highlighter on cheeks! Gotta love a multi-tasker!
  • Busy Signal is a golden-toned bronze-copper shade. It’s incredibly pigmented, needing just one thin layer to get intense color. It is definitely a little warm, but not overly so. It seems almost neutral at times. I found I preferred to use this one as a liner than an eyeshadow (just because I personally prefer to use cream shadows as bases rather than individual shadows).
  • Strut is a silver-gray with slight bluish-gray sheen. If you want a smoky eye, try this as a base!
  • Flatter Me is a neutral, slightly subdued pinky shade with a little bit of peach and gold shimmer. I think those with cooler toned skin may find this perfect for an all-over color when warmer, more golden tones shades don’t work. I’m warm-toned, but I still like this as a soft lid color. It also can double as a blush if you work quickly with it!
  • Birthday Suit is a soft, antique gold shade, which means I am ALL over it. It is such a gorgeous shade, and it has great pigmentation. I love it for layering with brown and gold shadows, as well as greens. I love wearing this alone or as a liner.
  • Get Figgy is a mauvey-pink with slight golden shimmer. I liked this one with purple shadows, as well as some pinks, but I did find myself reaching for it more as a liner than a base color.

See more product photos and swatches


Skinny Jeans


Tattle Tale

Busy Signal


Flatter Me

Birthday Suit

Get Figgy

R.S.V.P., Skinny Jeans, Stiletto, Tattle Tale

Busy Signal, Strut, Flatter Me, Birthday Suit, Get Figgy


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Nicole15 Avatar

i think it could be a decent dupe, but you’re right, the benefit one may be darker. And correct me if i am wrong, but does indianwood have gold shimmer to it? Looks as though busy signal may have more of a copper shimmer to it. Jeez, they really are both beautiful though so win-win!!

Lora Avatar

I used Skinny jeans as an all over colour and then strut in the crease for a deep blue smokey eye last night and it looked amazing!
Try birthday suit, it really is soo pretty!

Carrie Avatar

I soo love these. I have Skinny Jeans, Birthday Suit, Marry Up, and Towne Car and they are all fantastic. Now I want Busy Signal!

I’ve said this before but for some reason, these are magic for me under the MAC Metal-X shadows, which otherwise crease in 30 seconds.

Nicole15 Avatar

I have RSVP & used it soooo often as a base & on the weekends, I will just wear it by itself. Just the perfect amount of color to brighten up your eye. These are phenomenal cream shadows. I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t like them. Skinny Jeans gets rave reviews in magazines constantly so i guess its about time i pick that one up. Thx for all the swatches.

Carrie Avatar

personally I like them both, but I am kind of a cream shadow junkie! For me the Benefit ones last a bit longer and work better as a base for powder eyeshadows because the formula is thicker.

The Clinique formula is thinner/more liquidy and has a finer shimmer, less sparkle. I like they way the Clinique ones “sheer out” and find them a little easier to use than the Benefit ones, more forgiving to sloppy application. I mostly wear the Clinique ones by themselves and use the Benefits ones as bases.

I say get both, get Skinny Jeans and Sunlit Palm! 😉 hth!

Dawn Avatar

i think I have to give Strut a try. Very pretty and new to me. The rest do look like similar colors I have from MAC. I love Paint pots and Paints but I find their colors are really limited and kinda redundant.

jojoba Avatar

i used to lovethese but i don’t reach for my cream eye shadows so i swapped or gave them away. they are beautiful if you like neutral colours. otherwise, they can be a little bit boring.

lovepotion18 Avatar

you must have been reading my mind! i was searching on youtube last night for benefit cometics and was really interested in what these cream eye shadows look like. thx christine!

Jody Avatar

Is Tattle Tale a definite no no for cooler skin tones? I mentioned before that Soft Ochre is just a touch yellow on me but I love the way Tattle Tale looks.

Jill Avatar

I want Skinny Jeans! I’m in love with MAC paint pots so I’ll probably love these just as much. Busy Signal looks like MAC Indianwood but perhaps a little bit darker and Tattle Tale reminds me of Bare Study. I just wish they would make a greenish gold color like the MAC Moss Scape Paint Pot. It’s a shame that they discontinued it because it was one of my favorites 🙁

Megan Avatar

I have Skinny Jeans and I love it…I think I might wear it tomorrow and possibly go to Sephora and pick up a couple more!!. Thanks alot Christine:p I may pick up Birthday Suit..Tattle Tale… and/or Get Figgy or maybe even Strut. Gosh I gotta remember I’m on a budget.Im so excited

Inky Avatar

i love RSVP and use it as my base color all the time. It lasts a long time, stays put and is very blendable. I use a soft flat brush to apply mine.

reesa Avatar

i have skinny jeans and (a lilac color that i can’t remember right now 🙂 i LOVE skinny jeans. i wear it alone and as a base with mac smoke and diamonds on top. LOVE!

thanks for the pics and swatches, christine!

Portia Avatar

Thank you for these reviews!
I was skeptical about these eyeshadow since I never found a Benefit product I really like. Now that you reviewed it, I think I might just try it! First color I’m gonna get is Tattle Tail!

Jocelyn Avatar

How would you say Benefits Stiletto compares to MACs Artifact paint pot? They look almost identical in the pot. :\

I have Skinny Jeans, which I lurve, and Tattle Tale, which was a birthday present and quite nice in its own right. I never thought of using it as a cheek highlighter, though – you are a genius!!

DarkGlamour17 Avatar

Ohmyyyword! I bought ‘Strut’ (via ebay) and I can’t wait to get it! It’s SO GORGEOUS! 😀 ‘Skiiny Jeans’ looks very nice too! I’ll like the messy dark looks so I think Strut will be perfect!

Jeanne Avatar

I picked up the Femme Metale set that had 3 of these and they weren’t very good at all, they creased almost immediately even with a primer. Do you think the regular full priced singles would be different/better than the ones I got in the Femme Metale set?


These are my favorite shadows! I have RSVP, Birthday Suit and Purple Snap! I’m on my *fourth* pot of RSVP, my second pot of Birthday Suit and my first pot of purple snap (limited ed). These take 2 second to swipe on and get out and are perfect for when Im running low on time getting ready in the AM. I have hundreds of shadows(most of them Urban Decay) but *always* replace them in my makeup kit when I run out. They are super creamy, blendable, dont crease and stay put all day!

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