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Best Makeup Brushes for Cream Eyeshadows

Best Makeup Brushes for Applying Cream Eyeshadows

When it comes to applying cream eyeshadow, synthetic brushes are my go-to as creams as natural hair brushes can soak up liquid and creams too much and produce either sheer or streaky results (and creams tend to necessitate washing often, and synthetics can take the extra washing easily).  I find a flat, synthetic brush is necessary for all-over lid application; a fluffy, dome-shaped brush key for diffusing crease color and applying creams to the brow bone; and a dome-shaped, denser brush for depositing pigmented color into the crease.

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for applying cream eyeshadow — share your picks in the comments! 🙂

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Makeup Geek Flawlessly Ever After Collection for Holiday 2017

Makeup Geek Flawlessly Ever After Collection for Holiday 2017
Makeup Geek Flawlessly Ever After Collection for Holiday 2017

The Details

We believe everyone deserves a HAPPILY EVER AFTER! So when you run into your Prince (or Princess) Charming, we’re making sure you look FLAWLESS.

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Porcelain Princess Flawless Full Face Palette, $38.00 (Permanent)

  • Gleam Highlighter
  • Tryst Contour
  • Sweetheart Blush
  • First Crush Blush

Fair Lady Flawless Full Face Palette, $38.00 (Permanent)

  • Radiant Highlighter
  • Betrayal Contour
  • Flirt Blush
  • A’mour Blush

Bronze Baroness Flawless Full Face Palette, $38.00 (Permanent)

  • Splendor Highlighter
  • Heartbreaker Contour
  • Love Bomb Blush
  • French Kiss Blush

Ebony Empress Flawless Full Face Palette, $38.00 (Permanent)

  • Glimmer Highlighter
  • Forbidden Contour
  • Devoted Blush
  • Seduction Blush

Wish Ever After Eyeshadow Palette, $22.00 (Limited Edition)

  • I’m Peachless Buff base with peachy-pink reflects
  • Roulette Rosy, burnt sienna with a silky, shimmery finish
  • Cocoa Bear Matte reddish brown
  • Bada Bing Gold-flecked chocolate brown with a subtle sparkly finish

Dream Ever After Eyeshadow Palette, $22.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Phantom White base with violet purple reflects
  • Anarchy Medium marsala with a shimmery finish
  • Cherry Cola Deep brown with strong red undertones and a matte finish
  • Drama Queen Densely dark purple with a shimmery finish

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette x 9

Makeup Geek In the Nude Palette | Look Details

Makeup Geek In the Nude Palette | Look Details

In the Nude

Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows with four new, palette-exclusive shades (So Pale, Buffed, Creased, Dark Roast) and five shades from the permanent range (two–In the Spotlight and Grandstand–are Foiled Eyeshadows). It’s a warm, neutral eyeshadow palette that is good quality: pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours. I didn’t have any major issues applying or using the eyeshadows in practice, and I suspect it would be a workhorse palette for some (that don’t already have neutral eyeshadows coming out of their ears).

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows retail for $6.00, while the Foiled Eyeshadows retail for $10.00, which makes the palette a value of $62 ($42 worth of regular eyeshadows, $20 worth of Foiled eyeshadows).

In the Nude
In the Nude
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Sunkissed

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, golden brown with a satin finish and soft, warm undertones. It had intense, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was lightweight, finely-milled, and soft without being powdery in the pan.

The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. I thought the subtle sheen/micro-shimmer gave it a natural finish on the skin–it did not read shimmery nor did it emphasize my skin’s natural texture. As Makeup Geek listed it, this shade would be best for fair to light skin. I get a touch of color on my light-medium skin tone, so it would make sense for someone of similar skin tone to get this only if they want a very subtle bronzer. The bronzer wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Sunkissed
Sunkissed
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Burnished

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is dark brown with subtle, warm olive undertones–it had a stronger muted, yellow undertone–paired with a mostly matte finish. The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. It had rich color payoff where a little went a long way, but the powder had a smooth, finely-milled feel to it that made it easier to control how much product transferred onto the brush to avoid over-applying.

It did not blend out quite as easily as I anticipated, as it seemed to sit in my pores a bit so it did not look as even as I would have liked. This did not happen consistently–one day it did, the next day it did not, both times were applied with the same product over bare skin! The color stayed on well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Burnished
Burnished
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Tawny

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage in one layer, though it was easily diffused and sheered out if desired. The consistency was smooth, finely-milled, and almost cream-like without being too dense or too softly pressed into the pan. The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. The powder sat well on the skin and had a subtle, natural finish rather than totally matte but did not read shimmery. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Tawny
Tawny
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total