Sydney Grace Awakening, Sugar Plum Fairy, Blossom, Winter Berry Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches

01/05

Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow

Awakening

Sydney Grace Awakening Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with moderate, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easily to apply and blend out for soft, even edges, though it was harder to get a sheer wash out of due to how pigmented it was. The texture was a liquid cream–more substantial than a true liquid eyeshadow–and a little went a long way so squeeze with care. It wore well for nine and a half hours without fading or creasing on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. - $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "dry down to a smudge proof finish" that isn't waterproof but "will last all day on the lids." The brand recommends working "one eye at a time" as the formula "dr[ies] fairly quickly." It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product--like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube--is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you're someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is "too" pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you'd want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn't runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you'd find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They're very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn't have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you'd get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences--in general with cream eyeshadows--I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you're using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They're some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I've worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff... one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Awakening
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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01/05

Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow

Sugar Plum Fairy

Sydney Grace Sugar Plum Fairy Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that was more a liquid-cream hybrid than a true cream, but there was substance to it that helped it spread easily over my lid without losing its intensity. It dried down quickly but didn’t have a hard set, so I could still blend and soften the edges (with a bit extra pressure). It lasted nicely for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. - $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "dry down to a smudge proof finish" that isn't waterproof but "will last all day on the lids." The brand recommends working "one eye at a time" as the formula "dr[ies] fairly quickly." It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product--like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube--is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you're someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is "too" pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you'd want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn't runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you'd find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They're very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn't have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you'd get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences--in general with cream eyeshadows--I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you're using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They're some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I've worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff... one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
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01/05

Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow

Blossom

Sydney Grace Blossom Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, medium, pink-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented where a little went a long way, but I found that it turned lighter and pinker (less purplish in tone) when really blended and buffed out (not a wash, though!).

The texture was a liquid-cream hybrid, but it was never runny or watery, so it spread easily across my skin without losing its intensity but was still blendable. It dried down quickly but I could still soften the edges without it turning flaky. The color stayed on well for 10 hours without fading or creasing.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. - $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "dry down to a smudge proof finish" that isn't waterproof but "will last all day on the lids." The brand recommends working "one eye at a time" as the formula "dr[ies] fairly quickly." It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product--like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube--is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you're someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is "too" pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you'd want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn't runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you'd find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They're very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn't have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you'd get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences--in general with cream eyeshadows--I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you're using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They're some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I've worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff... one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Blossom
Blossom
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
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01/05

Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow
Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow

Winter Berry

Sydney Grace Winter Berry Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a vivid, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and fine, blue-to-violet shifting pearl. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, and it built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was a lightweight cream that spread well as it wasn’t too heavy or thick, but it wasn’t so watery that it sheered out instantly. The product dried down quickly with just enough time to work one eye at a time, and the edges remained somewhat blendable after that dry down. It wore well for nine hours without fading or creasing on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. - $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "dry down to a smudge proof finish" that isn't waterproof but "will last all day on the lids." The brand recommends working "one eye at a time" as the formula "dr[ies] fairly quickly." It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product--like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube--is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you're someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is "too" pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you'd want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn't runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you'd find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They're very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn't have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you'd get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences--in general with cream eyeshadows--I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you're using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They're some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I've worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff... one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Cream Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Winter Berry
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Yummy rich shades of delicious purple and plums! I’m into Awakening and Sugar Plum Fairy the most, Blossom is gorgeous as well. How these would hold up with my allergy tears I’m not sure, but definitely worth it it for me to try a couple!

This whole range performs so consistently and better than any other range of products in any brand. It’s quite remarkable.
Christine, now that you’ve had some of these (in other shades) longer than 6 months do you find there is a change in the product? Do they go rancid? I wonder whether the 6 month shelf is actually a 6 year shelf life, like so many of my cosmetics.
There didn’t used to be a shelf life listed in makeup and I have products that are literally 10-20 years old and still good as new. I’m talking lipsticks and creams, not just powders. At the time, that’s what I thought I was paying extra money for in luxury – longer-lasting makeup…

Consider a muni fridge, and I don’t mean the DE one. A bar sized one. It prolongs the life of anything cream, lipsticks, s/c. Cooling sprays and sheet masks love it in there. CP SSS. Any s/c in a jar belongs in there, counteracting air exposure. Cold/ice packs . And there’s always room for a seltzer water. I had one that crapped out, and did not rebuy immediately. Big mistake. Lots of lotion stuff turned, almost immediately. I kept old NARS l/s going, long after the rubberized tube went kaput. Any cream eye product feels soooo good. It’s a pretty good investment.

The trouble with such “squeeze-out| tubes product (even skincare) is that you are almost always guaranteed to squeeze out more than you need. And with such intense shades you most likely will.

Do you have a primer that you like to use with the Sydney Grace cream shadows? I have a bit of trouble with the lighter shades staying power and I’d like them to be more vibrant. I have dry skin, so no oily lids.

I have six of these in various shades, and tbh, I don’t love them. I think they fade sort of fast, and they smudge a lot when I wear them. If I could go back in time, I definitely wouldn’t have bought more than one. With that said, I’m not a fan of the highlighters from the brand either, soooooo…..🤷‍♀️

I managed to purchase the emperor’s new blush from SG. S.t. the shade depictions are waaaay off. So far, sticking to powder shadow, as am trying to add ‘no new formulas’ to my low buy. So, have not tried these, HL, LL. I think powder e/s are pretty easy for m/u enthusiasts, so that has become their core competency. The rest of their products maybe cannot reach that stratospheric high bar for all fans.

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