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Cream Eyeshadows

They seem really fantastic for one-and-done looks, which I don’t really do (lover of Multi-Shade Looks that I am). I love more cream-to-powder formulas as they work well for multi-shade looks, though, and sometimes, you can get a more intense sparkle or metallic finish from a cream than a powder. Not a fan of ones that dry down so much that they can be prone to flaking off!

— Christine

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Cream eyeshado is one of those type of products I personally don’t find a use for.
The cream formula is just not compatible with my skin when it comes to cheeks and eyes. Cream eyeshadows move too much on my oily eyelids, either upon application (the dreaded “don’t blink until it dries”) or during the day. I also hate the sensation of cream eyeshadows on my eyelids, especially if I have to apply them with fingers. They also tend to dry out very fast and the germophobe in me considers them not so hygienic.

I have the oiliest lids known to (wo)man, so even with a sticky primer, anything with “cream” in the description is going to slide right off.

Due to my having fairly oily eyelids, I tend to use them more as a base or, if dark, as eyeliner rather than as standalone eyeshadows. I do like the ones by Natasha Denona, though. I still need to be careful, or I’ll wind up as a creasey mess!

I like how fast you can do one and done looks with a good cream eye shadow formula. Just add a little dimension with a deeper shadow and you’re done. But on the other hand most cream eye shadows tend to crease and fade fast on me. My eye lids aren’t especially oily and I use primer but half the time a cream eye shadow won’t wear well on my lids all day. So I mostly use my powder eye shadow palettes.

When I watched the Danessa Myricks class with her line of liquid colors it really showed me that with a few colors I could do my whole face. This really hit the mark with me, when I’m going to be travelling I’ll only have to take a few colors with me, yay for packing light! So I’m waiting for my order to come, but I’m not travelling anywhere yet 🙁

I don’t really use cream eyeshadows myself, but have liked some of the ones you’ve shown here – Sydney Grace, Tom Ford’s and Charlotte Tilbury’s.
I think they would be perfect for one and done looks too – but I tend to use 3 shades in my eyeshadow looks and I would probably not end up using them.

Cream is so unfussy. It can be applied quickly without brushes, thrown carelessly in your purse, and still have you looking put together. I love my tube by itself, but I suspect it would play well with sheer powder toppers for a little more variety.

Cream is more perishable, though, and less versatile. I’d rather only have a few favorite creams for lazy makeup then keep my variety in powders.

Like: The texture. In winter, it feels like I have the driest skin in the universe, so it loves anything with moisture it can absorb. I actually use a nude color cream as a primer in winter.

Dislike: How quickly they expire. I had a couple of great ones that just bricked up on day.

I have over 300 palettes and probably 200 single shadows…seriously now the trend is cream shadow blush bronzer and highlighter?…not going to rebuy all the colors I have in creams that will dry out in a year….don’t start buying thins you already have for the fad! Powder shadow is the Queen and always will be!
Just saying!
Dizzy Ramone

The first cream shadow I ever tried was two freebies that NYX sent to me in on elf my product orders from them. It was so easy to apply – it had a wand and was similar to sing a lip gloss. However, the quality was not great as the shadow flaked off after a few short hours. Then this past summer I tried Sydney Grace’s cream shadows which was very different as these applied with finger or brush (no wand). I love these!!! I love mixing them to create new colors and I love how easy they are fas a one and done. I also Leo how they work as a base for the application of other shadows. Now, let me say there was a learning curve with using these as I had to learn to use a very tiny itty bit amount. But the cleanup is quite easy if you make a mess as they are not waterproof so you can just use a cotton swab to make the application more flawless. I have eight of these Sydney Grace shadows and aim to keep building my collection as they are very much usable with regular eyeshadows as well as by themselves.

I love their sheen. And, oddly enough, even though I have hooded, oily eyelids, the super shock shadows from ColourPop are the most long-lasting shadows in my collection, beating my powder shadows out by a mile. Go figure.

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