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I like them! They’re fun to use, and they can be longer-wearing than full-on cream eyeshadows while also being easier to apply as higher-coverage products, since they tend to blend better along the edges.

— Christine


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Nancy T Avatar

Well, now that I’ve tried Natasha Denona Cream to Matte formula, I’m SPOILED! They blend so beautifully and seamlessly, have just the correct level of pigmentation, and don’t irritate my very sensitive eyes.
And every now and then, I will still get one or two from the OG that made this formula shoot to uber popularity with their very first product, ColourPop!

Genevieve Avatar

I have the Maybelline Burgundy Bar eyeshadow palette, which is a cream to powder formula and I love it. It goes on like a dream and the shades are so pigmented that they last all day without creasing.
I don’t own any of the Laura Mercier Caviar sticks, but they are pretty good too.
I guess the only negatives could be if you have oily eyelids and that the cream aspects crease on you.

Mariella Avatar

I guess the only thing I don’t like is when they dry out (like Chanel’s old Illusion d’ombre shadows and Maybelline Colour Tattoos – do they both qualify as “cream to powder”?) and basically become unusable. I do find they can be a bit trickier to blend than traditional powder shadows.

Teri Avatar

I have found that if you add a few drops of isododecane to any cream item, even a liquid lipstick and mix it up-it’ll bring it back to life.
I’ve now successfully done this with UD liquid lipsticks, MAC paint pots & gel liners in pots, NYX brow pomades and ColourPop Super Shock shadows as well as the highlighters.

Apparently, it is used in the making of cosmetics and I bought what I thought was a small bottle (4.2 fl oz) which is going to last a lifetime.

Mariella Avatar

Duraline is one of my makeup best friends! That stuff is amazing and I do the same but it doesn’t restore that wonderful texture the shadows had when they were new. I loved that bouncy texture but it was painfully short-lived, though some shades were worse than others.

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