When do you prefer a cream or liquid product over a powder one?

For all-over glow, I love liquids mixed in with foundation for the most even coverage more so than dusting a powder highlighter all-over. For all-day wear, I prefer a cream blush with a powder blush lightly tapped over it. I prefer powder blushes/highlighters/eyeshadows in general, though I like cream eyeshadows for one-and-done kind of looks or as bases.

— Christine
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I prefer a cream/liquid product over a powder product for longevity, and I’ll usually layer a powder product over it for extra staying power – i.e. cream base and then shadow or blush, liquid foundation and then mineralized powder foundation.

Lately I’ve been liking cream blushes much more than powders. They blend better for me, don’t get patchy or weird, and last longer.

Y u p. I love intense eye shadow looks but some days when I want to look cute but have no mental energy, it’s my fingers, two or three eye shadow crayons, and a teeny bit of translucent powder on top.

Yes! Cream eyeshadows also don’t have the tendency to sneak onto my (rather sensitive) eyeballs, so they save me time and spoons on that end as well. Fixing patchy eyeshadows caused by watery eyes is NOT fun, I tell you!

I usually switch to liquid or cream products when my skin is looking dull or dehydrated. Liquid highlighters especially can make the skin appear more plump and healthy (albeit only temporarily). I love cream blushes for summer – Burberry Poppy was a staple for many months last year!

Other than what Christine wrote above concerning luminizers, I never do. But mixing a luminizer WITH my BB cream or foundation just does something for how my skin looks. Like the glowiness is coming from within!
Now, IF this includes cream/powder hybrids; then yes, I do like those. I have had an easy time using the Colourpop formula most of the time, and others like it such as MAC Electric Cool eyeshadows.

Anytime I want a simple and easy look! I love cream shadows for that, and I’m also a big fan of cream blushes in general. I really like being able to apply things with my fingers!

I usually have really oily skin and eyelids, so almost never. I’ll pick a cream or liquid foundation if I’m needing full coverage, or if hormones are making my skin more combination or normal. Sometimes I use cream blush if a want a lighter, dewier, more natural look. With the exception of Colour Pop, I avoid cream eyeshadows like the plague. I like some of the Color Tattoos as bases for powder shadows, but I don’t wear them on their own.

Hmm tough question. I don’t really have a reason for it. I just kinda go through phases. First I’ll be totally into powder formulas and then all of a sudden I’ll move on to cream formulas for a while, before eventually switching back again πŸ™‚

I mostly prefer powder over cream on my oily skin. However, I do like some cream eyeshadows, long lasting ones, which are good for improving eyeshadow adherence. Some of my favourites are MAC Paint Pots and the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colors. I also like the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres but they are better off used alone and don’t tend to last much longer on me than traditional eyeshadow.

Liquid highlighter is another one. I feel like it stays a bit longer and is more intense than powder. Plus, as has already been mentioned, it’s great for mixing into foundation to add a nice glow. I love the Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighters for this. ?

I prefer liquid foundations and concealer. The only exception is poder foundation in a hot climate.
I love liquid highlighters for their versatility. I use them under or over foundation or mix both and I feel liquids emphasize my skin texture less than poder highlighters.
Lastly, I looooove cream eyeshadows and I use them on a daily basis, much more than I use powder foundations. They are easy to use and perfect for a quick look orfor improving the color payoff of my powder eyeshadows.

I usually prefer powders. Cannot wear cream anything since I have oily skin. However, I have used a liquid highlighter such as Benefits High Beam

If I’m going for longevity I also will wear cream eyeshadows that set and don’t budge, and super pigmented cream blushes that stain. Or when I travel I may choose to take cream “finger products” and leave my brushes at home. But for everyday wear I generally prefer powders because I find them quicker to work with.

I used to only wear cream eyeshadows because my eyes are really sensitive to a lot of powder eyeshadows, especially if there’s glitter/shimmer/fall out. I’ve had better luck since discovering indie brands, but I still love creams because of how easy and quick they are to apply. Colourpop has really opened the door for cream eyeshadows — the color selection on the market was severely lacking before they came along.

Other than that I can’t really use cream blushes or highlighters because my skin is extremely clog prone. Benefit’s High Beam did a number on my cheeks that I’m still trying to recover from!

When I have time, I like to use cream products (contour, blush, highlight), lightly set with powder, with powder contour, highlight, and blush layered over it. As for my eyes, I will often use a cream shadow on the lid when I want to intensify a powder shadow. If I had to choose between creams and powders, I would definitely choose powder products — probably because I’ve had more experience with them so I find them to be more versatile. However, cream products do create a more natural effect if I’m going for a no-makeup look.

I like creams but everywhere I’ve lived has been a little humid all year long so sometimes it’s better to stick with powder.

I’m okay with just about anything EXCEPT powder foundation. Just no. Good Gawd No. Everything else, I’m okay with even if not my favorite, I can make it work. Powder foundation…ugh it’s awful and disgusting on me.

OMG I cannot ever do powder foundation. Before I got into makeup my sister tried to get me into it with Bare Minerals when they were only loose powder. Needless to say it was another 10 years before I got into makeup on my own (non-powdery) terms!

I like the youthful dewiness of creme products, but I’m more adept with brushes and I find it quicker and easier to put on a powder blush than get creme blush to look even and not feel like I’m wiping off all my other products when I blend the blush. I usually use cream for allover face products (sunscreen/BB cream/primer/foundation, etc), then. I’ll then switch to powder highlighter and blush. I’m starting to experiment with Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 6 as liquid blush, though. It’s so fluid that it doesn’t require much rubbing.

I used to use MAC Studio Fix powder foundation, but I realize it’s quite aging to wear powder foundation, so now I just use it (or MAC Blot Powder) for a bit of nose shine control

BTW, does anyone know if primer still works as primer if you mix it with foundation? I’m thinking of trying my BECCA backlight highlighter/primer mixed with my liquid foundation. It might be a disaster if it separates partway through the day, so I’m hesitant to try on a work day.

I only use liquid/crème foundations because powders would dehydrate my face completely. I use highly pigmented powder blushes.
For eye shadows I prefer satin, slightly shimmery powder finishes.

I also prefer to use something liquid mixed into my foundation if I want to amp up the overall glow.

I like cream/liquid blush/highlight options more when I’m going for a more dewy look, or during the hotter months. I find they work better with sweaty skin, and they also look a lot more natural, which is a look I tend towards in spring/summer overall (ie: tinted moisturizers over foundation, etc).

I haven’t really experimented much with liquid/cream bronzer, though I got a deluxe sample of the new liquid form of Hoola so we shall see. I’m not as experienced with bronzer overall (and now love it thanks to an awesome Nars counterwoman who showed me how to use it properly on my pale-as-a-ghost skin!), but I’m happy to be cracking out my CT cream version of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow this spring/summer as it’s a lot more subtle.

If I’m going for a one-and-done eyeshadow, or a base, I tend to reach for a cream shadow, whereas if I want to blend a bajillion different ones together I tend to prefer powders.

Oh, also! I think one perk of powder products (at least non-foundation or concealer ones) is that they don’t dry out. I have to limit myself to one or two cream products per category otherwise they dry out before I barely make a dent.

I love to use cream products (luminizer, contour, blush) with powder foundation. Looks great with a natural finish! And with liquid foundation I prefer to use powder products (luminizer, contour, blush). I think that way the finish is great and the makeup last very well on the skin.

I absolutely love liquid foundations! There is one only exception to my own rule, lol… Bare Minerals Mineral Powder Foundation! Other than that I stay away from “powders”, except to touch up my shine as the day goes on. In my opinion, after 40 years old, the last thing you want to happen is anything that shows off wrinkles or fine lines, laugh lines, ect. You want to keep that glowing, yet natural look but still have awesome coverage! I’m not afraid to grow older, and I embrace getting older, as long as I am comfortable with my looks, and comfortable in the skin I am in! And I am. I don’t lie or deny or steer clear of my exact age. I’m proud to be 45 years old! That’s why it’s very much important that my make-up doesn’t age me older than I really am! πŸ™‚

Definitely when it comes to foundation. I have yet to find a powder foundation that works on me and doesn’t look dusty.

Cream highlighter over powder, always! It’s much easier to blend and you don’t have to buy a fan brush. Ha. I tend to like the feel of cream/liquid foundation better, but for practicality I’ll often stick with powder because it doesn’t transfer to my glasses. I don’t particularly like powder concealer though.
For everything else I usually go with powder, although I do enjoy the CP cream/powder hybrids!

The only cream products I own are for the eyes: MAC paint pots, Maybelline Tattoos, ColourPop shadows, and pencil eyeshadows from Sephora and MUFE. I don’t like creams for anywhere else because of the oiliness of my skin.

I guess I only answered half the question: I prefer liquid foundations because I require full coverage, and powder foundations just don’t do that without making me look either dead (flat) or shimmery (and with the exception of my Meow powder, the coverage isn’t there). The closest I’ve come to a really good, workable powder foundation is Meow Cosmetics, and while I do still have one from them, and occasionally use it, my preference is for the liquid.

I do have a powder concealer (Meow Cosmetics), which I actually like very much, but I use it for spot touch-ups; my undereye concealer is YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch (liquid), and I’ll never give that up.

With the exception of the above, everything else that I use is powder (except lips, obviously).

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