It actually took me a little while to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to cream eyeshadows. I have very oily skin so I always struggled with keeping them from creasing on my eyelids. Well, that was until I discovered the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base which totally saved my life when it comes to eyeshadow durability. My wear-time for eyeshadows jumped from 2 hours to wearing all day long. After that I began to embrace cream shadows for their ease of use and quick application.
I first started experimenting with the Maybelline Color Tattoos a few years back. I remember having the color Bad to the Bronze and loving it. I would apply it on my lid and then blend the edges out with a clean finger. This look was perfect for school or anytime I wanted something simple, subtle, and eas. I definitely recommend it. The latest color I’ve tried is Permanent Taupe. I think this purply-grey shade was possibly from a limited edition collection because it is a different formula than the other colors I’ve tried. This formula has a matte finish and it is not as easy to blend as the original formula. Honestly, I am not as impressed with it and the only time I use it is when I’m creating a grey or purple smoky eye. It works well for providing intensity under a lid shade, but it’s a bit too much work for me to grab very often. But I am still willing to try some other colors out in the original formula.
Next, I started playing around with the MAC Longwear Paint Pots. I have the colors Soft Ochre, which I use as an all over lid base for shadows, and Vintage Selection which is a pinky, iridescent, shimmery, champagne color that I use all over my lids. The formula of these is very creamy and pigmented. I wear them alone or as a base to other eyeshadows. I find these products super easy to use and I often take them when I travel. Additionally, I have the MAC Big Bounce Shadow in Reward Yourself. I think that this shimmery, copper, burnt orange shade is also a limited edition product. This is a bit of a bizarre product. It has a super squishy texture kind of like jello, but not quite as solid. The formula of this product is okay. It doesn’t have amazing staying power or anything and I pretty much keep it around simply for the pretty color. Then we have the Nars cream eyeshadow in Mykonos. First of all, I love the packaging for this. It’s like the typical Nars packaging, but so tiny and cute and it has a little mirror! The formula is truly impressive. It blends effortlessly, lasts for hours without creasing, and is nicely pigmented. This color is a shimmery light purple with a taupe undertone and the finish reminds me a bit of mother of pearl. I think Nars has recently reformulated these shadows to be in stick form, the Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks, but I’ve only heard great things about them. The old cream shadows often come out for limited edition collections, which is probably where this one came from. Keep and eye out for some of these in upcoming collections, because this is definitely my favorite formula for cream shadows in a pot or pan container.
On to my absolute favorite kind of cream eyeshadows, the stick formulas. I love these because they are effortless to apply. You just swipe them on your lids and blend out the edges. I have the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Moonlight which is a beautiful shimmery silvery-purple color. I wear this all over my lid by itself or with a cool toned matte brown color thrown in the crease. It also looks beautiful smudged alone my lower lash line, which really brings out my hazel eyes. I also love the Wjcon Lasting color stick eyeshadow in Tiger Eye. This product is very comparable to the Caviar sticks in formula but they don’t quite last as long. This shade is a deep bronze which I love to use for smoky eyes as a base to my eyeshadow or even on its own. Unfortunately, I picked it up this summer when I was in Europe and this company does not ship outside Italy. I’m sure their products can be found on online, but if not, Laura Mercier does do a similar bronze color in the shade Sand Glow. All in all, I prefer the Laura Mercier Caviar sticks because the product itself is a bit better but I still use and love this product.
I hope this was helpful and got you interested in trying out some cream eyeshadows. I hope to try some more soon such as the Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks and the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick.