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The other day, I pulled out products from my stash to gain some inspiration for blog posts. I decided to grab some of my favorite shadows at the moment, and realized I was pretty much only grabbing creams. I’ve been pretty minimal with eye makeup, focusing on a glowy base instead (post to come). Creams are one of my favorite ways to go minimal, as they can do a lot with little effort.
I added a cream shadow, ColourPop Smash, to my Finish 17 in 2017 challenge (intro video here) I’m working on. I’ve found it’s a really nice satin for a quick, one shadow look. Smash can be a tad dull on its own though (probably because it’s a bit warm for me), so I like to use ColourPop I Heart This to brighten up my inner corners.
I really can’t go wrong when I use the super creamy shadows from Tom Ford or Charlotte Tilbury. Platinum (Tom) and Marie Antoinette (Charlotte) are my faves because they blend super easily and can add a lot of dimension, even when used alone. The two shades are very similar, but Tom’s is maybe a tad cooler on me.
The Diorshow Fusion Monos are some of my favorite shadows ever. They’re not a true cream, I suppose, but they’re not quite a powder either. They are fairly sparkly, which I love, and wear very well. Fahrenheit is a unique reddish brown that I had to purchase from Japan, but it’s now available in the US.
Cream shadow sticks are amazingly easy to use and wear. I love the By Terry Ombre Blackstars because the color selection is stunning and they are so blendable and long-lasting. Bronze Moon is a beautiful bronze, while Misty Rock is a more complex plummy brown. These shadow sticks are just divine. Though I think my lids qualify as “normal”, I’ve heard that those with oily lids are able to pull these off as well.
Even when I’m up for a more complicated shadow routine, lately I end up reaching for a cream shadow as a base. They can grip powders very well and make them pop. Oldie but goodies, MAC Paint Pots are perfect for this. I reach for Vintage Selection, a shimmery light champagne that adds just a lil somethin’-somethin’ to my lids.
Eyes are typically the most time-consuming part of my makeup routine, so I’m really digging the minimal makeup trend to save some time and effort. Of course, I still love a complicated look that requires 8 shadows and 10 brushes, but there aren’t enough hours in the day.
What are your favorite cream shadows? ↓