Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cream eye shadows

In 2013 I did the discovery, when it comes to make up application: cream eye shadows. My eyes are not the best feature of my face, I would say my lips are. My eyes are okay, I'm lucky enough to have good eyebrow and eyelashes and my eyes are also a bit bigger than average. My main issue is the shape, I've got "puppy eyes" also know as down turned eyes (like Katie Holmes or Sarah Michelle Gellar).

Through the years, I tried many techniques to try to "lift" my eyes without much success. I mean how naive can I be? If they can't hide it on Britney of Maggie Gyllenhaal how can I hide it? Those ladies have the best make up artists in the world. So I did it all, I was even sometimes using five different color of eye shadow: one pearly highlighter in the inner corner, a mat highlighter on the brow bone, a base color, a contour color and sometimes an even darker one blended in the contour to try to cheat even more. Than came the eyeliner and the mascara, ouf! I got good results, but it was almost taking the fun away of make up.

This year I started to simplify and finally I started to watch more and more videos of the talented Lisa Eldridge (make up artist of Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet among others). Ms Eldridge uses cream eye shadows a lot which she considers more modern. Those of you who don't know her I strongly advise to check her website: http://lisaeldridge.com/


  • They blend like a charm.
  • They give a luminous result
  • You only need one or two colors
  • Dark colors can be used as a eyeliner
  • They are very easy to apply, you don't need to be skilled with make up
  • They don't have any fallout (you can always do the face first)
  • They can be used as a base color under powder make up
  • They don't last as long as powder eye shadow, they end up drying up
  • Hard to find good ones on a budget (I really like the maybelline one, but some colors are not so good apparently)
  • They take more place in your make up kit; you cannot depot them and put them on a pallet
  • They might crease on extremely oily eyelids. 

I will do reviews soon of the ones I got and maybe take some action pics. How about you, do you use cream eyeshadows?


  1. Hm, I don't think I use cream eye shadows very often... but perhaps I should have a go at it and blend away? It might change my opinion.. I think I only have one cream eye shadow at the moment though.

    Thanks for the link to lisa elridge.. this looks good :)

  2. hm, none of her videos work on my browser :(

  3. http://www.youtube.com/user/lisaeldridgedotcom
    Her youtube channel. I think it's always great to have a smoky type of cream shadow, for pale colors I prefer powder it's faster. Burgundy, charcoal or bronze are great colors on anyone.

  4. Wonderful, thank you for the link! Yes, I have a dark/smokey golden brown color. ^_^ I shall let you know if I get to play around with it !!

  5. I have a couple of cream eyeshadows in my stash and my favorite ones by far are the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color eyeshadows. They go on really smooth and they don't crease.

  6. Ohh, I never tried the shisheido I will have to check them out.