• 7th Jan 2013

Cream Eyeshadows

Swatches Left to Right
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow ‘Skinny Jeans’ | Estée Lauder Stay-On Shadow Paint ‘Chained’*
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo ‘On and On Bronze’ | Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow ‘Burnished’
Swatches Left to Right
MAC Cream Colour Base ‘Shell’* | MAC Paint Pot ‘Bare Study’ | Origins Ginzing Cream Eyeshadow ‘GingerZing’*
Stila Smudge Pot ‘Kitten’ | Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Shade 16

I am a massive fan of cream eyeshadows. They are incredibly easy to apply, they never look over the top and they last really well throughout the day. I thought I’d show you some of the ones in my collection (yes, these are just some) as I find swatch posts like this really helpful when I’m looking to buy a new makeup product. 

Let’s start with the one that I probably use the most, the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze. I forgot to feature this in my 2012 beauty favourites video, but it definitely should have been in there. I absolutely love this colour, I apply it with my fingers and it lasts ALL day. I like it on it’s own but also as a base under a smokey eye. The Estée Lauder Stay-On Shadow Paints are new (to be launched in Jan) and when I went to swatch ‘Chained’ I was surprised at it’s soft texture that felt more like a mousse than a hard cream like the others. The fact that it’s so soft means it’s really easy to blend which I really like. I recently picked up the Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadow in ‘Burnished’ when I was in Bicester Village. I love the Bobbi Brown cream shadows and this one is an orangey, bronzy gold which is so pretty and unique. 

I also always reach for my MAC paint pot in ‘Bare Study’ which is a lovely champagne colour, quite similar to Stila’s Kitten Smudge Pot, but Kitten is a bit more peachy and the formula is quite chunky and less creamy than Bare Study. The Origins Ginzing cream shadows are also lovely and very similar to the MAC paint pots. When I was in America last year I picked up a few of the Make Up Forever Aqua Creams and although these come in some great colours, I really can’t stand the strong  chemical smell of these, it’s really awful. I probably wouldn’t buy any more purely for that reason. 

So there’s my cream base roundup of a lot of products that are all pretty similar. I have so many it should be illegal, but for some reason these are really addictive and I keep buying more! 

Do you have a favourite cream shadow base? Let me know what it is if you do! 

Lily xx

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60 Responses

  1. Daria says:

    I didn’t know of Origins eyeshadows before! The Make Up Forever Aqua Creams look wonderful as well 🙂 You’re right, swatches post are so useful, definitely going to look into these eyeshadows! Xx

  2. Kate Lees says:

    I have been wanting to try the Bobbi Brown long-wear for a while, will have to buy some! Origins Ginzing is fabulous too x


  3. Katie Walker says:

    I love the Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadows .. the pigmentation and longevity is pretty darn good!



  4. Emily says:

    I use a cream eyeshadow every day, and even as a base for eyeshadow when I am going out. I have used a benefit one – rsvp which I loved – its so creamy. I have also tried the mac paint pot in bare study, It lasted for ages but it is not as creamy as the benefit. Currently I am using a Laura Mercier one – I love this one because its in a tube rather than a pot. Overall I think they are greta for a quick wash of colour!

  5. ‘On and on bronze’ is such a brilliant eyeshadow, definitely one of my favourites 🙂 I really need to purchase a few more cream eyeshadows, I’d been thinking about getting either ‘kitten’ or ‘bare study’ so it’s really helpful to see them swatched 🙂


  6. Phoebe says:

    I loved MAC’s paint pots a while ago but I found they dried up quickly which was really annoying! I want to try the Bobbi Brown one though! x

  7. Sarirah says:

    I’ve been looking to try some products from Bobbi Brown so will have to check out swatches of their cream eyeshadows. I hadn’t noticed that Origins do a range as well. That’s two potentials for the wishlist then.

  8. Erin says:

    I’m a huge fan of cream eyeshadows as my sensitive eyes aren’t keen on powders. My most used one is probably Benefit’s Birthday Suit but I also really love Bobbi Brown’s Ash (as it is matte), definitely want to invest in some more of the Bobbi Brown shades! x

  9. Tanya says:

    Being a lazy person that I am, I prefer cream eyeshadows over powder because I can just apply it with my fingers. My favourite would also be Maybelline’s Bad to the Bronze (your On and On Bronze) because it is the most affordable and great colour payoff. Great post! x

    Tanya from Cats and Clothing
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  10. I love Maybelline colour tattoos and i have ehard great things about the Benefit creaseless cream shadows, i’d love to try them!

    Sophierosehearts x

  11. Ellie says:

    love this post! Cream shadows are a definite favourite with me 🙂 Such a shame about the make up forever one, i hate products that have really strong scents 🙁 love your blog so much liiy, i cant stop reading 😉 xx

  12. francesca says:

    my favourite is your favourite – the maybelline one. it is actually amazing. makes everyday make up that bit nicer with pretty much no effort; great for early morns! x


  13. AliceLily says:

    Ive only ever used powder shadows, but would love to try some cream ones 🙂 the colours you have are lovely x

  14. hellololi05 says:

    I have 4 of Chanel but my favourite one is “fantasme”

  15. Dollyfaces says:

    I love Bare study, the origins one looks lovely x

  16. Frances says:

    I have the 24hr colour tattoo in On and On Bronze and love it too. I also have it in gold, purple and blue and like to use them as bright cream eye-liners.

  17. There is a big hype around the maybeline colour tatoo lately and everybody says that it is so easy to apply.. I’m very tempted! Tnx for the swatches!

  18. Maddy says:

    I have some of the Maybelline ones and I love them, they don’t crease at all on me xxxx


  19. EllieAlice says:

    Such gorgeous colours xx


  20. Haha wow that’s a lot of cream shadows! Need to try the Maybelline one now for sure


  21. Heather says:

    i’ve never tried a cream eyeshadow but they sound really good, think i’ll have to pick up one or two!


  22. Emily says:

    Which ones would you say last the longest and don’t crease?
    I love the Maybelline tattoos but I really want a cream shadow that doesn’t crease with a greater colour range than the maybelline ones:) x


  23. Jess :) says:

    I love On and on bronze too!

  24. Definitely will have to invest in a cream eyeshadow!


  25. Sandy says:

    Thanks for all the swatches, they all look lovely! I have On and On bronze and need to start wearing it more even though I also have my eye on some of the Chanel cream shadows…



  26. annie. says:

    I love On and On Bronze, I hope they come out with some more colours that appeal to me though!


  27. Wonderful post! I am yet to try a cream eyeshadow but Estee Lauder’s Ivory Lace screams out to me as something I could really like. So many beautiful colours here though. A natural lovers dream! Great swatches.



  28. Courtney Sim says:

    sounds great! i’ve been looking for a decent eyeshadow for ages, the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow looks amazing x


  29. I’ve never really ventured out into the world of cream eye shadows, but this post has made me want to go and have a look! Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx


  30. i love cream eye shadows too 🙂
    these colours all look really pretty
    i will have to invest in some more 🙂 xx

  31. hannah maggs says:

    oooooh lily, such a fantastic choice of colours. You have such great taste x

  32. Meneksh x says:

    I have just started using eye shadows more, but I’m pretty rubbish at blending. I use some of Barry M’s glittery powders if I’m going out to a party or something, because I love how jazzy they are. But on the whole I use a mildly pearlescent mineral because I’m too scared to try anything else. I’ll definitely be looking into cream eye shadows after reading this though. Thanks 🙂

  33. Lovely colors! Did you go shopping this sales season? If you did you should do a haul, it would be cool!


  34. Megan says:

    I love On and On Bronze too. Not tried any of the others though x

  35. Love MAC paint pots, they are definitely my favorite cream shadow!! I also really want to try the Maybelline ones as they seem very comparable! 🙂 ♥

  36. I love cream eyeshadows although I really need to purchase some more since most of mine are powder based. Crime eyeshadows are a lot more moisturising on my eye and since I can get quite dry eyes and seasonal excema this is really important to me so I don’t end up all flaky!

    Alexandra Lauren Rose

  37. Jennifer says:

    Keep on umming and ahhing about buying the maybelliene cream eyeshadow but reading this tips it over the edge for me and will definitely be buying it next shopping trip! x

  38. thalia says:

    Lovely review, my personal favourite cream eyeshadow is by 17 in ‘Wild Nude’, which is a sort of light, cool bronze. It’s quite light and doesn’t last as long as I’d hoped – definitely longing to buy a maybelline colour tattoo now! The on and on bronze and rose gold colours are first on my list! x

  39. Katie says:

    These all look amazing. I need to try a cream eyeshadow…
    Katie xx

  40. I love Cream eyeshadows! All of those look gorgeous, and i’ve been meaning to try out the Maybelline Colour Tattoo ones for a while! They look so pretty, and are really quick and easy to apply in the morning! x


  41. I love cream eyeshadows, these are all such great colours! I’ll definitely be trying Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo ‘On and On Bronze’ and MAC’Bare Study’ they are both gorgeous. X

  42. Maggie skye says:

    I love the Maybelline ones, they are very true to the color and they stay on for a long time.

  43. I really want to try some of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo shadows! x

  44. Magda says:

    I love cream eyeshadows especially on lazy days ^^ my favourites are Maybelline colour tattoo in 40 Permanent Taupe and Catrice (german brand – quite cheap) in 080 Copper and Gabbana. xx

  45. I never normally wear cream based eyeshadows, preferring powders, but some of these are gorgeous and sound amazing! I love neutral eyeshadows and then a statement lip!



  46. Hannah says:

    I’ve never been much a cream shadow wearer, I think bad experiences with cheap cream shadows when I first started wearing make-up have scarred me! But these are beautiful, simple colours and the textures look beautiful. I may have to see if I can bring myself to convert 😉



  47. Pippa Jones says:

    I never really thought that cream eyeshadows would be any good and would just sit in the creases of my eye lid. This has made me want to try them out. Love it..


    Pipp xx

  48. I’ve just picked up the Maybelline cream shadow in On and On Bronze after seeing Essie recommend it. Excited to try it out!

    Hannah http://www.cagneyandlace.com

  49. Klaudia... says:

    I actually have no creame eyeshodows in my collection, I really need to get a wiggle on, hah! <3 xo


  50. Natalie says:

    ive never tried a cream eyeshadow before. im not sure if i would get along with them however some of thse shades are beaut!

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  51. Rebekah says:

    Definitely going to have to try out some of those eyeshadows, I’m not experimental enough it seems. Those colours are gorgeous! x


  52. Danielle ❤ says:

    What kind of brush would you recommend for applying cream eyeshadow? I have never tried them before xx ps I really enjoy reading your blog

  53. I adore cream eyeshadows. But im still trying to find a good nude one that i can use as an eyeshadow base. I’ll find it one day hopefully 🙂


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