I love using cream eyeshadows, especially as a base to work with powder shadows and add some more intensity to a particular look or shade. I seem to use them a lot more in autumn and winter than the warmer months, preferring the shades which work well on cold autumn days or snowy (I wish) winter eves.
The new Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadows (£19) have an incredible formula, working well as base shadows, alone or teamed together to create beautiful, chic looks. The formula is my favourite; a buttery soft cream that feels like fine powder to the touch, applying and blending effortlessly with incredible longevity and great colour pay-off, even in the palest shades of the range. I particularly love Earth which is a beautiful deep chocolate bronze (full review here).
Completely different formula wise, the Illamasqua Vintage Metallix (£16.50) range is beautiful with a cream-gel texture with smudge-resistant finish. Perfect for creating an intense metallic look, I love Bibelot which is a magical vintage green, and Embellish which is a lovely vintage brown. Both have a fine gold shimmer and last longer than any other cream shadows I've tried (full review here).
A favourite shade of mine is Éclair, a limited edition shade from the MAC Pro-longwear Paint Pot (£15.50) line. It's just the perfect chocolate bronze, beautiful when used alone as a wash of colour and smoked out in the crease, it also creates an intense base for chocolate, bronze and copper shadows. Clarins Earth is a very similar shade, so if you missed out on Éclair last year and don't mind a touch less bronze to the shade, give Earth a try. A permanent shade from the range I also really love for cold winter days, is Let's Skate! A glistening frosted pale pink with fine golden shimmer, this one is a favourite for wearing alone with a bold lip. (full review here).
If you're after something a bit more budget friendly there's a good variety of shades and formulas on the high-street which do just as well (if not better) than my high-end favourites. The Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr (£4.99) range has a really great selection of shades, although America does get more variety than us and my favourite just so happens to be an American shade, Pomegranate Punk. It's a gorgeous warm cranberry-brown with fine silver shimmer for a metallic finish, which I'm pretty sure is just the same shade as the UK Metallic Pomegranate from the same line (full review here).
Another fab high-street alternative is the Bourjois Color Edition 24H Eyeshadow (£6.99) which has a smaller shade range, but with some very pretty picks ranging from neutrals to darker, bold tones. I gravitate to green shadows like a tea addict to her kettle, so Kaki Cheri is perfect for me. Slightly more sheer in finish than other brands in my stash, I actually find it gives the shadow a very elegant finish. The perfect khaki green with a light satin look, it's been one of my go-to shades over the past couple of weeks.