Top cream eyeshadows

20 Nov 2014

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.


  1. I love cream eyeshadows too! My favourite from your selection is the Maybelline, love that plum shade! I'm also a big fan of Chanel Ombre eyeshadows, they are fab. Great review - I want to buy them ALL now, ha!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

  2. I've got to start teaching myself how to wear cream eyeshadows because I struggle so much! I definitely need to get into ti because I own quite a few now :)

  3. These look beautiful! I own a few basic cream eyeshadows but I haven't invested in a lot of them because they can be so expensive for single eyeshadow products. I love guides like this.

    Beauty Loon

  4. These all look gorgeous shades!!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  5. I've been really loving cream eyeshadows recently too, especially Maybelline On & On Bronze! Lets Skate! looks like a shade that I would love!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  6. I love the Bourjois 24 Eye shadows. I struggle with cream products creasing on me but find that these work perfectly :) x


  7. Hm, I never really looked into cream eyeshadows much..but I would love to experiment with them! They look like fun! xx

  8. I've actually never had a MAC Paint Pot but I'll have to try them seeing as I love the Maybelline colour tattoos. I always wear cream shadows for work :)

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine

  9. Cream shadows are my favourites and I now have quite a nice collection, but I'm longing to get my hands on a couple of the Max Factor Excess Shimmers. I didn't realise Bourjois had some too, so will look out for those in store.

  10. I mean to add that Superdrug B, do a nice bunch of cream shades too.