If you are anything like me, you are a mess in the mornings. I snooze my alarm 5 too many times, so I’m always rushing to get out the door in time for work. It is absolutely unhealthy, but I just cannot seem to help it, so quick makeup in the morning is key for me.
Cream eyeshadows are a one-and-done deal – you just apply it with your finger and run out the door. Plus, they usually have much better staying power than powder alone, although I typically use them over a primer anyway. I’ve tried both drugstore and higher end brands, and I’ll start with my favorite:
You pretty much cannot beat the Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows ($7 - shown in Nude Compliment, from a LE collection). It’s the best one I’ve ever tried – it lasts 9 hours or so without creasing. It has a pretty dry/thick consistency, so it can take a little getting use to, but once it is applied, it does not budge. For $7, you just can’t go wrong.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots ($21 – shown in Soft Ochre) are a cult classic. I really do like this one, and I normally use it either as a base for powder shadow, or on its own if I just want to cancel out some of the pigmentation in my eyelid and do a dramatic lip instead. It has the best consistency out of them all, and it blends very smoothly. I do find that it creases after 6 or 7 hours, so I typically use this over my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Another great budget option is the e.l.f. Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow ($3 – shown in Toast). This is a whipped-mousse consistency, and it takes quite a bit to get an opaque layer. I do find it creases slightly after 6 or 7 hours, even when over a primer. It’s pretty sparkly, so it should be applied sparingly, but the rich antiqued-gold is stunning on. And for $3, who can complain? I will definitely be picking up a few more of these.
The Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadow ($23 – shown in 13 Warm Beige) seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it product, and unfortunately, I lean toward the hate-it side. I think the color is absolutely lovely, and it is extremely pigmented, but I find that even when used over a primer, this creases badly on me after a few hours. It has a super slippery consistency, and it is extremely lightweight, which is nice, but the creasing puts me off from wearing it too often.
What cream shadows do y’all use?