Now that summer’s here, all I can think about is getting my Vitamin D on, SPF and most importantly, makeup that doesn’t crease or melt off my face! I was not a cream makeup lover before, but after learning this year that cream blush is as Martha says, a “GOOD thing” I decided to make my move into cream eye shadows. Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadows ($24.00) come in 10 totally wearable colours and promise to be long-wearing without creasing or smudging. So far, so good! Today I have the colours Bikini-Tini, an oyster pink, and Always a Bridesmaid, a pearly lavender to share with you as well as an eye look that was super fast and easy to do!
You can see from the swatches that there is quite a bit of frostiness to these shadows. The texture was very smooth, almost like rubbing margarine (I must have done this at some point?) and on the sheer side so my swatches are with 2-3 swipes. The packaging is also gorgeous as we all expect nothing less from Benefit and is made of glass on the bottom.
I applied Bikini-Tini as a base and on the inner corners of my eyes, followed by a full sweep of Always a Bridesmaid that I patted on with my finger as the shadows were so smooth that too much rubbing left me with bald patches. To intensify the colour, Benefit recommends setting the shadow with powdered eye shadow. I didn’t do this because the reason I want a cream eye shadow is to save me to hassle of applying powder on top!
I finished off the look with Benefit’s Bella Bamba Boxed Blush and Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss.
Final Verdict: Did these guys crease or smudge? No! I thought they would because they were so much smoother than any other smudgeproof eye shadow that I had tried and I saw no creasing for 6 hours which to me is a sign of success! The only thing I didn’t like about these shadows was that they didn’t really “set” for awhile so I kept getting bald patches if I went over an area too many times. It was a little better when I switched to using a small concealer brush and is actually a GREAT consistency for lining the eyes. Lining my bottom lashes was easy!
I loved both colours, but it would be nice to see a few other other shades with a little less frost. These would make awesome coloured eye primers and due to the frost factor, is something I would totally use them for. There are some darker shades that might not look quite so icy on me and based on my experience with these, I would definitely pick up a darker brown or grey for a smoky eye as I live in fear that a smoky eye will just end up everywhere but my eyelids!
Creaseless Cream Shadow anyone?
PR samples featured for review.