Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Cream shadows: Eyeshadow made easy


Before discovering cream eyeshadows, more often than not i'd opt for a no eyeshadow look, simply because they took so long to apply and i had yet to discover the mac 217 brush. Nowadays i'm not so much of an eyeshadow noob, but due to how quick and effortless they are, you'll often find a cream shadow gracing my lids rather than a powder. Here i thought i'd talk you through some of my favourites.

I'm a bronze eye girl, anything warm and shimmery will immediately catch my attention, so its no surprise that 3/5 of the products mentioned here are of the bronze variety. Maybelline colour tattoo in on and on bronze was my first bronze purchase, and to this day i still love it. It's more cool toned than the others, so find myself reaching for this more when creating a dark smokey eye, but its also great paired with a pink or purple lip, blended out to give a sheer wash of colour to the lids to add some dimension. Mac paint pot in eclair was part of the baking beauties collection so is unfortunately unavailable most places, but if your mac counter does happen to stock it, snap it up! Eclair is the warmest of the three, with a slight redness to it. It also has the most shimmer, but is by no means glittery. This is my go to colour to smudge on the lid when i want an effortless smokey eye which really stands out, as it can be applied sheer to add depth, but when built up it creates dimension all on its own without the need of other shadows, perfect for a lazy girl like me! All mac paint pots as very smooth and apply like a dream, and i'd definitely recommend checking out the pro longwear paint pots as they really do last on the lids. The last bronze product i reach for is the clinique chubby stick for eyes in fuller fudge. Fuller fudge is a kind of middle ground between the other two offerings, it's warm but not as warm as eclair, and the shimmer is apparent when the colour is built up, but not so much so when applied sheer. This option is great for if your in a rush as you simply apply it straight from the stick and smudge it out with your finger or a brush. This one would be great for travelling as its so small and compact. I also love to smudge this along the lashline to add a little something to the eyes without going all out.

The last two products are shadows which i pair with other shadows. The mac paint pot in groundwork is a mid toned neutral brown,which leans slightly warm, and it has no shimmer what so ever. I love using this just to even out my eyelids if i'm not bothering with eyeshadow as it hides veins and gives a light wash of colour. On paler people this could be a great base shadow for a quick smokey eye, but on me the colour does not show up all that well, which i quite like as i can throw it on and not bother too much about blending.The last shadow is the topshop eye crayon in whisper, i'm not even sure this particular shade or type of pencil is available anymore, but i love the shade more than the product itself which is why i mentioned it anyway. It's a great champagne colour which i love to apply to the brow bone and inner corner, but it looks lovely all over the lid to brighten up the eye for a summery makeup look. It's very smooth and buttery but i find it can apply quite sheer so it needs to be built up if applied all over the lid.

I like to blend all of these shadows out with a MAC 217 brush as it makes the whole procedure easy peasy and done in minutes. I will definitely be picking up more cream shadows, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!
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