Okay, if you’ve been here for a minute and have followed my other beauty stories, you’ll know that I’m low maintenance (aka self-proclaimed lazy person) when it comes to my makeup. It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation for makeup; I love it. I love being in awe of the makeup looks people create. But when it comes to my own face, well, I’m pretty content with some concealer, a few swipes of mascara, a brow product, and a fun lip.
And if I really had to psychoanalyze my lowkey approach to makeup, a part of it is that I’m just not very skilled at it. Creating a cat eye? I don’t have the skills or the patience for perfecting it even though I love the way it looks. And another reason? I really don’t leave enough getting-ready time to experiment with my makeup, with the possibility of having to restart it all over again if it looks terrible.
But it’s not always an all-natural, no-makeup makeup look for me. I do try when I go out for the night or have a special occasion. And for those moments I like to rely on products that make it a little easier for me. One of those products is cream eye shadow. It’s a recent discovery for me, but I find that I’m reaching for my cream shadows more than my powder ones these days.
Before I tried a cream formula I was wary because I thought I would have to be an expert at blending them in just so. Needless to say, I was really surprised when I realized that the cream versions were so easy to apply and blend. I found them much easier to work with than the powder versions that require some finessing with a brush. For the cream shadows, I just lightly pat the product onto my lids and I’m pretty much down. You can also apply them with a brush, but again, I’m lazy.
I also find that the cream shadows last a lot longer than the powder ones for me. And they seem to stay put without any smudging. So those are all bonuses because that means no touching up hours later!
Take a look at some of the best cream eye shadows out there below—a mix of my favorites and some from my colleagues.