Tried & Tested: Crease-Free Cream Eyeshadows

Love bright shadows but hate when they fade? These creamy eyeshadows are your answer to longer lasting Intense colour. Tested by our Beauty Editor, apply during the day and you can be sure these make-up heroes will light up your lids from am to pm.


NARS Eye Paint in Snake Eyes, £18.50

LOOK’s Sam: Really smooth to paint on, this felt like it was absorbed by my skin, rather than sitting on top of it and there was no cakiness. I only needed a dab to get a really intense colour that stayed put. Be warned though, you’ll need a heavy-duty make-up remover to get rid!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner in Night Sky, £20

LOOK’s Sam: A gorgeous dark blue with flecks of silver, this is a cool alternative to a black smoky eye. Use a light wash in the day then build it up at night for a more dramatic effect. The innovative gel formula glides on like a dream and while it’s very pigmented it didn’t feel overdone or the least bit heavy on my lids.


Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadow in Bronze, £7.99

LOOK’s Sam: For starters this mousse is an absolute bargain. Light and glossy with warm undertones to flatter every skin tone, it’s super wearable and works all year round! Once it set, the creamy bronze did not budge and there was no creasing, fading or smudging for 12 hours – hurrah!


Glo & Ray Mirage Longwear Mousse Eye Shadow in Ecru Land, £11

LOOK’s Sam: More of a cream-to-powder than a mousse, this earthy shade took a few layers to build up but it didn’t flake, even after the third layer. Good for cream shadow beginners.


Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Illusoire, £25

LOOK’s Sam: A deep purple with a pink shimmer that makes eyes pop, this is on the expensive side but a little goes a long way so see it as an investment purchase. The formula is super soft and silky to apply, with an iridescent finish. There was no dryness or heaviness – in fact, I pretty much forgot I was wearing it!


Sam’s Top Shadow Tips

–    About to throw away an old eyeliner brush? Don’t! Dip it into your shadow and draw on some colourful cats eye flicks as you would with liquid eyeliner. Two products for the price of one!

–    If you cant decide on a shade, double up for a shimmery ombre look. The key here is to blend, blend, blend.

–    Your fingers are as good as any brush with these shadows. Smear over the eyelid for a carefree but glam look.


Gabrielle Dyer