Wednesday, 6 April 2016

My Favourite Cream Eyeshadow Pairings

I'll be honest, it took me a while to get on board with cream eyeshadow sticks. I mean, they never seemed to last that long on my eyelids, some of the most hyped ones cost as much as an entire palette, and I just couldn't bring myself to use them as an eyeshadow base - I mean why would you spend all that money on a cream to just cover it up with a powder afterwards? Because it looks freaking beautiful, that's why. Yep, I'm super late to this party but adding a powder on top seems to not only improve the performance of the powder shadow but also intensifies the colour of the cream underneath. Mind blown. Here are a few of my favourite pairings:



By Terry Bronze Moon // MAC Mulch


Mulch was one of those eyeshadows that somehow ended up lost and unloved in my collection becaunse of the way my palettes were organised. I'm so glad I rediscovered this beautiful colour though, because the delicious bronze tones complement the by Terry so well.

Laura Mercier Rose Gold // Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita quad (prime shade top left)


A match made in champagne heaven. If you have both, you should definitely try layering them :) If you don't have the Laura Mercier, the Rosie for Autograph cream shadow stick in Almond Eyes is almost an exact dupe.

Bobbi Brown Goldstone // Burberry Beauty Gold quad (taupe shade, second from top)

I don't very often reach for the more cool toned eyeshadows, but when I do it has to be with Bobbi Brown Goldstone. Seriously, just go and swatch it - it's beyond stunning. Any shimmery taupe shade would work but I just love the gentle shimmer and blendability of Burberry shadows.

Trish McEvoy Smokey Quartz // MAC Sable


Oh my, these two were made for each other! The plummy tones in each of these products work beautifully together. If you haven't tried the Trish McEvoy cream shadow sticks yet, Stacey at Expat Makeup Addict has an excellent post on them. At £24, they're cheaper than the By Terry Ombre Blackstars, the texture is faultless and the colour is rich and sophisticated.

Kiko 05 // MAC Satin Taupe

Perhaps not the most obvious of them all but when these two are paired, something magical happens. The silver glitter in the Kiko stick is muted by the MAC shadow, bringing out the brown in Satin Taupe and giving it an altogether more grown-up shimmer.

Kiko 19 // Urban Decay Naked 1 (Gunmetal)

The steely tones of this eyeshadow stick from Kiko match amazingly well with Gunmetal from the Naked 1 palette. In fact, since I started layering the Urban Decay shadow over blue/grey cream shadows, I've worn it so often smoked out with UD's Creep that I think I might actually hit pan on those last two shadows in the Naked 1 palette - that's something I thought I'd never say! I just never get tired of the deep metallic navy hue you create when mixing these two.

Do you have any favourite cream / powder pairings?

43 comments:

  1. Loving your recommendations! x Like yourself, I took a while to get into cream eyeshadow sticks. I still prefer standard, compact ones but a stick is good every so often! Thank you for these recommendations, hun. :) x

    Kay
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    1. Thank you! They are handy sometimes, thanks so much for reading :)

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  2. These are great recommendations, I have only tried an eyeshadow stick once in my life and wasn't too impressed but I guess I should try again. ;) I would love to try the Laura Mercier & Charlotte Tillbury combination. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd be interested to know which it was, I've not tried to many duds myself thankfully! Thank you for reading :)

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  3. Great post! I've used the Uraban Decay creams before but I tend to just use a primer / concealer as an eyeshadow base. I'll definitely have a little tester of some of the cream eyeshadows when I'm out and about :)

    Rosie x

    www.rosieromance.com

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to know how you get on :)

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  4. This was intersting to read. I haven't used any cream eyeshadow yet, but I wil keep in mind your suggesstions. xx
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  5. I do love cream and crayon eyeshadows and my favourite has to be Maybelline Color Tattoo range and for eyeshadow crayons then it would be by Nudestix. I wish Kiko is easily available here in Canada, I have a long list of products I want to try from them.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I love the Color Tattoos! I really want to try Nudestix :)

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  6. Mac Sable is my all time favourite! I'll have to try the Smokey Quartz with it! x

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  7. I don't have anywhere near enough eyeshadow products so this post is amazingly helpful!

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

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  8. I don't wear cream eyeshadows but I'm desperate to start wearing more so thank you so much for these recommendations. I'll definitely be trying some!

    Beka. xo | littleworldofbeka

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  9. I actually have quite a few of these (as a cream eyeshadow addict haha) definitely trying Bronze Moon/Mulch, Rose Gold/Dolce Vita and 05/Satin Taupe - great idea for a post :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Haha I know what you mean! Thanks so much Jasmine :)

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  10. I love cream eyeshadows! Thank you for the tips!!

    Darriyan xx | www.darriyancateland.blogspot.com

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  11. I don't wear a lot of cream eyeshadows but I've added a few of these to my wishlist. Great post!

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy

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  12. I still haven't gotten on board with cream eyeshadow sticks. I love the cream shadows in pots, but for some reason don't love using sticks. However, the one from Laura Mercier is intriguing. I'll have to give it a swatch next time I am in Sephora! Great post!

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    1. It took me a while to get on board with them too :) Thanks!

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  13. Such a good idea and I have a few of these shades too! X

    ♥ Carly's Beauty Blog ♥

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  14. I still haven't gotten onto this trend as the price tag is generally a deterrent at this point but hoping to give it a go as one of the most annoying things is when powders just don't last with their intensity through a night out.
    Kyah / www.weekendtempo.com

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    1. Some of them are pretty steep, I know what you mean about powders not lasting, have you tried NYX milk jumbo shadow stick? They're about £6 GBP and really help to intensify colours :)

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  15. I was never a fan of cream eyeshadow products as they never lasted on me, however I kinda changed my mind about it now. I've never tried cream/powder pairings, it is something I will make sure to give a try :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. They never really last on their own on me either, I'd love to hear if you do :)

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  16. I really wanted to try out the by Terry one! It seems quite interesting x

    Lovely blog! Would you maybe wanna follow each other, love? Let me know by leaving a comment on my blog x

    Lina / lina-khalifa.blogspot.com

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    1. It's absolutely gorgeous, you should totally swatch it if you can :)

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  17. Ah Cream Eyeshadows are my loveeeee! I love them so much, but I so need to try the By Terry Ombre Blackstars xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. They are gorgeous, Bronze moon was definitely the one I was most taken with when I swatched them all. I think the Trish Mcevoy ones are just as good, if not better though :)

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  18. I haven't really tried any cream shadow sticks, mostly cause I have oily eyes and still searching for a primer. I've heard amazing things about the Kiko ones, and they're quite budget friendly so they may be my first tries. I do like the Mac Paintpots though x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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  21. Thanks for the nice post

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