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)
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.