If you'd asked me a few months ago what my thoughts were on cream eyeshadows, I'd give you a big MEH, NO THANKS. Unlike everyone else out there, cream eyeshadows just weren't my thing, even though every brand under the sun has been putting out line after line of cream shadow pots, sticks and wands. Nope, I was decidedly on the shadow purist side. Eyeshadows were meant to live in pans and palettes, to be delicately picked up by fluffy brushes and blended with a dexterous hand. They weren't meant to be drawn on with broad strokes and blended *shudder* with a finger!
You see, cream eyeshadows and I have a history. Secretly, I always wanted them to work for me because they were always touted by "beauty experts" to be the epitome of easy makeup on the go. Plus there are just so many gorgeous pots of glittery, shimmery creams! Just swipe it on and run out the door, they claimed. Blend it out with a finger and be instantly fab-o-lous, they trilled. So why did it never work for me?
When I would apply cream shadows, they always seemed to apply patchy on my lids and blending it out with my finger either did nothing, or blended the color out to oblivion. Shade after shade, line after line I tried and none did it for me. Was I alone in feeling this way?
But I had an epiphany recently. I was determined to make some sort of use for all the sticks, crayons and tubes that I had lying around. Maybe the problem was my trying to follow the rules the "experts" told me to follow. Well screw it - I was going to strike out and try blending instead with my beloved brushes, dammit!
|Left to right: Clarins Ombre Waterproof Shimmering Cream Colour, Clinique Chubby Shadow Tint in Fuller Fudge Essence 2in1 eye shadow and liner in She's Got the Mauve, Clarins Ombre Iridescente eye shadow in Silver Grey|
Well call me bamboozled. When I used my brush to blend out my cream shadows, the heavens parted and I was able to. blend. it. out. What gives with all the claims that one should use your fingers? A brush worked way better!
Now I'm happily swiping on my cream shadows and blending them out with my fluffy brushes. Lesson learned.
|Left to right: Clarins Ombre Waterproof Shimmering Cream Colour, Essence 2in1 eye shadow and liner in She's Got the Mauve, Clinique Chubby Shadow Tint in Fuller Fudge, Clarins Ombre Iridescente eye shadow in Silver Grey|
Hope you enjoyed this little makeup tale and have a good weekend!