The 20 Best Cream Eyeshadows to Try in 2023December 19, 2022
Feeling inspired to try it yourself? See below for the 20 best cream eyeshadows to try out this year.
What Is Cream Eyeshadow?
Cream eyeshadows are eyeshadows in the form of a cream. It’s a waxy, creamy makeup product you can apply to your eyelid for a colorful, pigmented look. The silky-smooth formula allows you to blend it out seamlessly, making the product a great option for makeup beginners or those who don’t feel super confident about blending powder shadow. Cream eyeshadows typically come in either a pot or a stick form, both of which can be applied using a brush or your fingers. Cream eyeshadows come in shimmery, dewy or matte formulas and in every color under the sun.
How to Apply Cream Eyeshadow
There are two ways to apply cream eyeshadow: with your fingers or with a brush. Once you’ve decided what tool you want to use to apply, start the application process below.
Step 1: Tap Off the Excess Product
This is especially important if you're using a brush, since the bristles will pick up a lot of pigment. Tap off the extra product on the back of your hand so you can start off with a soft wash of color and build up the intensity to your desired level. If you’re using your finger, tap it a few times on the back of your hand for the same effect.
Step 2: Softly Pat Across Your Eyelid
Next, all you’re going to do is take your brush and your finger and pat the tool across your eyelid to diffuse the product. Blend the color upwards and outwards for a subtle smokey eye effect.
Step 3: Blend, Blend, Blend
Cream eyeshadows tend to set quickly, so you’ll want to move fast. Use your finger or your brush to gently swipe across your eyelid and blend the color so there are no harsh lines. Luckily, the creamy formula allows for easy blending, so this is completely doable for all the eye makeup beginners out there.
The 20 Best Cream Eyeshadows to Try ASAP
IT Cosmetics Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick
This product is everything you love about cream eyeshadows (silky, smooth, and seamless) but in stick form. It’s easy to apply, highly pigmented and blends out like a dream. Plus, the stick form offers precision and ease — it’s just like drawing with a pencil!
NYX Professional Makeup Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil
We love this product because it’s a cream eyeshadow and eyeliner all in one. The jumbo size allows you to cover the entire lid in no time (perfect if you’re in a rush), and the pencil tip lends itself to a smudgy eyeliner that will create sexy, sultry eyes in minutes.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow
If you’re looking for a sheer wash of color, try this liquid eyeshadow. It’s a blendable, buildable and fallout-free formula that lasts up to 16 hours. Use it alone for a pretty pop of color or apply it on top of your eyeshadow.
NYX Professional Makeup Foil Play Cream Pigment
If you want to make a serious statement, try this shimmery product. It comes out as a loose pigment, but the creamy formula glides onto your eyelids and then stays put. It comes in three metallic colors to match whatever outfit you’re wearing.
Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Stick
Need your makeup to last long? Try this 24/7 Shadow Stick by Urban Decay. It glides on smoothly but then sets into place for up to 24 hours. The formula is waterproof and resists fading, smudging and transferring so you can go wild without worry.
Lancôme Ombre Hypnose Stylo Shadow Stick
Your eye makeup will be on-point with this shadow stick. It’s an ultra-creamy, super blendable formula that lasts up to 24 hours. When the tip gets dull, all you have to do is unscrew the sharpener on the back to refine the point. A few swipes will have everyone thinking you’re an eye makeup pro.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24-Hour Eye Shadow
Nervous about saying goodbye to your powder eyeshadows? Try this powder-cream hybrid from L’Oréal Paris. It combines the versatility of your favorite powder eyeshadow with the ease of cream eyeshadow. Plus, the formula is waterproof, crease-resistant and fade-resistant — lasting a full day.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24-Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow
There’s a reason this cream eyeshadow is an award winner. It lives up to the tattoo name! The formula is super pigmented and extra-creamy. But once it’s applied, it sets down and doesn’t budge. It’s crease-resistant, fade-resistant, waterproof and lasts 24 hours. It comes in 10 shimmery and matte shades.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Neo Nude Melting Color Balm
This creamy matte formula can be used on both your eyelids and cheeks to create a soft, monochromatic makeup moment. It’s housed in a mini mirrored compact that makes precise application a breeze. It’s designed to be layered, so you can choose between a sheer wash of color or a look with more vivid pigment.
NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Glow Shots Liquid Shimmery Eyeshadow
Available in 13 shades, the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Glow Shots are a great choice if you want your cream eyeshadow to shimmer and shine. The vitamin C-infused formula boasts a 12-hour wear and doubles as highlighter, so you can tap the applicator onto your cheekbones and cupid’s glow to catch even more light.
RMS Beauty Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow
Calling all clean beauty enthusiasts: This cream eyeshadow is for you. It has a nourishing natural oil base formulated with organic green tea and natural peptide quinoa extracts to smooth the eye area with each use. It comes in six pretty metallic colors and includes a key to help you press out every last drop before recycling the packaging.
Danessa Myricks Colorfix 24-Hour Cream Color
If you’re constantly on the go, this multipurpose makeup product is for you. It’s a long-wearing, waterproof cream pigment that can be used as an eyeshadow, lipstick and blush.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color
There’s a reason celebrities swear by this cream eyeshadow pencil. They’re incredibly easy to use, and they offer intense color payoff. Just a few swipes will cover your eyes completely in a pretty color. Once this airy, silky-smooth formula sets, it won’t budge — no matter what the day (or night) brings.
Róen Beauty Mood 4 Ever Eyeshadow Palette
You’ve seen single cream eyeshadows, but have you seen cream eyeshadow palettes? We love this one by Roen Beauty because it contains everything you need for a sophisticated-yet-simple eye look that will only take you a few seconds.
Introducing the holy grail for makeup minimalists everywhere. This cream eyeshadow blends out into a soft, sheer veil of color without creasing and lasts all day long. It’s dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, vegan and fragrance-free.
Beautycounter Lid Glow Cream Shadow
Looking for a cream eyeshadow that looks good and is good for your lids? Beautycounter’s formula contains soothing cucumber and chamomile extract in addition to cocoa butter and shea butter for a nourishing, non-greasy finish that looks flawless every time.
Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick
This cream eyeshadow stick blends makeup and skincare together. It’s made with the brand’s specially-formulated Semi-Permanent Micropgiments to help it last for up to 12 hours. Plus, it contains skin-loving ingredients to hydrate and nourish your delicate eye area. It sets down in 30 seconds, so it’s perfect if you’re in a rush.
ColourPop Super Shock Shadow
Get maximum impact with minimal effort by using the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows. Just one swipe of this cream-to-powder formula will cover your eyes in intense pigment that won’t crease or fade. The light formula blends out effortlessly and feels like nothing — you’ll forget it’s there!
BeautyPie Wondercolour Longwear Cream Shadow Stick
This gorgeous cream eyeshadow gently glides across your eyelids to deliver a budge-proof, brilliant finish. The formula is lightweight, water-resistant, creaseless and long-lasting (it will stay put for up to eight hours).
Kaja Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment
For an eye look that sparkles as much as you do, try the Kaja Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment. This jelly-like formula is infused with real crystals, which will highlight your gorgeous eyes and add drama to any look.