Beauty lab Crease-free cream eyeshadows
Searching for blendable colour that doesn’t gather in your eye creases? Sounds like a job for beauty editor Cassie Powney…
Trinny London Eye2Eye, £18 (30 shades)
These shimmering and satin formulas have the perfect amount of slip for precision lash-lining and all-over lid colour. I applied it in seconds using my finger, and there was minimal fade by the end of the day. Stop here if you consider yourself a make-up novice and want to swipe and go.
Cosmetics À La Carte Luminous Cream Shadow, £28 (17 shades)
I was obsessed with this metallic veil of colour as soon as I swiped it on. It has a gloss-like finish, but with a colour laydown that people won’t blink and miss (and you won’t blink off throughout the day). With more finely milled sparkle than its Trinny London doppelgänger, it’s up to you if you can stretch to the extra £10.
Smashbox Always On Cream Shadow, £18 (15 shades)
If shimmer’s not your thing, check out this eclectic mix of pack-apunch matte brights and reserved neutrals. The primer-infused formula makes it particularly good for oily eyelids – I used a neutral one as a base for my powder shadow and it was a game-changer on a hot day.
Byredo Colour Stick, £26 (19 shades)
Fragrance fave Byredo has moved into make-up, and these clutch-bag-friendly sticks of joy can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks. I found the “dewy-creams” easier to apply than the iridescent “dry-creams”, which required a bit more expert blending and faded to a (still gorgeous) glitter finish by the end of the day.
Babi [right], a gentle coral, will stun on all skin tones.
Morphe 2 Jelly Eye Shimmer, £10 (6 shades)
With the sheerest colour pay-off on the page, but plenty of high-impact sparkle (we’re talking glitter-ball eyes in certain light), this will divide cream-shadow fans. The bouncyto-touch formula glides on easily and sets quickly, but the finish is more of a subtle tint than a noticeable colour.
Vieve Eye Wand, £21 (6 shades)
I was worried these chubby pencils were too solid for easybreezy application, but the texture was surprisingly creamy.
Not quite as blendable as the creamy pots on the page, but great if you want to combine colours for a more defined smoky eye (the neutrals on offer go together like the Biebers).