Cream & stick eye shadow favourites

Over the past 6 months, I have re-discovered cream shadows. In the past I’d always believed they would settle into the creases of your eyelids and look terrible – but the latest formulas are indeed crease-proof, long lasting and are incredibly easy to apply with fingers or a brush – what ever works best for you. They are also super easy to carry around, as they are compact (no large pallets) and brushes can stay at home – I’m converted!

NOTE: I am not very experimental with eye shadow colours, everything I own is some shade of brown or a neutral/nude colour, I’m personally not into bright colours on my eyes. If you are the same, I can recommend the colours below. If not, the formulations below are great and there are loads of other colours available that you may prefer, so check them out.

First up is MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork £15.50 HERE or most department stores.

This shade has a satin finish with no shimmer making it incredibly natural, and allows this product a multitude of uses. It’s the perfect shade for me (and most people) to create a deeper eye socket – as the colour replicates shadows on fair to medium skin tones. So it’s a great colour to just sweep over your lids for a very nude no make up eye – but an eye that looks significantly better than usual! I also use it under my eye on my lower lash-line to again create a shadow, or slightly darken the area in a way that’s less obvious than eyeliner. This shade also helps intensify the colour of blue and green eyes, handy! Groundwork also makes a great eyelid primer, as powder and other cream shadows sit nicely on top and stay for ages.

Another use for this shade is contouring. I have chatted to various MAC makeup artists who all swear by using this shade to contour cheekbones and noses. Contouring takes a bit of skill, so when using a quick drying and non-budging product like this, I recommend doing some practice runs first!

Over all a great product, the formula is creamy and super easy to apply with your finger or a brush, very versatile and very long wearing. There are a wide range of colours to choose from in this range, with various different finishes, and for £15.50, I think they are a great buy.

MaxFactor Excess Shimmer Cream Shadows, £7.99 at (currently 3for2 – hurry!)

imageBronze (left) and Copper (right)

imageCopper (top), Bronze (below)

These sound a bit scary, and to be honest a few of the colours look a bit scary too, but I chose Bronze and Copper and both are wonderful! The texture is nothing like the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots, rather they are wetter and more mouse-like. Copper is a great nude colour – perfect on its own for a veil of soft shimmer, great over Groundwork for a ‘wet’ look – or great over darker shades for a more evening look.

Bronze is perfect for people with blue eyes as it brings out the colour nicely. It is also great for a bronze smokey eye, which is more wearable that a dark black/silver one on those of us with paler complexions.

See below a bronze smokey eye created using the Bronze Excess Shimmer pot:
imageImage courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.

Now for some shadow sticks:

Eyeko and Trish McEvoy


Trish McEvoy 24 Hour Eyeshadow and Liner in Topaz, £24 at Liberty

This is easily my favourite thing in my makeup collection at the moment. This shadow/liner is so convenient and easy to use and the colour works well on the lids and the bottom lash line too. It’s perfect for a little bit of subtle sparkle. It glides on incredibly easily and blends well – perfect for first timers!  Best of all, is the staying power – it is waterproof and stays on all day (and all night if you want it to!).

There are loads of other great colours to choose from too. Although they are fairly pricey, I think the quality is really top, plus it looks very premium in its slick gold packaging (shallow, yes).

Another amazing range of eye shadow sticks is from Charlotte Tilbury: Colour Chameleon, colour morphing eyeshadow pencils, £19 each. A range of 8 long lasting shadow pencils designed to suit all eye colours, they, along with pretty much everything else Charlottes range, are awesome! Charlotte Tilbury products are only available online via her websiteSelfridges and Fenwicks.

Eyeko Me and My Shadow in Taupe, £15 Eyeko

This shadow liner is really excellent value for money. The colour is great – it actually comes out a lot darker on my lids than it shows in the swatch, but that makes it really great for evening wear. There are two other colours in the range, Charcoal and Chocolate, so this is the lightest one.


It’s the perfect handbag essential for a quick glam-up at work before heading out – literally just sweep it over your lids and under the lower lash line, and blend with the little brush if needed…fool proof! It is also long lasting (not quite as long as the Trish McEvoy above), waterproof and pretty close to crease-proof. It never leaves my handbag. This is a great option if something like the Trish McEvoy or Charlotte Tilbury shadows are out of your budget.


Eyeko (top), Trish McEvoy (bottom) – excuse goosebumps – London is freezing!

Here are the swatches of the shadow sticks along side the Maxfactor Excess Shimmer Pots for colour comparison:


From left to right: Maxfactor Bronze, Copper, Trish McEvoy and Eyeko

I highly recommend all the shades above if you like a nude/neutral eye. If not I can vouch for all the formulations, they are great no matter what colour you choose – happy shading.


New foundation launches: YSL, Maxfactor & BareMinerals

Here is a quick review of a few of the most anticipated foundation launches this autumn.

YSL Fusion Ink, £30.50, available at Boots and all department stores.

This foundation has been in the headlines recently with 12000 people on a waiting list, NASA technology etc… Regardless of all of that, this foundation is more than adequate to create a buzz on its own, it’s quite simply amazing.


Image courtesy of YSL

Firstly, there are colours to match very pale skin which is always greatly appreciated by people like myself. I’m a BD20, and there is still a BD/BR10 for those lighter. Secondly the texture is light and thin and feels completely weightless on the skin while giving good coverage. Thirdly, although a matte finish, this foundation is not dulling at all, I would say the finish is more satin, and it’s not at all drying. Lastly, although I’m not convinced it stays put for 24 hours, I can definitely say it outlasts any of the other foundations I have tried, remaining fresh throughout a (usually stressful) work day.
Overall a fabulous foundation, my skin felt comfortable and looked natural. For the price, its definitely a great buy.

Maxfactor Skin Luminizer, £11.99 at Boots


Image courtesy of Maxfactor

Maxfactor makes great foundations, with FaceFinity being one of my and many other peoples favourites. The new Skin Luminizer foundation is said to offer medium to full coverage with a more dewy, radiant finish thanks to swirls of light reflecting particles -totally up my street!

My colour is 40 Ivory Beige, the lightest colour, and it’s a really good match. The first time I wore it I applied it with a makeup brush and I was quite unhappy with the result. The foundation is thick and it seemed to stick to my skin in certain (probably drier) parts of my face. I felt like it sat on the skin and gave a rather matte, dull look, not quite what I was expecting…
Since, I have switched to applying with my fingers and have found the result much better, but still nothing close to what I was expecting. The consistency is thick and rich, and I find the finish more matte than luminous and dewy. Overall I was disappointed with this foundation as it doesn’t live up to what it promises.

It’s available at all good Boots & Superdrug stores.

BareMinerals BareSkin Brightening Serum foundation, £26, available at Selfridges


Image courtesy of bareMinerals

I have been using various BareMinerals products for the last 5 years or so and I like the brand, but prefer a liquid foundation. It must be said though that their concealer is the best concealer I have ever used, hands down!
I was very interested to try their new foundation, as it’s their first liquid mineral foundation, and includes added skincare ingredients like vitamin C for brightening – music to my ears as a pigmentation sufferer.

From the first application I was sold. It’s fabulously light, and very concentrated, 2 drops can cover my whole face and the formula contains no water – amazing! The finish is as close to natural skin I have ever seen, dewy and healthy looking. It doesn’t sit on the skin or gather in ceases, and it really does make your skin look brighter. With repeated use it should also start to reverse dark spots and pigmentation, and they have the clinical trials to prove it:


Image courtesy of bareMinerals

*Based on independent U.S clinical study of 94 women
after 8 weeks of use (courtesy of bareMinerals website).
I’m. In. Love.
BareMinerals have also made a special brush for a beautiful buffed-in application (left), available for £24. The idea is that you add a few drops of the foundation into the well and buff into the skin. It’s a nice brush, but at the price I don’t believe it’s worth it, nor is it necessary – I use my fingers and get a beautiful result.
BareMinerals BareSkin Brightening Serum foundation is available from larger Boots, all department stores and online, and I can’t recommend it enough!