There are few things more satisfying to a beauty enthusiast than a wash of vibrant eye color. Smokey, neon, glittery, neutral — the world is your oyster when it comes to pigment and finish options. Plus, with no shortage of fresh eye makeup trends to test, you could spend the remainder of the summer trying out new looks and still have plenty of inspiration come fall. But for as swoon-worthy as a fierce eye look can be, there is a fair amount of finesse that comes along with the product category. And I’d wager a guess that most of us have confronted a multi-shade eye palette, looked up into the glow of our ring lights and wondered, so, how on earth do I apply all this stuff?
Even if your algorithm is firmly set on BeautyTok, it can be tricky to get your eyeshadow application right every time, especially if you’re rushing before the morning commute. That’s why any product that promises intense color payoff plus a fool-proof finish that goes on beautifully with just your fingers is simply too enticing to pass up. Cream shadows in particular come in clutch when you want to streamline your makeup routine without sacrificing a high-impact eye look. With smooth, velvety colors that glide onto the skin, no brushes or sponges required, you’ll soon recognize that a cream eyeshadow is the MVP of your beauty cabinet — just add in a stellar eye primer and you’re good to go.
Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow
With a guaranteed 24 hours of wear and both matte and shimmer finish options, this creamy formula works overtime so your makeup looks flawless no matter the day’s itinerary.
MERIT Beauty Solo Shadow
For a transformative cream-to-powder finish that simultaneously nourishes the skin, these compact eye colors are a dreamy addition to your makeup routine.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow
This supermodel-favorite formula leaves your eyes with a dazzling reflective finish that lasts from day to night with ease.
RMS Beauty Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow
For a buildable metallic finish that also nourishes the delicate skin around your eyes, this skin-loving formula can’t be beat.
VIOLETTE_FR Yeux Paint
Go ga-ga for glitter with this twinkling cream shadow that applies with a doe foot applicator and blends out seamlessly with your fingers.
Chanel OMBRE PREMIÈRE Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
A luxury formula with a dazzling, second-skin finish, this cream eyeshadow is elegance personified.
ILIA Beauty Liquid Powder Eye Tint
For modern, earthy shades that dry down to a smudge-proof finish, this weightless shadow is so easy to diffuse with just your fingers.
Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre
Infused with real crystals for energy balance and high-shine impact, this eyeshadow pot leaves your lids dazzling with just one swipe.
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