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Cream versus Powder Eyeshadow: Which is better?

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If you’ve experimented with eye makeup, you’ve probably come across cream and powder eye shadows, but did you ever wonder which was better or, more accurately, which one was right for you?

It took me a while to jump on the cream eye shadow bandwagon. I think part of the reason why they didn’t appeal to me was because they seemed heavy — and I wasn’t sure I could blend them well. However, the cream eye shadows I have tried happened to be very light and blended beautifully.

I wear them alone or as a base for the rest of my eyeshadow.

If you are trying to differentiate between cream and powder, here are a few notes on both kinds to help you decide what to try:

Cream Eyeshadow

Cream eye shadow typically has a slightly shimmery base. It can be used without a primer. It usually is crease-less and lasts all day. You can apply it with a brush or your finger (I prefer my finger). If you have dry eyelids, cream is a better choice.

Powder Eyeshadow

Powder eye shadow comes in many more color options than cream. It typically requires a base/primer of some kind to really aid in longevity of wear. Powder eye shadow is a little bit more forgiving, as far as blending goes, versus cream eyeshadow. Powder eye shadow will be easier to contour with and do precision color placement.

So, in short, both have their upsides, and I like using a combination of cream and powder, or just alternating between the two.

Article Posted 4 years Ago

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