My favourite cream shadows: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows

Shiseido-1If you read my post last week, you’ll know that I’m all about cream eye shadows at the moment. It’s amazing what these little wonders can do when you’re strapped for time. Some of you have heard me harp on (lucky you) about my love of Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows. Well over the weekend I succumbed to their awesomeness and picked up two new shades. I’m completely smitten with them, so much so that I already have another shade waiting in situ.

The two shades i picked up are BR709 Sable and BR306 Leather. Sable is a olive-taupe which reminds me of MAC’s Pattina but in a cream formula. It’s one of those colors that gives brown eyes more depth and makes light eyes look more radiant. I almost didn’t bother with it, as it’s quite muddy looking in the pot, but on the eyes it’s just stunning. It’s a gorgeous alternative to copper and brown tones but is still quite neutral so it compliments a lot of makeup looks. Leather on the other hand, is a warm rusty brown copper. I get a beautiful wash of colour with this shade and it creates a gorgeous bronze smokey eye. I absolutely love it. It makes a great base for other shadows as well.Shiseido-2So why so much love? Well firstly, the formula of these cream shadows is amazing. I’m going to go as far as to say the formula is my favourite of all the cream shadows I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot in my time so that’s saying something. Not only are they super creamy but they glide on ever so smoothly. I suspect this has something to so with the inclusion of Shiseido’s original hydrating ingredient – Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE.

Despite my oily eyelids I find that the product doesn’t crease or transfer irrespective of it’s emollience. And since it’s a cream shadow there is no fallout, which makes me very (very) happy. Now in regards to this ‘shimmering’ business don’t expect bucket loads . Shiseido use’s the term very loosely.Β  In my opinion the finish resembles more of a satin than a shimmer (as the name might suggest). So if the thought of frosty shades freaks you out, don’t let the product name deter you from having a little fun next time you’re near a counter. It’s worth pointing out that there is some variance between the shades (in terms of ‘shimmer’), so if it’s something that interests you make sure you try it in person before committing to a shade. As a side note, of the two shades I picked up, I’d say Sable had a little more shimmer than Leather.

Shiseido-3As with most cream shadows theses are a cinch to use and don’t require a lot of time. Simply dab and blend and you’re good to go.Β A shadow brush will do the trick as well (if you’re that way inclined). You get a fair amount of play time before the product sets but once it does set, it won’t budge for 16 hours. Of course this means you’ll need a good oil based makeup remover to dissolve the product after a good days wear, but in terms of staying power it’s leading the cream shadow pack.

Each little glass pot contain 6 grams of product and while they are pricey ($44 AUD) you’re getting more product than you’d typically get with an Chanel Illusion D’Ombre (4gm), Bobby Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow (3.5gm) or Mac Paintpot (5gm) to name a few.

Shiseido-4If you’re anything like me and you’re constantly in a hurry you’re going to love these. Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows are perfect if you want a quick and easy wash of colour on your eyes or alternatively, they compliment other eye products beautifully.

What are your thoughts on cream shadows? Got any you’d like to recommend? Please share in the comments below.

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29 thoughts on “My favourite cream shadows: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows

  1. Phew! Those are a bit pricey, but every piece of Shiseido makeup looks amazing. MUST. TRY. SOON. What are they most similar to – Mac Paint Pots? Maybelline Color Tattoos?

    Gorgeous, gorgeous.
    xGillian

    • Yeah everything is pricey here Gillian – you guys are so lucky in regards to your price points. I can’t wait for Sephora to come to Australia at the end of the year. They’ve said they will match US prices!!!! Big news for us Aussie girls πŸ™‚ As for the Shiseido Shimmering shadows, they are unlike anything I’ve tried so far. So much more emollient, and not as dense as some of the others, but still very buildable. You’ve just gotta try them. I think you’ll like them as the shimmer is so subtle and not glittery at all πŸ™‚ xx

      • WHOA – So exciting for you! Better start saving for when you clear out the store! I don’t know what I would do without Sephora! It’s my mothership.

        Ohlala! Very interesting. I shall consider these because I quite like a quick cream shadow look πŸ™‚

        You have such good taste, Libby πŸ™‚ Love it.

      • I know right? I should start putting money aside now. Forget the fact I’m supposed to be moving interstate and getting married, hehe πŸ™‚ As always thanks for your kind words, gorgeous girl!

    • Haha, I really don’t like enabling people (honest, I swear) but these are just gorgeous Alina πŸ™‚ Generally I’m not big on eye shadows but I love these. They’re so quick and easy to use and very natural looking, making them perfect for everyday wear. Let me know if you try them out πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      • Ooo my gosh, now I’m even further convinced, since I’m usually not a huge eyeshadow person, either… And I have had a lovely, but tiring, weekend, thank you for asking! Two friends were passing through Chicago and I got a chance to see them both. Hope all is going well for you, too πŸ™‚

      • It’s always nice to spend time with friends, especially ones you don’t get to see all that often πŸ™‚ Glad you had a good one! Mine was a little lonely. My other half is away on a work trip so it was just me and the packing boxes, although I did get to go for that bush walk, so that was good πŸ™‚

  2. Ooooo these look beautiful… do you apply these with your fingers or a brush? I’m also guessing that you don’t need to wear an eye shadow primer underneath these? I love that you picked a cooler toned shade as well as a warmer toned shade. Looks like I have to put these onto my wish list *sigh.

    • Thanks Sylvia πŸ™‚ They are super gorgeous *swoon*. I prefer using my fingers but you can use a brush if your prefer. Oh, and I don’t use a primer, but some may prefer to. Check them out when you’re near a counter – there are so many pretty shades πŸ™‚

    • That’s so true Annie, Shiseido reviews are few and far between. I’m really enjoying the products I’ve tried so far and the shimmering cream shadows are no exception πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week too sweets – hope you’ve been well! xx

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