Cream-based eye shadows are easy to apply and blendable, thanks to their rich texture. You can use a brush, but it’s just as easy to swipe on your lids with your finger if you need to, making this a favorite for those of us too busy to bother with complicated eye looks.
These rich pigments are long-lasting and crease-free, and the best part is they keep your skin hydrated and glowing rather than smothering it beneath powder. We rounded up our favorite cream eye shadows that are guaranteed to give you smooth, perfectly blended application every time.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Eyeshadow ($34)
Formulated with vitamin E, this lightweight cream shadow is available in a variety of shimmery nudes. Its water-infused formula makes application cool and soothing, as well as fast and easy.
This shadow is a key part of the Charlotte Tilbury One-Minute No Mirror Makeup collection, and is designed for minimal effort with high-impact.
Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint ($28)
Mistake-proof and blendable, this cream eye shadow offers naturally derived, glowing pigment. Packed with shea butter, rosemary and sunflower, the result is a dewy finish that can even double as a highlighter in its lighter shades.
Lid Tint’s shades range from matte to shimmery to iridescent, and offers a range of colors from barely there pale, to soft blushing lavender, to a rich red that can double as a lip and cheek tint.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Stick ($32)
When you want cream eye shadow to last all day, you can count on this Bobbi Brown shadow stick. Offered in over twenty shades in matte, shimmer, and metallics, this vegan formula glides on without tugging at your eyelids.
The easy stick applicator makes it perfect for users just getting familiar with cream eye shadow, and the huge range of colors lets you fully explore what cream shadows can do for you.
Burt’s Bees Color Nurture Cream Eye Shadow ($10)
From our lip care friends at Burt’s Bees, this cream eye shadow is a landfill-free, Earth-friendly way to get the smooth, glossy finish of cream shadow.
Available in Rose Cream, Honey Caramel, and Caramel Buttercream, each shade delivers a shimmery, warm pigment packed with vitamin E.
Glossier Lidstar ($18)
Formulated without fragrance and dermatologist-tested, Glossier promises a buttery-smooth application of their nearly nearly sheer, shimmery pigment. This easy-to-swipe formula is less about powerful color, and more about delivering a warm glow.
Perfect for the busiest of us, Lidstar provides a glow that lasts all day, and is available in eight shades. Though the pigment starts light, you can easily build up color without overwhelming your lids.
RMS Beauty Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow ($28)
Formulated to last all day without creasing, this cream eye shadow is perfect for all skin types, including mature skin. Made with green tea and peptide quinoa extracts, these six pigments are smoothing and nourishing while providing buildable color.
Eyelights Cream Eyeshadows have a delicate, metallic finish that can easily transition from day to night.