Oily Lids? You CAN Wear Cream Eyeshadow

After lots of testing, I've got product recommendations for those of us with that eyelid grease.
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After lots of testing, I've got product recommendations for those of us with that eyelid grease.

I’ve always avoided using cream eyeshadow formulas because, even with primer, my shadow can sometimes still become a mess by the end of the day. 

Luckily, writing for xoVain has exposed me to many different options in the world of cream shadows via reviews from other writers and commenter recommendations. After trying a few different formulas, here are the best cream shadows I’ve found for those of us with that eyelid grease.

Cream shadows for oily lids

Top: CoverGirl Bomshell ShineShadow. Center: L-R: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow, MAC Paint Pot, e.l.f. Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow. Bottom: Giorgio Armani Eye Tint

Best on a Budget

CoverGirl Bombshell Shineshadow

I love these little tubes of cream shadow because they travel well and the littlest bit goes a long way. I can use just a tiny amount (I don’t even really have to squeeze the tube that hard) and the product covers my whole lid with well-pigmented shadow. I was nervous these were going to be too glossy or shimmery but they give off a nice, non-chunky sheen.

Cover girl bombshell shineshadow

These are my two favorite shades, Gold Goddess and Platinum Club.

The best part, of course, is that they stay put most of the day without smearing or smudging.

e.l.f. Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow

I can’t even believe how cheap these are ($3!) because they live up to their long-lasting claim. These cream shadows have a mousse-like texture that makes them easy to blend. 

E.L.F. Cream Shadow

Toast, Gala

The darker colors seem to show up better than the lighter ones, and these are definitely shimmery, but I am a big fan of how well they hold up.

Best for Classic Neutrals

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Sometimes, with more neutral cream shadows, I find that lighter colors don’t hold up as well for some reason. With these Bobbi Brown cream shadows, though, I don’t run into that problem. There are some darker shades as well, but I’m a fan of how beautifully the neutral shades blend out. Pigmentation is nice as well without being heavily saturated.

Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow

Suede and Sand Dollar. These are my favorite to pair together when I'm doing a neutral eye with just mascara.

Best as an Eyeshadow Base

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot

I’ve worn MAC paint pots alone before, and they hold up pretty well, but I love to wear them especially as a base for eyeshadow looks. I think they give my shadow a nice surface to adhere to, and they really amplify the look. That said, I do still wear them as stand-alone shadows and don’t find I get any creasing until they’ve been on for about six hours or so (even then, it’s minimal).

MAC Paint Pots

Stormy Pink and Nice Composure are perfect bases for my cool-toned looks. I also love Stormy Pink by itself all over the lid.

Best for Bright Looks

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Color

It shouldn’t be surprising that MUFE makes the list — they are consistent in quality across the board. I really love these Aqua Cream shadows because they do not budge one bit, and I can actually wear them without primer underneath. 

These set very quickly, so it’s important to smooth them on and blend them out as quickly as possible, but that quick-set is what gives them their staying power.

MUFE Aqua Cream Shadow

I used the shade 22  for my Christmas-themed LOTW but 23 (L) and 20 (R) are so gorgeous together.

Best For Treating Yourself

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint

I wrote about these eye tints back in March, and I still love them. I reserve some of the shades for special looks, but there are a couple that I keep in heavy rotation. These are not cheap, but I loved the ones they sent me to review so much that I bought a couple more myself. 

I think the pigmentation is beautiful on these and they're perfect for days when I don’t have a lot of time to get ready but want my eyes to pop. 

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints

Rose Ashes and Senso are still my two favorites. I wore the heck out of these over the summer.

They apply well, blend like a dream, and set to a beautiful powder finish. Over primer, these stay looking fresh all day, and without primer, they fade slightly but still don’t crease.

  • Oily-lidded friends, what are your favorite cream shadows? 
  • Any of you try the ones I mentioned?
  • Do you prefer powder formulas?