I picked up the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Strut recently because I wanted a dark coloured cream shadow. I wanted to use it as a base for my eyeshadow since I do smokey looks a lot – in the day and for the evening. Using a dark base is the quickest way to start. But I digress.
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Strut seemed to fit the bill. Described as a charcoal black, the colour is in fact a dark grey and applies with a dark blue-grey tint. I thought it was alright. not quite what I was looking for.
When applied, its not too dark. You can see a swatch of Strut below. It can get darker if you layer it. Or if you just pat it on instead of swiping it on your skin.
But then, I worked out that it works great with Skinny Jeans! Not jeans, Benefit Cosmetics’ Skinny Jeans 😛
It also works very well as a base shade. Helps lighter colours transform and deepen which can be very pretty. So I’m very happy I decided to buy this sight unseen 🙂
On my lids, it lasts the whole day. It works great on its own or as a base for powder eyeshadows. The texture is very creamy and applies like a dream. I use my fingers but you can use a brush – just make sure its a synthetic one 🙂
I believe it retails at RM85 at Benefit Cosmetics counters. Its US$19 online but it looks like Strut is no longer available!. I got mine for US$13 (about RM45) off StrawberryNET.com 😀 They are still on offer now (May 2010) but I don’t know how long it will be there for. I’m itching to get more colors 🙂
Pros: Creamy, Stays on my lids all day, Good on its own or under powder eyeshadow
Cons: Expensive locally but cheaper online, Might not suit those with very oily lids
This brings my Benefit Creaseless Cream eyeshadow collection to 2 – Skinny Jeans and now Strut. Am now wondering if I want to get something a little more neutral while the offer’s on 😉
Have you tried the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows and do you have any thoughts on them? I’m liking the dark shades but I’m not sure if I’ll like the light ones. Which ones do you like?
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I love Benefit’s creaseless creams a lot but I wished they came in non-neutral colors. Greens and blues aren’t that odd of a color to wear! The colors are all so neutral and similar to each other that I can’t really decide what other color to get
That’s very true. Although if you look at Benefit’s power eyeshadows, its the same thing – safe neutral shades to cater for the majority 🙂
Hmmm, I use my Maybelline Lasting Drama gel liner as a base, hehehehe. Dual use, yay! Can the cream shadows be used as eyeliners as well? It looks pretty, though!
Yes they can. The darker colours like Strut and Skinny Jeans makes pretty liners. As do Stiletto and Busy Signal
Hi PB, I ve been so busy these many weeks and seems like I miss lots of your reviews!
I had 2 of these bought some time ago online frm Benefit site at low price too, in Towne Car (black) and Carte Blanche, sort of bronze neutral colour. Both colours are d/c ady.
I had oily lids and so far they works well for me. They turn out to be great eye liner (the black one) or shadow base (as for neutral colour).
But one thing I can note is that after many months, the texture become less creamy, yet its still wearable for shadow base or on its own. However, as eyeliner, it tends to be more flaky after I apply it, but perhaps I used the wrong brush (Benefit bent eyeliner) :p
Hi Pearl glad to have you back! 🙂 I did find that my skinny jeans is a little harder compared to Strut which is creamier but I prefer to use them as shadow rather than liner. Thanks for sharing!
I keep hearing so many good things about these shadows but I haven’t got round to trying them yet. The colors seem to be all so neutral and they don’t appeal to me. 🙁 I wish they came in more colorful shades.
Yup it’d be nice to see some brighter colors. Maybe Benefit will have something in store for the future?
These shadows are amazing! I have several but I still don’t have Strut and I plan to buy it soon. I also like EL double wear cream shadows but these are better 🙂
I have the EL double wear too! You’re right these are better. I find the EL one a bit dry
when i saw the promotion i was OMGGGG i want them all!!! but when i looked into my stash and saw everything are not very well used as i thought, i had to shut my eyes *and wallet* away from the site!!! helppp!!!
but yeah, i love skinny jeans, n another colour that i have, birthday suit. the texture n smell reminds me of cream topping on cakes… yummo!
Darn! I was watching Birthday Suit! Is it a pretty colour? I’m thinking of getting a base shade that can work as all over colour too
birthday suit is sooo aptly named 😀 it goes on my lids like my skincolour with shimmers. if u’d like that kind of base i suggest u give it a try 😉
Dang it! Might have to get this then! Sounds pretty! Your fault! :p
I’ve been wanting to try the Benefit creaseless cream shadow for the longest time but I’ve always told myself…”for what?” lol don’t wear a lot of eye makeup lately! Maybe next time…next time..
Haha well now’s a good time to get them since they are on sale 😉 great for lazy days hehe