You know what? I enjoy using cream eyeshadows. I guess I’m luckier than most, because few eyeshadows crease on me. I do not have oily lids and for the most part, cream shadows or any eyeshadow for that matter, stay on my lids for the most part of the day. Hurrah! :P
The one benefit I find using cream shadows, is the ease of use. In most brands (I happen to like the Benefit Creaseless Cream shadows) its pretty much swipe and go. No need to fuss and faff about and they blend very easily. Now, I’d tried Shiseido’s earlier offering of a cream shadow before this – Hydro something? I didn’t like it. So I faced the newer Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colors with a little trepidation.
The shadow itself isn’t new. They have been around since late last year if I recall correctly and come in a variety of colours. I’d read a lot of raving reviews about the texture and longevity, but I was still hesitant to try them. Recently however, I was given the chance to try a couple of the colours including 2 new colours from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. So, here are my thoughts :)
The colours I have, happen to be colours I’m not quite into which I will say makes it hard for me to say that I LOVE these even though I do LIKE these. BR306 is a warm red toned brown that I believe would look lovely on those with a warmer skintone but on its own, it made my eyes look tired. I tried wearing it with gold but it didn’t work. If you have a warm skintone though, do check it out though, I think it would work on you for a really quick and easy day/work look.
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color Shadows: BR306 Leather (shimmering brown with red tones and gold shimmer), PK214 Pale Shell (shimmer pale pink), OR313 Sunshower (shimmering orange)
PK214 Pale Shell and OR313 Sunshower are 2 new (permanent) shades in the range for Spring/Summer 2012, together with BL214 Ice, a pale shimmery blue (not featured). When I saw PK214 and OR313 in the tub I must confess to my heart sinking. When I swatched them, my heart sank further. How was I supposed to wear colours like these? Pinks? Browns? Orange? I’m afraid they aren’t quite me. On someone with a warmer skintone, they would be gorgeous! On me?
Well guess what? It sort of works! I think :)
The colours are strong, but you can sheer them out on the skin very easily. I dabbed some OR313 in the outer part of my lid and then applied the PK214 on the inner corner and blended them where the two colours meet. The orange isn’t as scary as it looks and is in fact quite a nice effect due partly to the shimmer. I also lined the upper lash line with the BR306 and the lower lash line with PK214. It really brightens the eye!
The shimmer in the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colors are there. Brilliantly shimmering, which if used sparingly, is lovely. It isn’t glittery but it is most definitely shimmery. If you are afraid of shimmer, you will not like this. The texture is very smooth and almost silken to the touch. It spreads easily and on my lids, stay on all day. The shimmer stays on too till evening without migrating one bit. That last point really impressed me.
I did find that the 2 new Spring/Summer 2012 ones PK214 and OR313 were more shimmery than BR306. I’m not sure how the other colours are, or if it is just the new texture that is more shimmery.
Here’s a slightly different angle to show you what I mean about the orange being not crazy scary. It is actually a lot more subtle on the skin than I expected. You could use this as an eyeshadow base too if you like. I don’t know who actually walks about with orange and pink on their eyes and says its “natural” but it is… in a nude colour sort of way. I don’t know… I sort of found it… refreshing :)
See what I mean? “Natural” – inverted commas required :) Barring BR306 which I do not like, I’m quite happy with how PK214 and OR313 turned out.
In a nutshell
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colours are cream shadows infused with shimmer. The texture is very smooth, velvety and creamy but they are also very shimmery which may or may not appeal to the majority. I like that because the shimmer doesn’t migrate and stays on the skin. The colours apply a little more sheer than what you see in the tub which again, may or may not appeal. I think they are good for a very quick eye look on days when you don’t want too much hassle. They add just the right amount of perkiness to the eyes without being too obvious. I do not know how it fares on very oily lids though as on mine, they last all day.
Pros: Smooth velvety texture, Lovely shimmer that stays on the skin and does not migrate during the day, Lasts all day on my lids, Sheer and buildable colour enhances the eyes
Cons: Sheer and shimmery colour may not appeal to everyone
Juan who has oily lids reports that it lasts on her lids for hours. On mine, it pretty much goes without saying. I rarely experience creasing so when I do, its a big deal and I’m sure to mention it. You can view some of the permanent shades available over at Makeupstash. I apply these with fingers. I find that the easiest way.
Personally, I would love to get myself a couple more of these. The texture is quite something. However, I will be looking at some of the cooler colours that appeal more to me – pewter, blues and greens. I’m already trying to work out which to get :D
Do you own any Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colours and have a colour you’d like to recommend? Or have you tried these and have your thoughts to share? Would you willingly pair orange and pink on your eyes? :D It isn’t half bad you know. I’m quite happy with it and with the sheer texture and shimmer, it actually looks perky and fresh!
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color eyeshadows come in 15 shades Price: RM70 Availability: Shiseido makeup counters