The other day, I realized my current stash of eye shadow is probably older than some of my friends kids. This means it is probably a bit too old to use safely so it is time for me to get some new but which is better - creme or powder? I usually go for powder because it's always what I've used but I wondered if creme was better.
Each type has it's advantages and disadvantages. Creme eye shadow is best used when you need a simpler, uncomplicated look.
They have good sticking power so they are more long lasting on their own. They do not layer as well but are great for touchups. In addition, creme eye shadow can double as primer or a base for shadow in certain circumstances. For those who are not familiar, primers are put on the eye lid first to smooth it out and offer a blank canvas to create your final look.
Lastly creme eye shadow can be used on its own to create certain looks. The creme eye shadow can be smoothed over the lid, around under the eye, smudged, or easily blended. It comes in fewer colors than powder and cannot be used over powder eye shadow.
Powder eye shadow can be found in two forms, pressed and loose. Pressed eye shadow is one of the easiest to use and it layers well. It is also quite versatile. If used with a primer, pressed eye shadow can be used to create a wide variety of looks. I
On the other hand, loose powdered eye shadow often have minerals in them, are highly pigmented, and provide rich hues of color. If you apply loose powdered eye shadow with a damp brush, it stays much longer. Unfortunately, it can be more difficult to apply, especially for beginners.
The great thing about powdered eye shadow is that it can be used on the brows and comes in a wider selection of colors than cremes. Furthermore, it can be used as both eye liner or blush. It has been suggested one use creme eye shadow as a base, topped with the powdered eye shadow to add depth and help the color last longer.
You might even find powdered eye shadow in stick form but most of us stick to the traditional trays or pots. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear. Have a great day.