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The 9 Best Cream Eyeshadows For Quick 10-Second Eyes

by Suzana Rose

Jul 6, 2021

If you're looking for a quick way to add color and dimension to your eyelids, cream eyeshadow is definitely for you. Because it's so easy to apply while also providing a ton of pigment and glow, cream eyeshadow is everywhere. Below you'll find out top picks for every concern, in various formats such as pot, wand, and stick. Choose your favorite format and find the best product for you.

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The Best Pot Cream Eyeshadows

Pot cream shadows make application easy with just the swipe of a finger. You can dip into the pot for a quick look, or get more product to build up the intensity. The following options have varying finishes, from dewy to shimmery.

Best for: Full glam

Hourglass makes these luxurious glittery eyeshadows which are available in 9 beautiful neutral shades, from rosy tones to coppers and champagnes. They can be used as a topper for any glam eyeshadow look, or on their own for a shimmery pop of color. Long-lasting and lightweight, they've available at Sephora for $29 per shadow.

Best for: Daily wear, long-lasting

Looking for something less glittery and glam, and more suitable for everyday wear? These Cream Eye Shadows from Kjaer Weis are certified organic and have a beautiful glowy finish. They're long-lasting and suitable even for oily eyelids. They only come in 4 shades, however these shades will work for most skin tones.

Best for: Sun protection

Supergoop! is a sunscreen brand, but surprisingly enough, they make these beautiful shimmery cream eyeshadows. With SPF 30, your eyelids will be protected against the sun. They come in 4 neutral shades and they provide a subtle shimmery finish. They're $24 each and you can find them on Amazon.

Best for: Dry or mature eyelids

Another clean beauty option is by RMS Beauty. Note that these cream eyeshadows very creamy and might not be your perfect solution if you have oily kids. However, they're wonderful for those with dry or mature skin and they provide a gorgeous glow. They're $28 each and available at Sephora.

Swipe And Go Cream Eyeshadows

Liquid to powder "swipe and go" products like the ones below make it super quick to apply eyeshadow. These are ideal for everyday wear and 5-minute looks when you don't have much time to get ready. They're also long-lasting, and they'll stay put all day.

Best for: Quick application

This cream eyeshadow by ILIA is not only simple to use, but it's also a good option if your eyeshadow tends to crease. Because it's a water-based, liquid to powder formula, it's long-lasting on the eyelids and doesn't crease. It's availably in 8 neutral shades that are perfect for everyday wear, or for going out. Available at Sephora for $28.

Best for: A quick pop of color

A similar option to ILIA is the 10-Second Eyeshadow by Kosas. It's a similar water-based formula that's long-lasting, and it's quick and easy to apply. It's available in 8 shades including neutrals, but also brighter colors such as a blue and a purple. It's available at Sephora for $28.

The Best Stick Cream Eyeshadows

These products make it easy to pack on the color, and you can blend it out easily with your finger. They're just an convenient as the other options above, but some might prefer using a stick or pencil.

Best for: A dupe for Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick

These eyeshadow sticks from Kiko come in many beautiful shades, are quick and easy to apply, have a creamy formula, and last all day. For all these reasons, they're the perfect cruelty-free and affordable dupe for Laura Mercier's Caviar Eyeshadow Sticks. They'are available at Ulta and under $10 a piece.

Best for: Most affordable option

If you're looking for an affordable options, these No Budge Shadow Sticks by elf are not only budget-friendly, but they're long-lasting and crease-proof. They come in 15 beautiful shades, from neutral to colorful, and they're highly pigmented with a metallic finish. They're $5 each and available on elf.com.

Julep also offers a cream eyeshadow option that's long-lasting, cream-to-powder, and easy to apply. In a wider stick format, it makes it easy to cover a wider surface area, which makes application quicker. It's available in a multitude of matte and shimmer shades. You can find it on Amazon for $14.

Looking for more cream products?

Visit our guide to cream blushes. You'll find more options for all budgets and all concerns.

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