I’ve used the Colourpop Creme Gel Colour before as an eyeshadow base & it was fantastic, so why should it be out of the realm of possibility that we could get some Creme Shadows? We need the lighter beiges and mid-tone to dark browns for those bases, after all.
When the Colourpop Wild Nothing Collection launched and I saw those Creme Shadows I lost my whole mind. When they arrived I immediately put them to use. Keep reading to find out about the pros and the one.big.con.
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The brand describes their new Creme Shadows as “long-wearing, creamy eyeshadows are easy to wear, crease-proof, and water-resistant.” – which I mostly do not agree with.
Bronco (soft warm yellow), Camouflage (warm mid-tone nude), Laurel (soft pinky nude) and Moonbeam (warm deep nude) are released as part of the Colourpop Wild Nothing Makeup Collection launch from July 2020.
First, the positives of the Colourpop Cream Shadows. At first glance, I was excited being that they swatched nicely (both in photos and in-person) but unfortunately that ease doesn’t translate when applied to the eye.
Next, they’re all neutrals. Each shade is one I’d have bought on my own had I not received them as press samples.
Upon swatching, the pigment is completely opaque in one swipe and also completely even. They do.not.budge. Period.
The major con? They’re not particularly wearable, no matter which way you try to apply.
The Colourpop Cream Shadows dry down WAY too fast when you apply with your finger. You’ll have to press a matte or satin eyeshadow overtop because otherwise it just does not look nice. It truly didn’t even look nice when I did this, but I had somewhere to be and I had to make it good enough.
You literally can’t blend it out – once it hits your lid it’s also staying exactly where you put it, making it hard to get an even coat, especially when your lids are more on the wrinkly side.
When using a brush to apply (I tried multiple brushes) it’s very slightly easier to blend quickly, but the end result is actually patchier and not as nice as the finger application. Again, if you’re going to press a nicely pigmented shadow overtop, this will help. Top Down from the Colourpop Wild Nothing Eyeshadow Palette has been my lifesaver while testing these Cream Shadows out. I still had some dryness but when I was doing a lighter and more neutral look the texture was less noticeable than when I tried to do something more colorful.
When you just swatch, they’re lovely. Unfortunately, that doesn’t translate well onto the eye no matter which application method you use. For reference, my lids are incredibly oily, so this has nothing to do with skin being dry.
I am over here begging Colourpop to tweak these and make them more blendable without sacrificing the longevity and colors. The shades are perfection and I know they can make this work since the Creme Gel Colour is so fabulous as a base (though it’s not intended to be used that way lol).
Below the Colourpop Cream Shadows are swatched below dry and on bare skin (no primers). The photo was taken outside, in natural sunlight. Top to bottom: Bronco, Laurel, Camouflage, and Moonbeam.
Side note: While I was testing these out and putting my post together I saw ThatGirlShaeXO put up a positive review on YouTube. I do trust Shae’s reviews and usually agree with her so now I’m wondering if myself and Temptalia (who gave all 4 of these an “F” rating) got hit with a bad batch?
I would LOVE to know if you purchased these and want to know your thoughts on them. If you got them to work well for you, please let me know in the comments what you did because I would truly love to make them work for me as well.