The world of makeup is fascinating. There are so many products to explore and use and the time is never enough! If you are into makeup or getting to know your makeup, you might have come across eyeshadow and the forms they commonly come in- powder and cream. While powder eyeshadows are more common, the cream eyeshadows are catching up fast and grabbing attention.
Figuring out the eyeshadow formulas- what each type actually does, which kind to choose based on your skin type and lifestyle need not be complicated or vexing. Each product is designed for a purpose and is unique and picking a clear champion is not what we are after.
So, what is the deal about cream and powder eyeshadow? And are you using the right one? Read on to find out to dab or to dust…
As the name suggests, cream eyeshadow comes in a creamy base that gives richer texture and is quite blendable into the skin. It can be used on eyelid alone as an eyeshadow or provide a base for powder eyeshadow to make the colour pop. Most of the cream eyeshadows typically have a glossy base and can be used without an eye primer. It usually is creaseless and that makes it good for mature skin as it doesn’t crack. The high blend-ability makes cream eyeshadow easier to apply using both fingers and brush. It can last a long time and is ideal if you do not have time for touch-ups. If you have dry skin/eyelids, the cream is a better choice. However, cream eyeshadows come in limited colours and you might not get a vast choice. Also, cream eyeshadow will not give you a matte effect and you cannot apply it on top of powder eyeshadow. Apart from that, blending two or more colours can be tricky with cream eyeshadow.
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Two biggest advantages of powder eyeshadow are the choice of colours they come in and their versatility. You can go crazy on colours with powder eyeshadow as they come in all shades imaginable. The colours can range from sheer to medium and deeply pigmented and they are mostly buildable. You can use powder eyeshadow as eyeliner or even as a blush. The smokey eye is best created with powder eyeshadow as they can be blended with other colours easily. These days powder eyeshadows come in pencil form which makes them quite user-friendly. It helps in precise placement of colours and even in eye contouring. Powder eyeshadow allows to blend and layer different colours and hence help you create trendy looks alike ombre eyes, bright eye makeup and multi-coloured eye makeup with ease. The product, however, comes with its share of problems; the powder consistency /texture has a tendency to clump up on dry areas and that’s why moisturising and/or priming is required. In addition, the powder, if not blended well, might settle into crease and cracks of mature skin and end up exaggerating wrinkles or any lines. It is best to wear powder eyeshadow on moisturised and primed lids to aid in the longevity of wear.