These are the best cream eyeshadows to buy in 2019

THE best cream eyeshadows glide on like butter, look great and last without caking or creasing.

So we’ve rounded up options to suit all budgets: from brands like Maybelline, to the ultra-luxurious Tom Ford.

The best cream eyeshadows leave a gorgeous shimmer on the lids, are heavily pigmented and glide on the skin, leaving it hydrated. Here are our favourites from brands like Charlotte Tilbury and Milk Makeup.CREAM eyeshadow takes your eye makeup game to that next level. It’s velvety, luxurious texture brightens up your face and acts as a highlighter and hydrator in one.

The key to rocking a cream eyeshadow? It all comes down to the application.

You can use your finger to apply a swipe or two of cream eyeshadow on the lid for a hint of glimmer – and glamour – in the day.

For a more dramatic evening look, try using a beauty sponge or stiff brush to build the colour up in layers. Set with powder before applying to maximise the cream eyeshadow’s lasting power.

While cream eyeshadow typically comes in a highly pigmented mousse or easy-glide cream formulation, you can also find gel-based cream eyeshadows, like Rimmel’s latest launch, Jelly Glitter Gels, which add some festive sparkle to any occasion.

If there’s one cream eyeshadow the stars can’t get enough of, it’s Charlotte Tilbury’s cult Eyes to Mesmerise (Amal Clooney wore the Marie Antoinette shade to her wedding to George), and Blake Lively is another die-hard fan.

The cream eyeshadow doesn’t just look good - it contains vitamin E to hydrate and protect skin from free radicals.


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1. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise

 Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to MesmeriseCredit: Charlotte Tilbury

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The celeb and beauty editor favourite, Charlotte Tilbury's Eyes to Mesmerise is beloved by fans - Marie Antoinette, an oyster-gold hue, is widely considered the best all-rounder colour (if it's good enough for Amal's nuptials, then it's good enough for us).

Fans love how easily it transitions from day to night - just dial up the pigment by building up the colour with a brush for evening. It's also a winner thanks to its cooling gel texture and no-fade lasting power.

2. Milk Makeup Eye Pigment

 Milk Makeup Eye Pigment

Milk Makeup Eye PigmentCredit: Cult Beauty

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This heavily saturated, creamy eye pigment from cult vegan brand Milk Makeup has wowed customers with its gorgeous finish, crease-proof finish and potency: a little really goes a long way.

We also love all of the colours available, from champagne and rosy hues that double as cheek highlighters to look-at-me electric blue and mermaid green. As one five-star reviewer writes:

'This is the only cream eyeshadow that matters. Shades are beautiful. They DO NOT BUDGE.'

3. Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eye Shadow, Permanent Taupe Number 40

 Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eye Shadow, Permanent Taupe Number 40

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eye Shadow, Permanent Taupe Number 40Credit: Amazon UK

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This cream-gel formula is the drugstore favourite when it comes to fab cream eyeshadow, with long-lasting staying power and a selection of glorious, highly pigmented colours.

Plus, these shadows are great value for money.

4. 3ina The Cream Eyeshadow

 3ina The Cream Eyeshadow

3ina The Cream EyeshadowCredit: 3ina

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Another (nearly) vegan brand, 3ina's shimmery cream shadows are waterproof and feature essential oils to hydrate the skin.

We love the colour options on offer - there are over 20 shades to choose from! - including bright purples and blues, a range of silvers and taupes for a smokey eye and matte orange and plum.

5. Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes

 Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes

Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes

  • Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes, £30 at Tom Ford - buy here

Every Tom Ford makeup product is gloriously luxurious, and this mousse-texture cream eyeshadow is no exception: it's highly pigmented, super creamy and comes in four neutral-yet-dramatic, smudge-proof metallic shades.

Fans widely consider these the "holy grail" when it comes to cream eyeshadows.

6. Rimmel Glitter Jellies Toppers

 Rimmel Glitter Jellies Toppers

Rimmel Glitter Jellies Toppers

  • Rimmel Glitter Jellies Toppers, £4.45 at Feel Unique - buy here

Rimmel's Jellies collection is a must for anyone who wants a glittery eyelid - that actually stays put.

Easy to apply, this water-based formula can be mixed with other shades and has a comfy gel feel on the lid.

7. Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

 Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

  • Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, £23 at Beauty Bay - buy here

These shimmering shadows are beautifully pigmented with pearl pigments, and are stunning buildable liquid shadows in molten tones.

Ideal for creating a glam evening look, they are, as one reviewer puts it, the "most amazing glitters ever used... they're super easy to use because they don't need any glue.

I used them alone or as topcoat of other eyeshadow and they work amazingly. The last for hours and most importantly they do not spread in the rest of the face."

8. PIXI Liquid Fairy Lights

 PIXI Liquid Fairy Lights

PIXI Liquid Fairy Lights

  • PIXI Liquid Fairy Lights, £10 at Marks & Spencer - buy here

Currently on special offer, these lovely liquid glimmer shadows are priced somewhere between a drugstore steal and designer buy. They contain camomile and rose extracts to keep eyes hydrated and skin soothed.

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