I saw the prettiest pink eyeshadow on someone with similar colouring to me a few weeks ago and then I started to hunt a pink eyeshadow that would give me the same effect.
Pink eyeshadow is a funny thing – I guess the wrong hue makes you look all tired and sore, the right colours though can look super pretty and fresh. I’ve noticed pink eyeshadow is very common in a lot of Korean make up looks for example. So what happened was, I purchased a MAC paint pot in Let’s Skate because the SA wore it – I then lost it so looked for a replacement and bought the Kiko. I then got the Tom Ford as a review colour – before I knew it I had three pink cream shadows with a shimmer and at 3 different price points! A bit of splurge and save, anyone!?
I love cream eyeshadows! My Asian branded cream shadows last well all day but I tend to find it a bit harder to find one that will absolutely not crease all day on the ‘Western’ market.
So here are the three.
Cheapest is Kiko Cream Crush in Shade 11 which was £3.60 (on offer).
In the middle is MAC Paint Pot in Let’s Skate for £16.
Then very high end is Tom Ford Cream Colour For eyes in Sphinx which is quite pricy at £29.
All of these eyeshadows do a decent job, they really do. They all come in decent packaging too, all a good weight, nothing is cheap and plastic.
Kiko’s Cream Crush (Shade 11) is a sheer pearlescent cool toned whitish pink with find gold shimmer. It took the longest to set, once set, it lasted well with creasing later on in the day. It blends fine although it has a little gritty feel, it is smooth overall. The colour is pretty and I love the fine gold shimmer. It has a balm like texture.
MAC Let’s Skate is part of the paint pot range which looks the biggest pot wise but actually it has 5g so there’s no that much more than in the other two. It’s just spread out more! This is quite similar to the Kiko – it is a pale cool pink with pretty gold sparkles. The sparkles are more obvious in this colour and it looks quite pretty when it catches the light. The thing about this colour is, it is not as smooth as other pain pots I own – some are gorgeous – but this one is a bit patchy I find. Certainly as you build up the layers, it looks patchier so it’s best as a single, sheer layer. It has quite a firm cream texture
Tom Ford Cream colour for eyes in Sphinx doesn’t look like the other two but is really is a warm pink infused with gold glitters. It is such an unusual color not like anything else I have in my collection which is why I chose it. In the light is sparkles as a pink. It has more of a jelly texture and it is very soft but the pigmentation is sheer, therefore, you can build it up but it seems to work best as a light colour or even a base for other eyeshadow. It wears quite well with minimal to no creasing.
I usually like some real colour or glitters on my eyes so it’s unusual for me to wear something light and sheer on the lid but I like it – it makes one look a bit more awake!
The Kiko is nice. The texture isn’t 100% what I like (it’s a bit like a balm) but for the price it is really a steal – I would recommend this to anyone who wants a decent cream shadow for a great price. I certainly would purchase more Kiko in different colours since it’s so affordable and decent quality for what it is.
I am not sure the coolness in Let’s Skate truly works for my skintone. I also don’t like the patchiness so it’s not my favourite paint pot at all. This is what I get for not reading reviews before purchasing!
My picture doesn’t do Sphinx justice and it’s layers of colour. I actually got complimented on it by the woman threading my brows (well she talked to her colleague about my choice of eyeshadow) so it is unique and special which it should be fore the steep price. If anything, it is rather sheer so if you want a cream shadow that is really pigmented this is not it but for an interesting wash, this is great.
So my verdict:
All of the cream shadows I tried are good – not one is ‘crap’. All lasted a decent amount of time, all come in decent packaging. Texture wise and finish I like the Tom Ford as I like interesting colours and multi tonal sparkle very much. I also like easy to spread jelly like textures. However I do like MAC paint pots just not in this particular shade. If budget is a big issue the Kiko is absolutely worth checking out and there are lots of shades available in the Cream Crush range.