I love a fresh, radiant makeup look (especially for summer) and cream products are perfect for creating that, as they can be dabbed on in a matter of seconds with your fingers for a natural look. However they can definitely be hit and miss in terms of quality! At the same time, I don't think you need to necessarily spend a lot to get an amazing formula, so today I'm talking my favourite cream product from affordable to high-end and everything in-between!
KIKO Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in 02 Golden Peach | £8.90 | This is a warm peachy tone with a golden sheen running through it and the mattes in the collection are just as amazing! I apply this by swirling my finger around on the surface and dabbing it onto my cheeks directly over foundation. It gives a pigmented flush of colour and blends out beautifully. It doesn't look greasy and is probably the longest wearing cream blusher I own, because it's always intact by the end of the day!
ColourPop x Sonya Esman Here Comes the Sun Super Shock Cheek Duo (Matryoshka) | $16 | Sadly this seems to be out of stock at the moment, but fear not because ColourPop has a habit of bringing things back... This is the first product they've created with this formula but I'm sure it won't be the last! It has a spongey, almost mousse-like texture so isn't a dewy formula. On my combination skin, that means this warm rosy tone with a veeery subtle sheen lasts really nicely and looks incredibly natural.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk | $18 | This is an unusual cream-liquid blusher formula. You need very little product and you can just dab it onto the cheeks for a subtle 'no blusher' look. The pinky-peachy brown tone doesn't contain any sheen. It isn't overly dewy and has good longevity.
Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush in English Rose Flush | £14 | This is definitely the dewiest cream blusher formula that I count amongst my favourites; it has a good amount of 'slip' so blends out beautifully without being thin and making me look shiny. It also has a nice, natural level of colour payoff that lasts nicely. It's a shimmer-free shade in a warm rosy nude colour that's perfect for everyday wear.
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Churro | $8 | I love this tie dye highlighter, which is also in ColourPop's interesting spongy cream formula. It's so pigmented and has a dewy shimmer without the glitter or grease. It blends beautifully and is a gorgeous coppery-bronze tone that gives a sun-kissed look to the skin.
No7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter | £10 | This is one of the most underrated products out there! It's a pigmented, glitter-free, creamy highlighter that gives a soft, gorgeously metallic sheen. Although warm-toned, this gold hue isn't anything overly orange and looks so natural.
Topshop Glow Pot Highlighter in Gleam | £10 | Looking at it, this is actually a really great dupe for my high-end option (Opal by Becca). It's got amazing colour payoff so you really don't need much of this dewy-finish champagne-toned highlighter.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal | £30 | Opal is a perfect highlighting shade on my skin tone; it's not too warm, nor is it cool-toned. It has a pearlescent finish with a champagne tone and the cream texture is so quick and easy to blend out for a natural, dewy (but not shiny) finish.
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Bronzer in Carry On | $8 | Sadly this has been discontinued, which is such a shame as the formula is lovely! Hopefully it gets brought back. It's a matte bronzer in a warm tone that comes in the same sponge-mousse texture as the other Super Shock Cheek products. I like to apply it with a densely-packed, domed synthetic brush (like the Real Techniques Expert Face) and it applies incredibly evenly to give natural warmth and dimension.
B. Cassie Lomas Universal Whipped Bronzer* | £8.99 | This product is seriously underrated; somehow I really don't hear much about it! It's a great dupe for the Chanel cream bronzer though unfortunately also only comes in one shade. I do think this could come off as orange on fair or cool-toned skin, however for me it adds natural colour. It has a very slight sheen that isn't overly visible on the skin, and it goes on very smoothly. Again, as I tend to place bronzer quite precisely, I recommend the Expert Face Brush.
Nars Matte Multiple in Cappadoce | £25 | I often find that stick contour products just don't work for me, however this is amazing! I guess it's a bronzer-contour hybrid because, as you can see below, it is a lot darker and more pigmented than the others in this post. I swipe it directly onto my skin and dab out with a damp BeautyBlender for natural warmth and definition. It goes on nicely and doesn't get patchy throughout the day.
YSL Les Sahariennes Blur Bronzer in 06 | £32 | I believe this is being discontinued, so get it whilst you can! It took me a while to figure out how to work with this, however since I found the right way to apply it, I've been in love! It has a slightly thicker formula than a lot of cream products, which I like because it means you get the pigmentation and it doesn't make my skin look oily. I use this again with the Real Techniques Expert Face brush to add warmth to my skin and the tone of it is perfect so it doesn't come off looking orange.
ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in Sunset Blvd | $5 | I absolutely love the cream eyeshadows by ColourPop, which also have this unique cream-mousse texture, so it was tough to pick just one for this post! I eventually settled on the gorgeous wash of colour that is Sunset Blvd. It's a nude shade with a golden sheen that I just apply with my fingers. The formula is BULLETPROOF! It doesn't crease or fade even when I've worn it for hours and hours on end.
Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze | £5.99 | This was probably the first cream eyeshadow I ever tried and to me, the formula is still one of the best! It's so opaque but blends beautifully. Once it sets in place it will not budge - even if you do wear it for the purported 24 hours (yes, I've done that...) The colour itself is a neutral-toned bronze with a metallic shimmer that works perfectly on an everyday basis.
KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 04 Golden Chocolate | £6.90 | These stick eyeshadows are fantastic dupes for the By Terry ones, however I wanted to pick a unique shade specifically from this line for my post. I love that these come in a twist-up stick so you can apply it to the lid and blend out with your finger or use it as eyeliner. This is a chocolate brown with a golden shimmer running through. The formula is easy to work with but also has amazing longevity, so doesn't move or crease during the day.
MAC Peintures Paint in Bamboom | £16 | It looks like MAC is discontinuing these cream eyeshadow tubes, which is such a shame! If you can grab it then definitely do - a little goes a long way as it's so pigmented. The formula blends out so smoothly but set down to last for hours and hours and hours. I like to use this both as a base for powders and on its own. The colour is a taupe-y pink-brown with the most subtle golden sheen.
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock | £29 | This is perhaps one of the most famous cream eyeshadows ever! This quality is amazing if you can afford it/think its justifiable to drop so much cash on a single eyeshadow... but if not then KIKO do very similar shades in a formulation that's almost as nice. The consistency of these is so smooth - it glides on beautifully and gives a metallic wet-look shimmer. They're also very long-wearing. On the lids, the taupe-mauve shimmer Misty Rock gives an incredible, multidimensional finish.