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I really like cream and liquid products for a fresh, quick and easy summer makeup look, so today I thought I'd talk you through some of my go-to formulas and shades...
Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Jezebel | £24 | This has been a favourite of mine for quite a while now – the formula is a sort of cream-liquid-mousse and you only need to dab on the tiniest amount using the doe foot applicator. I just blend this out with my fingers and you get a good amount of time to do this before it sets down. This is probably one of the longest-wearing, most crease-proof shadows I’ve used; it just stays looking good with this pretty pearlized finish all day, all night and beyond! I also love this silvery copper rose gold tone.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour Pencil in Copper Foil (apologies this is mislabelled below!) | £20 | This is more of your traditional crayon eyeshadow stick – again I just swipe it on and dab out with my fingers. I’d caution you to be careful not to over-apply this formula because if there’s a thick layer of product on your eyelids; it’s going to bunch up and crease. It works (and lasts on my eyes) best as a dewy wash of colour. This is a beautiful foiled gold shade that’s perfect with any warm-toned makeup look.
ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Pledge Class | $6 | I’m a long-time fan of these ColourPop eyeshadows. The formula is hard to describe; it’s kind of a cream-putty that has the most incredible opacity and is seriously crease-proof, bullet-proof and looks as good as it did after first application hours and hours later. I tend to lean towards their metallic and glitter finishes because they’re easy to apply (you guessed it: I use my fingers) and just give that ‘bam’ ‘pop’ to your eye look. My personal go-to shade is Pledge Class – it has a warm terracotta-nude base colour with this gorgeous iridescent gold glitter running through it. Dreamy…
ColourPop Lite Stix in Boss | $8 | This is a newer addition to my collection after a recent ColourPop order (check that out here) but I’m impressed already! Like with most cream products; if I’m wearing liquid foundation I just find it easier to warm the product under my fingers and apply it that way instead of swiping it directly on the skin, but I really like this formula. It’s that perfect balance of being easy to move, blend and dab out without being slippery or greasy. It gives a soft pearly metallic sheen, which is exactly what I want from a product like this. This shade is my perfect golden-bronze colour for a sun-kissed look.
Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops in Dew You?* | £32 | This is definitely a creamier liquid highlighter as opposed to being very fluid and I actually find I prefer that. I tend to mix something like this in with my foundation and it doesn’t change the consistency. You can also dab this on over the top of foundation or wear it underneath like a primer. This just adds a gorgeous, subtle pearly, luminous glow to the skin. The colour itself is a pale oyster gold.
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunset* | £34 | To say I’m gutted that this is being / has been discontinued would be an understatement. I honestly just don’t want to talk about it! I just want to enjoy this whilst I can (to be fair – this is a big bottle and you need the tiniest bit, so I’m hoping we have a good amount of time left together) and encourage you to pick it up if you can hunt it down. There’s this shade and also a lighter one but what makes it so special (besides being that rare liquid bronzer) is that it has this very slight pearly quality to the formula, so it still looks matte on the skin but it isn’t flat and your complexion still glows. I put two drops onto the back of my hand and then use my fingers to dot the product on the outer parameters of my face before buffing it out with a synthetic brush. It just gives the most natural warmth to my face – it’s not too orange but it’s also not cool-toned (that perfect balance!) It doesn’t sit on top of the skin, it just melts in and looks beautiful. Sunset: you will be missed.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn | £15 | It’s no secret that I love these liquid-cream blushers from Glossier and my favourite shade for summer has been Dawn. This is such an easy formula to work with; just dab a tiny amount on your cheeks and blend out with your fingers. It’s one of the few cream formulas that doesn’t look greasy on my skin or fade into nonexistence during the day. It goes on evenly and lasts all day. This is a beautiful vibrant red-coral colour.
Do you use cream products? What are your favourites?