As much as we adore ultra-pigmented lids in dramatic colours, there’s also a special place in our hearts for delicate washes of colour that can be achieved with buttery cream-based eyeshadows and long-lasting eye tints. Perfect for rushed days on the go or minimal makeup occasions, we’ve rounded up the best picks for a barely-there yet beautiful swipe of colour.
NYX Professional Makeup Lid Lingerie Eye Tint Eyeshadow in Bronze Mirage
That beachy bronzed goddess look that everyone covets is yours with a swipe of this gorgeous eye tint. We love the pearl-like finish and staying power – perfect for a balmy night on the town. Finish the look with a chocolate-brown kohl pencil and lashings of your favourite mascara.
NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt
For those ladies who are constantly on the go and appreciate an unfussy, quick-fix eye look, these jumbo pencils will quickly become your new BFFs. The perfect 2-in-1 product, these eye pencils can be used to line the eyes or fill in the lids with radiant colour. The creamy consistency blends like a dream, gliding on the eyes without any pulling or tugging. Our favourite is this pretty, everyday-appropriate rose-gold hue.
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow in Recharged
Maybe you enjoy the texture of cream shadows but still want a punch of colour? If this sounds like your ideal combination, look no further than this winner from Urban Decay. The innovative, lightweight cream glitter formula feels cool and wears comfortably on the lids but leaves behind an intense metallic effect. If you’re a fan of the trending red-hot eye look, you’ll love this coppery tone.
A word on application
The best part about cream shadow or liquid tints? They are completely buildable, which means that you can layer them to achieve your desired level of coverage. Plus, you can easily apply them with your fingers, no brush necessary. Or, if you prefer to use a tool, pick a soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush to do the blending work for you.