Thursday, 30 June 2011

Review & Swatches: Estee Lauder Double Wear ShadowCreme

Welcome, friends, to round 2493 of my attempts to find a cream eyeshadow which doesn't immediately crease on my eyelids.  I bang on about my excessively oily lids fairly frequently, and I'm not going to do it again now - so, on to these Double Wear ShadowCremes.  Like many cream eyeshadows, they claim excellent wear, beautiful pigmentation, and a smooth, creamy application.

Top row, left to right: Buttercream, Smokey Twilight
Bottom row, left to right: Mochachino, Golden Sands

Texture wise, these are exceptionally silky.  Fingers glide over the surface of the shadows in their pots, and the resulting colour smooths easily onto the eyelid.  You get a good thirty seconds or so to blend the colour into the skin before the cream dries down.  They do apply fairly sheer, particularly if you apply sparingly to make sure the colour is fully blended, but luckily they layer up well too.

Left to right: Buttercream, Smokey Twilight, Mochachino, Golden Sands

The colours are indeed gorgeous, with a variety of finishes from pearl to matte.  The shimmering shades catch the light beautifully.

And the wear?

 Taken at around 10AM

Taken at around 11PM

Well, it's definitely not creased into a horribly patchy mess.  There are a few signs of wear around the inner corner of my eye, and a crease is beginning to form - but 13 hours of mostly creaseless wear on my eyelids is something short of a miracle for me.  And indeed, I've been reaching for Golden Sands frequently since I received it - it's a gorgeously eye brightening shade, easy to apply, and wears well even on my oily lids - definitely impressed.  I think I'll be buying Antique Gold or Pink Pearl next!

If you'd like to try Estee Lauder's Double Wear ShadowCremes, you'll find them on counter and online, where each shadow will cost you £15.50.  Well worth it for the wear, in my mind.  What do you think?  Tried these?  Found any other unbudgeable cream shadows?  Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: PR sample


  1. That's pretty damn impressive! How do you think these compare to the Mac PaintPots, if you've tried those?

  2. Oh, they look so pretty. Like little gems.

  3. Oooh, they are lovely! I quite like the Boots No7 cream shadows. I find they wear quite well and take a little longer to dry, so they make nice bases. Oh, and they last through swimming! The colour range is pretty pathetic though. Worth using your £5 vouchers on IMO.

  4. I've tried Paint Pots before and they crease to hell on me. So I'd definitely say these are better :)

    Not tried the No 7 ones - might have to put them on my list! :)

  5. Thanks for the heads up! I'd stayed away from these because I feared I'd only be able to use them as a base, but now I might actually pick up the gorgeous green and red :)

  6. They look amazing. How do you compare them with mac paint pots are they better or same:)

  7. Try benefit cream shadows and mufe cream shadows - I have oily lids too and the mufe is good although not the easiest to blend. Also, I've heard the bobbi brown ones are good...not the "metallic" line ones but just the regular ones.

  8. Both of those crease very badly on me Alisha! :(


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