The 12 Best Cream Eyeshadows, According to Makeup Artists

The best part? They’re so easy to apply.

model wearing cream eyeshadow
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Don’t get me wrong: Eyeshadow palettes are great. Really, truly. But buffing powder formulas to perfection takes a tad of skill and a bit of time. The best cream eyeshadows, on the other hand? They’re easy, breezy. All you need is a finger swipe, a little tapping to blend, and a five-star formula that won’t crease, budge, or smudge. From sparkly options that are quite literally one-and-done to luxe quads that can be layered for a more intense eye, there’s a whole wide world of beautiful cream eyeshadows to choose from. “You can create an entire eye look and then add a cream shimmer on top as the final step,” says makeup artist Dani Parkes. “You can even set the shimmer you add with a powder shadow afterwards.” 

Want to get on board the cream eyeshadow train but not sure where to start or what to buy? Scroll ahead. Top makeup artists are sharing the cream shadows they always keep in their kits. We also took the liberty of throwing in some of our faves. From easy-to-apply sticks to eye and cheek multipurpose duos, here are the best cream eyeshadows in the game. 

The Best Cream Eyeshadows