The 18 Best Cream Eyeshadows That Won't Budge or Crease

These creamy formulas blend easily, sit comfortably, and stay put all night long.

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In the last couple of years, my glosses and lipsticks have been left mostly untouched; the typical pops of color I gravitate towards are rendered invisible by masks. But it's left room for more makeup experimentation on the rest of my face: bright glitter, razor-sharp eyeliner, pigmented blush, and most of all, vibrant cream eyeshadows.

When should I use cream eyeshadow?

While powder shadow (opens in new tab) is a classic, I find that cream shadows are the formulas I've been clinging to in these trying times. And by trying times, I mean 95 degree days when the rest of my face is melting Raiders of the Last Ark-style. Cream shadows become my go-to for more than one reason: They blend like warm butter when I'm in the mood to mix and match different shades; lay comfortably on my lids like I've got nothing on; and stay put when I know I've got a long night devoid of touch-ups ahead of me.

How do I choose a cream eyeshadow?

Every month, there are brand new cream eyeshadow innovations, with each new product—from natural and organic formulas to exciting palettes—more intriguing than the last. While on the hunt for a cream shadow, don't just look for pigment and shine (though those are important!); look for formulas that go on smoothly and will last and last until you take makeup remover to it. 

Since I've racked up quite the collection, I've gotten the chance to narrow down the absolute best of the best when it comes to cream formulas. From slick metallics to finely-ground glitters to translucent tints, here are the absolute best cream shadows to add to your cart.

Julia Marzovilla
E-Commerce Writer

Julia Marzovilla is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire covering all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Offline, she’s most likely browsing the web for another pair of black boots or listening to music too loudly—often at the same time.