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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Avon Cream Eyeshadow

When I was in 7th grade, the majority of my friends were not allowed to wear makeup yet. My mom on the other hand, was cool like that and made me a little makeup bag of 'mom approved' items. I had free range when it came to what adorned my lips- I learned the art of perfect lipstick from my Nan at the tender age of four. Anyhow, she picked out my very first mascara, brown eyeliner, and two cream eyeshadows. One, a slightly minty green and the other, a mid toned lilac, and happened to be from Avon. Both were shimmery, but not frosty, and they were the envy of all my friends. Many a mornings, during first recess, the little pots were passed around and shared by at least six girls. I know everyone washed their hands but still, looking back, it was the stupidest thing to share... but we had all survived the great lollipop sharing trend of the previous year so we were pretty close on a germ to germ level. What I'm getting at, is the fact that Avon Cream Eyeshadows hit a nostalgic note with me, so when I saw that they were being introduced again, I had to try a couple.

 Avon Cream Eyeshadow- Candy Sorbet, Cool Grey, and Winter Taupe

'Sheer wash of colour feels light and fresh and brightens lids with a cool shimmer, Buildable, easy to blend and smudge-proof' - Avon

The newest formulation of Avon's Cream Eyeshadows- the last time I used them was the late 90's- are housed in heavy glass pots with plastic caps. I like that while these have some heft to them, they aren't bulky. They are actually quite cute, all round and petite. The pots do look smaller than other cream eyeshadows, but at 4g they are only a gram smaller than MAC Paint Pots.

As for wear, I know what you're thinking: do they set? YES! Unlike the Avon cream shadows of my past that seemed to crease minutes after application, these little guys do set. I'll go into more detail soon, but each of the shades I have have set and stayed put. I haven't put these to a full day wear test yet, but for the 4-6 hours I did wear them I had no creasing, and I did not wear a primer under them.

  Avon Cream Eyeshadow- Candy Sorbet, Cool Grey, and Winter Taupe

Avon Candy Sorbet Cream Eyeshadow

Candy Sorbet is a shimmering, cool toned baby pink. This shade applies as a sheer, but it can easily be built up to semi-opaque. There is a fair amount of slip when you first apply this, making it easy to apply. It does take a few moments to set, but it gives you time to blend out edges.This shade brightens the eye are beautifully, and will wear well on it's own with a bit of dark smudged liner, or as a base under powder shadows.

Avon Cool Grey Cream Eyeshadow

Cool Grey is just that, a cool toned, shimmering grey but it does have a hint of taupe when built up. Like Candy Sorbet, this shade is sheer but can be built up to semi-opaque. I like that this shade is neither too frosty or bright, and that there is no glitter.

Avon Winter Taupe Cream Eyeshadow

Winter Taupe is a shimmering true taupe. Unlike the other, lighter shades, this reads opaque without being built up. Before I got into blogging, I didn't appreciate taupe to the extent I do now, and I have to say that this is a gorgeous taupe. This will be an excellent shade to throw on in a hurry, and still look perfectly polished.

Avon Cool Grey Cream Eyeshadow (one pass for a sheer wash) over lid, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow in Sin on inner corner and lower lashline, NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Venetto (black) smudged on upper lashline and on water line, Maybelline Volum' Express Mega Plush Mascara in Very Black

These cream shadows will be released in the coming weeks and will be available in eight shades: Exquisite Blue, Candy Sorbet, Cool Grey, Frothy Mocha, Pebble Stone, Winter Taupe, Sparkling Plum and Seafoam Green at an introductory price of $3.99. Overall, I think they're excellent, especially for their price point. Out of the shades I tried, the lighter hues apply sheer, but as mentioned can be built up to semi-opaque. These are an excellent little addition to any makeup bag and would make a very thoughtful stocking stuffer for any beauty fans on your list. Do you like cream shadows? Which shades do you tend to go for?

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