Cream Eyeshadows To Tickle Your Pickle

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If you’d said ‘cream eyeshadow’ to me a decade ago, I would’ve flinched and thought oi oi chav, are you Daphne and Celeste? Over the years, that stigma has been replaced with a product that doesn’t have to be light blue and blended up to your eyebrow (but if, you know, you can pull that off, good for you).

The ‘drugstore’ – can we seriously think of a British term already?! – has an impressive offering when it comes to cream eyeshadows. I’ve collated a few over the years and recently added a cranberry offering to the mix… Let’s begin.

Maybelline is your best friend here and makes up three of the four offerings I’ve swatched. Their 24 hour colour tattoo range is brilliant, with impressive colour pay off and good longevity with a pop of eye primer beforehand. I first picked up the shade Creamy Beige, which is part of their leather effect range. It’s a buildable shade that’s great used as a base colour for all you gals with dark lids.

On and On Bronze is a shade I picked up last year and is one of those handy colours that looks suitable for daywear but also great for nights out with a slick of eyeliner. I would say it’s slightly more gold than actually bronze, and it’s a great dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s new Eyes to Mesmerise cream shadow collection in the shade Marie Antoinette

The newest addition to my collection is Metallic Pomegranate, the perfect cranberry tone that I never thought I’d be brave enough to sport but actually looks really lovely as an added pop of colour. Would you like to see a festive tutorial using this shade? Let me know!

Last but by no means least, we have the offering from my beloved Kiko. The brand can easily be grouped with Boots and Superdrug because it’s just so bloody affordable with really great quality. Their cream crush shadow in the shade 06 is a rusty bronze tone, particularly effective on those with darker hair and one that I’ll be busting out come Christmas time.

Which cream eyeshadows am I missing from my collection?



  1. Jessie X
    November 11, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I love your selection! I have On and On Bronze and Permanent Taupe. The quality of them is great, I'll totally need to try more :)xo, Jessie | Bear and Berries | Instagram | Facebook

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 11, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks Jessie! I haven't seen Permanent Taupe, I'll have to swatch it next time I'm in Boots! x

  2. Mia
    November 11, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    These shades are all so stunning, especially cream crush! :)Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food, Beauty & Lifestyle

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 11, 2015 / 10:28 pm

      I love them because they're all so wearable! I adore your blog Mia!! x

  3. charlotte carter
    November 12, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Ahh I love these! They look gorgeous. Im going to have to grab some of these on my next boots visit! x a life of a charlotte

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 12, 2015 / 3:31 pm

      They're a great investment! 🙂

  4. Rosy Flynn
    November 14, 2015 / 9:35 am

    I love these I just wish I had an electric blue and a bright purple with glitter they go with all my outfits and I love the overall look…. Just kidding, your choices are better ;)Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 15, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      I bet you could pull them off girl 😉

  5. Alice Young
    November 14, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    I've been meaning to pick up some of the Colour Tattoos for such a long time, but whenever I'm in Boots I completely forget! Love Metallic Pomegranate! The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 15, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      It's such a lovely shade, you should give it a go with your fab hair! I'll do a tutorial soon 🙂

  6. Tamzin Swann
    November 15, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I love cream eyeshadows, I haven't got the metallic pomegranate shade. It's looks so nice and pigmented! xxTamz |

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 15, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      It's so festive too, you should try it out 🙂

  7. JXL (Alyse)
    November 15, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    It's so odd that Maybelline has the exact same shades, but different names for the Color Tattoo shadows in the US. I really like Chocolate Suede (it's a cooler deep brown with a bit of a shimmer) if you can find the UK variant of that.

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 15, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      That is strange! I find the US seem to have much more choice with these kind of things!

  8. Adaleta
    November 16, 2015 / 2:56 am

    What lovely shadows- now that you've swatched them all, I need them all! xx,

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 16, 2015 / 10:20 am

      You'll love them Adaleta! 🙂

  9. Gemma Magpie
    November 16, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I loveeeeee cream Eyeshadows, and I really need to try the Kiko one. Have you tried the new Topshop Nude Eyes ones? They're soo lovely too xx

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 16, 2015 / 11:28 am

      The Kiko ones are such a great formula! I haven't seen the Topshop ones, I'll have to pop in and give them a swatch! Love your blog Gemma 🙂 x

  10. The Sunday Mode
    November 21, 2015 / 7:38 am

    First off, 'to tickle your pickle' is just the best addition to a post title ever. I've got Creamy Beige and Bad to the Bronze and I love them both, I'll have to check out Metallic Pomegranate because it looks beautiful!

    • Kirstie Pickering
      November 21, 2015 / 5:45 pm

      Hahaha thanks lovely!! You'd look faaaab in the pomegranate! x

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