Eyeshadow,  Swatches

Cream, Stick, and Liquid Eyeshadow Swatches

I’ve been gravitating a lot towards eyeshadows that are in a stick, cream, or liquid format lately. Perhaps it is my skin getting older and drier. Perhaps it is the way they seem to mesh with the skin in a texture that doesn’t look powdery.

In any case, here are some swatches of my stick, cream, and liquid eyeshadows! I don’t really have enough of one brand to do a post for each brand. You can definitely get a sense of my favorite shades though! I’m always looking for that perfect beige champagne and sandy brown. I also threw in a couple of eyeliners that I thought could pass as a shadow.

These swatches are generally arranged with the less expensive and small indie brands on the top/right and the more expensive/luxury brands are on the bottom/left.

Cream Stick Liquid Eyeshadow swatches on fair/pale/light sin Luxurious JD Glow, Perfect Pearl ELF, Keep It Crisp Jelly Much Colourpop, Yogurt Nyx, Warm Glow Sydney Grace, Magnetic Pull ELF, Queen Sydney Grace, Frosted Taupe LA Girl, Champagne Room Wet N Wild, Blossom Sydney Grace, Moonlight Laura Mercier, Luminary Kaja, Golden Pink Bobbi Brown, Au Naturel Laura Mercier, Pink Canyon 11 Makeup Forever, Amethyst Laura Mercier, Flirting Game Eyeliner Sephora Collection, Chocolate Malt liquid Too Faced, Celestial Cover FX
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Swatch comparison of cream, liquid, and stick eyeshadows
  1. Luxurious HD Crystals from JD Glow, $10 at JDGlowCostmetics.com
  2. Perfect Pearl No Budge Shadow Stick from ELF, $5 at ELF, $5 at Ulta
  3. Keep It Crisp Jelly Much from Colourpop, $9 at Colourpop
  4. Yogurt Jumbo Eye Pencil from Nyx, $5.50 at Ulta, $5.50 at Nyx
  5. Warm Glow from Sydney Grace, $8 at Sydney Grace
  6. Magnetic Pull No Budge Shadow Stick from ELF, $5 at ELF, $5 at Ulta
  7. The Queen from Sydney Grace, $8 at Sydney Grace
  8. Frosted Taupe Gel Glide Eyeliner from LA Girl, $5 at L.A. Girl
  9. Champagne Room Color Icon Multistick from Wet n Wild, $4.29 at Ulta
  10. Blossom from Sydney Grace, $8 at Sydney Grace
  11. Moonlight Caviar Stick from Laura Mercier, a $16 mini at Laura Mercier, Full size $29 at Ulta
  12. Luminary from Kaja, $19 at Sephora, $19 at Kaja
  13. Golden Pink from Bobbi Brown, $30 at Ulta, $15 mini at Bobbi Brown
  14. Au Naturel Caviar Stick from Laura Mercier, $16 mini at Ulta, $29 full size
  15. Metallic Taupe from Laura Mercier, $29 at Laura Mercier, $29 at Sephora
  16. Pink Canyon (#11) Aqua Resist Smoky Eyeshadow Stick from Makeup Forever, $23 at Sephora,
  17. Amethyst from Laura Mercier, $16 mini at Ulta, $29 at Laura Mercier
  18. Flirting Game Eyeliner from Sephora Collection, $11 at Sephora
  19. Chocolate Malt liquid shadow from Too Faced, $21 at Too Faced
  20. Celestial Shimmer Veil from Cover FX, $28 at Cover FX

The gallery of photos below shows different angles and lighting. Click on the photo to see a larger size.

Closer Inspection Swatches

After doing 20 shades in one photo, I felt that there were a few sets that really needed their own side by side comparison so you could see the difference. A few of these look like dupes in the initial swatches, but side by side you can really see the nuances of color and texture.

cream shadow swatches on light/fair/pale skin Amethyst (Laura Mercier), Magetic Pull (E.L.F.), Moonlight (Laura Mercier), The Queen (Sydney Grace)
Indoor Window Light: Amethyst (Laura Mercier), Magetic Pull (E.L.F.), Moonlight (Laura Mercier), The Queen (Sydney Grace)
cream shadow swatches on light/fair/pale skin Amethyst (Laura Mercier), Magetic Pull (E.L.F.), Moonlight (Laura Mercier), The Queen (Sydney Grace)
Outside Light: Amethyst (Laura Mercier), Magetic Pull (E.L.F.), Moonlight (Laura Mercier), The Queen (Sydney Grace)
cream eyeshadow swatches on fair/pale/light skin Celestial (Cover FX), Perfect Pearl (ELF), Luminary (Kaja), Champagne Room (Wet n Wild), Moonlight (Laura Mercier)
Inside Window Light: Celestial (Cover FX), Perfect Pearl (ELF), Luminary (Kaja), Champagne Room (Wet n Wild), Moonlight (Laura Mercier)
cream eyeshadow swatches on fair/pale/light skin Celestial (Cover FX), Perfect Pearl (ELF), Luminary (Kaja), Champagne Room (Wet n Wild), Moonlight (Laura Mercier)
Celestial (Cover FX), Perfect Pearl (ELF), Luminary (Kaja), Champagne Room (Wet n Wild), Moonlight (Laura Mercier)

Formula Reviews

I’ve been a little bit disappointed in the formulas of the ELF, Nyx, and Wet n Wild so far. I will keep experimenting and possibly grab some additional shades in the future. The Nyx wasn’t too bad, so I’ll probably try a few more shades in that line. Wet n Wild creased a ton on me, and the ELF shade magnetic pull seemed to blend to nothing on my lids, just not a lot of pigment there, but if I applied a lot and blended less it did show up better. I never used a primer, but that might help with the issues I experienced.

I really enjoy the Sydney Grace cream shadows (36 shades) for $8 and the Colourpop Jelly Much shadows for $9 (color selection changes often). So those would be my budget recommendations in this category. The Kaja Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment (swatch #12) in Luminary is a SUPER favorite both in shade and formula and at $19 it’s a mid-end price.

The JD Glow HD Crystals are actually a pigment in a little jar that you mix with a mixing medium and then it dries down to a no budge finish. This has the MOST sparkly finish ever. So this is a formula for when you really want that sparkle to be seen from AFAR! There are lots of neutral shades available, and since this is a completely dry formula it will last a lot longer than the other cream/liquid products featured in this post.

The Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown formula have really impressed me, as they should for around $30. I plan on picking up more shades in each of those ranges. Laura Mercier has several shades available in mini size. Both brands to mini-size bundles from time to time (especially around the holidays) I don’t see much in the way of shimmer shades from Bobbi Brown though.

Collection of Liquid Cream and Stick Eyeshadows. Lots of Shimmers! ELF, JD Glow, Makeup Forever, Kaja, CoverFX, Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil, Sydney Grace, Laura Mercier

Some Favorite Combos:

Bobbi Brown Golden Pink on the Lid and Makeup Forever Pink Canyon in the Crease

Swatches of cream eyeshadow sticks Bobbi Brown Longwear Shadow Stick Golden Pink and Makeup Forever 11-Pink Canyon Aqua Resist Smoky Shadow on light/fair/pale skin
Golden Pink (left) and Pink Canyon (Right)

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