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How To Stop Cream Shadows and Gel Liners from Drying Out

Do you love the look and feel of gel/cream products, but hate how they always seem to dry up and get streaky and cakey after awhile?

Well, instead of avoiding or throwing them out or avoiding them altogether, here are a simple tricks I use to restore them, but more importantly, keep them fresh longer. 

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Product of the Week: Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Shadow in Burnished Copper

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The brown base I used to reach for all the time was MAC’s Constructivist Paint Pot, but if you’ve ever owned a pot shadow before, you’ll know they get dry over time and harden to the point where they’re almost impossible to work with.

I still use my Contructivist Paint Pot but I need to add a drop of silicone oil to sort of dissolve and thin it out before I can use it properly. 

Now, my local Sephora recently started stocking Laura Mercier products, so I grabbed the chance to buy a few of the cult products such as the Secret Camouflage concealer (I bought SC-2 and I really like it so far).

The other product I picked up was this Metallic Cream Eye Color in Burnished Copper.

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Verdict: (Summary if you don’t want to read the full details)

Great shadow intensifier and primer for those with dry-to-normal lids and love browns, but want to jazz it up a little by layering it with other shades, or getting that really intensely-rich chocolate smoky eye. Also good on a variety of skins, from light-to-deep, as this has enough red tones in it not to appear ashy or brassy on really dark skin tones. 

If you have porcelain skin, approach with caution as deep reddened browns can make you look like you got punched in the eye. A softer, more ashy brown would probably look better.

Texture-wise, I don’t think this will be very good for oily lids as it’s quite emollient, even though it sets and isn’t slippery like MAC Cream Color Bases.

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Price:

Now at USD$22 (I believe just under SGD40 in Singapore; I threw out my receipt and forgot!), I won’t call this the most affordable product on the market, but it’s also not more expensive than MAC, and a little bit does go a very long way with this. The texture is creamy and luxurious so it blends easily, and makes powder pigments go on a LOT more intensely on top. (Dry bases tend not to intensify color, although they last longer.)

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The shade/finish:

Now as the name suggests, this is a deep chocolate brown with a shot of coppery-red tones. Not so much that it actually looks russet, but enough to warm up the brown and make it more flattering for more skin tones.

It’s a metallic/pearl shade, but as you sheer it out, the sheen sort of fades.

There are a handful of other neutral shades, but I was primarily going to use this as a base and prefer non-shimmery finishes when using light eye shadow primers, so I gave those a miss.

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Texture:

Gel-creme, silky, and not so different from an Urban Decay eye shadow primer. Sets, but isn’t bullet-proof.

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Tips and Tricks for Use:

  1. Apply with a synthetic brush for easy blending and more precision, but this works with the fingers as well due to the creamy texture. It won’t be as cakey and streaky as a MAC Paint Pot if you choose to use your fingers.
  2. If you want to wear a little color in the day for work or school but don’t want to go overboard, then just apply a little colored shadow over this. You’ll get a neutral look with a twist.
  3. Pack glitter over this and you get lids that look neutral from far away but sparkle and glimmer up close!
  4. WARNING: If you want a rich brown, apply a matching chocolate brown shadow over it. Don’t try to layer on more Creme Shadow or it will crease!
Weekend Face: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 86 Ebloui and Lime Crime Great Pink Planet Opaque Lipstick
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I posted this on Facebook some time ago and was asked what products I used for this weekend look.
Was feeling a little luxe, but you can definitely substitute the products I used with others.
Eyes: 
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 86 Ebloui: Deep rich reddened brown with green, gold, pink sparks that look a lot prettier in real life than they show up on camera.
Very beautiful. Also very expensive. I got it with a gift voucher and I’m not suggesting that you do the same unless you badly want a one-step product that goes on very smooth and even (compared to most other similar products on the market), is chock-full of multidimensional sparkles, and won’t need to be set with a powder shadow.
It does set completely and doesn’t feel tacky or greasy to the touch. 
(Alternatives: Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper or MAC Constructivist Paint Pot are not sparkly, but give a similar look overall.)

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
Cheeks:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Blonde (limited edition - use any soft pink shimmery blush)
Lips:
Lime Crime Great Pink Planet lipstick (Alternative: Barry M Dolly Pink)

Weekend Face: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 86 Ebloui and Lime Crime Great Pink Planet Opaque Lipstick

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I posted this on Facebook some time ago and was asked what products I used for this weekend look.

Was feeling a little luxe, but you can definitely substitute the products I used with others.

Eyes:

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 86 Ebloui: Deep rich reddened brown with green, gold, pink sparks that look a lot prettier in real life than they show up on camera.

Very beautiful. Also very expensive. I got it with a gift voucher and I’m not suggesting that you do the same unless you badly want a one-step product that goes on very smooth and even (compared to most other similar products on the market), is chock-full of multidimensional sparkles, and won’t need to be set with a powder shadow.

It does set completely and doesn’t feel tacky or greasy to the touch. 

(Alternatives: Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper or MAC Constructivist Paint Pot are not sparkly, but give a similar look overall.)

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Cheeks:

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Blonde (limited edition - use any soft pink shimmery blush)

Lips:

Lime Crime Great Pink Planet lipstick (Alternative: Barry M Dolly Pink)

MAC In Extra Dimension Collection (Limited Edition) Review - plus Young Venus swatch

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Have you checked out MAC’s In Extra Dimension Collection? I must admit I was not aware until I saw them on the display at one of my local counters and was blown away by how pretty they looked.

These promise to be a powder-cream hybrid with the benefits of both; silky, high-pigmentation, high-sheen, and defined. 

I found the above to all be true, but I don’t actually find them creamy-feeling. They pretty much feel and wear like regular pearl finish shadows to me. If you like the Veluxe Pearl formula, you will love this. If you liked the Metal X Shadows but want something more intense and that won’t crease like a cream, this is good as well.

Each pot looks a lot larger than the regular shadows but actually only holds 2g of shadow (0.5g more than the regular shadows) but the cost is also significantly higher, so I’ll leave you to decide if it’s worth purchasing. It’s hard to resist when you’re staring at the sculpted metallic contours of these things in the shop.

I didn’t find the whole collection to be splurge-worthy, so I only got one item (Young Venus, image set above) which is a perfect pink highlighter for those with medium to fair yellow-toned skin. I wear pearlescent pinks on my cheeks all the time and prefer the subtle glowy effect to champagne (oily-looking) or gold colored (jaundiced-looking) highlighters on me.

Pink Venus is a pale pink pearl not as shiny and warm-based as Pink Swish, and not as pink as Da Bling. I love it on the cheeks and bridge of the nose as it’s not overly shiny and sparkly for day (as compared to something like MAC Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk), but soft and glowy enough to not look like blush or turn chalky white against the skin.

As for the other shadows, they’re beautiful but I’m undecided about whether I need to get them as regular shadow since they’re

  • limited edition, so any shade I fall for is not going to be available for long
  • just like other metallic/pearl finish shadows. And I wear everything over a base anyway, so I don’t usually have problems with color intensity

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Also in the collection: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish.

I thought these were beautiful but I didn’t get them as they are better suited for caramel to really deep skins. For medium-to-pale skins, these look pretty brassy and unnatural. (If you can imagine applying a copper or bronze metallic shadow onto the cheeks… this are it.) There is one peach shade which might work a bit better for those with medium and medium-light skin, but I can’t promise it will work if you’re very fair, so definitely try before you buy.

If you have deeper skin, these might be gorgeous if you don’t mind looking quite metallic and shiny. Or, if you’re looking for a special FX finish for a show or shoot, these are worth checking out of course. Then again, I think you can get the same look using a metallic eye shadow or pigment, so I don’t know if it’s worth paying so much and worrying about it being discontinued.

So as beautiful as they are, I resisted the urge. I will probably go back and get the limited edition split-fiber brush for cheeks though. It’s a perfect size for highlighting!

Matte Grey with Black “Wet-Liner”
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This is a contrast in textures, with matte lids, satin contours, and a metallic, almost-wet black liner around the eye. I used the metallic black half of ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Black Licorice, and a shimmery black and matte beige from the 88 Warm Palette. (You can find a shimmery grey-black and matte beige from almost anywhere.)
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Step 1: Apply the black cream shadow first as a base. Then pack a matte beige over the inner half of lids. This will give you a soft matte grey finish.

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Step 2: Apply a dark grey-black contour shade along the outer corners of eyes, but don’t worry over much about excessive definition. 
With a liner brush, apply the black shade [Black Licorice, but you can use MAC Blackground] along the upper lash line in a thicker line.

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Step 3: After putting on your false lashes or mascara, move on to the lips and apply a soft nude-mauve lip balm with a brush for more color. I chose MAC’s tinted lip conditioner in Calm Mode (lavender and vanilla, yum).

The alternative if you want a more dramatic look is Lime Crime’s Great Pink Planet (top of post).

Matte Grey with Black “Wet-Liner”

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This is a contrast in textures, with matte lids, satin contours, and a metallic, almost-wet black liner around the eye. I used the metallic black half of ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Black Licorice, and a shimmery black and matte beige from the 88 Warm Palette. (You can find a shimmery grey-black and matte beige from almost anywhere.)

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Step 1: Apply the black cream shadow first as a base. Then pack a matte beige over the inner half of lids. This will give you a soft matte grey finish.

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Step 2: Apply a dark grey-black contour shade along the outer corners of eyes, but don’t worry over much about excessive definition. 

With a liner brush, apply the black shade [Black Licorice, but you can use MAC Blackground] along the upper lash line in a thicker line.

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Step 3: After putting on your false lashes or mascara, move on to the lips and apply a soft nude-mauve lip balm with a brush for more color. I chose MAC’s tinted lip conditioner in Calm Mode (lavender and vanilla, yum).

The alternative if you want a more dramatic look is Lime Crime’s Great Pink Planet (top of post).

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