I’ve been testing cream eyeshadow against powder eye shadow for almost two years now. Is cream eyeshadow better for mature eyes? I’m of the opinion that yes it is.
But there are also some downsides to cream eye shadows which I will discuss. below
If you equate mature skin with dry skin then yes cream eyeshadow is by far better for dry mature skin.
With age, the skin on my eyelids has become drier and creepier. My eyelid skin also feels thinner and looser than it did when I was younger.
Cream eyeshadow seems to give a more hydrated and fresh look to my eyelids when compared to powder eyeshadow.
better at hiding dry patches than powder.
Along the same lines as appearing more hydrated, I find that cream eyeshadow is better at hiding the dry flaky patches.
I try to keep my skin well cared for and hydrated. But because of my active serums I do get dry patches on my eyelids occasionally.
Powder eyeshadow clings to these patches and really makes them more noticeable.
When I reach for a cream shadow I can diffuse this a little bit, but please be aware that it’s not going to hide it completely.
The best solution for dry patches on your eyelids of course is to use eye creams, moisturizers, and other products that will actually improve the condition of your skin.
looks wet or moist instead of like powder
One of the things that I really like the most about cream eyeshadow for mature skin is that it appears moist or wet.
This is especially true of the shimmers and metallics although the matte cream eye shadows also look slightly more moist than a matte powder eyeshadow.
doesn’t look like velvet
If you are in love with the way a powder shadow looks smooth and velvety on your eyelids, then you may want to stick with powders.
For me, giving up the velvet look is a fair trade off. I love the moist look of cream eyeshadows even more. I feel like a light glistening eyelid looks better on my mature skin than a dry velvet powder.
no fallout to irritate dry eyes
this is a biggie for me. I get very upset by the fallout from shimmer eye shadows getting into my eyes and irritating them.
I usually suffer with it the rest of the day. Even after I have taken my makeup off the shimmer still irritates my eyes.
Wearing cream eyeshadow on my mature skin has opened up a whole new world of fun shimmers. I even have begun to wear duochrome and metallics again.
If you have given up on shimmers or metallics because they irritate your eyes so much more than matte powder eyeshadow colors, I highly recommend you give cream eyeshadow a try to see if you can tolerate the formulas better.
shimmer stays put
Another thing I really hate about powder eyeshadow is that the colors tend to wear off and smear. The shimmer gets onto my cheeks and faced throughout the day. This drives me nuts!
I don’t find that to be the case with cream eye shadows. with a eyelid primer underneath. They stay put all day.
cream eye shadows also tend to be quite waterproof if that’s important to you. I personally don’t wear eyeshadow when I go swimming. But hey who knows I may be rocking a full on duochrome purple cream eye shadow at the swimming pool in Las Vegas to celebrate my 60th birthday.
easier because blend with fingers
One last note I want to make an answering the question is cream eyeshadow better for mature eyes.
I want to mention that it’s easier to blend. You can do a one and done single color application so quickly with cream eye shadows blended with only your fingers.
With a little practice, you can get fairly good at blending two colors together with your fingers using cream eyeshadow.
Cream eyeshadow is mature skin friendly in ways that powders can never be. After testing them all I am so glad I took the plunge and tried them. it has basically made me fall in love with eye shadows all over again.