Is cream eyeshadow better for sensitive eyes?

Well, the short answer is yes. I think they are. But it’s the why that’s important. Cream eyeshadows can be more expensive than powder eyeshadows. And while the color ranges can be similar, it’s impossible to get the loverly palettes with the colors all laid out for you in advance.

With that said, I still am a huge fan of cream eyeshadow.

1. Cream Eyeshadow has less fallout

Cream eyeshadows are a godsend for people with sensitive eyes. Not only do they tend to be more gentle on the skin, but they also don’t produce as much fallout as powder shadows.

Because cream shadows come in both pencil and pot form, they’re also easy to apply without making a mess.

And, if you’re worried about creasing, all you need to do is set your cream shadow with a quality eyeshadow primer. Once you’ve tried cream eyeshadow, you’ll never go back to powder!

2. Cream Eyeshadow – Glitter, Shimmer, and Metallic

Loose glitter eye makeup is also not a good idea for sensitive eyes because shiny flecks can get into the eyes. Glitter eyeshadow in the powder palettes can irritate almost anyone’s eye. Avoid them at all costs if you have sensitive eyes. For many makeup wearers, cream eyeshadow for sensitive eyes is the way to go.

Shimmer and metallics are much easier to wear in cream formulas than powder formulas if you have sensitive eyes. I find not only do they have less fallout, but they actually stay put on and don’t flake or rub off as the day goes on.

cream eyeshadow sticks from nyx
NYX Jumbo sticks come in a large variety of colors.

3. Watch out for Fragrances and Colors

If you have a fragrance sensitivity, opt for eyeshadows with fragrance-free formulations instead.

Fragrance in cream eyeshadow can irritate sensitive eyes. The fragrance is usually a mix of essential oils, and these can be irritating to the eyes. In addition, many cream eyeshadows also contain preservatives that can irritate sensitive eyes.

If you have sensitive eyes, it’s best to avoid cream eyeshadows that contain fragrance.

However, if you must use them, be sure to test the shadow on a small area of your skin first, and if you experience any irritation, discontinue use immediately.

Lots of women have allergic reactions to the ingredients found in red and purple eyeshadow colors.

While these colors typically irritate the eyelid skin, I would still avoid them if I had extra sensitive eyes.

Be sure to test new colors at home, where you can quickly remove the product from your eyelids if it irritates you.

Also Read: Cream Eyeshadow Application Tips

Gentle Glam: How Cream Eyeshadows Are Perfect for Sensitive Eyes

Another advantage of cream eyeshadows is their versatility. They can be easily layered and blended, allowing you to create a variety of looks from subtle to dramatic. The creamy texture also makes them ideal for creating a smooth and seamless base for other eyeshadow shades or liners.

In addition, cream eyeshadows are often more pigmented than their powder counterparts, meaning you can achieve intense color payoff with just a small amount of product. This is especially beneficial for individuals with sensitive eyes who may prefer to minimize any potential irritation by using less product.

4. Ingredients in Eyeshadow that Irritate Sensitive Eyes

For those of us with sensitive eyes, finding the right eyeshadow can be a real challenge. Many formulas contain ingredients that can irritate and inflame the delicate skin around the eyes. But with a little bit of knowledge, it is possible to find an eyeshadow that won’t cause problems for sensitive eyes. Here are some of the most common offenders:

  • Benzalkonium chloride: This ingredient is often used as a preservative in cream eyeshadows. Unfortunately, it can be a major irritant for sensitive eyes.
  • Formaldehyde: Another preservative that is commonly used in cosmetics, formaldehyde can also cause irritation and inflammation in sensitive eyes.
  • Fragrance: Many eyeshadows contain fragrance, which can be a problem for those with sensitive skin. Fragrance-free formulas are a better option for those with sensitive eyes.

If you have sensitive eyes, it is important to read labels carefully and avoid products that contain these irritating ingredients. With a little bit of effort, you can find an eyeshadow that won’t cause problems for your sensitive eyes.

Is cream eyeshadow better for sensitive eyes

Extra Tip

sharpen eyeliners – use wood type so that you can sharpen them each time to remove germs. If you use the retractable eyeliners in plastic cases, you can try rubbing off the end of it on a tissue when you finish using it.

Technically, most eyeliner formulas contain preservatives to help avoid this issue. But if you continue to have issues with sensitivity, maybe it is dirty eyeliner and not your eyeshadow.