I’m a little late to the party when it comes to cream shadows. Having been firmly pro-powder for many years, I just reckoned the blendability was a little lacking and I couldn’t really achieve the same finish as with powder shadows. In recent months I’ve been very much converted and have moved away from using my MAC paint pots solely as a shadow base but instead am now embracing the cream shadow in all its gooey glory!I’ve even ditched the brushes, and in Mary Greenwell style artiness am finger-painting my lids. Having done a complete 180, I’ve grown to love the unstructured messiness of a quick cream shadow eye- and when I say quick I’m talking ten seconds on the way out the door.
One of my favourite cream shadows to date has to be Make Up Forever Aqua Cream, a waterproof cream shadow with a gorgeous sheen as opposed to glittery chunks that find themselves all down your cheeks come lunchtime. Priced at €22.50, much like other Make up Forever products they don’t come cheap. Enter Max Factor Excess Shimmer. For just €9.99 the deeply pigmented shades and lasting formula is stellar value. I find that the Max Factor formula doesn’t dry quite as fast, which is a definite plus in giving you a little more time to blend.
On the downside, unlike the MUFE Aqua Creams they aren’t waterproof, although in day to day reality I don’t think this is too big of a deal. The other main noticeable difference is that the Max Factor shadows are much softer, I learned this the hard way on jamming my finger halfway down a pot, not realizing its buttery consistency.
The pigments are equally rich and the tones have a similarly gorgeous sheeny quality to them that I just love. Considering the price difference, the cream shadows tick a lot of the same boxes and as much as I just love anything from Makeup Forever, Max Factor Excess Shimmer Cream Shadows are an excellent budget-friendly beauty dupe and great addition to any makeup bag.