Beauty Battle: Drugstore Cream Eye Shadow (Cruelty Free)

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  The hotter it gets, the lazier I get with my makeup.

Which is why I used to LOVE the Maybelline Color Tattoos.  They were quick and easy and I could slap some on my eyelid and while I may not look like super amazing, I felt pulled together and let’s be real…how much eyeshadow does going to the grocery store and the park require (all while herding a 4 year old)?  For me and my increasing heat induced laziness, the answer is not much at all!

I have been on a mission to find a cruelty free replacement for the Color Tattoos.

Here are the shadows I have tried:

Hard Candy Cream Eyeshadows in Quicksand and Fancy Pants

Hard Candy All Lid Up in Quick Sand & Fancy Pants (5.00 at Walmart)

Wild Geranium Creme Eyeshadow by Flower Beauty

Wild Geranium Color Play Creme Eyeshadow by Flower Beauty (7.98 at Walmart)

Ulta Cream Shadow in Bronzed

Ulta Color Coat Cream Eye in Bronzed (on sale now for 4.00!)

Here are some swatches:

(no primer is used under swatches as I don’t use primer when wearing these on my eyes)

Swatches with Flash: (L to R) Wild Geranium, Quick Sand, Fancy Pants and Bronzed

Swatches with Flash: (L to R) Wild Geranium, Quick Sand, Fancy Pants and Bronzed

No Flash (Top to Bottom): Bronzed, Fancy Pants, Quick Sand, Wild Geranium

No Flash (Top to Bottom): Bronzed, Fancy Pants, Quick Sand, Wild Geranium

My favorite is still Flower Beauty’s Wild Geranium.  I love the color and the texture.  It is more of a whipped texture than the Color Tattoos and you need to be careful applying until you get accustomed to the product.

My runner up is Ulta’s Color Coat in Bronzed.  This stuff is super pigmented and a teeny tiny bit goes a LONG way, so I will have this forever.  I had to sheer this out quite a bit with my fingers because Bronzed is very dark.  I will probably  go back and get a few more shades while the sale continues.

I did not care for the Hard Candy shadows at all.  I found the texture to be very dry and it was difficult to work with the product (keep in mind my laziness, you may not have the same issue).  The Color Payoff for Fancy Pants in particular was terrible.  It basically blended into my eye and just looked like random pieces of glitter on my lid.  I will give Fancy Pants to my niece for play makeup and I will throw Quick Sand into my gym bag for emergency makeup situations, but I will not repurchase.

Do you have a favorite Cream Shadow?  Have you tried any of these products?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Thank you for reading!