Name: Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure!
From Benefit’s website:
Our award-winning cream shadows are as crease-proof & budge-proof as ever! The 10 incredibly wearable shades glide on easily and last all day long. It’s fresh & fabulous color for all.
What I liked:
– creamy texture, glides on smoothly
– sheer but easily buildable
– infused with subtle shimmers that brighten up the eyes
– creaseless and longlasting
What I didn’t like:
– can dry out if you leave the jar open
I think I am
getting old growing up. Even just a couple of years ago, I would have paid no attention to No Pressure!, one of the ten shades of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow. “A warm tannish brown? Ok, it’s got gold shimmers, but still, it’s brown! It’s sooooo boring!,” the old me would have said.
Back then, I was all about bright and bold shades. The brighter and bolder, the better. Looking back at some of my old photos, I look like I wore two neon safety vests on my eyes. You’d think I was afraid of getting run over or something, like my mom often commented. But oh, it was so much fun!
I still rock super bright looks sometimes (I’m probably gonna be one of those crazy old ladies with a sparkling blue dress and eyeshadow to match), but I now appreciate the versatility and elegance of a nice tannish brown shade. It flatters the complexion, complements any look, and never goes out of a style.
It’s even more convenient when it comes in cream form. That’s something else I never would have said a few years ago. For ages, I carefully avoided cream eyeshadows. They just creased like crazy within a couple of hours on me. I would carefully apply them, hoping and praying they would behave and stay put until I came back home a few hours later, but they never did. I needed to constantly retouch them, and so I never used them.
But, in recent years, things have changed. Several brands have come up with cream formulas that stand the test of time even on oily lids, like Michael Todd Long Wear Cream Shadows, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadows, and Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows.
You know what else they have in common? I would never have tried them if they hadn’t been sent to me by either PRs or friends (this Benefit eyeshadow, in sample form, is a present from my enabler and makeup dealer friend Janessa. Thanks hun!).
I think it’s high time I get over my aversion of cream eyeshadows, and try out a few more on my own. Or even just buy a few more shades of Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow. Although it has a tough name to live up to, it doesn’t disappoint. I tested it without a primer and, for the next eight hours, I watched in awe as my eyeshadow refused to budge.
Only after the eight hour mark I experienced some creasing and fading, but only minimal. If I need it to last longer than that (I usually don’t, as I’m home by then), then I just prep my slightly oily lids with primer beforehand. Either way, I am really impressed with the staying power.
The texture is lovely too. It’s creamy, buttery, and glides on the lids so smoothly. It’s quite sheer, but easily buildable. One layer provides a nice wash of colour that, thanks to the not too obvious shimmers, brightens up the eyes. But if you want a more intense look, you can layer it, using either your fingers or a brush. It blends like a dream either way.
Although Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow is one of the best cream eyeshadow I have tried so far, it still suffers the same fate as all other cream eyeshadows, both good and bad, when you leave the lid open for too long: it dries out. So, apply it quickly and close the lid tightly after every use.
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure! is really creaseless (even when you don’t use a primer!). Creamy and sheer, it glides on like a dream and can be easily built up.