Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow review, swatches, photos

Monday, May 5, 2014

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid review swatches Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

The product: Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Always a Bridesmaid

I’m going to be frank with you: the Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow formula is not my friend. Like everything else, it’s simply not creaseless when it comes to my lids — so after testing out Always a Bridesmaid time after time last summer, I set it aside for the spring.

The Creaseless Cream formula may not be my favourite, but Always a Bridesmaid is the perfect spring shade.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless swatch - Cream Eyeshadow

Leftmost swatch: Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

The packaging and formula: Packaged in the most adorable, vintage-inspired glass jars, the Creaseless Cream range sits with a low profile and stores upside-down for a longer life. It’s easy to see which shade of eyeshadow you’re reaching for, and the wide opening makes it easy to pick up product, too.

As for the product itself? I find these to apply very smoothly, with an almost oily consistency between my fingertip and eyelid — no dragging or catching here. As I mentioned already, these do crease on me rather quickly (though I can extend the wear with primer underneath and a powder eyeshadow overtop), but I’ve yet to find a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow review

The shade: Always a Bridesmaid is perfection in an eyeshadow pot. I’m a complete sucker for light violet eyeshadows, especially in the spring, and this one makes me wish so badly that my eyelids could withstand creasing for more than a few hours — in the perfect world, I would love to be able to apply this with a flick of brown eyeliner and a quick coat of mascara.

Described (entirely accurately) as a pearly lavender, this eyeshadow is a beautiful, springy light purple with lovely shimmer. It catches the light beautifully, and isn’t too vivid — against my complexion, it glows but doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid, Coralista lipgloss, Girl Meets Pearl swatches

Swatched L-R: Benefit Always a Bridesmaid, Coralista Ultra Plush Lipgloss, and Girl Meets Pearl illuminator

Benefit Creaseless Cream eyeshadow review

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow box & product – how cute is that packaging?!

The verdict?

With my struggles to keep it from creasing, I can’t in good conscience recommend the Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow formula based on my experiences with it. I can, however, tell you that it’s a cinch to apply, and that Always a Bridesmaid is the loveliest spring eyeshadow shade in my collection.

I wanted to wait for the perfect day to post this review, for crisp spring air and buttery sunlight, but — this is Canada. I’ve been waiting for ten months and I’m done waiting. Just know this: Always a Bridesmaid is that perfect day.

Availability: $20 USD/$24 CAD at Sephora, Ulta, and Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.

Benefit Creaseless Cream eyeshadow review Always a Bridesmaid

Always A Bridesmaid ingredients & size: 4.5g/0.16 oz, paraben-free.

Isododecane, Mica, Polyethylene, C13-16 Isoparaffin, C12-14 Isoparaffin, Lauryl Phenylisopropyl Methicone, Methyl Trimethicone, C13-15 Alkane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Behenyl Dimethicone, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, C20-24 Olefin, Propylene Carbonate, Silica.

+/- Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Aluminum Powder, CI 77007 (Ultramarines), Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Titanium Dioxide.

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18 Responses to “Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow review, swatches, photos”

  1. Cream eyeshadows are so finicky, aren't they? Ah well, it's a beautiful color.
    My recent post A Haphazard Post

  2. Lily @ChloeAsh, on May 5th, 2014 at 8:11 am said:

    I still haven't tried any of Benefit's cream shadows, but I've been consciously avoiding cream products (if I can). They dry up too quickly for my liking and I don't wear them enough!

    My recent post Sunday Stash Shopping #24 with Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Eye Palette

  3. Always! I'd love to see this shade in a powder eyeshadow, too ;)

  4. I know how you feel, Lily! As someone who has literally never finished a colour product (I know, I know >.<), I always feel a little guilty buying cream shadows and liners.

  5. Kate & Zena, on May 6th, 2014 at 12:57 am said:

    Ooooooh, I love that color! The creaseless cream eyeshadows last forever on me too. But, do I get this color or splurge on the UD electric palette? Decisions, decisions…..I might have to play the eeny meeny miney mo game. I love cream products for bad Lupus days, but the Electric palette is soooooo pretty! *plays the eeny meeny miney mo game*

  6. Hmmm. I vote get this one, then compromise by ordering the Sleek neon palette instead of the UD one.

  7. Kate & Zena, on May 6th, 2014 at 1:16 am said:

    Yea, but then I have to find an online retailer and that means no instant gratification. (And I have this thing about needing to hold it in my hands RIGHT AT THAT MINUTE sometimes. And I can run away in glee with the UD Electric or the Benefit. I am a woman of carnal pleasures.)

    That sounded really wrong.

  8. ehhh, so pretty but my eyelids are oily as heeeellll! This would not work out for me!
    My recent post What a beaut.

  9. truecolorjoy, on May 6th, 2014 at 7:10 pm said:

    urg. that is a gorgeous shade but i do not need two purple cream shadows! i do not!! …
    My recent post April Tried But Not True

  10. Hahaha, I get it :P While I'm typically a pretty patient person, waiting for something you're really excited about to arrive through the post is the worst!

  11. Sorry to hear that, Louise!

  12. Can I ask what your other one is? :)

  13. truecolorjoy, on May 9th, 2014 at 2:17 am said:

    of course! it's makeup forever aqua cream 18: light lilac shimmer

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