I've got a thing for champagne coloured cream shadows. I love how they brighten and draw attention to the eyes. As the colour contrasts with the black of your lashes and dark eyeliner, a champagne cream shadow can create a stunning look. For day time you can tone it down a little with a nude powder shadow and neutral earthy tones in the crease. If you're going out for the night, sweep a gold powder shadow across the lid for a super eye catching look. Trust me, one of these is enough though, so I thought I'd do a champagne cream shadow showdown to help you choose which one is right for you.
|bikini-tini, Barely Branded and Hourglass Beige|
Here we have the benefit's creaseless cream shadow in bikini-tini (they don't use capital letters so I won't either), the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, and the L'oreal Color Infallible in Hourglass Beige. I've photographed them in natural light and haven't used a filter so the colours are true.
Bikini-tini is the warmest shade. It's a coppery champagne colour, pretty and stylish.
Barely Branded is the most pigmented of the three, and on my eyes seems to coolest shade, with more of a light silvery undertone. Choose this one if your want your eyes to really pop!
Hourglass Beige is a bold highly reflective light champagne with gold undertones.
With all three I find it easiest to use a finger to apply. Any stray shadow outside of where you'd like it needs to be wiped off quickly as once it's set, it's there for the day. All colours are buildable as you apply.
Bikini-tini feels creamy and buttery as you swipe it across your lid with ease.
Barely Branded is so pigmented that straight away it's like bam, wow, have I put too much on? The formula isn't as thin and buttery, I need to pat it on my lid or it will drag a little.
Hourglass Beige feels powder dry once it's on your finger. You need to pat it on with your finger.
All three will last all day and into the night as they don't have any obvious fading, or creasing. Barely Branded however will be the most pigmented at the end of the day, and as a swatch, is the hardest to wash off. All are easy to remove with make up remover.
What's my favourite?
There's not a lot between them, and I think any of them would be a great addition to your make up collection. Benefit's bikini-tini however is my favourite. It's creamy texture (like a MAC Paintpot) makes it easiest to apply, and the slightly darker shade looks less in your face and natural for day looks, but can still be taken to a night look with a gold shadow layered on top. Unfortunately mine came in a small pot, as it was part of my Eyenessa's Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette, however if you buy it separately, it comes in a nice big shallow pot. Perfect for application with your fingers. If I ever ran out of champagne cream shadow, I'd purchase bikini-tini again.
Benefit bikini-tini is available at Myer for $34.
Maybelline Barely Branded is currently on special at Priceline for $5.97.
L'oreal Hourglass Beige is $19.95 at Priceline.