“ Brand: Avon / - Eyeshadows / Type: Eyeshadows / Suitable for: Eye „
I liked the colours of this product which along with the price went a fair way to making me decide to buy this. It was from eBay again rather than Avon itself but being £2 wasn't going to turn it down. The Arabian Glow palette had a light cream colour, a goldish shade, a light tan brown and a dark chocolaty brown. They looked like they would complement each other well.
It comes in a gold square palette with a clear plastic lid, with a sponge applicator that I hate. I am always a bit dubious of cream eye shadows as they tend to not apply very well. This product was no different and I had real issues getting it to stay on my eye lid. The colours themselves are very bold and bright, they do complement each other well and they blend together well. If only they would actually stick where you want them and not fade away before your evening is over. I find with cream shadow, you can't apply eyeliner on top of it either. I have tried using liquid eyeliner first then applying the cream powder but the eye liner just gets covered and then you can't go over the top of it! It ends up being a huge mess. If you don't want to wear eyeliner then it's not too bad, however you do still get the fading problems. It's a real shame as I love the colours in this set, I just wish they would last a bit longer.
I liked the look of this little compact when I was browsing the Avon brochure a while back. I was disappointed when I realised it was cream eye shadows though as I think it would have made a lovely set of powder shadows and I think they look like powder eye shadows in the picture - the picture above is the same as the one in the Avon brochure.
Cream eye shadows are notorious for creasing and sliding off your eyelids, which is not a good look.
I got these cream eye shadows while they were reduced to about £2.00, but they cost around £6.00 normally.
They are part of Avon's Arabian Glow range which is a summery range, so the products are not currently available in the Avon brochure, but can be found on www.ebay.co.uk for around £4.00.
~ Appearance ~
The eye creams are set in a gold coloured plastic casing and the compact has a clear hinged lid with the word, Avon, across the front.
You can see the four eye creams through the lid - the colours are cream, gold, bronze and brown. You also get a double ended sponge tipped applicator with the eye cream quad.
The back of the compact has a gold sticker on which says, 'Arabian Glow Natural Shimmer'.
~ Use ~
The lid is easy to open. The cream eye shadows feel creamy. They feel a little bit like a lipstick feels only not as thick.
It doesn't feel right using a sponge tipped applicator with a creamy product like this as you feel like the applicator will be sticky and it feels quite unhygienic.
The cream does pick up onto the applicator or brush well.
It is a little bit more difficult to apply to your eyelids, not transferring to your skin as easily, but it isn't difficult to apply. It might just be that it looks quite thin on your eyelids initially. I like to build the colour up a little bit as it is quite translucent.
It is very reflective on your eyelids, but it does not make your skin look greasy.
The cream eye shadows have a bit of shimmer to them, but it can be quite difficult to notice this on your eyelids as they are rather reflective.
I think the effect that the cream eye shadow creates is really nice. I think it brightens your eyelids and helps to make your eyes stand out.
Being quite thin I don't find that these cream eye shadows crease or slide off your eyelids and the overall look achieved has been impressively long lasting compared to what I expected.
Your eye make-up will last around 8 hours before you need to top up or reapply, which I think is pretty good for a cream eye shadow.
If you are after a good set of cream eye shadows I would recommend these. They come in nice natural colours and look really good on your eyelids, without the usual worry of creasing or sliding.
I ordered the Arabian glow cream eye shadow about a year ago when it was reduced in the Avon brochure although I am not sure how much it was now. I know that it was summer time though and I had been purchasing some silver, blue and green eye shadows in subtle shades when I came across it and bought it as it was a bit different being a cream instead of the more popular powder shadows.
The cream eye shadow is actually a palate where you are getting four eye shadows to try. It is a square shape which has a clear lid displaying the Avon name and the underneath is a bronzed colour and the sticker advises that this product is part of the Arabian glow range in very vibrant. I chose this palate as there was a silvery blue colour and a turquoise colour too. The other 2 colours look peach and a horrid pinkie purple.
Usually with pallets you can get a few colours that fit well together for example, blues, greens, Smokey eyes or brighteners however the colours look very odd against each other and haven't been matched too well. The palate comes complete with an eye shadow brush for application.
The colour is very creamy and surprisingly the shades actually look a lot sheerer once applied than they do in the palate. I love the silvery shade as it is sheer with silver tones and particles of glitter to add something a bit more special. The turquoise is very vibrant and the other two colours don't suit me at all so they are still there.
Although the colour looks lovely once applied it doesn't stay that way for very long as it tends to crease and fades so you can't really tell that you have any on. This can be a nightmare trying to reapply again since it is creamy. I am not too sure weather Avon sells this product now but I can't imagine it was much of a success. On this occasion I am unable to recommend this product for the following reasons:
Colours are very different
Slightly oily finish
When I purchased this it was on special offer with a couple of pounds off the usual price which if I am remembering correctly is around the £8 mark. I don't usually wear cream eye shadows as they tend to slide off or crease so my usual staple are shadows of the powder variety. However, I liked the colours so thought I would give this one a go.
The first thing I noticed is that it is very difficult to apply using the applicator provided so I ended up using my fingers as I know with being trained in make-up, etc that these are usually the best tool when blending creamier products. Using my fingers it did glide on quite well and blended really easily for the look I usually go for.
As I said above, I really liked the colours in the palette and the fact that they look quite sparkly. The palette consists of a creamy/white, a gold, a bronze and a much darker metallic brown and they all work well together. I usually apply the creamy one to the whole of my brow bone and then using the applicator I line the corner of my eyes nearest the nose with it to highlight. I then apply either the gold or bronze to the whole of my lid and then use the darker brown shade on the outer corner of my eyes and blend to create a smoky effect.
It gives eyes a real sparkle and looks great when it first goes on but there are two main problems I have come across when wearing this product. The first being that as with most cream eye shadows it does crease after a while all into the socket line which isn't a good look. Also, if you happen to brush past your eyes with your and it just slides straight off and smudges everywhere...a problem that I have never had with a powder shadow.
Despite these two faults, I do like the look that it gives when it is initially applied so if I am going out somewhere for only an hour or so I will still wear it. It just is not durable enough for say a days shopping or a night out.
All I can really say is that if you prefer using cream shadows then you might like this more than I do but it doesn't pass my test.