“ Brand: Boots 17 / Eyeliners / Type: Eye Cream / Suitable for: Eye „
I originally bought this eye colour because Boots sent me a voucher offering it for £1 and as I never turn down the chance to try out a new makeup product for cheap I thought I would give it a go, especially as though I tend to stick to a few old favourites when it comes to makeup so figured for that price I may be able to find a new favourite. I decided to buy the bronze colour which I hoped would complement my blue eyes
The eyeshadow comes in a plastic tub which is quite robust (I have dropped it a couple of times and it's fine) with a black lid with gold lettering and a pattern that I assume is supposed to be like leopard print but I must confess made it look a bit cheap to me.
However, you do get a lot in the tub for your money as there is clearly a lot more in it then a standard eyeshadow pot (unfortunately I cannot find how many grams it has anywhere but it is a good sized tub).
What you get inside is a cream based, almost gel like, eyeshadow that is quite shimmery. There is no applicator and as it's creamy I used use my fingers to apply it. The colour in the tub is a nice bronzey colour which is slightly more on the brown side of the bronze spectrum than the orange side which I prefer as with cool skin too orangey tones don't suit me as well.
***Applying the shadow***
As I said above there is no applicator with the tub so I just use my fingers to apply it, you could use a brush or applicator but it would get quite gunky with the cream so it would have to be dedicated to this product alone. However, I actually found it quite hard to apply as it was very slippery and went all over my eyes so I had to do a lot of tidying up after I applied it - I have used cream eyeshadows before and prefer them to powder in some ways but this one was just a bit too slippery. Although, the times I have used it I have been in a rush which may explain why I had so much trouble. However, once it is on it does feel nice on the eye as the gel texture is very smooth.
In terms of colour I was very underwhelmed as there doesn't seem to be much intenstity at all. The first time I used I had to apply about three coats and another eyeshadow and even then it was barely noticeable (I have very pale skin so usually have the opposite problem). The second time I just gave up and used my usual eyeshadow. I also find that after wearing it for a couple of hours I have shimmery/glittery patches under my eyes from the cream. It also has no staying power as by the time I had got to work (half an hour after applying the cream) it had gone. I am sure it would be better if you build the colour and for a light shimmer works ok but not fantastically and there are better cream eyeshadows out there.
I was lucky that I only paid £1 for this as I am not sure I would have been happy if I had paid full price, £3.99 from Boots, for it. Overall it's all a bit underwhelming.
A new addition
This is a new product that has recently been launched as part of the Boots 17 range of cosmetics. They are cream eyeshadows that come in small pots, and are available in six shades, costing £3.99.
The shade I have is bronze which is darker than it appears on the Boots website - it is almost like a bronze with a touch of charcoal mixed in to darken it. The product has a slightly gel-like texture - I would almost suggest that this is slightly greasy in fact. Applying this with my finger, it goes on very smoothly and feels quite pleasant to apply.
Nothing wild about this!
The colour this leaves on my eyelids is very understated, and it gives a slightly glossy look which you may or may not like. I have a light Asian skintone, and this looks really subtle on me - in fact it barely shows up at all, so it is okay for a daytime look, but I would really prefer a colour with a bit more punch! As metallics go, I wouldn't call this very wild at all really!
I was really worried from the texture of this that it would crease in spite of using my brilliant primer that keeps every other eyeshadow I own from budging. Other cream eyeshadows I have used have a slight powderiness to them, which I think helps stop them creasing, but this one just felt too creamy. And sure enough after just a few hours, this had creased slightly at the top of my eyelid - this wasn't blatantly obvious but I was definitely aware of it. I deliberately left it to see if this would worsen over the course of the day, and although it hadn't creased a lot more, the eyeshadow looked patchy and uneven, and not quite right to me! It makes me very wary about applying this again if I want to get more than a few hours' wear out of it.
In summary ...
Overall I was really underwhelmed with this product. The colour I have is pretty boring really, and it also creases due to the slightly greasy texture. I am quite indifferent to it and I'm not sure if I will be using it much again, if at all. I would say I'm very unlikely to be trying out any more in the range either!
How much and where to buy?
As this is a 17 product you will only find it in Boots. It costs £3.99 and you get 12 Boots Advantage Card points with your purchase. There are six shades available on the Boots website.
Metallic cream eye shadow