Sydney Grace Boardwalk, Cranberry Streusel, I Don’t Know Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches

Boardwalk

Sydney Grace Boardwalk Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with warm undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented where a little went a long, long way, so I highly recommend squeezing out a tiny dab of product onto the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, particularly for those looking for more precise or sheerer application. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, and spreadable with a thin, comfortable dry down that was still blendable along the edges (while still being quite budge-proof!). It wore well for 10 hours on me before fading slightly.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Nude Awakening #10 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Touch in Sol Golden Tangerine (3) (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar).Ciate Bullion (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).NARS Old Church Street (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Viseart Seduction (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar).Bad Habit Sofia (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop The Twins (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Sephora Tiger Eye (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).MAC Shiver of Delight (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Wild Out (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “dry down to a smudge proof finish” that isn’t waterproof but “will last all day on the lids.” The brand recommends working “one eye at a time” as the formula “dr[ies] fairly quickly.” It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product–like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube–is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you’re someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is “too” pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you’d want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn’t runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you’d find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They’re very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn’t have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you’d get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences–in general with cream eyeshadows–I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you’re using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They’re some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I’ve worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff… one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

 

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Cranberry Streusel

Sydney Grace Cranberry Streusel Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, medium plum with warm, red undertones and a slightly cooler overtone. The texture was lightweight, spreadable, and thin without being runny, so it was easy to apply in a thin, even layer of product but it didn’t sheer out readily (which you may or may not like). It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, and I’d say use a lot less than you’d expect to avoid over-applying. The product dried down quickly but was still blendable along the edges to soften them, but you wouldn’t be able to sheer it out after it sets. It stayed on nicely for ten and a half hours on me before creasing faintly.

Colour Pop Millennium (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar).Urban Decay Girl Crush (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar).Colour Pop Firecracker (LE, $7.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Burner (DC, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).KKW Beauty Cherry (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Huda Beauty Ruby #5 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop The Scorpion (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Jackpot (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Kaja Cassis (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Huda Beauty Fling (Remastered) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “dry down to a smudge proof finish” that isn’t waterproof but “will last all day on the lids.” The brand recommends working “one eye at a time” as the formula “dr[ies] fairly quickly.” It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product–like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube–is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you’re someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is “too” pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you’d want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn’t runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you’d find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They’re very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn’t have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you’d get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences–in general with cream eyeshadows–I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you’re using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They’re some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I’ve worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff… one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

 

Ingredients

I Don’t Know

Sydney Grace I Don’t Know Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a muted, antique gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was slightly less metallic than most shades that I’ve tried in the range, but it was still reflective and foil-like. It had excellent color coverage that adhered evenly and spread easily across my skin without losing its intensity or opacity. For a sheerer wash of color, I’d recommend applying a bit on the back of your hand or a mixing palette and then applying with fingertips or a fluffy brush. The consistency was lightweight, spreadable, and quick to dry down, though I could soften and blend the edges between shades after they dried down. It wore well for 10 hours on me before fading a bit.

Dose of Colors Heart of Gold (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).Too Faced Spice of Life (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).MAC Omigaud It’s Gold (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar).MAC Suede (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Pat McGrath Telepathic Taupe (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar).Urban Decay Brokedown (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Guerlain Electric Look #10 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “dry down to a smudge proof finish” that isn’t waterproof but “will last all day on the lids.” The brand recommends working “one eye at a time” as the formula “dr[ies] fairly quickly.” It is a very pigmented formula where the merest dab of product–like as little as one can physically squeeze out of the tube–is enough for most of the mobile lid.

If you’re someone who tends to use their cream eyeshadows as sheer washes of color, I think this formula is “too” pigmented and dries too quickly to make sheer application as effortless as you’d want. If you love the effect of and finish of creamier, metallic eyeshadows and want true, full coverage application, these are worth looking into. I recommend squeezing out the smallest amount of product on the back of your hand or onto a mixing palette, and then using fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush to apply to the lid. I prefer a brush as it gives more working time than when I used my fingertips.

The texture was smooth, like a liquid-cream hybrid as it wasn’t runny but it was more spreadable than a cream eyeshadow you’d find in a jar. The majority of shades applied evenly to bare skin with little effort, and the edges remained blendable enough (even as it was mostly dried down) to soften and fuse with other shades. They’re very lightweight and the majority of them sat well on my lids without emphasizing lines or texture (sometimes an issue with liquid/cream, more metallic products).

It didn’t have that dry down that felt so set and locked in that if you kept trying to blend it out (after it was dry) you’d get flaking; these never flaked or lifted. Based on past experiences–in general with cream eyeshadows–I recommend working with your powder eyeshadows first (unless you’re using it as a base), and then going in with the cream eyeshadows and going back over any areas to further blend if necessary. That being said, I was able to layer powder eyeshadow over them without them lifting or becoming patchy. They’re some of the easiest cream eyeshadows I’ve worked with to incorporate into multi-shade looks. The wear varied from eight to ten hours on me before there was slight fading or a bit of creasing.

My only complaint is that with a six-month shelf life paired with so much color payoff… one tube is so much product. These could be sold half-sized tubes and still stretch for many, many uses. I really enjoy the squeeze-tube packaging along with the smaller opening, as it made it much easier to control than some other liquid/cream products.

 

Ingredients

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