Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow offers four shades of cream-to-powder eyeshadow in a sleek, slim, mirrored compact. Most cream eyeshadows tend to crease and can be troublesome to blend with other colors, but these hold up quite well and go on softly.

Your choices are limited if you prefer neutral tones, but those who enjoy cream eyeshadows should strongly consider these. Powder eyeshadows may be applied before or after for different effects, and to give the cream shadow greater staying power. Note that this type of eyeshadow is not the best for anyone with oily eyelids.

Octyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Talc, Tribehenin, Magnesium Carbonate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclomethicone, Hydroxylated Lanolin, Silica Silylate, Nylon-12, Pentahydrasqualene, Sorbitan Trioleate, Silica, Candelilla Wax, Phenyl trimethicone, Polyethylene, BHA, Methylparaben, Ethpylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Isobutylparaben. May contain: Tutanium Dioxide, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Ultramrines, red 40 lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet.

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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Just doesn't last

I wanted to experiment with cream eyeshadow so I bought the Skinlights set.Beautiful colors and the shine isn't too bad.They lasted only 1/2 hour - yes, really - before creasing.I had the Resist Clinical Ultra-Rich moisturizer and somefoundation on underneath.I have very dry eyelids, and I usually get minimal creasing from powder eyeshadow.I think I'll these again next winter, when my skin is drier, with a Beautypedia recommended base underneath.If they still don't work, no biggie - set cost $6.

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Susan A.
Good colors, tricky to blend

The colors in each palette are great, but they have differeing intensities. A little tricky to blend. Otherwise, good cream eyeshadow and a great value.

Reviewed by
Jenny W
Nice little eyeshadow creams

I have really enjoyed these eyeshadow creams. There are a variety of colors from light vanilla colors to pretty coppers, to silver/greys. The tones are muted while still having decent color payoff. They are all shimmery; I would not call them glittery. I liked the Precious Metals palette so much that I recently purchased the Skinlights palette and like that one also. I like to apply them with my finger and then buff in with a brush. Four colors in each palette for only about $5.

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Jennifer M.

Beautiful colors in Precious Metals. Upon application found way too much sparkling going on - even for my fifteen year old.

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