Tested on animals:No
Sonia Kashuk's Pearlescence Long Wear Crème Shadow claims to enhance eyes with a metallic finish and make eyes appear more youthful. While that might be a bit of a stretch, there is a lot to like to about this bargain-priced shadow, which is why it earns our three-star rating!
Pearlescence Long Wear Crème Shadow comes in a clear plastic tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator. This fragrance-free shadow has, true to its name, a creamy consistency, but it doesn't feel heavy. It's very easy to apply and spread across eyelids, though for more precision application we recommend smoothing it out a bit with your fingers or an eyeshadow brush. There is enough time to blend and soften it before it sets to a soft powder finish, but once it sets (which takes about a minute) it stays put!
There are four shades available at the time of this review, ranging from a pearlescent white to a bronzed copper shade, and each does have a subtle metallic finish. The shimmer finish is attractive and enhances eyes without making wrinkles or crepiness more apparent. Those looking for strong color will have to look elsewhere; this formula is on the sheer side and isn't designed for a dramatic effect. However, this can be layered with powder shadows for a more intense result, and this combination extends the wear-time of this cream shadow.
While we didn't wear these shadows the 14 hours Sonia Kashuk claims they can last, we did find that wore remarkably well through a standard 8-hour workday without smudging, creasing, or fading. In fact, we had to use a waterproof makeup remover to take it off at night (a standard remover took it off easily).
One note about this product: It does contain a somewhat iffy amount of alcohol, so those with sensitive or very dry eyelids will want to keep this in mind.
Otherwise, Sonia Kashuk's Pearlescence Long Wear Crème Shadow is a worthy choice, and despite some of its minor drawbacks, one we definitely recommend given its reasonable price!
- Easy to apply and blend.
- Attractive soft metallic finish.
- Wears well without smudging, creasing, or fading.
- Easily removed with a waterproof makeup remover.
- Contains a small amount of alcohol, which might be an issue for sensitive skin.