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My New Spring Time Love: Shiseido Shimmering Eye Color in OR 313 Sunshower

I have stayed away from cream eyeshadows for a long, long time. While they were always simple in application – the creasing always drove me bananas. Even when supposedly crease-proof cream eyeshadows started to make their way onto the market I stayed away, far away. I remember years ago when a random sales assistant at a MAC counter told me that cream products will ALWAYS eventually crease no matter what the packaging says, because that’s just their texture and form – and that my beauties was etched on my brain. When I started hearing about how great the Shiseido cream eyeshadows were (as well as the Maybelline Color Tattoos) I figured that maybe – just maybe – cream eyeshadows had developed to not crease (it had been about 10 years since that very memorable visit to the MAC counter I mentioned). I was sceptical, but also very curious. Low and behold I ended up with a discount code for Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics and so I bought just one Shiseido Shimmering Eye Color to test out the waters (They retail for $42 but I got mine for about $30!). Just on a quick side note while I remember – I found a new site (Cuponation) which seeks out all the current available discount codes for popular .online stores like Priceline, Kiehls’s, Surfstitch etc. so it’s worth checking in with them before going shopping online to see if you can bag for yourself free shipping or a discount etc – as every little bit counts doesn’t it 😉 I’ve also noticed that they will tell you what current deals are on in Priceline (e.g. I think atm Priceline is having a sale on Bioderma products, 20% off the entire range) for which you don’t need a code for, but it’s handy to be reminded about what promotions are currently taking place. Considering the sites content is free, I thought it would be worth mentioning, so if you want to do some browsing, you can check out their site here 🙂

Before I start raving about the Shiseido Shimmering Eye Color, let me mention that at first I was shattered. This Shiseido cream eyeshadow does crease on me, if I am not wearing a primer underneath it. If I wear a primer – then it’s gold 🙂


I quite like the design of the packaging. The pot that holds the cream eyeshadow is just made out of light weight plastic, but the symmetrical design of the lid and soft curves feel very Japanese like to me 🙂 Minimalistic but different enough. The packaging sits in your hand quite nicely to.


The texture of this cream eyeshadow is interesting. It has a lot of slip to it and so it blends super easily (I just use my fingers to apply the shadow to my lid). It’s easy to also build up the colour if you wish to do so. The colour itself is interesting because it’a not flat or your standard brown – it’s really beautiful beautiful <3 From what I can see online, most of the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colors come in really interesting tones and colours. Sunshower is no exception. This cream eyeshadow is a warm toned brown (perhaps with some slight red undertones). It also contains shimmer, but not chunky glitter – the right kind of shimmer. This shimmer is so super gorgeous as it reflects different tones (so it isn’t just your usual silver or gold shimmer). From what I can tell there’s some pale silvery/white flecks, lilac flecks and pale red flecks. The shimmer fleck colours are very pale, so they don’t appear to be ‘harsh’, giving more of a subtle look but with multi-dimensional shine (that may sound like I am contradicting myself, but it’s so difficult to describe!). It’s very hard to capture of camera, but believe me when I saw you should go swatch it at your local department store. Because it is a cream eyeshadow, there isn’t any shimmer fallout either. Now it is very shimmery (multi-dimensional shine remember!) so I get that it won’t be to everyones liking.


Like I mentioned – I have to wear a primer underneath this cream eyeshadow to make it last. However, that’s not such a bother since I wear eyeshadow primer every time I do my eye makeup anyway (as I’m sure most beauties do now). If I wear an eyeshadow primer, I get a decent 8 hours out of this cream eyeshadow (now that to me – is amazing). Now the one interesting (and perhaps negative) that does occur, is that throughout the day, the base colour of this cream eyeshadow does fade ever so slightly. In saying that, it then tends to look more ‘wet’ in appearance on the eye and then glistens even more in sunlight. It’s such a unique texture and I don’t know of any other product that can give you a ‘wet eyelid’ look while lasting.


Above: Swatch of Shiseido’s Shimmering Eye Color in OR 313 Sunshower. You can see the base colour of the cream eyeshadow really well in the photo above and even a little bit of fine shimmer – but the shimmer isn’t visible in all it’s glory in the photo. Hopefully you can notice however, that it isn’t chunky glitter by any means!


I like that this brown is warm toned, because it makes the green of my iris’ pop more (contrasting colours and tones will do that). With a tan in summer and with some more bronzer, I think this colour would give you the most gorgeous sun-kissed bronzed eye makeup look ever! At the moment I am wearing it on my eyes paired with a matte medium-brown eye shadow in my crease (some of the shimmer does end up in the matte eyeshadow because the cream shadow blends so easily, but this doesn’t bother me to much – if anything the eye makeup becomes more seamless that way) and my Chanel Malice blush on my cheeks for a rosey flush 🙂

I would like to get more of the Shimmering Eye Colors but because so many of their shades are so ‘out there’ and vibrant, I’m not sure which one to go for next… I will have to give my next purchase some thought. In the meantime I do have 2 Maybelline Color Tattoos to play around with and review, so stay tuned for my thoughts on those in comparison to the Shiseido Shimmering Eye Colors 🙂

How do you like cream eyeshadows beauties? Are they something you run from or do you love them? Let me know in the comments below!

Catch ya next time,

Beauty Bee~

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