A Natural Cream Eyeshadow in a Universally Flattering Shade

Lush's "Sophisticated" is just that.
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Lush's "Sophisticated" is just that.

A few weeks ago, this email landed in my inbox:

"I just tried this new liquid eyeshadow from a company called Lush Cosmetics. I know about your love of sparkly champagne eyeshadow/eyeliners. So... you have to try this incredible eyeshadow. It is under the category of "life-changing" for me. Subtle yet mysterious and so easy to apply. I cannot overstate how much I love this!!! So I thought I'd let you know and maybe they could send you some samples? Because it is incredible. It's called Cream Eyeshadow and the colour that is probably universally flattering is called 'Sophisticated' (but of course)." — LayLow

You may recognize LayLow from the comment section of this blog. And gosh, does she know me well! I indeed have an obsession with cream eyeshadow and in particular, neutral cream eyeshadow. And if it's made from natural ingredients, even better! So I knew I had try this invention immediately. (Thanks friend!)

Here is my new eyeshadow love, Lush Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated:

Lush Cream Eyeshadow

Lush Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated.

Now, if I'm not mistaken, Lush actually came out with its makeup line back in 2010. At the time, I wrote about the foundation, but I recall being at an event where I received a lip colour, eyeliner and eyeshadow according to this spinning colour wheel tool, which picks shades for you according to your "mood." My mood must be brighter than my makeup comfort zone! Either that, or I don't feel "sophisticated"... even though I'd like to look that way.

Lush's eye makeup offerings consist mostly of eyeliners, but there are five cream shadows, of which Sophisticated is the most neutral. I would describe it as a light, slightly pinky taupe. 

Lush Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated (swatch)

Swatch of Lush Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated.

I don't know about your eyeshadow collection, but I don't have anything like this—and it definitely fills a gap. It's a little more drama than my usual champagnes, but not as deep, flat-looking or hard to apply as the typical taupe powder shadows you find everywhere. That's due to the creamy texture and the finish, which is nicely metallic, not shimmery or glittery. It's very glam but not overbearing. 

I've actually been looking for a cream shadow pot in a pale brownish colour like this so I can play with sculpting my eyes—without looking all heavy and smoky. This shade is just perfect for extending your shadow out horizontally or up above the crease! 

Not sure how it would look on darker skin, however... hopefully it would still show up, but as more as a metallic highlight, not to define. Has anyone tried it?

You apply it with the little spongey tip, or your fingers.

Lush Cream Eyeshadow (3)

The applicator of Lush Cream Eyeshadow.

Depending on the look you're after, you can either just dab a dot on and then blend, or use the wand to cover your entire lid. I like a soft smudger brush like Urban Decay's to diffuse the edges slightly.

Here's what it looks like on my lids:

Lush Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated (on lids)

Wearing Lush Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated.

(I'm also wearing the Lush Liquid Eyeliner in Quietly Motivated here, but unless you're really dedicated to natural products, you probably won't like it as well. Great colour but the formula is a bit frustrating.)

The most surprising thing about Sophisticated is that it lasts a really long time for a natural product. It doesn't smear off and takes many hours to crease—and even then, it's more of a gradual all-over fading instead of the colour absolutely migrating into the crease. I'm so impressed!

Here are the ingredients:

Rose Petal Infusion (Rosa Damascena), Water (Aqua), Talc, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma grandiflorum), Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

So yeah, it has parabens. But it's a lot less chemical than most makeup—and the performance is better than most cream shadows, natural or not!

Where To Buy

Find Lush Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated at Lush.ca and Lush.com.

Have Your Say

Have you tried Lush Cream Eyeshadows? What do you think of this colour? Found anything else similar?