Smashbox has been a brand that I’ve loved over the years for their quality, long-lasting staples, such as the gel liners, the eyeshadow primer (holy grail for priming shiny noses), their anti-redness primers, colour correcting pencils, creamy lipsticks… so many must-haves.

So when I saw their new longwearing cream shadows had launched, I had to try them. It was a no-brainer purchase because I trust the quality of their makeup and primer ranges.

Shade Range

Smashbox Always On Cream Shadow shades
15 matte shades that are a mix of bold brights, and muted neutrals. Literally something for everyone.

Texture, pigment, finish

Longevity: I expected that this would be a mix between their eyeshadow primer and their pigmented liquid eyeshadow range from a couple of years ago. Annnnnd it is exactly as I had hoped. You have about 20 seconds or so of blending time before this sets. Once it’s set, you’re good to go all day/ night.

Pigment power: One drop is all you need for a light wash of colour over the lid (see above). Two or three drops for a deeper, intense look.


My Shades

I picked a bold teal shade, Ultramarine – I’m always drawn to teal above all other blues, a soft pink and a golden nude amber.

I’m not shy of colour, so I plan to wear Ultramarine as a block shade, or as a pop of colour on my lower lash line as a liner.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I want to use the Amber as a base as it’s a good match as a nude for my olive/ golden skin tone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Choosing the Rose shade is me trying to find a replacement for my beloved MAC Paint Pot in Fresco Rose discontinued years ago.


Easy on the eyes

Here are a few looks I’ve worn over the past couple of weeks using the 3 shades I bought.

If you’re experimenting with colour, I’d suggest starting with the neutral shades as everyday base with a bold shade to use as a liner as you build up your colour confidence.


Smashbox Always On Cream Shadows are available nationwide from Boots or direct from Smashbox, priced at £18 each.