A review of Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow

As I’m sure most of you are aware, I’m all about products that are easy to use, save time, and work well.  Sometimes products portend to make your life better, but that’s not always the case.  I recently found a product from Neutrogena that intrigued me, and I mentioned it in my makeup drafts post during March Makeup Madness.

Lids off

Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow ($8.99) contains primer within, so the thought is it will save you the step of priming, and thus stay put all day long without gathering up for an afternoon shadow happy hour in your eyelid creases.  So does it work?

Full day of wear

After hours of wear it’s still going strong

It does!  Granted, I used two of the lighter shades offered in the above photo (Stay Golden on my brow, and Constant Copper on my lid), but even when I’ve used the darkest neutral offered right now, Lasting Taupe, I’ve had no issues with creasing.  The shadow itself is creamy, and applies fairly thickly if you draw it on.  I’ve found that after I “draw” the shadow onto the desired area, it’s best to tap and blend it with my fingers for a cleaner look.  Otherwise, a straight application can look like a shimmering goopy mess.  If you don’t blend the shadow, the shimmer can be too overpowering (for my taste), and the color can get uneven.

Application is super fast.  Unlike my powder shadow palettes, that need a primer applied to, and dried, on my lids prior to application to avoid creasing, this crease proof eyeshadow cuts a step out.  Hooray for time savers!  So let’s review the pros and cons:

  • Easy application
  • Nice pigmentation to the color
  • Truly is “crease proof”
  • Very affordable at $8.99
  • When applied right, has just a slight shimmer
  • Great for natural looks
  • When applied wrong, can look like a hot mess!
  • Currently offered in a very limited number of colors
  • Is only offered with shimmer, so no matte looks can be obtained
  • Cannot compete with regular shadow for dramatic looks

Is this a product that has changed my life?  That I will forever loyally buy come hell or high water?  No.  But for what this product is, it works great.  For days when you’re looking for a lighter touch, it’s perfect.  But if you’re going for a dramatic look, the best you can hope for from these shadows is some low-shimmer highlight applied over darker color.  I can definitely see myself buying this product again, but there will be no freak-outs if it’s absent from my makeup bag for a few weeks.

If you’re intrigued, don’t be afraid to pick up a stick of this product from your local drugstore or market.  And if you’ve already tried it, share your thoughts about it in the comments below!

Colors shown

Constant Copper, Stay Golden, and Lasting Taupe

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