Pearlescence Long Wear Crème Shadow
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.
Sonia Kashuk At-A-Glance
Strengths: Affordable and widely available (though exclusive to Target stores); good makeup remover; the makeup is still the star attraction, with impressive options for foundation, powder, blush, lip color, eyeliner and especially makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: The concealers, eye pencil, and brow shapers are a letdown; the makeup palettes may seem convenient, but several of the included products perform poorly.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk's brushes have been a strong point, and now that they've been redone they're better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you'll find some premium options among Kashuk's powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it's the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.
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