Try one of the four shimmery shades.

By Stephanie Perry
July 15, 2020
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My daily makeup routine can be described as minimal at best. A swipe of mascara here, a dash of concealer there, and maybe a touch of lipgloss if I’m feeling fancy. And while I’m certainly no makeup savant, I am meticulous about what few products I apply to my skin. I’m a stickler for clean ingredients, vegan and cruelty-free formulas, and sourcing products that actually improve my complexion with each use, not just cover it. For these reasons and more, I swear by Supergoop’s Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow was never a staple in my minimal beauty regimen, but last summer I noticed freckles developing on my eyelids. A trip to my dermatologist revealed that these dark marks were sun spots. As someone who is meticulous about wearing sunscreen, I was concerned to discover I had been missing a tiny, yet important, area on my face. 

While sunscreen made specifically for your sensitive eye area does exist, most of these products are intended for your undereye area, not your actual eyelid. I did test a few of these products on my eyelids but was discouraged to find they’d melt off midday and run into my eyes, causing them to sting. When I was just about to give up and wear sunglasses forever, Supergoop serendipitously launched the first-ever SPF-infused eyeshadow.

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To buy: $24; sephora.com.

The Shimmershade Cream Shadow was born as a sun-protection solution and a seriously pretty addition to your makeup routine when Supergoop founders learned that up to 10 percent of skin cancer occurs on our eyelids. Your eye area is also one of the first places to show early signs of aging, like fine lines, dark spots, and crow’s feet. Despite these statistics, the brand noticed that there was a lack of products on the market that catered to the sensitive and easily-irritated eye area. 

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To buy: $24; bluemercury.com.

I purchased the cream eyeshadow, which is made with SPF 30 that protects against UVA and UVB rays, in the pearl-colored “First Light” hue last July and haven’t looked back since. I love that the cream eyeshadow is formulated with a blend of clean minerals and active ingredients. Thanks to its creamy consistency, the eyeshadow goes on easily, blends effortlessly, and never slides or creases. It also fits in perfectly with my care-free beauty routine; I can apply it directly with my fingers, layering on as much or as little as I want, and it can double as a highlighter, too. Tip: I apply an extra dab to the inner corners of my eyes to make my eyes appear larger.

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To buy: $24; sephora.com.

It’s been a whole year since I purchased my first jar of the Shimmershade Cream Shadow, and I am happy to report there are no new dark spots or freckles on my eyelids this summer. This simple yet effective product not only protects my skin but also helps me look more polished and glowing in the process. Plus, I’m still on my first jar a whole year later—meaning this already affordable $24 find costs me about six cents per application. 

Shop the multi-tasking essential in one of its four pretty shades, ranging from subtle to sultry, now. 

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To buy: $24; sephora.com.