Review & Swatches: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in “Sable”

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable

Availability: Sephora (Online Exclusive)
Price: $25.00

Company’s Description

A lightweight cream eye shadow with a radiant, lustrous finish that maintains a just-applied fresh look for 16 hours without smudging or creasing.

Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Eye Colors are cream eye shadows that come in 13 different shades. This review is for the color BR709 Sable–a golden taupe brown.


Packaging: 9.25/10

Shimmering Cream Eye Colors come in round, plastic jars with a twist-off lid. The packaging is much lighter than a MAC Paint Pot jar.

Quality: 8.5/10

Sable is a brown with subtle olive tones and gold shimmer. It’s a color that will work for both the workplace and a night out. You can use a sheerer layer for a more conservative look or layer it for a more dramatic look that brings out the color’s shimmers.

The formula is soft and creamy, gliding without resistance over the skin. The consistency is heartier than what you’ll find with MAC’s Paint Pots.

Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Eye Colors are smudge and transfer resistant, but not smudge or transfer proof. The company’s claims that these will last 16 hours without smudging or creasing is majorly over-blown. I tested Sable both over a primer and on the bare lid. Without a primer, the color began to crease after 15 minutes. With a primer, the color showed slight creasing after 3.5 hours. The creasing increased as the day went on until it was clearly noticeable.

I really like this color, and the formula is pleasant to wear. But the product definitely isn’t crease-resistant.

Ease of Use: 9/10

The creamy formula glides over the lid without having to apply pressure. It also blends easily so that you can wear it both on the lid and into the crease.

You will definitely need a primer underneath and may want to set the color with shadow or translucent powder to minimize creasing.

Price: 8.75/10

For $25.00 you get 6 grams (0.21 ounces) of product. MAC’s Paint Pots cost $17.50 and contain 5 grams (0.17 ounces). You get a little less product for your money with Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Eye Color.

Final Grade

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color Box Packaging

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color Packaging

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable Swatch

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable Swatch


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