I bought the LUSH Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated back in February.
It was to replace another cream eye shadow that I’ve had for ages – I’ve had a chance to wear the LUSH eye shadow in various ways now, here’s a review and comparison between the two.
The old one in question is the TiGi Longwearing Crème Eyeshadow in Brown Sugar:
What? You didn’t know that TiGi made cosmetics? Yup, they do! And their products are fantastic. It’s a shame they’re not more widely distributed – I thought TiGi had stopped producing makeup but it looks like they just revamped the line. I bought this when Trade Secrets was clearing out their whole TiGi cosmetics inventory for 75% off. This cream eye shadow normally retailed for $24 for 4g, but I snagged it for $6.
I’ve had the TiGi Crème Eyeshadow in Brown Sugar for about 2 years and wear it either as alone, or as an eye shadow base for powder eye shadows. It has a slight mousse texture, great pigmentation, and incredible staying powder. It’s one of my go-to products if I want to pack lightly for overnight stays and don’t want to fuss with much makeup. I don’t even need to use an eye shadow brush with this product. A wipe of the sponge tipped applicator over my lids, blend with fingers, let it set and I’m done.
Sadly, this item has been purged since the product has developed a smell that’s a telltale sign of it going bad – it was purged back in July. And even more tragic is that TiGi has discontinued this particular product! 😥
The LUSH Cream Eyeshadow in Sophisticated is a lighter brown taupe colour and perfect for everyday wear. It retails for $19.95 for 5g of product. I knew right away that it wouldn’t be a shade dupe for the TiGi Brown Sugar but a taupe is a taupe, I wasn’t complaining! These are the kind of colours that work well as a single shadow eye look.
It comes in a glass bottle with what appears to be an eyedropper applicator – but the handle is not made of rubber – it doesn’t squeeze at all – it’s just hard plastic and shaped like that for show! The “dropper” is really just a flocked applicator.
LUSH describes this product as:
Creamy, smooth and long-lasting, Sophisticated is a shimmering taupe cream eyeshadow. It blends well with other colors, and can be worn as an eyeshadow, liner, or whatever else you can imagine.
Here are swatches of both:
The LUSH Cream Eyeshadow does not live up to its claim of being long wearing – it doesn’t last at ALL on my lids! Sure, it is creamy and blends nicely but it creases and fades terribly on my eyes. And it happens quickly, within an hour of wearing it on my lids (over eye primer), the cream shadow already shows signs of both creasing and fading. Here are the same swatches as above, after it has set (15 minutes, just to be sure) with a cotton swab dampened with water rubbed across both swatches 3 times:
The LUSH wiped off after the first pass, I did 3 passes just to see if the TiGi would yield. The TiGi is totally budge-proof – any smearing you see in the picture is from the LUSH shadow transferring – the only way to remove it is with oil or cream cleanser. Since I’m stuck with the LUSH, to help prolong its wear time, I wear it on top of a primer and an another cream eye shadow as a base (which kind of defeats the purpose of the LUSH being a cream shadow!), but even then, it fades a lot. It’s a truly disappointing product considering it has really high ratings online, and it isn’t exactly cheap. I would not recommend this! Too bad it’s not a good replacement for the TiGi… I’m keeping an eye out for long wearing cream shadow in a good taupe colour. Any recommendations?
This was my first LUSH makeup product, I’m unsure if I’d buy any more. Have you tried LUSH makeup?