I love eyeshadows in general. You can tell from all the Instagram posts I have published so far. From all the makeup available to us, I think that eyeshadows are the products that allow endless and unlimited creativity.
I equally love powder and cream shadows and very often I layer powder shadows over a cream shade that I use as a base.
I have been using and loving Charlotte Tilbury cream shadows for years and last year I have discovered the ones from Kiko Milano. Those I got from Kiko were part of the limited collection “Lost in Amalfi”, but three of the shades are still available from the website, including both of the shades I am featuring in this post.
The formula of the shadows from both brands is very creamy, easy to apply and blend. The two formulas are almost identical and give a very similar effect on the lids.
The key for cream shadows is using the right tools. I can use my fingers just to apply one shadow over the lids, but most of the time I use brushes for applying, blending and lining, such as Laura Mercier Crème Eye Detail and Smoky Eye Liner (at Space NK), Rèphr 21 and Zoeva 233 Cream Shader.
On the photo above, I swatched two cream shadows from Charlotte Tilbury (Rose Gold and Champagne formerly Jean) against two from Kiko (01 Sparkling Champagne and 02 Dewy Rose) that look the most similar to one another. As you can see, they actually quite vary in intensity and shades.
Bottom line, the quality of the products being equal, I would recommend the cream shadows from both brands. It really depends on the shades you want. I am happy to have all four I am showing here as they give me many options, especially as I very often use them as a base under powder eyeshadows. And although the cream shadows I purchased from Kiko were limited editions, I am guessing the brand will release new ones in the future, most problably in a different packaging and maybe different shades.