As much as we admire immaculately applied makeup—the kind you can just tell took at least an hour to execute—we tend toward slightly more rushed beauty looks. Call it the urge to sleep in that extra five minutes or the realization that our brushes still need to be washed, but we’ve become intimately familiar with the kind of beauty that takes minimal time.
Enter cream eyeshadows, the hero of the speedy eye look. Their texture (sheer, luminous, natural) makes them perfect for a quick wash of color across the lids, and they’re much better suited for one–shade looks than their powdery counterparts. Plus, they often apply better with fingers than with a brush, which means you’re free to dab away on your way to work.
That said, the biggest downfall of the cream shadow is its tendency to crease, especially in the warmer months. And while we may be fans of slightly lived–in makeup, an eye that’s just plain messy is an entirely different story.
Luckily, we’ve tried more than enough eyeshadows to know the ones that stay put all day long. Because when you’re in a rush, the last thing you want to do is remember to touch up in a few hours. Our favorite formulas glide on smoothly and cling to the lids like their lives depend on it. Click through the slideshow above to shop our top picks, and remember that lazy beauty doesn’t have to look lazy if you invest in the right tools.