The 4 best eyeshadows for Dry Eyes

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is about the best makeup for Dry Eyes. In case you haven’t seen it yet, check our post for our top 5 mascaras for Dry Eyes. In our latest instalment, we summarise the best eyeshadows. 


There’s one theme across all of these eyeshadows – all of them are gel or cream formulas – no powder! Why? When loose powder (such as eyeshadow powder or setting powder) falls onto the eyes It sucks up the moisture and destabilises the tear film – causing or exacerbating any dryness! In addition, many people with Dry Eyes also have highly sensitised eyes and if the loose powder falls onto the surface of the eye it can not only make it drier but also cause a contact sensitivity or allergy. That’s why we love gel and cream formulas – no powder. On top of that, they’re extremely easy to use and very blendable. There are now more options than ever – our advice, try a few different options if you can in-store (places like Space NK or Sephora allow you to try products and, most importantly, make it easy to sanitise the product) and find what works for you! Here’s our roundup;

  • Trinny London Eye2Eye

The poster child for modern make-up, Trinny Woodall’s eponymous line has a true cult-following for a reason – it works. She also has arguably the widest range of colours in the cream formula so you’re sure to find something that works. Our Peep Club founders Nicola & Natasha have two very different approaches to beauty (maximalist and minimalist) but both agree that these pots are their favourite (Fortune is Nicola’s favourite colour, Natasha’s is Victory). Just make sure you clean your fingers or brush before using the pot to prevent any contamination. 

  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow 

These were amongst the very original cream formula eyeshadows on the market. And have certainly gained a celebrity following for a good reason. The come in a range of both matte and shimmer shades, including some limited edition ones. Our favourite is ‘Bed of Roses’ for a perfect party shimmer shade – especially great for darker eyes. 


  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Very similar to Laura Mercier – but available in different colours. As many retailers (Fenwick, John Lewis) have both Laura Mercier AND Bobbi Brown counters, it’s worth trying both options to figure out what shade might suit you best between the two brands. è


  • Revlon ColourStay Crème Eyeshadow

For a more cost-friendly alternative, try the Revlon pots. They come in a range of matte and shimmer shades. They’re a fuss free option and great if you’re new to cream eyeshadows and don’t want to commit to the investment just yet!  As with the Trinny London Eye2Eye pots – make sure you use a very clean finger or clean brush when applying these! 


As ever we recommend a gentle, alcohol-free eye makeup remover to take off any eye makeup. Consider our Cleansing Lash Foam or Soothing Coconut Eye Balm to help you effectively wipe away the war paint at the end of the day, while also protecting and nourishing your eyelashes.