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Eye Shadow for Old, Crepey Eye Lids- Recs Please

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Does anyone have any recommendations (brands and types) for eye shadows that look good on old, crepey eye lids? I find that shimmer shadows of any brand emphasize my wrinkled eye lids and yet that's almost all that are sold on QVC. Matte shadows are a little dull and boring, but look better for wrinkly lids. What do you recommend?

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Majick551283081116.1071328 PostsRegistered 11/17/2005

Hi, look for shadows with a satin finish. Mattes tend to look a little flat and you're right about anthing frosty or glittery. A shimmer will look good if you put it just on the lid in the middle (right where your eye is).

Brands that I really like: Smashbox, Lorac, Bare Escentuals, Mally, and Urban Decay.

Like I said, the trick is to look for something with a satin finish.

You didn't say if you like color or want Neutrals ONe neutral palette that is nice and it's inexpensive is Cover Girl Shimmering Sands. I won a bunch of free CG stuff and didn't like all the shadow palettes but this one was a winner for an everyday light look.

I would have to say that the latest SB palette that came in the TSV is really nice as far as textures. There is only one really shimmery shadow in that one and I use it to give some pop to my lid.

I hope I helped a little.

Ranchergal1283081155.9074342 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007

Nothing. Leave the eye lids alone. Less is better as we age.

CalmInTheH­eart1283081539.6338320 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007

My eyes are beginning to crepe....I use the no show taupe shade of Clinique matte eye shadow. It doesn't show much but it evens out the color of the skin on my eyelids.

Avoid colors as they often make eyelids look worse.


scottygal1283082191.341960 PostsRegistered 4/6/2006

Try Skinn (shopnbc) Cosmetics eyeshadows. They're made for older eyes, wear well, lovley colors, and do not accentuate wrinkles. They have a slight sheen, as the above poster recomended. They are my fav eyeshadows now. HTH

pucker1283087037.091567 PostsRegistered 12/12/2007

Cream eyeshadows seem to help my eyelids, Clinique is my favorite.

haveagoodd­ay1283087319.747233 PostsRegistered 5/31/2010


I use Bare Ecsentuals and I really like it. I usually blend it a lot so it looks more natural--no matter what color I am wearing. For me pink and gray look best.

happy hous­ewife1283087574.33334389 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

I agree with less is better as we age - since I have a tan now because I live in fl and swim every day so all I wear is moisturizer, blush and mascara and lipstick. If i wasn't tan I would wear a foundation as well.

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babs1283087976.1671006 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004ny

Definitely Skinn! They have a beautiful finish & do not accentuate crepiness. They are *made* with us in mind & are wonderful.

babs :-)

sweetsue_981283088214.7731032 PostsRegistered 9/24/2006

The halo eyeshadows are great, and I personally like the individual chanel ones. You can get them in some good matte colors, and then maybe use a little color in the crease. Also, use a good eye cream to keep that delicate skin moisturized

bella-luna1283089472.062815 PostsRegistered 2/4/2007

Have you tried Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadow? I really love it and find that less is more with this product!

Good luck to you on your hunt!

ilovedaisi­es1283090280.2633160 PostsRegistered 7/20/2010Turn left

I'm 55 and don't use much eyeshadow other than sometimes something darkish in the crease. My eyelids are getting crinkled and most shadows just emphasize the crinkles. I do sometimes poof a bit of light color on my brow bone just under the eyebrow. I sometimes use very dark brown eye shadow on my lash line instead of eye liner. I soften it out a little and doesn't look too bad.

nmrainbow1283109449.2395 PostsRegistered 12/8/2005

Same problem here. I use a neutral BB cream shadow on the lid only. I like Cement and Malt. Then I take a flat, pointed eyeshadow brush and pat a shimmer shadow on the lower part of the lid, just above the eyeliner. The cream shadow forms a base that smooths the crepiness and the hint of shimmer keeps the whole look from being matte and boring. Just make sure you don't pile on too much of the cream shadow. Less is more here or it will accentuate the crepiness.

Nunu4u1283110000.58756 PostsRegistered 9/22/2006

I agree with the cream shadow suggestion. If you are near a store that has Chanel, ask them to put one of their cream shadows on you, for your evaluation. Chanel is excellent for mature women.

puddytat21283110761.017136 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006Wisconsin

I like BE shadows, but stay away from the Glimmer shadows. Let me recommend using BEs new Active Treatment Eye Cream. It can be used on the lids and I've seen the crepe disappear from my 59 year old eyelids, the puffiness and darkness are gone, too. Remember to pat it in (no rubbing) - watch the video for the correct application technique.


Sharkie1283115111.143125 PostsRegistered 2/20/2007

I have similar problem with eyelids. I found a product from Benefit "Lemonade". It is a very soft, creamy base/red neutralizer. Use a very small amount. Also, the suggestion about "no shimmers" for shadows is the one the make-up dude told me about. I sometimes apply a soft, non-shiny Benefit cream shadow over the lemonade if I want color. I find I do better, ie look more healthy by just using a small amount of the "lemonade" and using a very finely drawn liquid liner next to the lash line. This seems to put the emphasis on the lashes, rather than the lids. Good makeup application is a distraction from the difficult areas, not a cover-up of the good ones. Because of dry facial skin in general, I now use Christian Dior cream type make up, applied lightly with a moist sponge. I used smash box "no color" gel rouge, which will pick up the natural undertones of your blush coloring (don't ask me how it works but it does lol).

bljed1283115699.8577216 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008

Next time you're in the dept store I would suggest that you take a look at Estee Lauder's new line of Pure Color eyeshadows. They are also grouped into a variety of different finishes. You could look at shades with a 'sheen' for a finish, just a step up from a matte. I have one in Sepia Sand and love it.

bunzi1283116013.11240 PostsRegistered 9/15/2008Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hands-down, Bobbi Brown cream eye-shadow!!!!!!{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

THE BEST!!! If you're unsure about the colors and application, visit a make-up counter that sells this product and try it out.

Good luck

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grannyjann­ie1283120344.238724 PostsRegistered 11/17/2006West of the Windy City

I love the way my lids look with Bare Escentuals eyeshadows. They do have some shimmer. Personally, I think my lids look worse in matte colors, and believe me, they ARE crepey! LOL

Also, Benefit's cream eyeshadows give me a good look. There is a gorgeous brown/copper shade that I love called RSVP, or maybe it's Busy Signal. One of those colors is a more neutral beige shade and one is the brown - they are great together, with the lighter shade on the lower lid and the darker shade in the crease/outer "V". :)

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Shelbelle1283204686.4136495 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Avon Triple Benefit Vertical Lifting Shadows, made especially for crepey eyelids, nice subtle shades, comes in a wand.

AkaGoldie1283205334.8435864 PostsRegistered 4/14/2010Mid America

Malley has a cream shadow that I like, it comes in a tube.

poregirl1283293003.4577825 PostsRegistered 10/12/2009great white north

I look worse in BE unless its matte. I bought the Iquad in browns and they a great matte except for the well rested color.

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lbbdwb1283382949.30777 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Another question- How do you know if an eyeshadow has a satin finish? Can you tell by looking? Most of them don't tell you what kind of finish they have.

bljed1283455738.6977216 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008

Estee Lauder labels the shadow by the finish. I have a soft pretty brown shade called Sepia Sand that says 'satin' on the back. You could try looking at the EL counter display and looking at the different finishes. If you don't want to purchase that brand at least you'll have an idea of what 'satin' finish looks like. I'm pretty sure their website lists the finish and if the shade is cool or warm but as we know shades are so tough to determine online. Good luck with finding something you like!

Trippey1283458011.08506 PostsRegistered 11/11/2006

I use BE primer and then apply a neutral eyeshadow all over. Then if I want a little color I add it to the lid only. I just like to take that reddish look off the lid and the neutral does that and I get a finished look. I will say with age less is best and that is the way I go.

lbbdwb1283471767.5977 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! I am definitely going to try as many of them as I can!

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