Sunday, July 1, 2012

How Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Eyeshadows Stole My Heart!

Today I'm reviewing another new product from Whip Hand Cosmetics. Recently, Riese at Whip Hand gave me the chance to try out one of their creme products and I selected a creme eyeshadow.  I will say straight up, I am not the world's biggest creme shadow fan.  I have most likely the worlds oiliest lids and creme and I just do not see eye to eye at all.  However, I am always looking for that one creme shadow to just blow my mind.....can Whip Hand Pull it off???

Whip Hand Creme Eyeshadows are 2.5 gr of product hand poured into 3 oz pans that fit all standard magnetic palettes.  They come packaged in plastic clamshells with all the product info on the back.

Since these products are hand poured, you may notice irregularities on the surface of the product.  These are cosmetic and do not impact the product at all.

The color I chose was Corset.  It is a red based brown with a green shift.  It is pretty much a creme version of MAC Club shadow.

Heavy swatch, this is about 2-3 layers patted on in layers.

Blended out swatch, about two layers, finger blended.

Texture time! The texture of these is unique.  When I think creme shadows, I think of MAC Paint Pots or emollient textures similar to that.  Whip Hand Cremes are smooth, yet have a tacky feel to them.  At first I was not at all sure how I felt about it.

I came back to the creme a few times over the last few weeks and I decided I think the tacky finish is actually a benefit.  Here is how I explain it...if MAC Paint Pot and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy had a baby, it would be a Whip Hand Eye Creme.  This is actually pretty damn cool.

This is two layers of Corset patted onto the eye with my finger, then blended out with a brush.  I think a multi tool approach works best with this creme.  I use a clean finger to work the product in the pan and lay down the first layer or two of color.  I then use a brush to either blend out the color or build the intensity where needed. I used a flat concealer brush to build color and a medium sized fluffy shadow brush to blend. The creme takes a while to dry down so you have a good deal of time to blend and play with it before it sets.  I love that!  I applied this over a bare lid, no primer.  Side note, no idea what the hell is hanging out on my eyelashes in that pic

As stated before I have stupidly oily lids and I noticed a small amount of creasing when the product was used alone.  Knowing my oily neighbors to the north the way I do, I would never use a creme shadow solo.  There isn't a product made that my lids can't crease.  However, the creasing was minor and I feel normal to dry lids would have zero issue with this creasing. If you have oily lids, I would still lay down a product like UDPP or Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Whip Hand Eye Creme in Corset + Whip Hand Loose Shadow in  Black Light

When paired with a shadow this product truly shines.   It is one of the best eyeshadow bases I've tried..ever.  With  MAC Paint Pots I get the smooth base and the blend-ability, but I don't get the intensity of color.  With Pixie Epoxy, I get the intensity of color, but I lose the blend-ability.  With Whip Hand Eye Cremes I get it all.  The look above was created using only Whip Hand Eye Creme in Corset and Whip Hand Pure Pigment Loose Shadow in Black Light (review coming!)  I love that I can manipulate the product to create a variety of intensities and finishes within a look.  At no point did I feel I was unable to blend or move the product and the intensity remained intact.
Final Thoughts

I am hooked on these Eye Cremes!  They may be different than what you are used to, but once you start working with them you will wonder how you lived without them.  They come in over 20 different shades, from the exotic and intense to natural and subdued.  You could go a little mad with the choices.  A little product goes a long way, so these are great investments for your beauty arsenal.  If I could encourage you to try one thing from Whip Hand Cosmetics, it would absolutely be the Creme Shadows.

Where to Buy: Whip Hand Cosmetics
Price: $9.00 for 2.5 gr
This review contains sample product sent to me for consideration.  All opinions are my own.  For more information visit my disclosure page


  1. This is a gorgeous combination on your eyes, and the product sounds very nice, too. I am imagining the texture to be similar to MUFE's Aqua Creams (which I love)? Maybe wishful thinking, as these are half the price and seem to come in different shades, but even if it's not the same texture, if it has the same attributes (doesn't crease, great base)... I'm sold! Thanks for the review!
    P.S. I tried looking for some of the Essence things you've been reviewing at my local Ulta and they DID NOT HAVE THEM :( Ulta has failed me again!

  2. You know, I've never tried the MUFE Aqua Creams, I wish I could compare them.

    I almost feel like I should stop reviewing Essence, I feel like such a tease.

  3. I love how pigmented it is! So many cream shadows sheer out way too quickly even with a base!

  4. Caroline that is where that tacky texture really comes into play. While you can blend the product, you don't blend it into non exsistance...want it darker..pat on a tiny bit more. I really do love this stuff


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