Beyoncé's L’Oreal shade isn't the only pick on our list of top cream eyeshadows.

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Cream eye shadow formulas are a great alternative to fussy powders. They’re easier to apply, going on without leaving a mess on your cheeks.

We’ve tried dozens of cream shadows over the past year, and one of our key criteria for success is wearability, especially if you have oily eyelids that can’t seem to hang on to color. Here are our seven long-lasting favorites.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow ($8 at drugstores). Beyoncé wore this product in the Nude Fishnet shade at the Grammys last month. It has a great texture and glides right on. It’s two-sided, with a matte side and a shimmery side. It mostly stayed put through a 75-minute yoga class; I shouldn’t have been surprised — seeing as Bey wore it through a highly watched TV performance.

Milk Makeup Eye Pigment ($24 at milkmakeup.com). This product is truly long wear — as in, eye makeup that practically cements to your face. These little tubes of metallic cream come in bright and neutral shades. It dries down so completely that even after I absentmindedly rubbed my eye, it still didn’t smudge. You must be precise when you apply it, though, because once it dries, it’s almost impossible to blend or move around.

E.L.F. Smudge Pot Cream Eye Shadow ($3 at elfcosmetics.com). This cream creates a smoky effect that is buildable. It has a bit of a metallic sheen, and the rich color lasts throughout the day.

Clockwise from top left: Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color, $24; Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eye Shadow, $26; E.L.F. Smudge Pot Cream Eye Shadow, $3; L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Nude Fishnet
Clockwise from top left: Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color, $24; Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eye Shadow, $26; E.L.F. Smudge Pot Cream Eye Shadow, $3; L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Nude Fishnet

Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color ($24 at nudestix.com). Theses sticks are smoother than velvet and super easy to blend. The color lasted through my workout class.

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eye Shadow ($26 at Sephora). Easy to apply and blend with just your fingers, this shadow comes in gorgeous, versatile hues. After about seven hours, much of the color was gone, though.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24 at Ulta and Sephora). Glitter shadows can be incredibly messy, but this liquid version stayed put, looking sparkly and beautiful for almost 10 hours. By the time I washed it off, only one single sparkle had fallen onto my cheek.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24-Hour Eye Shadow ($6 at drugstores). The color is easily layered and didn’t crease. At the end of my workday, it looked just as it did right after application.