February 15, 2017

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow ($24) us a new fluid cream eyeshadow that launched for Spring 2017 in six shade selections. These eyeshadows promise anti-aging peptides to improve the appearance of wrinkles while smoothing lids and the light, fluid texture apparently changes to light powder during blending to give a subtle wash of crease-free color.

I’m a fan of Laura Mercier Eye Canvas, Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow, and Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials which was one reason I was attracted to Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow. I loved the idea of a soft fluid eyeshadow that gave my lids a wash of color. Don’t get me wrong, I love colored eyeshadow as much as the next girl or guy but sometimes I just want a color wash on my lids that’s not only easy to apply but also brightening. This is exactly what I get from Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow.

I’m really enjoying Butter London’s Sheer Wisdom Collection thus far. I recently reviewed the Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil and was very impressed with the formula. I’d love it if they extended this line to perhaps include some fluid blushes or even a foundation. Speaking of foundation, I would not mind in the least having a foundation with a formula like these new eyeshadows!

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow Swatches (Maplewood, Rose Petal, Sepia Tan)

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow Swatches (Maplewood, Rose Petal, Sepia Tan)

These are a light, fluid cream eyeshadow that apply and blend very, very easily. If you have aging eyes, finer lines, crepiness, or dryness you’ll absolutely love this texture. It’s so very easy to use and applies like a dream. Mind you, these only offer a color wash so, they aren’t all that pigmented. I tried three of the six shades and I was a little disappointed that two of the shades barely showed up on my lids. I have to admit though, I still loved them. Why? Because they brightened up my eyes so nicely. The most pigmented shade for me was Maplewood and I wish that the other two shades were like this. Maplewood is a nice, subtle brown that applies sheer but is still noticeable on lids. I was hoping that the shade Sepia Tan would be like Bobbi Brown Sand Dune but it’s very, very subtle on my lids. Rose Petal was the most brightening shade but also the most sheer of the three. I actually wanted Rose Petal to be a pretty mauve rose somewhat like Colourpop Muse but it’s actually more of a creamy linen shade. I ordered these online and I’m curious if the other shades might turn out as nicely as Maplewood did. I don’t regret the purchase in the least as I really love the formula and was still quite pleased with the brightening abilities of the sheerer shades. But a bit more pigment like what was found in Maplewood would not go amiss with me. But it deserves mentioning that Butter London doesn’t promise pigment here but merely a natural wash of color and that’s exactly what you get! The wear time on these is fab. I wouldn’t say they set to a powder but they aren’t tacky or sticky either. They hug the lid in lightweight color that doesn’t crease nor fade until you take them off.

Butter London Maplewood Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow

Butter London Rose Petal Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow

Butter London Sepia Tan Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow

If you wear intricate eyeliner looks and want a wash of brightening, sheerer color on lids to accentuate your eyeliner these eyeshadows are a perfect pick. Or if you prefer more natural looks and want an eyeshadow that gives your lids a natural, bare look, these are also a good pick. If you desire a natural look with a bit more pigment I’d say the shade Maplewood is a perfect pick!

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow is a delightful formula and I hope that the brand considers launching more colorful shades in the future! I liked these a lot and would love to see them extend the line.

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Eyeshadow is available now at nordstrom.com, ulta.com, and amazon.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Julie

    I’m no spring chicken anymore, but my lids are still fairly oily. Still need to use UDPP for my regular shadows . Do you think these would work for me?

    • Isabella Muse

      I think they should be fine. They don’t dry to a powder finish imho but they are matte in finish! I think they’ll be a ok!

  • lizziefs

    So nice to see a review on these. I’ve had them in my Ulta and Nordstrom shopping cart since they launched but no one was reviewing them. With my super oily aging lids I love me some cream eye shadows as a base. I use them daily actually and Butter London’s make up line has had some really impressive items. I can’t wait to check these out. I really want to try the glazen eye gloss too.

  • Emily

    Thank you for the review! These appeal to me, as a regular user of the BareMinerals 5-in-1. What would you say are the significant differences between the 2?

    • Isabella Muse

      The texture and pigment are vastly different but the idea is the same. Both are that barely there, natural look. 🙂 The pigment on these is sheerer and the texture more of a fluid versus the bare minerals ones that are creamier and thicker. The pigment is also a little better on the BE ones.

      • Emily

        Thank you, that helps! I’ll keep an eye out for sales or specials or no-exclusion coupons. Will keep these on my radar, but not keen to spend $5 more on a less-pigmented product.

        • Mel

          In case you haven’t already seen, the entire line Sheer Wisdom line – eyes, lips, & nails – is currently $15 for all of ULTA’s 21 days of beauty.

  • B.Leonard

    I got the mauve shade and it looked brown on the applicator and on my lids. I was so hoping for a nice mauve. However, it does look good on my aging eyes and is very easy to use. Just hope they come out with more colors.

  • Lynn

    Love your blog and you are so pretty that everything looks beautiful on you! I purchased this eye shadow recently and will purchase more now that I read your review! You are the best and I value your opinion 100%!

    • Isabella Muse

      you are wayyyyyyyyyyyy to kind Lynn thank you for making my day 😉 Aw thank you so so much! I’m flattered ;-D <3! xoxox!

  • Angy

    Just the review I was looking for! I also LOVE that cheek color on you. I would love to know what it is.

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw glad to hear it. I wish I could remember! I’m not sure! It’s been so long since I did this look! I’m sorry!