The studio cream eyeshadows are much different from the essentials line cream shadows. The essentials are sticky and have a lot of slip and never really dry down or set. This feels light and blendable. It's a much drier texture but it never feels greasy or sticky. I only use my fingers to apply this because it does need the heat to be really workable.
Dawn is a light cool toned taupe. It pretty buildable from really sheer to fairly true to pan (pot?). I don't know if I was using this all over if I would attempt to build it up to really opaque because I would be worried it would crease with that many layers. Cream shadows tend to do that. But as a sheer wash, this would be a nice color base.
Top: light, blended swatch. Bottom: Heavy swatch
This is how I've been wearing it. I always use a primer underneath. I run the color along my lashline, taking my time to build it up to fairly opaque. Then I use what's left on finger and blend it up until I don't have any harsh lines. I'll usually put a little highlight under my brow and that's it.
It doesn't last forever but I rarely ever need eye makeup to last all day. For $3, I'd say give it a shot. It's been a staple in my routine lately.
Anyone else have some ELF favorites to share?